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Attorney in the Executive Director’s Office

The closing date (8 January 2018) has passed and applications for this position are now closed.

UPDATE: This position has not been filled. We may re-advertise this position in future.

Based in Cape Town, this position is for an admitted attorney from a historically disadvantaged group with some litigation experience, but with a particular interest in legal advocacy and non-litigious engagement to support the Centre’s overall goals of achieving greater accountability, transparency and environmental compliance.


Based in Cape Town

Qualifications, skills and experience

  • An LLB or equivalent qualification. We prefer candidates with an LLM, preferably in environmental or human rights law, but it is not a requirement for this position
  • Admission as attorney of the High Court of South Africa, and at least 2 years’ post-qualification experience in High Court litigation, particularly Constitutional and administrative law
  • A sound understanding of procedural and substantive requirements for administrative decision-making and legal challenges, as well as law reform processes
  • Knowledge of environmental laws will be an advantage
  • Excellent legal research skills and writing skills with a perfectionist eye for detail
  • Excellent public speaking skills, as well as skills of persuasion, and emotional intelligence
  • A sensitivity to social issues and needs of communities affected by environmental injustice
  • Excellent networking skills, and strong capabilities in building support amongst a wide range of stakeholders
  • A commitment to high quality client service
  • A passion for social and environmental justice
  • A commitment to diversity, inclusion and transformation

Key responsibilities

  • Coordinating and providing support for the CER’s non-litigious advocacy and external engagement, including engagement with regulators, Portfolio Committees and industry representatives
  • Working with and supporting the Executive Director and Heads of Programmes in implementing advocacy initiatives in the CER’s Strategic Plan, including strategic communications
  • Conducting legal research and coordinating with external experts
  • Providing expert input into draft policies and legislation
  • Recording and sharing learning for systemic change


The Centre for Environmental Rights benchmarks its salaries for the public interest law sector. The salary offered will be dependent on the qualifications, skills and level of experience of the successful candidate, but will fall within the range R450 000-R550 000 per annum (total cost to company).

How to apply

Please send your CV, letter of motivation and complete the AA bio summary form in MS word format to:

Contact Us

  • Cape Town

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

    First Floor, DJ du Plessis Building, West Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein, 2001 - 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.