Legal Resources Centre: Researcher

Opportunity closing date: Wednesday, 16 March, 2016

Opportunity type: Employment

The Legal Resources Centre, South Africa’s oldest and largest public interest law firm, has the following vacancies:

Researcher: Children’s Rights and The Right to Education

The Constitutional Litigation Unit (CLU) of the LRC seeks to appoint a Researcher in its Johannesburg office on a contractual basis for up to 12 months with a possibility of renewing the contract.

Key responsibilities:

  • Conduct extensive research into areas related to children’s rights including with a focus on the right to education
  • Conduct desktop and field research including consultation with clients, NGOs, academics, government, experts
  • Write research reports, concept documents, academic papers, organisational reports
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of communications and advocacy initiatives (local, regional and international)
  • Provide assistance and support to the CLU and the LRC as a whole
  • Network with civil society and community based organisations, government departments and other stakeholders
  • Arrange workshops and conferences to facilitate the networking and sharing of information and skills across the globe.

Critical competencies:

  • Excellent writing, research and communication skills
  • Ability to produce substantive research reports
  • Ability to work well under pressure, independently and with others
  • Ability to network with partner organisations
  • Commitment to strengthening public interest legal practice
  • Commitment to development and team work

Essential qualifications and experience:



  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in law or a related field
  • 1+ years in a research role
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English (written and verbal)
  • Proven ability to plan and execute qualitative research
  • Familiarity with and interest in the field


  • Post-graduate level qualification
  • Human rights/ social justice background
  • Knowledge of legislation and policy related to children’s right and education
  • Knowledge of regional and international human rights systems
  • Prior community based research experience
  • 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 Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a writing assessment.

Please specify the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.


Closing date: 16 March 2016

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by 8 April 2016, please consider your application unsuccessful. Applicants for the above position must share in the Mission and Values of the LRC and its commitment to using the Law as an instrument of Justice.

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Location:  JHB