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Legal Fellow: Mozambique

What does the Environmental Justice Legal Fellowship offer?

The four-month Legal Fellowship offers an exciting opportunity to a young, up and coming Mozambican professional who are passionate about supporting communities in securing rights to their lands, resources and knowledge to increase their ability to adapt to climate change. The legal fellows will undertake constitutional and environmental policy research and of climate justice jurisprudence. Over the duration of the Fellowship, the fellow will have the opportunity to spend time and work directly with communities, be introduced to a broad spectrum of issues within environmental and human rights law and provided hands on experience and which may in and training in research, legal empowerment, data collection and analysis, public interest litigation, analysis on laws and regulations, and advocacy.

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

  • The principles of environmental and human rights law and citizenry. participation in environmental decision-making.
  • The realities of communities facing environmental injustice.
  • Community centred legal empowerment methodologies.
  • Analysing and evaluating environmental and human rights laws, regulations and policies.
  • Analysing and commenting on environmental impact assessments (EIA), environmental audits and strategic impact assessments (SEA).
  • Environmental justice litigation.
  • The civil society organizations and individuals in Mozambique working towards environmental justice.

The Fellowship will be for a period of around 4 months full time. Regular travel within Mozambique will be required. A modest salary and travel budget will be offered. The successful applicants will be expected to begin work as soon as possible.

Requirements

  • Completed legal qualification in Mozambique.
  • Ability to engage in research, draft reports and legal documents.
  • Sound written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to critically analyse relevant environmental laws and policy issues.
  • A passion for learning and a commitment to environmental justice and constitutionalism.
  • Ability to work productively and to deadlines.
  • Reliability and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.
  • Sound emotional intelligence skills to enable interaction with persons from all sectors of the society.
  • Proficient in English and Portuguese.  Fluency in another local language will be advantageous.

Application process

Deadline: 6 August 2021

Please email your application to applications@naturaljustice.org with the following subject line: “CT: Legal Fellow, Mozambique”.

Applications must include:

  1. A motivation letter that indicates: a) why you are interested in this position and what inspires you about environmental justice; and b) aspects of your background that demonstrate the required competence for this role;
  2. A detailed CV with three contactable references; and
  3. Two samples, if possible, of your past written work (for example, articles or research reports).

Please ensure that your application as a whole speaks to the required qualifications, experience, personal profile and key roles and responsibilities. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Best of luck!

The Natural Justice Team

Closing Date

6 August 2021

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