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Reference No: CER 2/2016

The closing date (7 March 2016) has passed and applications for this position are now closed.

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.

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.


Based in Cape Town

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 salary offered will be 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.