Posted on :
25 Jul, 2018
The Centre for Environmental Rights is a non-profit organisation and law clinic based in Cape Town, South Africa. We are activist lawyers who help communities and civil society organisations in South Africa realise our Constitutional right to a healthy environment by advocating and litigating for environmental justice.
Job Title: Head of Programme
Job Location: Based in Cape Town or Johannesburg
The Centre for Environmental Rights is looking for a senior attorney to join our management team and head our Corporate Accountability programme, based in Johannesburg or Cape Town.
The Centre for Environmental Rights is looking for a senior attorney to join our management team and head our Corporate Accountability programme. Based in Johannesburg or Cape Town, this position is for an admitted attorney with several years of legal and management experience, who has a passion for environmental rights and justice, with a particular interest in holding South African and multinational corporates accountable for their impact on our environment and people.
The CER’s Corporate Accountability programme works to expose corporate failures to comply with environmental laws, and to raise investor awareness of the risks of non-compliance. The programme is pioneering new methods to improve transparency and accountability around the impacts of polluting companies on our environment and people, through:
Working with CER’s other programmes, we seek to change public expectations of corporate obligations to realise environmental justice, and to ensure that the operations of industry do not violate our Constitutional rights.
Qualifications, skills and experience
While we require flexibility from all our staff as our strategic imperatives change and develop over time, key responsibilities of this position currently include the following:
The Centre benchmarks its salaries for the public interest law sector, and the salary offered will be dependent on factors that may include the qualifications, level of expertise and experience of the successful candidate.
The Centre for Environmental Rights strives to reflect South Africa’s racial, cultural, and gender diversity within its staff complement. All suitably-qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
Working for the CER
The Centre for Environmental Rights is a non-profit organisation and law clinic of environmental rights lawyers that helps communities defend their right to a healthy environment. We do this by advocating and litigating for environmental justice.
As South Africa’s largest public interest environmental law organisation, we leverage our expertise and commitment to fight for environmental justice and advance the right to a healthy environment for all. We take on the big environmental fights – high-stakes cases where we can empower local communities, have an enduring impact, and set powerful precedents for other cases, and help improve policy and practice across the country.
Winning the legal case is only part of the battle. CER’s litigation work is strengthened by local empowerment, dedicated policy and advocacy work, and strategic communications. In all of our work, we work closely with partners in affected communities, with other civil society organisations in the environmental and social justice sector, and with other public interest law organisations.
We work across the following core themes: Biodiversity, Mining, Water, Pollution and Climate Change, and Corporate Accountability. We have our main office in Observatory, Cape Town, with a smaller office in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Staff who join our Johannesburg office are required to travel to our Cape Town office on a regular basis.
At CER, we value our staff and regard their wellbeing as a priority. We have a Staff Well-Being Policy that includes a Savings and Insurance Benefit for permanent staff. We are committed to a work environment that is an inclusive, empathetic space, and in which diversity is celebrated and supported.
How to Apply
Please send the following documents to: [email protected] by 20 August 2018, with the email subject line: “CER Head of Programme”:
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.