EXCITING OPPORTUNITY AT SECTION27

SECTION27 is a public interest law centre that uses the law to protect, promote and advance human rights. If you are passionate about human rights, self-motivated and would like to be part of a dynamic team working to challenge legal, political and social systems and positively influence society, working at SECTION27 could be the challenge you have been looking for.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

SECTION27 is a high-profile non-profit organisation that uses public interest law and advocacy to protect, promote and advance human rights and social justice. If you are passionate about human rights, self-motivated and would like to be part of a dynamic team working to challenge inequality and positively influence society, joining SECTION27 could be the opportunity you have been looking for.

Our activities include litigation, research and advocacy to advance and promote the rule of law. We focus on protecting everyone’s right of access to health care services, basic education and sufficient food, as guaranteed by the Constitution.

SECTION27 is looking for a visionary, analytical, politically astute and dedicated leader. This person will represent the organisation with among others government, donors, partner organisations, other stakeholders and society at large and will be responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organisation according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. The candidate should be capable of leading a strong and successful organisation and driving the organisation’s fundraising efforts.

Job Specification

  • Overall leadership and management of all aspects of the organisation’s programmes and operations, working closely with the Board and other members of the Management Team.
  • Planning, oversight, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the organisation’s programmes.
  • Building partnerships with relevant stakeholders (including communities, other organisations, media, corporates, government and donors) that enhance the organisation’s profile and ensure its effectiveness and sustainability.
  • Expansion of local and international funding to support existing operations and ensure sustainability.
  • Oversight and monitoring of staff performance.

Qualifications

Candidates should be suitably qualified for the position, with a university degree or equivalent previous experience in a related field. Candidates should preferably have at least 10 years senior management experience, experience working with a Board of Directors, and a proven record of effective leadership and performance in a similar role.

Knowledge and Skills

  • A track record demonstrating knowledge and experience of legal and constitutional advocacy, law and social justice.
  • An ability to inspire and lead management and staff to meet the high performance levels required to achieve the objectives and overall operational and strategic plans of the organisation.
  • Proven skills in public relations, communication, networking and fundraising.
  • Proactive, energetic, and innovative working style, with the ability to be flexible.
  • Demonstrable integrity, idealism and passion, with a self-motivated and positive attitude.

Languages

  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Proficiency in (or working towards learning) one or more indigenous South African languages is highly recommended.

The position is based at our offices in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Please forward your curriculum vitae accompanied by a motivation as to why you are interested in and suitable for the position to applications@section27.org.za by 18 September 2017.

ATTORNEY

Our activities include litigation, research and advocacy to advance and promote the rule of law and the individual’s right of access to health care services, basic education and food, as guaranteed by the South African Constitution.

SECTION27 seeks to appoint an Attorney, based in Johannesburg

JOB SPECIFICATION

Qualification

  • Attorney (with admission in the High Court) with at least three years’ post-admission experience.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Experience in High Court litigation.
  • Knowledge of human rights and public interest law will be advantageous.
  • Experience and knowledge of health law and policy will be advantageous.
  • Project management skills, including planning and report writing skills.
  • Communication, interpersonal and listening skills.
  • Writing, analytical and time management skills.
  • Ability to multi-task.

Languages

  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Proficiency in (or working towards learning) one or more indigenous South African languages is highly desirable.

Personal attributes

  • Driver’s licence is essential.
  • Ability to work under extreme pressure.
  • Extremely organised and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Willingness to travel.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Investigate the merits of possible cases and conduct necessary research to support interventions.
  • Work with community organisers, activists, and partners to collect data and relevant materials for cases.
  • Consult with clients.
  • Brief and consult with counsel.
  • Draft legal papers.
  • Monitor progress of cases.
  • Drafting legal submissions and opinions.
  • Conduct research and analysis.
  • Keep abreast of legal developments that are relevant to the work of SECTION27.
  • Publish articles and opinion pieces.
  • Build and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders and clients.
  • Engage with government and private actors.
  • Liaising with media.
  • Participate in team activities. This includes team meetings as well as monthly staff meetings.
  • Organisational reviews and planning as well as other meetings that relate to the work of SECTION27.
  • Teaching, training and public education including presentations at conferences.
  • Advocacy activities including assisting with public mobilisation.

The position is based at our offices in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Please forward your Curriculum Vitae accompanied by a covering letter to applications@section27.org.za by 9 August 2017. Late applications will not be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.