Freedom of Expression Institute: Law Clinic Attorney and Researcher

Freedom of Expression Institute
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 28 January, 2013
Opportunity type: 

The Johannesburg-based Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) was formed in 1994 to defend freedom of expression, to oppose censorship and to promote media diversity. The FXI is now focusing on being a research-driven activist think-tank on all free expression-related issues. The Institute seeks to fill the following positions:
Law Clinic Attorney

Reporting to and working in close cooperation with the Executive Director, the Attorney will be responsible managing the various freedom of expression cases that are dealt with at the Law Clinic.
Primary Duties: Identify cases suitable for strategic litigation in freedom of expression issues; Initiate and conduct litigation (from drafting to court appearances); Manage junior staff in the Law Clinic; Draft press statements and submissions on Bills and policy documents; Conduct workshops on freedom of expression issues.

Requirements: LLB Degree; Admission as an attorney with at least 3-5 years working experience (after articles); Experience in High Court litigation; Demonstrated knowledge in human rights and freedom of expression issues; Project management skills; Excellent verbal and written communications skills;.


Reporting to and working in close cooperation with the Executive Director, the Researcher will be responsible for coordinating and managing focused and generalised research outputs on a broad range of freedom of expression issues. The outputs of the researcher will feed into policy positions of the FXI, expert submissions to government and other bodies, as well as the external media and communications strategy as adopted by the organisation.

Primary Duties: Identifying and developing research opportunities and research proposals in line with the scope and objectives of the organisation; Applying a variety of qualitative and quantitative research techniques to gather relevant information, including document analysis, desk research, media monitoring, surveys, case studies and interviews (face-to-face, telephone and online); Writing up academic-standard research papers that will include appropriate policy and advocacy recommendations for relevant role players and stakeholders.

Requirements: A postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline; Strong research knowledge and experience in qualitative and quantitative methods; Research output and publication record; Excellent knowledge and awareness of the broad freedom of expression environment; Ability to analyse research findings and formulate policy and advocacy recommendations; Excellent writing and verbal communication skills; Ability to multi-task and manage several focused projects; Knowledge of fundraising environment; Ability to conceptualise and develop budgets and narrative partnership proposals.


E-mail applications to FXI at by Monday, 28 January 2013.

Applications should include a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and name and contact details of three references. A competitive negotiable package will be offered for both positions. For more information please contact 011 482 1913.



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