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The Corruption Watch team is small, but dedicated. Our people are excited about the work they do, and proud that they’re helping to take South Africa forward. Our task is often challenging, but always rewarding. If you’re looking for an inspirational environment and work that truly makes a difference, contact us.

We currently have the following vacancies

Website assistant

Job description:

To assist the website editor in the day-to-day running, maintenance and updating of the website, with some scope for creative input into content.

Key accountabilities:

Website maintenance:

  • Provide support to the website / writing team of Corruption Watch.
  • New content: take responsibility for publishing new and original material and articles from other sites in a timely fashion, in accordance with content schedule prepared by website / writing team.
  • Website maintenance:
    • Update out-of-date information on our website, ensuring that all pages are up to date (e.g. jobs / publications);
    • Researching and entering upcoming events and conferences, managing events calendar and ensuring that it is regularly populated, and used by internal staff;
    • Assist with creation and maintenance of campaign landing pages;
    • Monitor website on a daily basis ensuring functionality, and also that information is current.
  • Maintain image library for use on website: download and save images that complement published text, keeping in mind any copyright implications.
  • Liaise with all CW units to establish a pipeline of information as part of broader knowledge management function.
  • Engage with communications team to ensure that website content is repackaged and posted on social media platforms.
  • Craft new content and source images for website from time to time.

Technical and administrative activities:

  • Assume responsibility for all administrative and related tasks required for website maintenance.
  • Assess technological tools and requirements for efficient website maintenance and engage with service providers and suppliers.
  • Prepare necessary paperwork for payments, to suppliers and also for team expenses.
  • Manage meeting schedule for website / writing team.


  • Attend certain CW and external events.
  • Write brief reports and take photographs to document event for use on website and other platforms.


WHO? WHY? HOW often? *
Website editor Work closely with website editor on day-to-day running and maintenance of website, and content pipeline  C
Head of communications / digital officer Liaise around content ideas and suitable images for profiling CW and its work  C
Finance and admin team Finance-related issues re: fundraising, and other general administration purposes W
External providers Website maintenance team, technology partners, image banks etc I
Management Attending to ad hoc requests I
* C = Constantly                W = Weekly          D = Daily

M =  Regular monthly         S = Seldom         I = Intermittent but intense

Position inputs:

Qualifications and experience:

  • At least three years experience in website maintenance
  • Demonstrable experience in working with WordPress
  • Digital media literate
  • Excellent English writing skills

  • Understanding of online environment, digital tools and trends
  • Well-developed internet research skills
  • Understanding of knowledge management systems
  • Website metrics & analytics tools
  • Some knowledge of current affairs
  • Some understanding of NGO environment

  • Ability to produce high-quality written material in English
  • Excellent administrative skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Proofreading skills
  • Creativity in digital environment
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Technical skills

  • Detail-oriented
  • Disciplined
  • Team player
  • Integrity
  • Strong work ethic
  • Self-motivated
  • Organised
  • Committed to professional excellence

Interested applicants should contact, including with your e-mail:

  • A covering letter motivating your application for the position;
  • A concise CV (not more than two pages); and
  • Details of three contactable references (including e-mail addresses)

CLOSING DATE: 22 June 2019

Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. If you do not hear from us within 15 days of the closing date please consider your application unsuccessful.

Legal interns and externs – please note that the positions below are being offered on a rolling basis, meaning that while there is no closing date, we will select from the applications as and when required.


As part of CW’s mandate, we are committed to strengthening the criminal justice system, including efforts to address financial crime; the refinement of our planning and procurement systems; and supporting and strengthening the ability of private and public bodies to better detect and address corruption in their spheres of operation.

CW is looking for interns to work in our offices in Johannesburg, South Africa. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but applicants are encouraged to get their application in as soon as possible, indicating dates of availability. Interns will work at CW ’s offices under the supervision of one of our legal and investigations unit members.

Responsibilities may include legal research and writing, including international and comparative law research; factual research on specific legal cases and fact-checking legal filings; assisting in ongoing investigations into reports of corruption; and assisting staff in organising conferences and seminars.

Please note that the position is unpaid.


  • Interest in human rights issues;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Excellent research skills including online sources;
  • Well-organised, self-motivated and reliable.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a detailed CV and an unedited writing sample to, with the subject line “Legal Internship”.


CW is looking for externs – full time students who can dedicate approximately 10 hours per week to research and general assistance to CW. Externs will generally work from home, with occasional meetings with the CW legal and investigations unit. This work may include legal research and writing, including international and comparative law research; and factual research on specific legal cases.

Externships are designed to give students practical experience of working in litigation, without the time and financial difficulties full-time internships create. Working with CW ’s legal and investigations unit provides students with exposure to litigation at domestic courts as well as to regional and international human rights mechanisms, and will help broaden your understanding of the strategies lawyers involved in such cases adopt. However, our externships require dedication and hard work, and we expect high standards of work from our externs.

Preferred applicants:

  • All law students who already have an undergraduate degree;
  • Interest in corruption, political and human rights issues;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Excellent research skills including online sources;
  • Well-organised, self-motivated and reliable.

Interested applicants should send a one-page letter of interest, a detailed CV, an unedited writing sample and a two-page answer to the research question to, with the subject line “Legal Externship”.

Research question: In your opinion how does corruption impact on human rights and how can the law be used to mitigate and/or combat these impacts?

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