Opportunity For Zimbabwean Youth: Transitional Justice Fellowship Programme
The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) is pleased to announce the convening of a three week intensive Transitional Justice in Africa Fellowship Programme.Applicants from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda, Somalia and Zimbabwe will be given preference. We are now inviting qualified individuals to apply to this esteemed programme.
Background to IJR
The Fellowship Programme
The IJR has been hosting Fellows from countries in political transition in Africa since 2000. The programme was designed to attract and bring together scholars and practitioners in the field of transitional justice to compare, reflect, research and write about their experiences and lessons learned from activities, projects and programmes in their respective countries.
A rigorous selection process will ensure the targeting of mid-career professionals working with affected communities in the field of transitional justice in sub-Saharan Africa and who are in positions to influence policy processes and disseminate their Fellowship Programme experience through practical activities when they return home. Fellows will be appointed based on their positions as opinion leaders and/or policy makers in their respective home countries and are required to convincingly show their ability to develop initiatives and interventions in their home countries to advance the transitional justice and reconciliation agenda. In addition, they must submit an institutional endorsement of their participation and commitment to implement at least one follow-up activity in-country.
The programmes’ purpose is to enhance participants’ skills and knowledge, with a particular focus on issues related to the development of tools and processes aimed at furthering reconciliation and social cohesion within the context of transitional justice. Accordingly, the Fellowship Programme will engage with some of the key literature, themes, and mechanisms and will supplement teachings with practical experiences, interaction with local organisations working in related fields and guided visits to historically significant sites and institutions dealing with reconciliation and justice.
Elements of the Fellowship Programme
The Fellowship Programme aims to effectively equip participants to address challenges specific to democratic transitions by exposing them to various transitional justice tools. It encompasses the following elements:
- Interactive presentations and dialogue sessions on transitional justice by leading practitioners and academics in the field
- Visits to relevant museums and memorials in Cape Town and Johannesburg
- Joint project development for in-country follow-up transitional justice programming
- A public debate on justice and reconciliation in Africa at IJR, featuring presentations by the fellows
- Diaspora dialogues (optional)
- Ample time to engage IJR staff, its work and its in-house library.
- Networking with relevant organisations, institutions and individuals.
It is hoped that participants will deepen their familiarity with the growing field of transitional justice theory and then apply this theoretical framework to the practical challenges currently facing their respective country context.
Fellows’ are strongly encouraged to document their reflections in the form of newspaper articles, policy briefs and/or working papers during and after the fellowship.
The IJR will cover all travel and accommodation costs for the duration of the fellowship and will provide a modest stipend for daily expenses.
To read the quarterly Fellows Alumni Network Newsletter as well as see a list of all IJR Fellows, visit http://www.ijr.org.za/justice-and-reconciliation-in-africa-fellowship.php. Elements of the Fellowship Programme
To be considered eligible for this fellowship, you should meet the following criteria:
- A post-graduate degree in a discipline broadly related to Transitional Justice
- 4 to 5 years of relevant work experience in the realm of justice, reconciliation and/or social cohesion, social justice
- Good written and spoken English. This will be necessary to participate in group discussions.
If you are interested in applying for admission to this programme, please submit to us the following documents in English:
- A detailed resume or Curriculum Vitae of no more than 3 pages
- The full contact details of 2 contactable references
- A 1-2 page letter of motivation indicating why you wish to participate in this programme
- A 1-2 page writing sample (you may include news or academic articles you have submitted or published)
- A letter of institutional endorsement of your suitability to participate in the Fellowship Programme from your employer/affiliated institution.
The closing date for applications is the 31st of July 2016. Telephonic interviews will be conducted in the week commencing 8 August 2016 and successful candidates will be notified no later than by the 15th of August 2016.
NB Please email your complete application to Ms Anthea Flink on firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Application to 2016 Fellowship Programme: your name’ in the email subject line.
Only complete applications will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be notified of the status of their application.