Posted on :
5 Feb, 2020
Natural Justice lawyers for Communities and the Environment is a non-profit organisation, specialising in human rights and environmental law, operating on the African continent and at the regional (African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights) and international (UN) levels.
They are a team of progressive legal practitioners who conduct comprehensive research on environmental and human rights law, provide legal support to communities and local organisations, provide technical advice to governments and intergovernmental organisations, and engage in key international and regional processes in pursuit of social and environmental justice.
Job Title: Programme Manager
Location: Cape Town
The purpose of the position is to implement, further develop and expand the work of the programmes in South Africa, Other areas, Hub Director and regional programme directors.
What are they looking for?
Together with their partners, they are supporting communities to protect their traditional knowledge and to benefit from its utilization and, further, support communities to secure greater access to their resources and lands, on which their livelihoods and cultures are dependent. Dispossession of lands and natural resources is a major human rights problem for communities, especially indigenous communities. Many of them are pushed out of their traditional areas to give way for development initiatives that favor the economic interests of others. Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities all over Africa are the original custodians of their lands and natural resources. Their traditional knowledge and practices play an important role in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. However, communities usually do not receive fair benefits from the use of their resources. Their traditional knowledge is not valued and is often under threat.
A number of new policy frameworks are trying to share the costs and benefits of conservation more equitably. One such framework is the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) under the Convention on Biological Diversity. For the first time, this legally binding international framework gives rights to communities over traditional knowledge and genetic resources. The implementation of these frameworks brings opportunities for communities in Africa and elsewhere. Nevertheless, they also bear risks if they are not implemented in respect of community rights, and if they do not take into account local realities. It is to further develop and expand the work of the programmes in South Africa.
What’s on offer?
Natural Justice is a close-knit and nurturing collective that places emphasis on facilitating opportunities for the professional and personal growth of its members. Natural Justice will offer a competitive salary commensurate with skill and experience. Joining Natural Justice will also give the successful candidate a chance to work with a passionate and highly professional team in a fast-paced environment and gain valuable experience. It is one-year position with the possibility of extension, depending on funding availability.
Governance of Lands, Natural Resources / Traditional Knowledge and Benefit Sharing.
Please email your application to Lesle ([email protected]) with the job title in the subject line.
Application Deadline: Friday, 7 February, 2020