Vacancy announcement: Executive Director, Natural Justice

Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and the Environment is a non-profit organisation, specialising in human rights and environmental law, operating on the African continent and at the regional (African Commission) and international (UN) levels. It is a team of progressive legal practitioners who conduct comprehensive research on environmental and human rights law, support communities and local organisations, provide technical advice to governments and intergovernmental organisations, and engage in key international processes in pursuit of social and environmental justice. Natural Justice is headquartered in Cape Town, works in a range of African countries, and has staff in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Benin, Zimbabwe and Guinea.

Natural Justice has recently undergone a full programmatic and governance review process that led, among others, to the formation of five programmatic areas, namely: Climate Change; Extractives and Infrastructure; Conservation and Customary Use; Governance of Land and Natural Resources; and Traditional Knowledge and Benefit Sharing.

Natural Justice seeks an experienced, full-time professional, familiar with and passionate about the field of environmental justice and with proven management and not-for-profit leadership experience in Africa. The successful candidate will be based in Cape Town, South Africa, with frequent international travel and will begin work in January 2018.

The successful candidate is expected to provide leadership and oversight on all of Natural Justice’s key functions (programmatic, financial and operations) to both scale its impact and ensure the organization’s sustainability. He/she will have the following personal and professional attributes:

  • A postgraduate degree in law or other relevant social science discipline;
  • Expertise in both environmental law (including natural resource and/or land law) and human rights law, especially with an African focus;
  • 10 years of management expertise with at least 5 years in a leadership position; experience in managing organisations through start-up phases is a bonus;
  • Experience with a broad spectrum of stakeholder engagement and management, ranging from partner communities to donors and government officials. In particular, a track record of working with indigenous peoples and/or local communities;
  • Experience in government and international organisation advocacy;
  • Familiarity with budgetary processes, monitoring and evaluation frameworks and the development of internal policies and strategic plans;
  • Experience with managing and communicating with a board of trustees;
  • Ability to manage a diverse and geographically dispersed team and build consensus;
  • Experience in fundraising, and ability to demonstrate fundraising success in previous professional setting;
  • A track record in developing networks and setting up new collaborations and partnerships;
  • Confident public speaking and excellent writing skills;
  • A sense of humour;
  • Fluency in English required, French or Portuguese an advantage; and
  • Willingness to travel and work at the international level as well as with local organisations and communities in remote areas.

Deadline for applications is 1 September 2017, 17.00 GMT. Applications should be sent to Johanna von Braun with the job title in the subject line by 1 September 2017 (17:00 GMT) to: johanna(at) A motivation letter should be included that indicates why you feel you are the best candidate for this position, and a detailed CV with three contactable references. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. To learn more: