Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and the Environment is a non-profit organisation, specialising in human rights and environmental law, operating on the African continent and at the regional (African Commission) and international (UN) levels. We are a team of progressive legal practitioners who conduct comprehensive research on environmental and human rights law, support communities and local organisations, provide technical advice to governments and intergovernmental organisations, and engage in key international processes in pursuit of social and environmental justice. Natural Justice is headquartered in Cape Town, works in a range of African countries, and has staff in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Benin, Zimbabwe and Guinea.
Natural Justice has recently undergone a full programmatic and governance review process that led, among others, to the formation of five programmatic areas, namely: Governance of Land and Natural Resources; Climate Change; Extractives and Infrastructure; Customary Use and Conservation; and Traditional Knowledge and Benefit Sharing. It also led to the creation of a new Executive Director position that for the last two years was held by an internal candidate during a transition phase. We are now looking for a new Executive Director who has the capacity, vision and dedication to lead a passionate team of lawyers and legal experts in their quest for social and environmental justice at a time when bold action in both are desperately needed. The new Executive Director will begin work in April 2018, be based in Cape Town and travel internationally on a frequent basis.
Natural Justice seeks an experienced, full-time professional, familiar with and passionate about the field of environmental justice and with proven management and not-for-profit leadership experience in Africa. The successful candidate will be a visionary – who has the capacity to think big and bold to lead the organization into its next phase, as well as a skilled manager – who has the capacity to provide oversight on the way Natural Justice’s strategy is implemented on the ground. He/she is expected to provide guidance on and oversee all of Natural Justice’s key functions (programmatic, financial and operations) to both scale its impact and ensure the organization’s sustainability. He/she will have the following personal and professional attributes:
Natural Justice will offer a competitive compensation package in line with the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications.
Deadline: 31 January 18, 17.00 GMT
Please email your application for the attention of Johanna von Braun with the job title in the subject line by 31 January 2018 (17:00 GMT) to: johanna(at)naturaljustice.org.
Please, include a motivation letter that indicates why you feel you are the best candidate for this position, and a detailed CV with three contactable references.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.