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Programme Manager: Climate Change

Who is Natural Justice?

Natural Justice is an African non-profit organisation specialising in environmental justice. Natural Justice uses the law to support communities’ participation 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.

The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report by scientists from across the world paints a dire picture in terms of the crisis we currently face, and calls for urgent transformative action. The World Wildlife Fund has confirmed that we have wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970.

With the ongoing drive to continue to use coal and an increase in oil and gas exploration, as well as major infrastructure and industrial projects, there will be increasing impacts upon marginalised communities. With the support from governments in Africa, mining companies continue to damage the natural environment with little or no benefit to communities. These projects also exacerbate the effects of climate change already being suffered by communities.

The issue of land tenure is closely linked to the issue of climate change. Indigenous people protect 80% of global biodiversity. The nexus between climate change and land tenure is critical and being further researched. There are several policies in place and global commitments that countries have signed up to, but these are not being implemented effectively, to the detriment of communities we work with.

The Climate Change Programme manager will contribute to the community legal empowerment approaches adopted by Natural Justice, facilitate the development of biocultural community protocols, provide legal advice and training to project partners, comment on environmental impact assessments, undertake research on relevant climate and other environmental decision-making processes, make submissions on law and policy and engage in strategic litigation.

What are we looking for?

Natural Justice is growing and seeking a full-time programme manager to implement and further develop the work of the programmes within the organisation under the guidance of the Executive Director and Hub Directors. The successful candidate will be based in one of our hubs, with frequent local travel and occasional international travel, and will be expected to begin work as soon as possible.

What’s on offer?

Joining Natural Justice will give the successful candidate a chance to work with a passionate and professional team in a fast-paced environment and gain valuable national, pan-African and global experience. Natural Justice works with communities and team members have the opportunity to learn from communities and support their struggles. Natural Justice will offer a competitive salary commensurate with skill and experience.

How to Apply:

Applications should be submitted via email to pooven@naturaljustice.org with ‘Application for position of Programme Manager: Climate Change’ in the subject line.

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 references; and
  3. Two samples 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. Please do not apply if you do not meet the required experience.

Closing Date: 11 February 2019

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Key roles and Responsibilities – Programme Manager: Climate Change

  1. Strategic planning and project implementation
  • Work with the Executive Director and Hub Directors to further develop, maximise the impact of and expand the programmes across Africa.
  • Assist in the development of the programmes’ strategies, and manage the planning and implementation of programmes including deliverables, timelines and budgeting.
  1. Technical Advice
  • Provide technical and legal advice to partners, affected communities and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Provide comments and training on environmental impact assessments, climate change assessments and other relevant permitting processes.
  • Responding to inquiries of partners or relevant stakeholders.
  • Support the litigation of relevant cases.
  • Deliver presentations, organise and conduct workshops/meetings.
  1. Policy and Legal Reform
  • Identify and engage with key policy issues and key collaborators.
  • Provide comments and make submissions on relevant law and policy.
  1. Legal Empowerment
  • Develop and deliver community trainings on laws and legal empowerment methodologies.
  • Develop, improve and implement legal empowerment approaches.
  1. Research
  • Develop research assignments with the programme directors or hub director and researcher.
  • Write research reports, concept documents, academic papers, organisational reports.
  • Share research findings with stakeholders and at relevant national and international for a.
  1. Partnerships and Networks
  • Identify, build and maintain networks and/or partnerships with relevant stakeholders: government, civil society groups, the private sector and academics.
  • Represent Natural Justice at key national, regional and global fora and processes on behalf of the organisation.
  1. Finance and Administration
  • Manage the financial, administrative and procurement processes of the projects within the programme.
  1. Oversight and Fundraising
  • Provide oversight and support to programme officers and paralegals in relation to programme activities and deliverables.
  • Assist the country and/or programme directors to identify funding sources, prepare grant applications, report to, develop and manage relationships with funders.

Selection Criteria

Qualifications and experience required:

  • Bachelor of laws with at least 5 years of demonstrated work expertise in environmental law, including natural resource and/or land law, and administrative law.
  • A post-graduate degree in law, political science or other relevant social science discipline is desirable.
  • Experience in conducting field work and working with marginalised communities.
  • Experience communicating complex legal issues in an accessible way to communities.
  • Experience relating to research or project experience related to policy advocacy.
  • Experience with conducting primary and/or desktop research and preparing clear and analytical reports (with proof of published work).
  • Experience writing applications and reporting to donors.
  • Programme management experience, including budgeting, project planning, contract drafting, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience in managing and supervising teams.
  • An understanding of and experience in the socio-political and civil society work in the countries we work in.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in English and a local language.

Personal Profile:

  • Demonstrated experience advocating for environmental justice.
  • Highly motivated, pro-active individual able to work under minimal supervision.
  • Ability to prioritise, act on initiative and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to think critically and problem solve.
  • Reliability and attention to detail.
  • Ability to travel frequently.
  • Ability to work with teams 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.
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