ODAC: Legal Researcher

Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 21 August, 2017
Opportunity type: 

The Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC) is a section 21 nonprofit company based in Cape Town. ODAC’s mission is to promote open and transparent democracy; foster a culture of corporate and government accountability; and assist people in South Africa to be able to realise their human rights.

ODAC seek to appoint a Legal to be based in Cape Town.

The Researcher will be required for expert law centre working on access to information, whistleblowing and transparency issues. 

This is envisaged as a full-time position, though we are open to discussion with more qualified candidates for part-time (particularly those with project management experience). 

The position is available immediately for an initial one-year contract period (with prospects for renewal). 

The contract will not include benefits with a total cost-to-company envisaged at R 250 000 to R 290 000, depending on experience.

  • To improve the overall research output of ODAC that serves as a central function in ODACs mission
  • To make research that informs all our activities, and provides meaningful information and action for the public at large
  • Research which relates to the Open Government Partnership and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Research which relates to whistleblowing on the African continent
  • Research which relates to access to information and transparency issues in South Africa
  • Converting all research both into reports with academic rigour, but also into materials for broad consumption
  • Litigation and legal advice support
  • General activities


  • Written skills
  • Skills for communicating to variety of audiences
  • Post graduate qualification in either law or politics, though law would be preferred
  • Strong research abilities and competency in utilising research databases
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to travel within and outside South Africa
  • Any foreign applicants will need to already have the requisite VISAs and permits to work legally in South Africa
  • Strong initiative
  • Team player and ability to work independently
  • Experience in human rights law, international law and/or governance issues are preferable
  • Visual presentation skills
  • One year’s work experience in a legal environment will be advantageous
  • Innovative thinker
  • Historically disadvantaged applicants are encouraged to apply
  • We would strongly encourage more qualified persons to apply, as we are open to discussion for qualified candidates, particularly with project management experience, to work part-time

To apply, submit your CV, covering letter, copy of relevant qualifications, a copy of written work and the contact details of at least three referees to info@odac.org.za 

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal

ODAC reserves the right to not hire for this position should no suitable candidate apply, or circumstances change which require us to re-advertise with different specifications.

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