Vacancies

Sexual and Reproductive Rights Programme Lawyer

Job Description:

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre seeks a senior lawyer to head its Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Programme. This programme works to ensure the protection of sexual and reproductive health rights and access to justice in cases of rights violations in southern Africa.  It does this through working with lawyers and civil society organisations 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 sexual and reproductive rights in the region.

In particular, the Programme Lawyer is responsible for

  • 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 organisations;
  • Developing and coordinating legal cases on women’s sexual and reproductive health rights 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.

Requirements/Qualifications:

  • A degree in law is required; L.L.M and other advanced degrees are highly desirable;
  • Proven interest and experience in human rights issues generally;
  • Proven interest and experience in sexual and reproductive health rights
  • 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;
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail;
  • Willingness to travel extensively.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and a detailed CV (without copies of degrees or testimonials) to applications@salc.org.za by ­­­27 February 2017. In the subject line of your e-mail, please insert “Application: Sexual and Reproductive Rights Programme Lawyer”.

 

 

Call for Expression of Interest: Website Developer

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) is a regional non-governmental human rights organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Its work focuses on strategic litigation and advocacy on rule of law and human rights throughout the Southern Africa region. SALC utilises its website to promote its work and to share legal resources with civil society organisations and lawyers in the region.

SALC is calling for proposals for the service of a Website Developer to review and redesign SALC’s current website (www.southernafricalitigationcentre.org).

Responsibilities:

  • Review the current website and make recommendations for improvement;
  • Redesign the website in consultation with SALC programme staff;
  • Ensure transfer of all resources from current to new website and integrate data from various back-end services and databases;
  • Create site layout/user interface by using standard HTML/CSS practices;
  • Gather and refine specifications and requirements based on technical needs.

Features of the website:

  • The website should be dynamic and should allow for easy update by staff without specialised skills in web development.

Time frame:

The website should be designed and developed within 2 months from the date the contract is awarded.

Requirements:

  • Proven working experience in web programming;
  • Programming skills and solid understanding of how web applications work;
  • Aggressive problem diagnosis and creative problem solving skills;
  • WordPress experience, particularly in writing plugins and themes;
  • An understanding of the website requirements of non-governmental organisations;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to support working in a diverse environment.

To apply, submit a CV, and a short proposal detailing estimated time-frame and cost of redesigning the website to applications@salc.org.za by 27 February 2017. A supporting portfolio of your work and experience is also required. Kindly insert “Application: Web developer” in the subject line of you e-mail.

 

 

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.