Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention: Internship

GIZ / Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention (VCP) Programme
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 11 August, 2014
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The Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention (VCP) Programme is a joint South African-German initiative implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and its South African partners. The programme aims to support the realisation of the South African government’s strategic outcome number three, namely “all people in South Africa are and feel safe”, through enabling and promoting collaborative action between governmental and non-governmental stakeholders at national, provincial and municipal level. A particular focus is placed on inclusive governance of safety at local level and the active participation of young people.

VCP seeks to recruit an Intern, based in Hatfield, Pretoria.

This is a paid internship position with a focus on online communications, design, PR and knowledge management.

Duration of the internship: 01 September – 28 November 2014 with possible extension to up to six months.

Background to the internship

A South Africa where all people feel and are safe. This is the vision that drives the work of a growing community of people – citizens, activists and practitioners from civil society; politicians and government officials; academics; and businesspeople – who are doing remarkable work across the country to to develop communities in ways that directly and indirectly make them safer.

The question is: how many people know about the good work that is going on? Where is this work showcased and celebrated? How can different actors who would like to do something positive for their communities be inspired by and learn from what is being done in other places? How can actors be connected to each other, to share what they are doing, and obtain advice and support from like-minded individuals and experts? How can local actors easily access good ideas on violence prevention from international sources?
SaferSpaces ( is a new interactive platform run by and for safety practitioners in South Africa that has been initiated by the VCP programme, in close cooperation with a community of government institutions and civil society organizations. SaferSpaces offers both background information on violence and crime prevention as well as practical tools. It also is a social network for practitioners to connect, share knowledge and learn from each other. Moreover, the presentation of existing projects and initiatives promoting safer communities is a central part of SaferSpaces. The aim is to promote knowledge exchange between safety practitioners.
Online since June 2014, SaferSpaces now relies on continuous generation of appealing, new content as well as effective marketing amongst safety practitioners in South Africa to inform them about the benefits of the site, encourage them to present their projects and share their knowledge.
Furthermore, the VCP Programme is constantly looking for new, innovative ways to promote its work and the work of its partners through appealing outreach materials in various formats.


Your core task will be to support the VCP team in PR and marketing, as well as in running and maintaining the SaferSpaces website with regard to content generation, knowledge management and user relations. On this account, you will work closely with the VCP team and its national partners to gather information, design outreach material, compile and package knowledge in innovative and appealing ways and promote the website.
This area of work will include the following activities:

  • Support the VCP team in general with design and development of outreach material, such as flyers, brochures or short video clips;
  • Identify organisations and projects promoting community safety and engage with them to present their work and share their knowledge on SaferSpaces – both informative and visually appealing (e.g. via project profiles, podcasts, videos, infographics etc);
  • Work with VCP partners to produce thematic pages for SaferSpaces on topics such as youth violence, gender-based violence or urban safety;
  • Promote the website and gather information valuable for posting – e.g. resources, events etc;
  • Support writing of articles and op-eds to be placed on the website and for monthly newsletters;
  • Support the development of a content generation and marketing strategy for SaferSpaces;
  • Assist in setting up a good practice conference and award scheme (planned for early 2015);
  • Support user relations as well as general maintenance of SaferSpaces (incl. bug testing).

In addition to this, daily organizational and administrative tasks (e.g. writing of minutes of meetings, documentation of workshops etc.) may also form part of your tasks.


  • Creative graduate student with an academic background in the field of communications, marketing, journalism, design, media or another relevant field of study. Preferably you have gained knowledge in online communications and in working in a social development/non-profit context;
  • Experience in working for and writing about social issues is an important asset and should be completed by outstanding (proven) writing skills in English;
  • Knowledge of and experience in working with image and video editing software, as well as an eye for visuals is another desirable asset; 
  • Fluency in English as well as oral and written communication skills are required;
  • Ability to understand complex political and social issues in a short period of time, and be able to turn them into engaging, easily understandable texts;
  • Ability to work independently, to plan and organise your own work programme, good inter-personal skills as well as the ability to work harmoniously with people of different cultural backgrounds are important skills;
  • Proactive approach towards people and the work of the VCP programme; 
  • As for all GIZ internships, interns must be enrolled at higher-learning institutions or have graduated less than 6 months before the start of the internship.

To apply, submit a detailed CV, motivation letter outlining your motivation and qualifications for the position and a selection of your writing and/or other communications-related works to Daniel Brumund at

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