Environmental Justice Fellowship 2022 for Young African Professionals

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The EJ Fellowship offers an exciting opportunity to young, up and coming African professionals who are passionate about supporting communities in securing rights to their lands, resources and knowledge.

Application Deadline: 19th September 2022 at 5:30pm East African Time

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Eligible Countries:

  • – 1 position in the East African Hub in Kenya (Nairobi)
  • – 1 position in the Western African Hub in Senegal (Dakar)
  • – 1 position in the Southern African Hub in South Africa (Cape Town)
  • – 1 position in the Core Team of Natural Justice either in Nairobi, Cape Town or Johannesburg

About the Award: The fellows will be introduced to a broad spectrum of issues within environmental and human rights law and provided hands on experience and training in research, legal empowerment, data collection and analysis, public interest litigation, analysis on laws and regulations, and advocacy.

We are specifically looking for individuals who can, among other tasks, undertake the following:

  • Assist with research and the conceptualization of climate change, land and environmental justice litigation.
  • Assist with the preparation of briefs, pleadings, and submissions on climate change, land and environmental justice litigation.
  • Assist with the provision of technical support to communities and community partners on a broad range of environmental justice matters.
  • Provide support for the team in curating subject-matter knowledge on the jurisprudence of the National Environment Tribunal and Environment and Land Court in environmental cases

Type: Fellowship

Selection Criteria: 

  • A Bachelor of Laws degree
  • Fluency in English for the locations in South Africa and Kenya, and Fluency in French for the location in Senegal
  • Ability to engage in research, draft reports and legal documents
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to critically analyze relevant environmental laws and policy issues
  • A passion for learning and a commitment to environmental justice
  • Ability to work productively and to deadlines
  • Reliability and attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • A willingness to travel on a regular basis on short notice and sometimes for extended periods
  • An awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations
  • Committed to continuous learning and to self-development with a focus on professionally promoting organizational interests, objectives and values

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: A modest salary will be offered.

Duration of Programme: The Fellowship will be for a period of around 12 months full-time. Successful applicants will be required to begin immediately.

How to Apply: 

1) A cover letter that indicates: a) why you believe environmental and climate justice is important in Africa, and b) why you’re interested in the EJ Legal Fellowship c) which location you are applying for;

2) A detailed CV with three references; and

3) One sample of your written work (for example, articles or research reports written by you (not jointly written or edited by other people)


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