SAHA: Junior Attorney - Freedom of Information Programme

South African History Archive (SAHA)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 10 November, 2017
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Established in 1988 by anti-apartheid activists, the South African History Archive (SAHA) is an independent, nonprofit, activist archive committed to documenting, supporting, and promoting greater awareness of historical and, since 1994, contemporary struggles for justice and accountability. 

SAHA seeks to appoint a Junior Attorney for the Freedom of Information Programme to be based at SAHA offices, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg.

Report to: The FOIP Coordinator

This is a contract post for one year, fixed period, renewable depending on funding and performance.

Start date: Monday 8 January 2018


  • Draft, submit and manage PAIA requests through-out their life-cycle, including drafting internal appeals, pleadings, letters, briefs to advocates and other legal correspondence
  • Undertake research, particularly in relation to policies, legislation and access to information developments
  • Provide legal advice on behalf of SAHA in relation to all aspects of PAIA requests, and to SAHA in-house
  • Write research reports, case studies, news stories and press releases related to FOIP’s work
  • Oversee maintenance and expansion of SAHA’s PAIA Tracker system, in line with grant agreements
  • Contribute to FOIP and SAHA’s applications, work plans and reports and any assessment of strategy
  • Supervise FOIP interns and other project workers, under the guidance of the FOIP Coordinator
  • Support the work of the FOIP Coordinator


  • Admitted attorney with LLB degree or post graduate qualifications
  • One to three years’ relevant experience, including litigation, research and writing experience
  • Critical thinking and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Research and computer skills, including literacy in MS Word, Excel and Power Point
  • An ability to work closely with a diverse group of professionals and in a fast changing environment
  • A demonstrable commitment to and interest in public interest law and social justice
  • A valid driver’s licence and own transport
  • Experience working on access to information and related issues
  • Fluency in at least one African language

To apply, submit your application to quoting FOIP Junior Attorney application 2017/10 – [Your Name] in the subject line.

  • Two to three-page CV
  • A writing sample of no more than 1000 words (preferably previously published) that demonstrates your legal and writing skills, and 
  • Up-to-date contact details for at least two professional referees 

Your one to two-page letter of motivation (no more than 500 words) must address the following

  • The main barriers to the realisation of the right of access to information in South Africa today
  • How you think PAIA could be used to challenge corruption and combat impunity in South Africa
  • The key findings of a recent court judgement (judgement handed down in the last twelve months) – of a high court, the Supreme Court of Appeal or the Constitutional Court – that related to PAIA

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

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Interviews will be conducted at the SAHA offices in Johannesburg in week of 20 – 24 November 2017.

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