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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 4 POSITIONS FOR OUR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE LEGAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME

Location of Position:

– 1 position in the East African Hub in Kenya (Nairobi)

– 1 position in the Western African Hub in Senegal (Dakar)

– 1 position in the Southern African Hub in South Africa (Cape Town)

– 1 position in the Core Team of Natural Justice either in Nairobi, Cape Town or Johannesburg

Who is Natural Justice?

Natural Justice is a pan-African non-profit organization specializing in environmental justice. Natural Justice uses the law to support communities participating in decisions that affect their land, culture and environment. We are a close-knit and nurturing collective that places emphasis on facilitating opportunities for the professional and personal growth of its members.

Natural Justice has been working with communities, NGOs and government agencies across Africa. Together with our partners, we conduct comprehensive research on environmental and human rights law, use community legal empowerment approaches, including community paralegals, to support communities protect their access to lands, resources and traditional knowledge, and provide legal advice and training to project partners, comment on environmental impact assessments, and make submissions on law and policy. Our projects are carried out in Kenya under three programmatic streams: affirming community rights, defending community rights, and, standing with communities. To learn more about the work of Natural Justice, please refer to www.naturaljustice.org

What does the Environmental Justice (EJ) Legal Fellowship offer?

The EJ Legal Fellowship offers an exciting opportunity to two young, up-and-coming professionals who are passionate about supporting communities in securing rights to their lands, resources and knowledge. The legal fellows will be introduced to a broad spectrum of issues within environmental and human rights law and provided hands-on experience and training in research, legal empowerment, data collection and analysis, public interest litigation, analysis of laws and regulations, and advocacy. Over the duration of the Fellowship, the fellows will have the opportunity to spend time and work directly with communities, community-based organizations and community paralegals. At the completion of the Fellowship, each fellow will submit a research report on a topic of interest within the environmental justice area.

The Fellowship will provide the successful applicants with a stronger understanding of/in:

  • The principles of climate change justice, environmental justice, human rights law and citizenry participation in environmental decision-making
  • The realities of communities facing climate and environmental injustices
  • Community-centered legal empowerment methodologies
  • The environmental and climate change decision-making processes of key institutions and bodies,
  • Analysing and evaluating environmental, climate and human rights laws, regulations and policies
  • Analysing and commenting on environmental impact assessments (EIA), climate impact assessments (CIA), environmental and community audits and strategic impact assessments (SEA)
  • Environmental and climate change justice litigation
  • Evidence-based environmental justice advocacy and research

The Fellowship will be for a period of around 12 months full-time. A modest salary will be offered. Successful applicants will be required to begin immediately.

Selection Criteria

Qualifications and Personal Profile:

  • A Bachelor of Laws degree
  • Fluency in English for the locations in South Africa and Kenya, and Fluency in French for the location in Senegal
  • Ability to engage in research, draft reports and legal documents
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to critically analyze relevant environmental laws and policy issues
  • A passion for learning and a commitment to environmental justice
  • Ability to work productively and to deadlines
  • Reliability and attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • A willingness to travel on a regular basis on short notice and sometimes for extended periods
  • An awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations
  • Committed to continuous learning and to self-development with a focus on professionally promoting organizational interests, objectives and values

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted via email to nj.hr@naturaljustice.org with ‘EJ Legal Fellowship’ as the subject line

Applications must include:

1) A cover letter that indicates: a) why you believe environmental and climate justice is important in Africa, and b) why you’re interested in the EJ Legal Fellowship c) which location you are applying for;

2) A detailed CV with three references; and

3) One sample of your written work (for example, articles or research reports written by you (not jointly written or edited by other people)

Applications Deadline

All applications are to be sent on or before Friday, 19 September 2022 at 5:30 pm South African Standard Time.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Closing Date

19 September 2022

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