Apr 20, 2018

Staff Lawyer / Programme Officer

  • Natural Justice
  • Cape Town, South Africa
Full time Legal

Job Description

Natural Justice seeks to appoint a Staff Lawyer / Programme Officer, to be based in Cape Town.

Salary: Natural Justice offer a competitive salary commensurate with skill and experience

Start date: Immediately

The is a 12 months’ contract with possibility of extension

The purpose of the position is to assist Natural Justice with South Africa and Namibia projects under the Governance of Lands and Natural Resources Programme and Traditional Knowledge and Benefit Sharing Programme


Support the work as part of both the Governance of Lands and Natural Resources and Traditional Knowledge and Access and Benefit Sharing programmes
Engage in constitutional and policy research, advocacy and support strategic litigation in furtherance of human and peoples’ rights to their lands, resources and traditional knowledge in both South Africa, Botswana and Namibia
Undertake legal research, write submissions and provide opinions on environmental justice issues
Provide high quality legal advice and support to Natural Justice communities and its partners
Review new and existing litigated files to create, update, or amend litigation plans
Form and maintain good working relationships with all key partners including communities, government entities and donors

Completed legal qualification, being an admitted attorney will be an added advantage but not compulsory
Knowledge of South Africa’s constitutional and administrative law, including human rights, land and environmental law, or a clear ability to acquire the necessary knowledge within a short space of time
Legal research skills in law, policy and social issues
Written and oral communication skills
Ability to grasp quickly and accurately new and complex concepts
Ability to work under pressure and as part of a team
Ability to balance priorities and coordinate work effectively in order to meet deadlines and deal with high workloads
Conviction in and commitment to constitutionalism and principles of environmental justice
Emotional intelligence skills to enable interaction with persons from all sectors of the society
Passionate and knowledgeable about protecting communities’ traditional knowledge, traditional resource rights and land rights as well as strategic advocacy at the Africa regional level

To apply, submit your application to Human Resources email quoting job title in the subject line.

A motivation letter that indicates why you feel you are the best candidate for this position
A detailed CV with three references
Up to three samples of your past work (for example, articles, research reports or court submissions)

Ensure that your application as a whole speaks to the required skills and experience and desirable traits and attributes listed above.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Natural Justice is a young and fast-paced nonprofit organisation specializing in human rights and environmental law.

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