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Ref No. CER 5/2016: Access to Information Officer

First advertised on our website on 29 August 2016.

Based in Cape Town. Closing date of applications: Extended to 13 October 2016. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Centre for Environmental Rights is calling for applications for an Access to Information Officer. We are looking for an individual who is responsible and reliable, meticulous and detail-orientated with excellent record-keeping skills, to assist us with keeping track of our requests for records under the Promotion of Access to Information Act.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A post-graduate degree in an appropriate field.
  • Experience in access to information procedures.
  • Good communications skills are essential, particularly for the access to information work which requires regular follow-ups with government officials and private companies.
  • Computer literacy, with specific competence in Microsoft Office.
  • A commitment to high quality client service, and a passion for social and environmental justice.

Key responsibilities:

  • Preparing, submitting and tracking access to information requests under the Promotion of Access to Information Act in support of the Centre’s various programmes and on behalf of the Centre’s clients, which include communities and civil society organisations.
  • Generally supporting the effective operation of the Centre’s office and programmes, and our objective of promoting environmental justice for all.

The salary offered will be benchmarked, and is dependent on the level of experience of the successful candidate.

Ref No. CER 6/2016: Attorneys in our Mining Programme

Advertised on our website on 14 September 2016.

Based in Cape Town. Closing date for applications: 13 October 2016

The Centre is looking for an attorney (possibly two) to join our Mining programme in 2016. This position is for an admitted attorney with litigation experience with a passion for environmental rights and justice, with a special focus on the impacts of mining on water, air quality, and the health and well-being of mining-affected communities.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • An LLB or equivalent qualification. We prefer candidates with an LLM, preferably in environmental or mining law, but it is not a requirement for this position.
  • Admission as attorney of the High Court of South Africa.
  • Post-qualification experience in High Court litigation, particularly Constitutional and administrative law (experience in environmental litigation will be an advantage). For one of these positions, we would like at least 3 years post-qualification experience, but will consider less experience for the other position.
  • A sound knowledge of mining law and environmental laws applicable to prospecting and mining.
  • A sound understanding of legal and procedural requirements for environmental decision-making and legal challenges.
  • A sensitivity to social issues and needs of mining-affected communities.
  • Excellent networking skills, and strong capabilities in building support amongst a wide range of stakeholders.
  • A commitment to high quality client service, and a passion for social and environmental justice.

Key responsibilities:

  • Providing hands-on expert legal advice, support and representation to the Centre’s clients, including communities and civil society organisations, on matters related to mining and the environment.
  • Instituting appeals and court proceedings on behalf of the Centre’s clients, including researching, writing and filing pleadings, motions, briefs, and other court documents.
  • Providing expert input into draft environmental policies and legislation.
  • Engaging with regulators, companies and other decision-makers to support the Centre’s goals of achieving greater accountability, transparency and environmental compliance in mining.
  • Training and overseeing the work of candidate attorneys at the Centre.
  • Recording and sharing learning for systemic change.

The salary offered will be dependent on the level of experience of the successful candidate, but will be competitive in the public interest law sector.

Ref No. CER 4/2016: Grants Administrator and Bookkeeper

First advertised on our website on 29 August 2016.

Based in Cape Town. Closing date of applications: Extended to 13 October 2016. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Centre for Environmental Rights is calling for applications for a Grants Administrator and Bookkeeper. We are looking for an individual who is responsible and reliable, meticulous and detail-orientated with excellent record-keeping skills, to assist us with basic bookkeeping; ensuring compliance with grant contracts, including reporting to funders.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A post-graduate degree in an appropriate field. A basic accounting or bookkeeping qualification would be an advantage.
  • Experience in bookkeeping and grant administration procedures.
  • Good communications skills.
  • Computer literacy, with specific competence in Microsoft Office, and standard accounting packages (we use Pastel).
  • A commitment to high quality client service, and a passion for social and environmental justice.

Key responsibilities:

  • Providing grant administrative support to the Centre, including: assisting with the collation of documents required for new grant applications and ensuring that all requirements prescribed by the funder have been met; assisting with the monitoring of compliance with grant contracts; collating  information required for the completion of financial reports to funders.
  • Providing bookkeeping support to the Centre’s finance officer, including: reconciling the petty cash books each month; providing general bookkeeping support, including assisting with expense allocations to the correct funder in accordance with relevant budgets; supporting the accountant in compiling of financial reports; assisting with compliance with the Centre’s financial policies, including obtaining of necessary quotes and researching the most cost-effective options.
  • Generally supporting the effective operation of the Centre’s office and programmes, and our objective of promoting environmental justice for all.

The salary offered will be benchmarked, and is dependent on the level of experience of the successful candidate.

Ref No. CER 3/2016: Candidate Attorneys for 2017

We have appointed two candidate attorneys for 2017, but may consider offering articles to one additional candidate. UPDATE: We have now filled all positions for candidate attorneys for 2017.

First advertised on our website on 15 March 2016.

Based in Cape Town. Closing date for applications: 15 April 2016. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Centre for Environmental Rights is now calling for applications for candidate attorneys for 2017, commencing in early 2017. We are looking for bright young law graduates from previously disadvantaged groups who are either currently completing an LLM part-time, or have completed an LLM – preferably in environmental law, though we will also consider other fields of specialisation.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • An LLB or equivalent qualification, and candidates with an LLM in environmental law will be preferred.
  • A sound understanding of legal and procedural requirements for environmental decision-making and legal challenges.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills, good presentation skills and attention to detail.
  • Computer literacy, with specific competence in Microsoft Office, and excellent legal research skills.
  • A commitment to high quality client service, and a passion for social and environmental justice.

Key responsibilities:

  • Providing assistance to and, where appropriate, providing hands-on expert legal advice and support to the Centre’s clients, which include communities and civil society organisations.
  • Providing support to litigation brought on behalf of the Centre’s clients and brought against the Centre’s clients, including researching, writing and filing pleadings, motions, briefs, and other court documents.
  • Doing legal research as required, and facilitating the upload of available resources onto the Virtual Environmental Law Library and other news items on the CER’s website, as well as its social networking sites on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Providing expert input into draft environmental policies and legislation.
  • Assisting in achieving the deliverables and reporting on those deliverables as set out in terms of the Centre’s funding agreements.
  • Assisting with reporting to funders, and fundraising for future projects, as required.
  • Assisting with the recording and sharing of learning for systemic change, as well as monitoring performance against indicators.
  • Generally supporting the effective operation of the Centre’s programmes.

Ref No. CER 2/2016: Researcher

This position has now been filled.

Advertised on our website on 17 February 2016.

Closing date for applications: 7 March 2016.

The Centre for Environmental Rights is recruiting for a researcher for our Corporate Accountability & Transparency programme. This position is for a researcher with a passion for environmental rights and justice, with a particular interest in holding South African corporates accountable for their impact on the environment and environmental rights.

Qualifications, skills and experience

  • An LLB and/or other relevant post-graduate qualification
  • Knowledge of the legal requirements of corporate governance, disclosure and reporting
  • Knowledge of sustainable and responsible investment initiatives and associated environmental, social and governance factors
  • A commitment to high quality client service, and a passion for social and environmental justice

Key responsibilities

  • conducting legal and other research in support of our work on corporate accountability and environmental justice in the business sector, aimed at compelling greater disclosure of and accountability for environmental impacts by the business sector through both incentives and enforcement;
  • supporting engagement with the investor community and other market role players like the JSE and industry associations, and with leading corporates;
  • assisting with the recording and sharing of learning for systemic change.

The CER is based in Cape Town.

The salary offered will be dependent on the level of 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.

Ref No. CER 1/2016: Water Lawyer and Campaigner

This position has now been filled.

Advertised on our website on 23 January 2016. This is a readvertisement of Ref No. CER 2/2015, first advertised on our website on 8 October 2015.

Closing date for applications: 15 February 2016

The Centre for Environmental Rights is starting a new project aimed at securing the long-term legal protection and integrity of South Africa’s strategic water source areas, and we are looking for a legal campaigner to lead this new two-year project. This position is for a lawyer with a passion for the protection of South Africa’s precious water resources, for environmental rights and justice, and who has a particular interest in water law, biodiversity and conservation law, and mining law.

Qualifications, skills and experience

  • An LLB or equivalent qualification, and we prefer candidates with an LLM – preferably in environmental or water law, but it is not a requirement for this position and we will consider applications from candidates with other relevant further qualifications.
  • Knowledge of the imperatives for the protection of our water resources, threatened ecosystems, as well as those applicable to mining.
  • Understanding of legal and procedural requirements for environmental decision-making and legal challenges around water matters, protected areas and mining.
  • Demonstrable experience in legal and public interest campaigning.
  • Excellent networking skills, and strong capabilities in building support amongst a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Excellent strategic planning and project management skills.
  • A commitment to high quality client service, and a passion for social and environmental justice.

Key responsibilities

  • Leading the Centre’s work towards securing the long-term legal protection and integrity of South Africa’s strategic water source areas through a broad legal advocacy strategy.
  • Conducting a review of legal mechanisms available to provide legal protection for strategic water source areas.
  • Convening an advisory group of scientific and legal experts on strategic water source areas, and networking with civil society and community organisations and networks to build stakeholder support for a legal advocacy strategy.
  • Developing and implementing a strategic communication and engagement strategy to support the use of appropriate legal mechanisms.
  • Providing hands-on expert legal advice, support and representation to the Centre’s clients, including communities and civil society organisations, on water resource protection.
  • Providing expert input into draft environmental and water policies and legislation.
  • Facilitating the upload of available resources onto the Centre’s Virtual Environmental Law Library and other news items on our website and social media.
  • Training, mentoring and overseeing the work of candidate attorneys and legal interns, where required.
  • Monitoring and evaluation, and recording and sharing learning for systemic change.

The CER is based in Cape Town. While we occasionally allow staff to work from other locations where it appropriate or necessary for a particular project, we always require new staff to spend significant periods of time in our office in Cape Town, particularly at the start of any new appointment and/or project.

The salary offered will be dependent on the level of 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.

Ref No. CER 3/2015: Attorney in our Mining Programme

This position has now been filled.

Advertised on our website on 16 October 2015.

Based in Cape Town. Closing date for applications: 14 November 2015

The Centre is looking for an attorney to join our Mining programme in 2016. This position is for an admitted attorney with a passion for environmental rights and justice, with a special focus on the impacts of mining on water, air quality, and the health and well-being of mining-affected communities.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • An LLB or equivalent qualification. We prefer candidates with an LLM, preferably in environmental law, but it is not a requirement for this position.
  • Admission as attorney of the High Court of South Africa.
  • Post-qualification experience in High Court litigation, particularly Constitutional and administrative law (experience in environmental litigation will be an advantage).
  • A sound knowledge of mining law and environmental laws applicable to prospecting and mining.
  • A sound understanding of legal and procedural requirements for environmental decision-making and legal challenges.
  • A sensitivity to social issues and needs of mining-affected communities.
  • Excellent networking skills, and strong capabilities in building support amongst a wide range of stakeholders.
  • A commitment to high quality client service, and a passion for social and environmental justice.

Key responsibilities:

  • Providing hands-on expert legal advice, support and representation to the Centre’s clients, including communities and civil society organisations, on matters related to mining and the environment.
  • Providing support to and ultimately leading litigation on behalf of the Centre’s clients, including researching, writing and filing pleadings, motions, briefs, and other court documents.
  • Providing expert input into draft environmental policies and legislation.
  • Facilitating the upload of available resources onto the Centre’s Virtual Environmental Law Library and other news items on our website, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Training and overseeing the work of legal interns and candidate attorneys at the Centre.
  • Recording and sharing learning for systemic change.

The salary offered will be dependent on the level of 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.

Ref No. CER 1/2015: Wildlife Attorney

This position has now been filled.

Advertised on our website on 10 October 2015.

Based in Cape Town. Closing date for applications: 7 November 2015

The Centre for Environmental Rights is now recruiting for an attorney to lead its Wildlife Desk, a one-year pilot project with the Endangered Wildlife Trust, funded by the National Lotteries Commission, aimed at promoting protection of indigenous species by using the law. The ideal candidate is an admitted attorney with a passion for biodiversity and conservation, social and environmental justice, accountability and compliance.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • An LLB or equivalent qualification, and we prefer candidates with an LLM – preferably in environmental law, but it is not a requirement for this position and we will consider applications from candidates with other relevant further qualifications.
  • Admission as attorney of the High Court of South Africa, plus at least two years’ post-qualification experience in legal practice, including High Court litigation, particularly Constitutional, administrative law and/or environmental law.
  • Experience in biodiversity law would be a definite advantage.
  • A sound understanding of legal and procedural requirements for environmental decision-making and legal challenges, as well as of criminal proceedings (particularly in a wildlife context).
  • Excellent networking skills, and strong capabilities in building support amongst a wide range of stakeholders.
  • A commitment to high quality client service, and a passion for social and environmental justice.

Key responsibilities:

  • Providing hands-on expert legal advice, support and representation to the Endangered Wildlife Trust and other public interest and community organisations affected by and concerned with poor biodiversity decision-making and violations of biodiversity laws.
  • Leading litigation on behalf of the Centre’s clients, including researching, writing and filing pleadings, motions, briefs, and other court documents, aimed at promoting the quality of decision-making on biodiversity, and enforcement of compliance with biodiversity laws and permits.
  • Providing legal support for advocacy around improved implementation of biodiversity laws, including providing expert input into draft policies and legislation.
  • Facilitating the upload of available resources onto the Centre’s Virtual Environmental Law Library and other news items on our website and social media.
  • Training, mentoring and overseeing the work of candidate attorneys and legal interns, where required.
  • Recording and sharing learning for systemic change.
  • Tracking opportunities for fundraising for continuation of the project.

The salary offered will be dependent on the level of 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.

Ref No. CER 7/2014: Legal Campaigner

This position has now been filled.

Advertised on our website on 13 October 2014.

Based in Cape Town. Closing date for applications: 4 November 2014. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Centre for Environmental Rights is starting a new project aimed at securing the long-term ecological integrity of South Africa’s offshore marine habitats, and we are looking for a legal campaigner to lead this new project. This position is for a lawyer with a passion for conservation, the sea, and for environmental rights and justice, with a particular interest in marine law, marine spatial planning, marine protected areas and responsible off-shore mining.

Qualifications, skills and experience

  • An LLB or equivalent qualification, plus a tertiary legal qualification in mining law, marine law and/or environmental law
  • Knowledge of the imperatives for the protection of our seabeds, through marine protected areas and otherwise, and sustainable use of marine resources, as well as those applicable to offshore mining
  • Understanding of legal and procedural requirements for environmental decision-making and legal challenges around marine matters, protected areas and mining
  • Demonstrable experience in legal and public interest campaigning
  • Excellent networking skills, and strong capabilities in building support amongst a wide range of stakeholders
  • Excellent strategic planning and project management skills
  • A sensitivity to social issues and needs, and a commitment to high quality client service

Key responsibilities

  • Leading the Centre’s work with key civil society partners on securing the long-term ecological integrity of South Africa’s offshore marine habitats through a broader legal advocacy strategy on marine spatial planning, offshore mining and related matters.
  • Conducting national and international comparative research of the implementation of such a broader legal advocacy strategy.
  • Networking and building stakeholder support for legal tools in support of such a broader legal advocacy strategy, including a moratorium on bulk marine sediment extraction, and further declarations of marine protected areas in line with existing government commitments.
  • Providing hands-on expert legal advice, support and representation to the Centre’s clients, including communities and civil society organisations, on marine and coastal matters.
  • Providing expert input into draft environmental policies and legislation.
  • Facilitating the upload of available resources onto the Centre’s Virtual Environmental Law Library and other news items on our website, Facebook and Twitter.

The salary offered will be dependent on the level of 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.

Ref No. CER 6/2014: Attorney in our Pollution & Climate Change Programme

This position has now been filled.

Advertised on our website on 6 October 2014.

Based in Cape Town. Closing date for applications: 31 October 2014. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Centre is looking for a third attorney to join our Pollution & Climate Change programme. This position is for an attorney with a passion for environmental rights and justice, particularly in relation to industrial pollution, waste, climate change and environmental justice, with a special focus on the environmental impacts of coal-based energy generation.

Qualifications, skills and experience

  • An LLB or equivalent qualification, plus a tertiary qualification in environmental law
  • Admission as attorney of the High Court of South Africa
  • Post-qualification experience in High Court litigation, particularly Constitutional and administrative law (experience in environmental litigation will be an advantage)
  • A sound knowledge of the law applicable to industrial pollution, waste, climate change and environmental justice, with a special focus on the environmental impacts of coal-based energy generation
  • A sound understanding of legal and procedural requirements for environmental decision-making and legal challenges
  • A sensitivity to social issues and needs, and a commitment to high quality client service

Key responsibilities

  • Providing hands-on expert legal advice, support and representation to the Centre’s clients, including communities and civil society organisations, on matters related to industrial pollution, waste, climate change and environmental justice, with a special focus on the environmental impacts of coal-based energy generation.
  • Providing support in litigation by and against the Centre’s clients, including researching, writing and filing pleadings, motions, briefs, and other court documents.
  • Providing expert input into draft environmental policies and legislation.
  • Facilitating the upload of available resources onto the Centre’s Virtual Environmental Law Library and other news items on our website, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Training and overseeing the work of legal interns and candidate attorneys at the Centre.

The salary offered will be dependent on the level of 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.

Ref No. CER 5/2014: Candidate Attorneys and Legal Interns for 2015

These positions have now been filled.

First advertised on our website on 6 August 2014.

Based in Cape Town. Closing date for applications: 16 January 2015. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Centre for Environmental Rights, in collaboration with WWF South Africa’s Environmental Leaders Programme, is now calling for applications for candidate attorneys and/or legal interns for 2015, commencing in April 2015. We are looking for bright young law graduates from previously disadvantaged groups who are either currently completing an LLM part-time, or have completed an LLM – preferably in environmental law, though we will also consider other fields of specialisation.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • An LLB or equivalent qualification, and candidates with an LLM in environmental law will be preferred.
  • If you seek articles, prior completion of the full-time School for Legal Practice would be an advantage.
  • A sound understanding of legal and procedural requirements for environmental decision-making and legal challenges.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills, good presentation skills and attention to detail.
  • Computer literacy, with specific competence in MS Office, and excellent legal research skills.
  • A commitment to high quality client service, and a passion for social and environmental justice.

Key responsibilities:

  • Providing assistance to and, where appropriate, providing hands-on expert legal advice and support to the Centre’s clients, which include communities and civil society organisations.
  • Providing support to litigation brought on behalf of the Centre’s clients and brought against the Centre’s clients, including researching, writing and filing pleadings, motions, briefs, and other court documents.
  • Doing legal research as required, and facilitating the upload of available resources onto the Virtual Environmental Law Library and other news items on the CER’s website, as well as its social networking sites on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Providing expert input into draft environmental policies and legislation on mining, water and related matters.
  • Assisting in achieving the deliverables and reporting on those deliverables as set out in terms of the Centre’s funding agreements.
  • Assisting with reporting to funders, and fundraising for future projects, as required.
  • Assisting with the recording and sharing of learning for systemic change, as well as monitoring performance against indicators.
  • Generally supporting the effective operation of the Centre’s programmes.

Ref No. CER 4/2014: Operations Manager

This position has now been filled.

Advertised on our website on 6 August 2014.

Based in Cape Town. Closing date for applications: 31 August 2014. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Centre for Environmental Rights is looking for a bright, energetic and passionate professional to become its first Operations Manager. We are looking for someone with a strong accounting background who can take primary responsibility for financial management and bookkeeping, but who can also oversee all corporate and administrative aspects of the organisation: human resource administration, operational contract management, and IT support coordination and other asset infrastructure. We would like to employ someone who is passionate about environmental and social justice, and who will take pride in being a key member of the team at the CER.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A postgraduate business degree, preferably a business management qualification or a professional accounting qualification (but we will consider other relevant or appropriate qualifications)
  • A minimum of 5 years’ working experience
  • Computer proficiency, knowledge and skills, including proficiency in Pastel and standard payroll packages
  • Excellent written and spoken English, with additional languages an advantage
  • Experience in strategic planning, HR and financial management practices
  • Excellent people and networking skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure
  • Complete reliability, and ability to take initiative to improve systems and practices and attention to detail
  • A commitment to high quality client service, and a passion for social and environmental justice

Key responsibilities:

  • Ensuring that the Centre’s financial policies are implemented
  • Managing banking, payments and cash flow
  • Monitoring expenses against budgets
  • Bookkeeping and liaison with auditors
  • Administration of human resources, staff well-being and mentoring
  • Managing IT support coordination and other asset infrastructure
  • Operational contract management
  • Support for the Centre’s reporting to the Board, members and funders

The salary offered will be dependent on the level of experience of the successful candidate. For this position we will consider part-time employment, but not a consultancy.

Ref No. CER 3/2014: Attorney

This position has now been filled.

Advertised on our website on 8 July 2014.

Based in Cape Town. Closing date for applications: 22 July 2014

The Centre for Environmental Rights is now recruiting for a junior attorney to join its growing Environmental Rights programme. The ideal candidate is an admitted attorney with a passion for social and environmental justice, accountability and compliance, and empowerment of communities affected by activities that violate their environmental rights.

While this position is primarily focused on our transparency work, the Environmental Rights programme currently incorporates all of the following: our work on access to environmental information; business and environmental rights (corporate accountability and compliance) and also general defence of our national environmental management framework. We are keen for the successful candidate to be involved in all of these aspects of the programme.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • An LLB or equivalent qualification, and we prefer candidates with an LLM. While we prefer that LLM to be in environmental law, it is not a requirement for this position and we will consider applications from candidates with other relevant further qualifications.
  • Admission as attorney of the High Court of South Africa, plus at least one year’s post-qualification experience in legal practice, including High Court litigation, particularly Constitutional, administrative law and/or environmental law
  • Exposure to access to information work would be a definite advantage.
  • A sound understanding of legal and procedural requirements for environmental decision-making and legal challenges
  • A commitment to high quality client service, and a passion for social and environmental justice

Key responsibilities:

  • Preparing, submitting and tracking access to information requests on behalf of the Centre’s clients, which include communities and civil society organisations.
  • Providing legal advice and representation to communities and civil society organisations affected by detrimental environmental impacts of industrial and other activities, including overseeing the advice given to clients through the Centre’s monthly Environmental Law Clinic;
  • Providing support in – and leading, where possible – both access to information and other litigation by and against the Centre’s clients, including researching, writing and filing pleadings, motions, briefs, and other court documents.
  • Providing support for the Centre’s advocacy around improved accountability of non-state actors for environmental rights violations, and greater transparency in environmental governance and management, including providing expert input into draft policies and legislation;
  • Facilitating the upload of available resources onto the Centre’s Virtual Environmental Law Library and other news items on our website, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Training, mentoring and overseeing the work of candidate attorneys and legal interns, where required.
  • Recording and sharing learning for systemic change.

Please read the following instructions before applying for any position at the Centre for Environmental Rights. We retain the right not to consider applications that fail to comply with these requirements.

  1. All applications must have your name and the vacancy reference number in the email subject line.
  2. All applications must include the following, preferably in a single PDF document:
    • A cover letter (1-2 pages) explaining why you are interested in working for CER, and why you are interested in this particular post, as advertised. Please also include a motivation why you think you have the right qualifications, skills and experience for the particular position. Generalised covering letters that do not engage with CER’s activities and purpose will not be considered.
    • A curriculum vitae (3-5 pages), that also lists at least three references with updated contact details.
    • At least one written letter of reference, not more than 6 months old.
    • Certified copies of academic transcripts for all tertiary qualifications.
    • A certified copy of the photo page of your identity document, or – if you are not a South African citizen – a certified copy of the photo page of your passport, and of your valid work permit.
  3. 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.
  4. The Centre for Environmental Rights is based in Cape Town. Unless otherwise indicated, all positions advertised are based in our Cape Town office. If you do not wish to work in or relocate to Cape Town, please do not apply.
  5. CER reserves the right not to appoint if suitable candidates are not found.
  6. All applications must be sent to recruitment@cer.org.za. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

Report a Violation

National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours): 0800 205 005

In addition, there are a number of national and provincial hotlines that may be useful.

Contact us

  • Telephone:+27 21 447 1647
  • Fax:+27 86 730 9098
  • Email:info@cer.org.za
  • Address:Second Floor, Springtime Studios, 1 Scott Road, Observatory, 7925, Cape Town
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