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Natural Justice seeks a full-time legal practitioner to assist in coordinating, implementing, and further developing our new Just Energy Transition Africa initiative. The successful candidate will be based with the Natural Justice teams in either Cape Town or Nairobi, although an alternative arrangement may be made for exceptional candidates.
The legal practitioner will join a team of lawyers working to advance the just transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy solutions in key countries across Africa. The legal practitioner will work with non-governmental organizations and other allied institutions to develop regulatory frameworks for – and remove obstacles to – the accelerated deployment of clean energy and support work on cases challenging fossil energy projects. The Just Energy Transition Africa initiative is a joint project of Natural Justice, the US-based non-profit law organization Earthjustice, and other partners.
Natural Justice is a pan-African non-profit organization specializing in environmental, human rights, and energy law in Africa in pursuit of environmental justice. Natural Justice uses the law to support communities to participate in decisions that affect their land, culture, and environment, with programmatic focus areas on climate change, extractives (coal, oil, gas, and minerals), community rights, and conservation.
JETA aims to leverage the collective experience of Natural Justice, Earthjustice, and other civil society organizations to challenge fossil fuel projects and advocate for reforms in energy and electricity market regulation to advance the energy transition in Africa. Accelerating the clean energy transition is fundamental to fighting climate change and increasing electricity access for poor and marginalized communities. We aim to inform the public and amplify community and civil society engagement in energy policy across the continent. We aim to grow the legal network across the continent to support communities, NGOs, and forward-leaning local governments in engaging in effective advocacy and litigation to accelerate the clean energy transition.
How to Apply
Applications should be submitted via email to [email protected] with “Application for position of Legal Practitioner, JETA Initiative” in the subject line.
Applications must include:
1) A motivation letter that indicates: a) why you are interested in this position and what inspires you about a just energy transition and environmental justice more broadly; and b) aspects of your background that demonstrate the required competence for this role;
2) A detailed CV with three references; and
3) Two writing samples (for example, legal briefs, articles, or research reports) that demonstrate your own legal analysis and writing.
Please ensure that your application as a whole speaks to the required qualifications, experience, personal profile, and key roles and responsibilities. Please do not apply if you do not meet the required experience. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Salary is commensurate with skill and experience. The contract length will be two years with the intention of a longer-term arrangement.
Natural Justice is committed to the employment and contracting practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities.
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