Environmental Justice Legal Fellowship, Kenya

What does the Environmental Justice Legal (EJ) Legal Fellowship offer?

The EJ Legal 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 legal 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. Over the duration of 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 Fellowship will provide the successful applicants with a stronger understanding of/in:

The principles of environmental and human rights law and citizenry participation in environmental decision-making
The realities of communities facing environmental injustices
Community centred legal empowerment methodologies
The environmental decision-making processes of key institutions and bodies,such as the National Environmental Management Authority, Water Resources Authority, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service and county governments
Analysing and evaluating environmental and human rights laws, regulations and policies
Analysing and commenting on environmental impact assessments (EIA), environmental audits and strategic impact assessments (SEA)
Environmental justice litigation
Evidence based environmental justice advocacy and research
The civil society organizations and individuals in Kenya working towardsenvironmental justice
The Fellowship will be for a period of around 11 months full time. A modest salary and travel budget will be offered. The successful applicants will be required to begin immediately.

Selection Criteria

Qualifications and Personal Profile:

A Bachelor of Laws degree
Fluency in English and Kiswahili
Ability to engage in research, draft reports and legal documents
Excellent writing skills with the ability to critically analyze relevantenvironmental laws and policy issues
A passion for learning and a commitment to environmental justice
Ability to work productively and to deadlines
Reliability and attention to detail
Ability to work both independently and as a team member
A willingness to travel on a regular basis on short notice and sometimes forextended periods
An awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals fromdiverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations
Committed to continuous learning and to self-development with a focus onprofessionally promoting organizational interests, objectives and values


Click “APPLY FOR JOB” button above to apply for this job.

Applications should be submitted via email with ‘EJ Legal Fellowship’ as the subject line.

Applications must include:

A cover letter that indicates: a) why you believe environmental justice is important in Kenya, and b) why you’re interested in the EJ Legal Fellowship;
A detailed CV with three references; and
One sample of your written work (for example, articles or research reportswritten by you (not jointly written or edited by other people)
Applications Deadline

All applications to be sent on or before Tuesday 31st August 2021 at 5:30 pm East African Time

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.