JOB OPPORTUNITY | Attorney in the LHR Workers’ Rights Programme

Date: 25/06/2024

Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) seeks to appoint an attorney for its Strategic Litigation Programme. The successful candidate will support the Programme’s law and policy development work, help deliver our strategic litigation and research work, develop our relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, and help us fulfil our mission to achieve achieve justice for marginalized workers and communities.

The position, based in Gauteng, will involve, primarily, LHR’s work on labour rights, workers’ protections, and business and human rights.

An ability to contribute to LHR’s dynamic organisational ethos, and to demonstrate a flexible approach will be valued. The role represents an exciting opportunity for candidates with a strong commitment to help improve the lives of workers across South Africa.

Qualifications and skills

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies and attributes:

  • Three years post-admission as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa;
  • Knowledge of labour and human rights law, and professional experience working in human rights is required, as will specific familiarity with issues related to workers’ rights and protections;
  • Strong research and exceptional writing skills;
  • Knowledge of business and human rights, including the Labour Relations Act, Employment Equity Act, Basic Conditions of Employment Act, and the ability to understand any relevant ILO conventions;
  • Experienced in CCMA, Bargaining Council, and/or Labour Court appearances will be beneficial;
  • Excellent understanding of the socio-political and human rights environment in South Africa and the region;
  • Experience with community capacitation will be beneficial;
  • Experience working with groups (collective labour law) will be advantageous;
  • Ability to travel in execution of your duties, including to remote communities;
  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrated ability to work well within a team;
  • Experience in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders and partner organisations, including worker-led forums; and
  • Proven track record of commitment to social justice will be highly preferred.

How to apply

LHR is committed to diversity and transformation. Candidates from historically disadvantaged or marginalised groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you are interested, please submit a considered letter of motivation and a comprehensive CV to Ramokwapeng Molebatsi at, by close of business Friday 15 July 2024. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews shortly thereafter.

Lawyers for Human Rights is committed to the safety, well-being, and protection of children and vulnerable adults. We employ a rights-based approach to ensuring this protection for these groups, which together represent a substantial portion or our client base, and all LHR employees are expected to comply with the organisation’s standards of behaviour in this respect.

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