Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 5 December, 2021

My Vote Counts (MVC) is a non-profit organisation that works towards improving transparency, accountability and inclusiveness in South Africa’s political and electoral systems. The organisation was formally registered in 2014 and has made an impact in ensuring that South Africans are a step closer to understanding who pays for our politics and focussing on ways in which we can hold our elected representatives to account.

My Vote Counts (MVC) is seeking an Intern to contribute to our research and campaign work on political party funding. MVC is an NGO based in Cape Town that works towards a South Africa where every adult has equal access to, equal control of and equal participation in our democratic process. Part of our work includes campaigning for transparency in how our politics is funded.

If you are looking for an opportunity to play a role in a growing organisation that will make South African politics fairer and will deepen our democracy, as well as develop your own skills – this opportunity is for you!

Contract Period: Starting January 2022 for a 12-month contract period

Remuneration: R12,000 a month

Key responsibilities

You will work closely with our Political Party Funding researcher. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Liaising with civil society members of the Coalition on Party Funding and convening meetings of the Coalition.
  • Research support
  • Co-writing opinion pieces
  • Following the Zondo Commission for relevant party funding information and developments.
  • Support case study research on municipal budgets and spending.
  • Seeking information from government departments, using the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), and
  • Follow up with independent candidates and political parties who have not disclosed their information
  • Support in organising regular community workshops, webinars, seminars and other events

Requirements

  • Strong research, campaigning and writing skills
  • Ongoing or completed postgraduate studies in politics, journalism, sociology or a related field
  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • An understanding of and interest in South African politics
  • Strong work ethic, administrative skills, time-management skills and the ability to work well with and collaborate with others.
  • Basic IT skills, including skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint

How to apply?

Email info@myvotecounts.org.za with the subject “Intern Application”:

  • Your curriculum vitae (max: 2 pages),
  • A letter of motivation,
  • A copy of a recent unedited written work, and
  • The names of three references

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.