Natural Justice is an organisation rooted in the struggles of communities in Africa. As a team of pioneering lawyers and legal experts, we specialise in human rights and environmental law in pursuit of social and environmental justice. The values, knowledge and self-determination inform our work of the communities whom we stand in solidarity with. Through legal empowerment, research, policy influencing and litigation, and as part of coalitions and campaigns, we support communities to defend and affirm their rights to their lands and environments. To learn more about the work of Natural Justice, please refer to www.naturaljustice.org
About the African Environmental Defenders Initiative
The African Environmental Defenders Initiative was launched in 2019 with an objective to enhance respect for the work of African Environmental Defenders and advocate for and secure their human rights. The Initiative aims to minimise or manage the risks faced by Defenders in Africa by offering support to enhance their resilience in terms of protection against threats.
Through the Initiative, Natural Justice established the African Environmental Defenders Fund. This is a joint program by Natural Justice and various partners, including the International Land Coalition, which provides emergency funding to land and environmental defenders based in Africa whose lives are under threat. The website of the Fund can be accessed here: https://envirodefenders.africa/.
What are we looking for?
Natural Justice seeks to hire a full-time Project Coordinator to lead, coordinate and oversee the implementation of the African Environmental Defenders (AED) Initiative across the organization. The successful candidate will work closely with the project team members in the Southern, Eastern and West African Hubs of the organization to implement the project in the respective countries of focus, which include Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Senegal, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, South Africa, Guinea and Mozambique among others.
This will be a full-time position based in any African country, with preference given to applicants able to be based in Kenya, South Africa, Madagascar, Senegal, and other countries where Natural Justice has a presence. The ideal candidate will also have substantial experience working in several African countries and professional fluency in English; fluency in French is desirable.
Key roles and responsibilities: Project Coordinator, AED Initiative
Qualifications and experience required:
Applications should be submitted via email to [email protected] with “Application for position of Project Coordinator, African Environmental Defenders Initiative” in the subject line.
Applications must include:
A motivation letter that indicates: a) why you are interested in this position and what inspires you about working with African Environmental Human Rights defenders more broadly; and b) aspects of your background that demonstrate the required competence for this role;
A detailed CV with three references; and
Two writing samples (for example, legal briefs, articles or research reports) that demonstrate your analytical, writing and communications skills.
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. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Deadline for Applications: All applications to be sent on or before 31st May 2022.
Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Salary is commensurate with skill and experience. The contract length will be two years with the intention of a longer-term arrangement.
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