Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Call for Applications: Staff Lawyer / Legal Expert for Natural Justice-India

Natural Justice (Lawyers for Communities and the Environment) is a pioneering international team of legal practitioners. We 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 environmental and social justice. Natural Justice currently works in Africa, Asia and Latin America and has offices in South Africa, Malaysia, India, and New York City.

What are we looking for?

Natural Justice has been working with communities, NGOs and government agencies in India since 2009. Due to increasing demand from our partners, we are seeking a full-time lawyer or legal expert to co-coordinate our work in India, with particular emphasis on Orissa. The successful candidate will be expected to begin work immediately and be based in Bangalore for at least six months.

The key roles and responsibilities will include (among other things): working closely with co-coordinators in India and Malaysia; developing strategies, workplans and reports for activities in Orissa and across India; supervising and supporting fellows and interns; conducting research and developing community-friendly legal empowerment materials; providing legal support to communities and local organisations (including in the context of developing and using community protocols); providing technical advice to government agencies; developing a network of law students and recent graduates; further developing partnerships civil society organisations and networks; and organising and attending relevant meetings and workshops within India, South Asia, and internationally.

Minimum skills and experience required:
  • Degree in law and/or demonstrated expertise in human rights, environmental and/or land law
  • Understanding of the Indian legal system and institutional arrangements
  • Familiarity with interdisciplinary and/or participatory approaches and tools
  • At least two years of experience with project management
  • At least two years of experience working with communities and/or civil society organisations or networks
  • Experience with conducting primary and/or desktop research and preparing clear and analytical reports
  • Experience with organising and facilitating community and multi-stakeholder workshops or events
  • Experience or keen interest in some aspect of international law or policy (for example, multilateral environmental agreements, human rights, or grievance mechanisms)
  • Proven experience with financial management and fundraising
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including through online platforms
  • Fluency in English
  • Fluency in at least one Indian language (preferably Hindi and/or Odiya)

 Desirable traits and attributes:
  • Keen interest in and commitment to advancing the rights of tribal and traditional communities, particularly in relation to their territories, areas and natural resources
  • Professionalism, strong work ethic, and personal initiative (“self-starter”)
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Reliability and attention to detail
  • Ability to work both in teams and independently with little supervision
  • Ability to work effectively in multicultural and international settings
  • Sensitivity to nuances and dynamics of engaging with tribal and traditional communities
  • Ability to engage with a range of stakeholders
  • Willingness to travel on a regular basis and work with local organisations and communities in remote areas

 What’s on offer?

Natural Justice is a close-knit and nurturing collective that places emphasis on facilitating opportunities for the professional and personal growth of its members. Natural Justice will offer a competitive salary commensurate with skill and experience. Joining Natural Justice will also give the successful candidate a chance to work with a passionate and highly professional global team in a fast-paced environment and gain valuable international experience.

Application process:

Deadline: 12 March 2014, 17:00 GMT

Please email your application to Holly Jonas (holly(at)naturaljustice.org) with the job title in the subject line. Include a motivation letter that indicates why you feel you are the best candidate for this position, a detailed CV with three references, and at least three samples of your past work (for example, articles or research reports). Please ensure that your application as a whole speaks to the required skills and experience and desirable traits and attributes listed above.

Due to the high volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted in mid- to late March. Please check http://naturaljustice.org/get-involved/vacancies for further news.

Thank you in advance and best of luck!

The Natural Justice Team

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