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Access to Information Officer

Reference No: CER 5/2016

The closing date (13 October 2016) has passed and applications for this position are now closed.

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.


Based in Cape Town

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.

Contact Us

  • Cape Town

    Second Floor, Springtime Studios, 1 Scott Road, Observatory, 7925 - View Map
  • Johannesburg

    2 Sherwood Road, Forest Town, Johannesburg, 2193 - View Map

Section 24of 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

0800 205 005

Contact the National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours) or one of the national and provincial hotlines.