Vacancies

 Rule of Law/ Freedom of Expression Programme Lawyer

Job description

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre seeks a lawyer to head its Rule of Law and Freedom of Expression work. These programmes work to advance human rights and promote and protect the rule of law and rights to freedom of expression and association in southern Africa. SALC aims to support legal cases before domestic courts, training and facilitating legal networks throughout the region and high level advocacy. Working under the direction of the Executive Director and the Litigation Director, the Programme Lawyer will be responsible for carrying out SALC’s legal work and advocacy related to freedom of expression and association in the region.

In particular, the Programme Lawyer is responsible for

  • Developing and coordinating legal cases on rule of law, access to justice and freedom of expression and related issues;
  • Conducting legal and factual research and drafting reports for advocacy purposes;
  • Conducting advocacy with respect to specific legal cases, including engaging in media advocacy;
  • Organising and convening meetings, trainings and conferences on key issues and representing SALC at relevant meetings and conferences.
  • Providing and monitoring technical and monetary support to local lawyers and organisations for on-going legal cases;
  • Developing relationships with local lawyers and non-governmental organisation

Requirements/Qualifications

  • A degree in law is required; LL.M and other advanced degrees are highly desirable;
  • Proven interest and experience in human rights issues generally;
  • A minimum of three years litigation experience;
  • Proven interest and experience in freedom of expression and association;
  • Excellent knowledge of international and regional human rights laws and instruments;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Experience in or familiarity with non-profit, governmental or intergovernmental organisations;
  • Excellent legal and factual research skills including online sources;
  • French or Portuguese language skills is desirable
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail;
  • Willingness to travel extensively;
  • Preference will be given to lawyers from the southern African region.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and a detailed CV (without copies of degrees or testimonials) to applications@salc.org.za by 2 June 2017. In the subject line of your e-mail, please insert “Application: Freedom of Expression Programme Lawyer”.

 

Finance Manager

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), based in Johannesburg, South Africa, is seeking a highly qualified Finance Manager to ensure effective financial controls and implementation of financial policies and procedures, managing financial resources and administrative functions.

SALC promotes and advances human rights and the rule of law in southern Africa, primarily through strategic litigation support and capacity building. SALC works in Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Job description

You will work closely with the Executive and Litigation Directors to implement the organisation’s financial sustainability strategy and facilitate an efficiently functioning team.

In particular, the Finance Manger is responsible for:

  • The financial operations of the organisation to ensure timely and accurate financial reports and practices including cash management, payroll, reconciliations, financial disbursements, ledgers etc.
  • Entering financial information and maintaining all financial records for projects and for the organisation.
  • Preparing and maintaining donor agreements and staff contracts.
  • Managing financial control, preparing and analysing budgets, develop financial reports, and making recommendations to the organisation on budget
  • Monitoring expenditures to ensure that program funds are utilised appropriately by the close of the grant period.
  • Ensuring that all financial reporting is completed on time and submitted to donors.
  • Overseeing the financial audits of the organisation and ensuring statutory compliance.

Requirements/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business or Finance;
  • Membership of SAIPA or another professional finance body will be advantageous.
  • Proven track record of experience in non-profit financial management with at least 5 years of progressive work experience in donor funded projects.
  • Proficiency with finance and payroll software packages: Pastel Partner for NPO’s and Pastel Payroll
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Excel

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and a detailed CV to applications@salc.org.za by 2 June 2017. In the subject line of your e-mail, please insert “Application: Finance Manager position”. Please include 3 references, one of which should be an external auditor at your current position.

 

FOR STUDENTS:

Legal Intern

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) is looking for interns to work in our offices in Johannesburg, South Africa. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but applicants are encouraged to get their application in as soon as possible,indicating dates of availability. Interns will work at the SALC offices under the supervision of one of SALC’s programme lawyers. Responsibilities may include legal research and writing, including international and comparative law research; factual research on specific legal cases; bluebooking and fact-checking legal filings; assisting in maintaining SALC’s website; and assisting staff in organizing conferences and seminars. Please note that the position is unpaid.

Requirements

  • Interest in human rights issues;
  • Basic knowledge of international and regional human rights laws and instruments;
  • Experience working in or focusing on southern Africa preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; Portuguese or French is highly  desirable;
  • Excellent research skills including online sources;
  • Well-organised, self-motivated and reliable.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a detailed CV and an unedited writing sample to Pamela Timburwa, pamelat@salc.org.za

 

 

Legal Extern

SALC is looking for externs – full time students who can dedicate approximately 10 hours per week to research and general assistance to SALC. Externs will work from home, with occasional meetings with SALC lawyers when necessary. This work may include legal research and writing, including international and comparative law research; and factual research on specific legal cases.

Externships are designed to give students practical experience of working in human rights litigation, without the time and financial difficulties full time internships create. Working with SALC provides students with exposure to litigation at domestic courts as well as to regional and international human rights mechanisms, and will help broaden your understanding of the strategies lawyers involved in such cases adopt. However, our externships require dedication and hard work, and we expect high standards of work from our externs.

Preferred applicants:

  • All law students who already have an undergraduate degree;
  • Interest in human rights issues;
  • Basic knowledge of international and regional human rights laws and instruments;
  • Experience working in or focusing on southern Africa preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Portuguese or French is highly  desirable;
  • Excellent research skills including online sources;
  • Well-organised, self-motivated and reliable.

 

Application Process:

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a detailed CV, an unedited writing sample and a 2 page answer to the research question to Pamela Timburwa, pamelat@salc.org.za

Research Question: In your opinion how effective is the  individual complaints mechanism of African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights? In particular, consider the enforcement of African Commission decisions and whether the mechanisms offers effective remedies of human rights violations.