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: Climate Change; Extractives and Infrastructure; Conservation and Customary Use; Governance of Land and Natural Resources; 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.
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 based in Cape Town, South Africa, with frequent international travel and will begin work in January 2018.
The successful candidate is expected to provide leadership and oversight on 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: 1 September 2017, 17.00 GMT
Please email your application for the attention of Johanna von Braun with the job title in the subject line by 1 September 2017 (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.
Best of luck!
The Natural Justice Team