Researcher: Extrac­tives at Legal Resources Centre

The Legal Resources Cen­tre is an inde­pen­dent, client-based, non-profit pub­lic inter­est law clinic, which uses law as an instru­ment of jus­tice.  It works for the devel­op­ment of a fully demo­c­ra­tic soci­ety based on the prin­ci­ple of sub­stan­tive equal­ity, by pro­vid­ing free legal ser­vices for the vul­ner­a­ble and mar­gin­alised, includ­ing the poor, home­less, and land­less peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties who suf­fer dis­crim­i­na­tion by rea­son of race, class, gen­der, dis­abil­ity or by rea­son of social, eco­nomic and his­tor­i­cal cir­cum­stances.

The LRC seeks to appoint a Researcher on a con­trac­tual basis for up to 12 months.

Key respon­si­bil­i­ties

• Con­duct exten­sive research into areas around the econ­omy and the law; the rights of com­mu­ni­ties in rela­tion to nat­ural resources and the human rights oblig­a­tions and respon­si­bil­i­ties of busi­ness.  Research would include top­ics such as:

- Com­mon law and inter­na­tional law lia­bil­ity of com­pa­nies;

- The prin­ci­ple of Free, Prior and Informed Con­sent in the African con­text;

- The reg­u­la­tory frame­work of extrac­tive indus­tries domes­ti­cally, region­ally and inter­na­tion­ally - Arti­sanal min­ing - Illicit cap­i­tal flows and a uni­tary tax sys­tem;

- Lend­ing stan­dards of finan­cial insti­tu­tions to large scale infra­struc­ture and invest­ments

• Con­duct infor­ma­tion gath­er­ing and idea exchange ses­sions with com­mu­ni­ties, groups of NGOs, experts and oth­ers

• Pro­vide assis­tance and sup­port to the Con­sti­tu­tional Lit­i­ga­tion Unit and the LRC as a whole

• Net­work with other civil soci­ety and com­mu­nity based organ­i­sa­tions, gov­ern­ment depart­ments and other stake­hold­ers

• Write research reports, con­cept doc­u­ments, work­ing papers and organ­i­sa­tional reports

• Par­tic­i­pate in advo­cacy strate­gies

Key com­pe­ten­cies

• Excel­lent writ­ing, research and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills

• An abil­ity to pro­duce sub­stan­tive reports

• Abil­ity to work well under pres­sure, inde­pen­dently and with oth­ers

• Abil­ity to net­work with part­ner organ­i­sa­tions

• A com­mit­ment to strength­en­ing pub­lic inter­est legal prac­tice

• A com­mit­ment to devel­op­ment and team work

Qual­i­fi­ca­tions and expe­ri­ence


• An appro­pri­ate ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tion in law, eco­nom­ics, polit­i­cal sci­ence, his­tory or other relevent related dis­ci­pline

• Knowl­edge of regional and inter­na­tional human rights sys­tems

• 2+ years research expe­ri­ence

• Flu­ency in Eng­lish


• Post-graduate level

• Human rights/ social jus­tice back­ground, prefer­ably in related field

• Knowl­edge of other South African lan­guages

• Valid driver’s licence

The LRC is com­mit­ted to trans­for­ma­tion; appli­ca­tions from pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged can­di­dates are there­fore strongly encour­aged.  To apply, please email a moti­va­tional letter and your CV with copies of qual­i­fi­ca­tions and two con­tactable ref­er­ences to [email protected].

Job title: Researcher, Extrac­tives

Location: Johannesburg

Contract: 12 months, full time

Closing date: 28 February 2015