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More exciting opportunities at the Centre for Environmental Rights

27 July 2018 at 10:30 am

The Centre for Environmental Rights is currently recruiting for the following new positions on our staff:

  • Head of Programme: We are looking for 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. This is position is based in Johannesburg or Cape Town. Click here for full details of the head of programme position, and how to apply. The closing date for applications is 20 August 2018.
  • Environmental Law Specialist: We are looking for a tech-savvy legal researcher with a nerdy passion for environmental law, environmental rights, accountability and justice. This is a dynamic role, and the successful candidate will work across the CER’s programmes, supporting our training work, our litigation, our legal advocacy, and for our strategic communications. The candidate will also track policy and law reform processes, liaise with Parliamentary Portfolio Committees, draft Parliamentary submissions and manage the legal content of CER’s website, particularly our Virtual Environmental Law Library. This is position is based in Johannesburg or Cape Town. Click here for full details of the environmental law specialist position, and how to apply. The closing date for applications is 27 August 2018.

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.