NGO Pulse Vacancies Polokwane – Programmes Administrator

Website SANGONeT

Job Description:

The Centre for Environmental Rights is a non-profit organisation and law clinic of environmental rights lawyers that helps communities defend their right to a healthy environment. We do this by advocating and litigating for transparency, accountability, and compliance with environmental laws.

As South Africa’s largest public interest environmental law organisation, we leverage our expertise and commitment to fight for environmental justice for all. We take on the big environmental fights – high-stakes cases where we can empower local communities to defend their rights to a healthy environment, clean air and mitigate the impacts of climate change and set powerful precedents for other cases, and help improve policy and practice across the country.

Winning the legal case is only part of the battle. CER’s litigation work is strengthened by local empowerment, dedicated policy, and advocacy work as well as strategic communications. We work closely with partners in affected communities and with other civil society and public interest law organisations, particularly in the environmental and social justice sectors.

We work across the following core themes: Biodiversity, Mining, Water, Pollution and Climate Change, Corporate Accountability, and Activist Support and Training. Our main office is in Observatory, Cape Town.

The Centre for Environmental Rights is looking for a Programmes Officer to join our team and to work primarily in the CER’s Mining Programme and Pollution and Climate Change Programme. Based in Cape Town or Johannesburg, this position is for an energetic organiser with at least 3 years’ experience in an administrative or programmatic support role, and who has a passion for environmental justice and working for the right to a healthy and protected environment to be realised.

CER is committed to diversity, inclusion and transformation and strives to reflect South Africa’s racial, cultural, sex and gender diversity within its staff complement. Candidates from historically disadvantaged or marginalised groups are strongly encouraged to apply for this post, and will be preferred.

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Job Responsibilities:

To provide general administrative support and assistance primarily to the Mining Programme and the Pollution and Climate Change Programme, but also to the Centre more generally to realise the Programmes’ and the Centre’s strategic objectives, which may change and develop over time.

  • assisting with inter and intra-programme coordination, collaboration and communication; and assisting with sharing relevant information with staff in the programme teams;
  • assisting with enquiries and requests received from partners, clients, and members of the public;
  • coordinating support for clients and partners for relevant matters;
  • supporting the provision of advice to and the representation of communities and civil society organisations in various matters, including through strategic public interest environmental litigation, advocacy, and research;
  • liaising with, for example, partner organisations, clients, members of the public, government officials, courts, advocates, sheriffs, tribunals, correspondent attorneys, and opposing attorneys;
  • assisting in achieving the deliverables and reporting on those deliverables as set out in terms of the Centre’s funding agreements, and assisting with reporting to the Board and funders, as required;
  • assisting with reporting to funders, and fundraising for future projects, as required;
  • assisting with the recording and sharing of learning for systemic change, as well as monitoring performance against indicators;
  • providing onsite administrative support to programmes and clients in respect of litigation and other matters;
  • providing onsite administrative support for meetings, workshops, conferences and the like; which includes: organising, preparing and attending meetings, workshops and conferences; taking minutes and/or notes of meetings, workshops, and conferences; assisting with following up on action items arising from minutes, workshops and conferences;
  • liaising with the operations team to assist with travel, accommodation and other logistical arrangements for hearings, meetings, workshops, conferences, and the like;

Job Requirements:

  • Relevant degree or qualification, and a minimum of 3 years’ experience in an administrative or programmatic support role.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, as well as the ability to multi task in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, attention to detail and commitment to high accuracy levels in all aspects of the job are essential.
  • Computer literacy, with specific competence in Microsoft Office especially Excel, including virtual and cloud-based computer applications
  • A sensitivity to social issues and the experiences and needs of marginalised communities.
  • Excellent networking skills, and strong capabilities in building support amongst a wide range of stakeholders.
  • A commitment to high-quality client service.
  • A passion for social and environmental justice.
  • A commitment to diversity, inclusion, and transformation.

Job Details:

Company: SANGONeT

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Polokwane

Application Deadline: N/A

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