Aug 12, 2019

Communication Researcher

  • Communication Advocacy Project
  • Cape Town, South Africa
Full time Research

Job Description

About us:

We are an experimental and social justice-oriented strategic communications agency that partners with civil society organisation to strategically and responsibly use research, media, communications, data and technology to advance social change.

As a collective of irreverent strategic thinkers and skilled doers, we use local insights and technical expertise guided by feminist ethics to advance work rooted in equity, access and justice.

About the role:

The successful candidate will work within a small team to strengthen the communications capacity of a South African transgender and gender diverse persons organisation to develop evidence-based messaging strategies in support of their self-defined and self-led social change work. The overall objective project is to identify, frame, vet and test persuasive messages that South African LGBTQI activists can use to further their self-determined social change goals.

With guidance from the organization and its constituents, the consultant will conduct primary and secondary research to provide a robust understanding of the current landscape of messaging and perceptions of transgender and gender diverse communities in South Africa, in order to: identify some of the key drivers of attitudes and stereotypes, and identify strategic points of entry and opportunities to achieve positive gains and successes.


Consultations with the organisation about their research priorities and needs;
Baseline mapping of audience attitudes
Baseline assessment of the organisation’s current messaging;
Development of a research work plan that details approach to attitudes mapping and research, and including methods for message testing/validation.
Review and assess current research to identify near-term improvement recommendations as well as long-term solutions leveraging target audiences, allies, civil servants, and policy makers.
Share knowledge by documenting findings in a report and presentation.
Draft findings into a user-friendly strategic communication lesson sharing material.

Ideal Candidate:

A deep commitment to social justice and feminist ethics.
3+ years experience conducting research within social justice sector, especially for LGBTIAPQ+, gender and/or women’s rights.
Demonstrated understanding of South Africa’s LGBTIAPQ+ sector and overall related policies.
Strong writing and analytical skills, with a record of publications
Able to simply and effectively communicate research data and findings.
A passion for pushing ideas and introducing new and irreverent approaches and methods.
A good team player that can self-manage but deliver within strict deadlines.
Excellent command of isiXhosa and/or isiZulu and/or Setswana, and English.
Adaptable and flexible.

Duration: The consultancy is for a period of three months. The successful candidate is expected to start immediately.

Location: Johannesburg or Cape Town, South Africa

Fees: The total fee is R90 000 – R120 000, including all related taxes. CAP covers all travel, accommodation and meal costs related to the research project.

To apply:

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R90 000

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