Constitutional Litigation Unit
07 November 2018

Researcher: Openness and Accountability

The LRC seeks to appoint a Researcher in the Constitutional Litigation Unit based in Johannesburg for a fixed term period of up to 12 months. The researcher will work primarily in the openness and accountability focus area, which deals with issues relating to the (1) information rights; (2) protest, policing and prison reform; (3) the security services; and (4) the safeguarding of public institutions.  The remuneration will be commensurate with qualification and experience.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the LRC’s litigation, research and advocacy programmes in the openness and accountability focus area
  • Conduct community based field research and produce reports
  • Monitor and document political, technological and legal developments emanating from both the public and private sectors that affect the focus area;
  • Draft memoranda, submissions, opinions on the law, court papers, research reports, concept documents, working papers and organisational reports
  • Provide assistance and support by organising and facilitating workshops with civil society, community based organisations, government departments and other stakeholders
  • Participate in the development and implementation of advocacy and litigation strategies at domestic, regional and international levels
  • Engage with the Media and Public on issues relating to LRC advocacy work or litigation


Key competencies:

  • Excellent legal writing and research
  • Project Management, Communication and Public Engagement skills
  • Expertise and experience in at least one of the Openness and Accountability focus areas
  • A non-technical but competent understanding of technology issues and policy
  • Ability to work well under pressure, independently and with others
  • Ability to network with partner organisations and to manage logistics
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines
  • A 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/relevant policy research field.
  • Familiarity with and interest in the field of human rights/social justice, particularly in the areas of access to information, intellectual property, technology, freedom of expression, protests, policing, the intelligence services and/or public accountability mechanisms.
  • Must be willing to travel to conduct field research and facilitate workshops


Additional considerations

  • Post-graduate level qualification
  • Admission as a practising attorney or member of a bar council
  • Work experience in a human rights / social justice environment
  • 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 two contactable references and copies of your qualifications to Zama Mbatha at  


Closing date: 12 November 2018

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by 19 November 2018, please consider your application unsuccessful. For more details about the Legal Resources Centre, please visit