Environmental Justice Fellowship, Natural Justice

The Natural Justice Programme in Kenya is offering an opportunity for those seeking to learn about environmental justice in Kenya.  

The Environmental Justice Fellowship offers an exciting opportunity to young, up and coming Kenyan professionals who are passionate about supporting communities in securing rights to their lands, resources and knowledge. The EJ Fellows will be introduced to a broad spectrum of issues within environmental and human rights law and provided hands-on experience and training in research, legal empowerment, data collection and analysis, public interest litigation, analysis on laws and regulations, and advocacy. Throughout the Fellowship, the fellows will have the opportunity to spend time and work directly with communities, community-based organizations and community paralegals. At the completion of the Fellowship, each fellow will submit a research report on a topic of interest within the environmental justice area. 

The Fellowships will run for 10 months with a modest salary offered.

Deadline: Friday the 22nd of February at 5pm East African Time.

The call for applications can be found at this link and also attached to this email:https://naturaljustice.org/job/environmental-justice-fellowship-kenya/

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Job: Communications Officer, Natural Justice & deCOALonize

Full-time communications officer position with NJ and deCOALonize:

https://naturaljustice.org/job/communications-officer-kenya/

The communications officer will help build NJ’s brand identity and our communication channels, with the aim to increase awareness of our community projects and legal work with communities affected by decisions on their local environments.

The communication officer will spend 50% of their time to support the deCOALonize  campaign in Kenya. The deCOALonize campaign aims to provide information to local communities, policy makers, academics and civil society on the alternatives to coal and embracing clean energy in Kenya. It was created by a coalition of environmental and social justice advocates concerned about the increasing interest in Kenya on coal power production and exploration.

Contract length is 2 years, and the salary range is 70,000 – 110,000 Ksh per month plus benefits, which is dependent on skills and experience.

Deadline: Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Job: Communications Officer, Natural Justice

Communications Officer – Nairobi, Kenya
(or Cape Town, South Africa)

http://naturaljustice.org/job/communications-officer-cape-town-south-africa-or-nairobi-kenya/

Who is Natural Justice?

Natural Justice (NJ): Lawyers for Communities and the Environment is a non-profit organization, specializing in human rights and environmental law, operating on the African continent and at the regional (African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights) and international (UN) levels. We are a team of progressive legal practitioners who conduct comprehensive research on environmental and human rights law, support communities and local organizations, provide technical advice to governments and intergovernmental organizations, and engage in key international and regional processes in pursuit of social and environmental justice. NJ is headquartered in Cape Town, works in a range of African countries, and has teams in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Senegal, and Guinea.

What are we looking for?

NJ is looking for a full-time Communications Officer who can help establish our brand identity and manage our communication channels, with the aim to increase awareness of our community projects and legal work and create fundraising and partnership opportunities.

What’s on offer?

NJ is a close-knit and nurturing collective that places emphasis on facilitating opportunities for the professional and personal growth of its members. NJ will offer a competitive salary commensurate with skill and experience. Joining NJ will also give the successful candidate a chance to work with a passionate and highly professional global team in a fast-paced environment and gain valuable international experience. The position is for 12 months with the possibility of extension, which is dependent on funding.

Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the NJ team to ensure relevant programme materials are developed and disseminated through social media channels and/or to partner organisations directly
  • Maintain NJ’s website and integrated news feed as well as all social media and fundraising sites through daily monitoring, posting and content development in collaboration with programme staff
  • Be responsible for the content management of all news blogs drafted by programme staff before it goes online
  • Write pieces with the support of programme staff and edit other publications
  • Be on the lookout for relevant news items via social media and distribute these among relevant staff members
  • Develop a communications calendar for NJ, and contribute to the development of a media and communications strategy that he/she will implement
  • Coordinate media engagements, manage relationships and develop a database of media contacts
  • Assist the NJ team during fundraising or project design phases to identify appropriate communication activities for respective projects
  • Ensure timely and quality production of advocacy and branding materials such as newsletters for internal and external distribution, annual reports, picture stories, videos
  • Manage the monthly internal cohttp://naturaljustice.org/job/communications-officer-cape-town-south-africa-or-nairobi-kenya/mmunication newsletter and a quarterly newsletter for the general public
  • Archive all communication materials, including digital, such as publications, press releases and clippings, photographs, audio-visual materials, web resources etc.
  • Support donor relations through the development of brochures and other background materials
  • Support special events, meetings and campaigns through relevant communications tools, including publications, flyers, blogs, or online campaign strategies

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in communications, journalism, public relations or a related field or equivalent experience
  • At least three years of similar work experience is required. Candidate should be able to work independently – with minimum supervision and guidance from supervisors
  • The candidate will be expected to be a driven self-starter that is reliable, has the ability to prioritise, pay attention to detail, and shows initiative at work
  • Demonstrated social media experience (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram use and analytics)
  • Basic design and layout skills and experience in using Adobe Photoshop, PageMaker and Canva are an added advantage
  • Experience in or knowledge of newsletter distribution (Mailchimp)
  • Basic website management (WordPress), Google analytics and Google Drive
  • The candidate must be proficient in English. Proficiency in French is an advantage
  • The candidate should have high level of integrity, accountability, and punctuality
  • He/she should be a team player
  • An interest in advocating for social and environmental justice

Application process:

Deadline: Friday, 10 August 2018

Please email your application to the pooven@naturaljustice.org with the job title in the subject line.

Include a motivation letter that indicates why you feel you are the best candidate for this position, a detailed CV with three references, and up to three samples of your past work. Please ensure that your application as a whole speaks to the required skills, experience, traits and attributes listed above.

Only candidates with a valid work permit to work in South Africa and/or Kenya should apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

[Public forum] The Lamu Coal Plant: Uncovering the Real Political, Health & Environmental Aspects

Public forum: The Lamu Coal Plant: Uncovering the Real Political, Health and Environmental Aspects

Friday 14 July 2017 | Laico Regency, Nairobi| 3-6:00pm | Free Entry

The Government of Kenya in conjunction with a private partner has proposed to construct a 1,050 Megawatt coal-fired power plant in Kwasasi, Lamu County. Given the magnitude of the project, it is paramount that the potential benefits and pitfalls are clearly understood by the public. This will only happen when there is transparency on the project and robust public debate.

Having experienced power rationing in the year 2000 coupled with the high cost of electricity, energy security and affordability is an issue many Kenyans can relate to. There is no doubt that the State must provide affordable energy to its citizens whilst also seeking the most sustainable means of doing so.

The proposed coal plant is to be constructed in an area that has an incredibly rich environment and culture heritage. It has been argued that the project will foster development in the area but there has been no discussion on the true cost of this development especially in an already marginalized area. As citizens, we must consider the climate change implications bearing in mind the recent drought experienced in the country. Whilst China, India and the United Kingdom are closing coal plants, Kenya is pushing to build the first one in Eastern Africa.

Key discussion points:

  1. What impact will the plant have on the socio-economic aspects on the inhabitants of Lamu County?
  2. Why isn’t the government providing information on the public health impacts of the coal plant?
  3. Will the coal plant contribute to the climate change vulnerability of the country?

Invited Speakers:

  • Hon. Shakila Abdalla — Lamu County Women’s Representative
  • Prof. Nick King — Climate Change and Sustainable Development Expert; Co-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel for UNEP’s 6th Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) Report
  • Prof. Peter Orris — Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital
  • Raya Famau — Board Member, Save Lamu
  • Hindpal Jabbal — Former Chairman, Energy Regulatory Commission

Facilitated by:

John-Allan Namu

Format of discussion:

A panel discussion contextualizes issues to the audience. This is infused with public dialogue and Q&A where the audience engages with the panel and forum.

Sign language will be provided.

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