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Call for Applications : Program Manager, Standing With Communities

Who is Natural Justice?

Natural Justice is an African non-profit organization specializing in environmental justice. As a team of pioneering lawyers and legal experts, we specialize in human rights, climate law and environmental law to pursue social, climate and environmental justice.

Natural Justice has been working with communities, NGOs, and government agencies in Kenya since 2009. Natural Justice strives to enhance people’s collective rights and protect the sacred relationships indigenous peoples and local communities have with nature. Our work is informed by the values, knowledge, and self-determination of the communities with whom we stand in solidarity. Through legal empowerment, research, policy influencing and litigation, and as part of coalitions and campaigns, we support communities to know the law, use the law and shape the law. Natural Justice has three main programs: the Affirming Rights Program, Defending Rights Program and Standing with Communities Program.

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What we’re looking for

Natural Justice seeks a full-time Program Manager to implement and further develop the work of the Standing With Communities (SWC) program in the East Africa Hub. Working under the guidance of the Hub Director and working closely with the Head of Program, Program Manager- Defending Rights and Program Manager- Affirming Rights Programs, the Program Manager will implement NJ’s legal empowerment methodology, provide technical and legal advice to local communities affected by extractive, infrastructure, and other large-scale projects,  secure partnership development for movement building and advocacy, and develop key participatory action research documents on community, public and trust land and other environmental decision-making processes, laws and policies. The successful candidate will be based in Nairobi, with frequent local travel and occasional regional and international travel and will be expected to begin work as soon as possible.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the Hub Director, the Programme Manager shall perform the following duties:

  1. Leadership
  2. Provide effective leadership to the staff within the SWC program, including mentorship, coaching, team building, on-the-job training to enhance employee performance and other leadership interventions.
  3. Provide oversight and support to the SWC program on matters concerning program activities and deliverables.
  • Strategic planning, project development and work planning
  • Work with the Hub Director to develop the Hub’s overall program strategy.
  • Developed and supervised the implementation of the SWC program of work in the hub, including its projects, deliverables, and annual plans, ensuring their alignment with Natural Justice’s overall program strategy.

Develop an advocacy strategy to support the Hub’s environmental and climate litigation cases with partner communities (Litigation+).

  • Technical Advice & Legal Empowerment
  • Provide technical and legal advice to partners, affected communities and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Provide comments and training on laws, policies and processes that impact communities’ rights and access to land and the environment.
  • Support the drafting of legal documents (letters, drafting of pleadings etc) to advance strategic litigation on behalf of Natural Justice and/or with key partners within the environmental, climate, indigenous and local peoples, and land justice focus areas.
  • Deliver presentations, organize and conduct workshops/meetings for the program.
  • Oversee the CELO projects and provide direct advice and assistance.
  • Develop, improve and deliver community training on laws and legal empowerment methodologies.
  • Develop  advocacy campaigns to support litigation.
  • Policy and Legal Reform
  • Identify and engage with key policy issues and key collaborators.
  • Provide comments and make submissions on relevant law and policy.
  • Develop and implement a strategic advocacy policy for the program.
  • Research and MEAL
  • Support the research team to develop the program’s research, monitoring, evaluation and learning tools.
  • Write collaborative research reports, concept documents, academic papers, and organizational reports.
  • Work with the research team to lead strategy planning and progress meetings and facilitate updates and learnings from across the region.
  • Partnerships, Networks and Communication
  • Identify, build and maintain networks and/or partnerships with relevant stakeholders from government, civil society groups, community-based organizations, the private sector and academia.
  • Support the development of partnership documents (MOUs, etc.) where relevant.
  • In coordination with the communications team, write articles, comments, statements, articles, blogs and reports relevant to the program for public distribution, including on the Natural Justice website, social media, legal media, etc.
  • Contribute to the communications and campaign strategies and outputs of the Hub.
  • Finance, Administration and Fundraising
  • Manage the financial, administrative and procurement processes of the projects within the program.
  • Manage individual budgets from funders and provide financial guidance to junior staff.
  • Assist the Hub Director to identify funding sources, prepare grant applications, and develop and manage relationships with funders.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Environmental sciences, Human Rights, International Relations, Social Sciences or related field from a recognized university.
  • A post-graduate degree in law, political science or other relevant social science discipline is desirable.
  • Knowledge of Kenya’s constitutional and administrative law, including human rights, land & environmental law.
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in environmental and/or climate change law, including natural resource and/or land law, and administrative law or human rights litigation.
  • Computer literacy- Understanding of data entry, basic computer skills and knowledge of databases.
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English and Kiswahili.
  • Keen interest in and commitment to advancing the rights of marginalized communities, particularly in relation to their environments.
  • Conviction in and commitment to constitutionalism and principles of environmental justice.
  • Good legal research skills in law, policy and social issues.
  • Experience in conducting fieldwork and working with marginalized communities.
  • Experience communicating complex legal issues in an accessible way to communities.
  • Experience relating research or project experiences to policy advocacy.
  • Experience conducting primary and/or desktop research and preparing clear and analytical reports (with proof of published work).
  • Experience writing applications and reporting to donors.
  • Experience in program management, including budgeting, project planning, contract drafting, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting.
  • Experience in managing and supervising teams.
  • An understanding of and experience in the socio-political environment and civil society work in the region.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Citizen of Kenya or have authorization to work in Kenya.

COMPETENCIES: The desirable traits and attributes include:

  • A person of high integrity that will model Natural Justice’s core values.
  • Highly motivated, pro-active individual able to work under minimal supervision.
  • Ability to prioritize, act on initiative and meet deadlines.
  • Reliability and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with the team and to develop and maintain good relationships with community-based or other grassroots groups and partners.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Professionalism, strong work ethic, and personal initiative (“a self-starter”).
  • Critical and analytical thinking.
  • Ability to mobilize communities.
  • 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 co-ordinate work effectively in order to meet deadlines and deal with high workloads.
  • Willingness and ability to travel often, in Kenya and regionally as necessary.


Applications should be submitted via e-mail to with ‘Application for the position of Program Manager – Standing With Communities’ as the subject line.

Applications must include:

  1. A cover letter that indicates a) your understanding of environmental justice and why it is important in Kenya, and b) why you feel you are the best candidate;
  2. A detailed CV with three references of people you have worked with, at least one of whom supervised you. Do not attach your testimonials or certificates.

Closing Date for Applications: Friday, 22nd December 2023.

Safeguarding: Natural Justice upholds strict safeguarding principles and a zero-tolerance policy towards all forms Harm, Exploitation, Harassment, Abuse and Corruption, at all places where the organization’s activities are rendered, to safeguard children and vulnerable adults and all stakeholders including children and vulnerable adults. If selected, we will perform a background check on you and request that you submit a police certificate of good conduct.

Inclusivity and Equality: All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to ethnicity, gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or any other characteristic that has no bearing on the ability to perform the required job duties.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates who qualify for the next recruitment stage will be contacted.

By submitting your application, you confirm that the submitted information is true and authorize Natural Justice to use your personal data, to further process your engagement for lawful purposes related to the organization’s vision.

Disclaimer: Please note that NJ does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process.

Closing Date

22 December 2023

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