Junior Legal Research, Africa Regional Programme, 3.5 months (Home based)

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is a worldwide network of judges and lawyers united in affirming international law and rule of law principles that advance human rights.

We are recruiting a Junior Legal Research Consultant to work on an ICJ project based in our office in Johannesburg, South Africa focusing on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) in Africa between 1 September 2021 – 31 December 2021 at a full time effort level (ordinary office hours five days a week).

The ideal candidate has excellent oral and written English skills as well as solid research experience. They have knowledge and experience of international human rights law and a keen interest in human rights legal research and advocacy as well as a sound understanding of legal frameworks in the Africa Region and the African Human Rights System.


Under the supervision of the Director of the Africa Regional Programme, the Legal Researcher will contribute to implementing the ICJ’s Africa Regional Programme of work in, in particular:

  • Contributing to the planning and execution of an online colloquium on ESCR in Africa;
  • Contributing to and execution of an online colloquium on SOGI in Africa;
  • Preparing lists of invitees and participants for both colloquia;
  • Preparing evaluation for online colloquia and ensure they are distributed and responded to;
  • Conferring and building relationships with civil society organizations, HRDs and human rights lawyers;
  • Assisting the ICJ’s communications staff to ensure the production of quality communications materials in relation to SOGI and ESCR in Africa;
  • Providing ad hoc support and research assistance on ESCR on SOGI to ICJ’s Africa team;
  • Remaining available to attend online meetings and events during office hours on weekdays; and
  • Performing other research and administrative tasks related to the completion of these tasks as may be required.


The successful candidate will have:

Education & Experience

  • An undergraduate degree. Current study of a law degree or having completed a law degree is highly desirable;
  • Experience with legal research, legal advocacy on topics related to SOGI and ESCR are desirable;
  • Good administrative and organizing skills;
  • Excellent oral and written English skills; and
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a multi-cultural team.

How to apply

APPLICATIONS close on 24th August 2021 and should be addressed with your CV (maximum two pages), a cover letter (maximum one page) and a writing sample:

Ref: Junior Legal Researcher Africa Programme

By email: recruitment@icj.org

Please appreciate that due to the volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The ICJ is unable to respond to phone enquiries. We thank you for your understanding.

The ICJ is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity and value a diverse workforce. The ICJ’s policy is to practice a fair and non-discriminatory recruitment and selection procedure and to strive for and maintain international and multi-cultural personnel.

Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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