The Seinoli Trustees invite applications for the position of Executive Director of the Seinoli Legal Centre. The Centre is the first dedicated public interest law centre in Lesotho. Its stated purpose is to provide legal support for communities who have been adversely affected by the management of their surrounding resources. The Director supervises the team of 5 lawyers and other officers at SLC, providing legal support to communities adversely affected by development infrastructure projects across the country, with a particular focus on those communities that are disadvantaged by the impacts of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). Communities are thereby enabled to use the law to protect their social, economic and environmental interests. The Director is responsible for external communications, and ensuring that the Centre reaches its strategic goals.
The Seinoli Legal Centre works closely with a wider international network of lawyers, researchers, investors and funders in the achievement of its goals. The Centre is governed by the Board of Seinoli Trustees, who now seek to appoint a new Executive Director, who will be responsible for the leadership and management of SLC in accordance with the strategic direction of the Seinoli Trustees, supported by its international partners.
The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate his/her capacity to balance a leadership role with the efficient management of a team of staff and volunteers at SLC, whilst developing the strong financial support on which the future of the Centre depends. He/she will report to the Board of Seinoli Trustees, enabling the Board to fulfil its responsibilities for the overall governance and operation of the Seinoli Legal Centre as well ensuring its effective communication with both donors and the wider network. The successful applicant will have a reasonable knowledge of relevant domestic, regional and international development law, together with the requisite managerial skillsets to ensure that the SLC team are fully supported in their work. He/she will be able to demonstrate experience in fundraising, in the development sector, by reference to the relevant Sustainable Development Goals which apply to the goals of SLC.
In the first instance, candidates are invited to submit a letter of application, accompanied by their CV to Maleshoane.firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: 8th August.
We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Lord Joffe last week. Lord Joffe was a member of our advisory board and his unswerving support for promoting the rule of law will be fondly remembered by all those who were fortunate enough to meet him. He was always willing to share his wealth of legal wisdom, including his experience as a member of Nelson Mandela's defence team at the Rivonia Trial, and was an invaluable supporter of our organisation in its formative years. His legacy will continue to be an inspiration to all of those who see the rule of law as a solution to injustice and exploitation.
A Nigerian Court ruled last week that the compulsory eviction of tens of thousand of people in Lagos was unconstitutional. Inhabitants had in some cases been reportedly chased from their homes and inadequate steps had been taken to ensure that those affected were satisfactorily resettled. This is a demonstration of the potential power of the rule of law to hold governments to account with regards to unsatisfactory resettlement arrangements, a power that has also been demonstrated by the successful Ha Lejone claimants supported by Protimos and the Seinoli Legal Centre. Protimos congratulates all of those involved in securing last week's ruling.