Our work relies on the powerful synergy of law, research, popular education, storytelling, and community organising to advocate for urban land justice. We believe that a diverse and dynamic team strengthens our ability to meaningfully support the families, communities and movements most affected by urban inequality.

Are you committed to social justice and promoting access to well-located land and affordable housing? Would you like to contribute to building a better city? Then we want to hear from you! 

Have a look at the job opportunities below (job opportunities will be posted as and when they become available).

Intern or volunteer

We offer internships and volunteer opportunities at our Cape Town office on a rolling basis. We welcome students, graduate students or volunteers from South Africa and the Global South who want to contribute to our community organising, research, advocacy or legal work by assisting our staff. We’re always looking for people working in our areas of work, including urban planning, architecture, human geography, politics and law. We want to bring talented young people into social justice work and to offer an opportunity to be employed, gain experience, and ultimately find decent work. To apply, send a short description of your expertise and a copy of your most recent CV to employment@nu.org.za.  

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Internship: Fundraising and Grants Officer

Ndifuna Ukwazi has a vacancy for an Intern to join the team for a 12-month period, starting 01 Jan 2023 to 3 Dec 2023. We are looking for a passionate, enthusiastic, and innovative individual with the ability to write and express complex ideas and contribute to our fundraising efforts. The person will be responsible for innovative fundraising initiatives and strengthen our funding management systems. Furthermore, the individual will assist in developing our monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems.

If you are passionate about social change, creative, analytical, a good writer and a great communicator with an interest in fundraising and pitching of ideas to potential donors; then this is the post for you.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist in the revision of our donor management system;
  • Research and explore new funding streams, including potential calls for funding, individual donations, crowdsourcing etc;
  • With the support of management and programme team, write funding proposals;
  • Assist in writing reports for our funders and trustees in coordination with out programme team;
  • Strengthening our system for reporting (including assisting in data collection as part of our M&E system;
  • Where needed, assist in event planning and coordination.


  • Degree-level education (preferably a degree in humanities, social sciences, marketing, communications or related fields);
  • Excellent verbal and written English communications skills (additional language skills in isiXhosa and/or Afrikaans would be an advantage);
  • A strong work ethic, communication skills, and innovative thinking;
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure, independently and as a team member;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to easily relate to, and work with people across race, class, gender and age;
  • Self-motivated and productive;
  • Attentive to detail; and
  • A commitment to social justice and our mission.

Ndifuna Ukwazi is committed to transformation and equity in its recruitment processes.

Location: Cape Town
Duration of contract: 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023
Salary: salary consummate with internship standards as provided by Ndifuna Ukwazi.

How to apply:
Interested applicants must email their application to employment@nu.org.za with the subject “NU Vacancy: Fundraiser internship”.

Please include the following in your application:

  • A CV;
  • A letter of motivation giving a detailed explanation of why you would like to work at Ndifuna Ukwazi and what qualities and experience you would bring to the post (Not more than 1 page) (Generalised cover letters that do not engage with Ndifuna Ukwazi and our work will not be considered); and
  • Only complete applications will be considered, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Deadline: Friday, 10th of December 2022.

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