DIRECTOR OF LITIGATION

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 28 June, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Employment

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Litigation will be responsible for shaping and implementing SERI’s litigation strategy across its three themes of work: “Securing a Home”, “Making a Living” and “Expanding Political Space”. The successful candidate will lead a team of attorneys who provide advice and representation to social movements, communities and individuals seeking to enforce their socio-economic rights in a variety of contexts. He or she will also be expected to develop SERI's profile and outreach with communities, media, the government and donors.

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) invites applications for the post of
 
DIRECTOR OF LITIGATION
 
SERI is one of South Africa’s leading human rights organisations, and is internationally recognised for its award-winning work. SERI’s record of success in a wide range of public interest litigation is particularly well-known. SERI’s practice involves a heavy caseload of challenging, high-quality work, addressing a wide range of constitutional, administrative, property, and criminal law issues. You can find out more about SERI on www.seri-sa.org and www.fightingforaliving.org.
 
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Litigation will be responsible for shaping and implementing SERI’s litigation strategy across its three themes of work: “Securing a Home”, “Making a Living” and “Expanding Political Space”. The successful candidate will lead a team of attorneys who provide advice and representation to social movements, communities and individuals seeking to enforce their socio-economic rights in a variety of contexts. He or she will also be expected to develop SERI's profile and outreach with communities, media, the government and donors.
 
We’re looking for someone with the following qualifications, skills and experience -
 

  • Bachelor of Laws Degree. A higher degree in law or the social sciences would be an added advantage.
  • Admitted to practice as an attorney or advocate in South Africa. However, SERI will consider applications from exceptional candidates who qualified outside South Africa, and who are committed to gaining the necessary qualifications to practice in South Africa.
  • At least 5 years’ experience of public law litigation.
  • Prior engagement with human rights advocacy and research.
  • Experience in the training and mentorship of junior lawyers.
  • Excellent written English.
  • A record of interest in and engagement with any area of work in which SERI is currently active.
  • Experience in media strategy and communications and/or community-based advocacy and training.

 
SERI offers a competitive salary, which is based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience. The appointment will take effect on 1 October 2019.
 
SERI is committed to transformation. Black South Africans and women are strongly encouraged to apply for this post.
 
SERI wishes to contribute to the development of a new generation of human rights activists at the national and international level. This position carries with it significant opportunities for international travel and continuing professional training and development.
 
If you are interested in this post, please send your CV, two unedited samples of recent written work, together with a covering letter, to Princess Nkuna at princessn@seri-sa.org.
 
In your covering letter, please provide a detailed explanation of why you are interested in working for SERI in particular, and what qualities and experience you would bring to the post. Generalised covering letters, which do not engage with SERI’s activities and purpose, will not be considered. The closing date for applications is Friday 28 June 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and will be expected to make themselves available for interview in late July or August 2019.

Location: 
South Africa

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