SECTION27: Attorney

Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 16 February, 2018
Opportunity type: 

SECTION27 is at the forefront of human rights activism in South Africa. It is a public interest law centre and seeks to use the law to protect, promote and advance human rights. The organisation's activities include litigation, research and advocacy to advance and promote the rights to have access to health care services, basic education and food, as guaranteed by the South African Constitution.

SECTION27 seeks to appoint an Attorney to be based in Johannesburg.


  • Investigate the merits of possible cases and conduct necessary research to support legal 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
  • Draft legal submissions and opinions
  • Conduct research and analysis
  • Keep abreast of legal and socio-political 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 the government and private actors
  • Liaise 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
  • Teach, train and public education including presentations at conferences
  • Advocacy activities, including assisting with public mobilization


  • Attorney (with admission in the High Court) with at least five years’ post-admission experience.
  • Experience in High Court litigation
  • Knowledge of human rights and public interest law will be advantageous
  • Experience and knowledge of education 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
  • Written and spoken English
  • Proficiency in (or working towards learning) one or more indigenous South African languages is highly desirable
  • Driver’s licence is essential
  • Ability to work under extreme pressure
  • Organised with exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Willingness to travel

To apply, submit a CV and a motivational letter setting out your interest and suitability for the position to

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

Late applications will not be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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