The global environmental crisis is intertwined with the crisis of inequality. From coal plants to palm oil plantations, economic activities that threaten the planet are concentrated in communities with less power and wealth – communities that also endure the most severe consequences of climate change. To accelerate a transition to sustainable ways of life, we need deep changes in our systems for governing the economy and the environment.
In places like Sierra Leone and Kenya, community paralegals work deeply with local stakeholders to protect community lands, enforce environmental laws, and win transformative changes like the Customary Land Rights and National Land Commission Acts of Sierra Leone. And together with the Grassroots Justice Network, we’re building a global movement of frontline advocates learning from each other and combining their power to make system-wide change.
As we build the next phase of our work, we’re looking for two Senior Program Officers to support experimentation, shared learning, and collective advocacy on land and environmental justice.
We’re seeking applicants for two related but distinct roles. Both roles will draw on experience distilling practical insights from grassroots land and environmental justice work and identifying solutions to entrenched problems. Both roles will bring lessons from the global legal empowerment movement to improve access to justice for communities facing the harshest burdens of climate change.
Our Senior Officer, Namati Global Programs will partner with Namati’s country teams to generate learning through grassroots experimentation, develop new program initiatives, and refine program strategy, with a particular focus on climate and conservation. You will provide hands-on support to program teams while fostering comparative learning on legal empowerment across our land and environmental justice programs. You will collaborate directly with our community paralegals, country staff, and Namati partners. This role allows for deep focus and analysis with a few country programs for improved strategy, please see our full job description here.
Examples of what you might have tackled last week in this role —
Conducted research on legal precedents for FPIC in mining projects to help our Sierra Leone team develop recommendations for draft legislation.
Facilitated a strategy session with our field team in Kenya on fact-finding for carbon credit projects on community land.
Organized a virtual exchange session with three Namati teams to share approaches to community-led monitoring, including gathering useful background reading and coordinating with team leads on presenting their strategies.
Our Senior Officer, Land and Environmental Justice Initiative will partner with Grassroots Justice Network members to develop shared learning and collective action opportunities on land and environmental justice. This will range from co-creating a shared learning program on an environmental justice topic, like carbon rights, to supporting network members to bring collective demands to global advocacy spaces. This requires an understanding of grassroots land and environmental justice work and experience managing programs across contexts. If you think you are best suited for a role that harnesses the experience of a variety of actors to learn from one another and organize collective action, please see our full job description here.
Examples of what you might have tackled last week in this role —
Organized a virtual exchange session with three grassroots justice network members to share strategies and best practices on community-led monitoring, including gathering useful background reading and coordinating with team leads on presenting their data and strategies.
Provided technical expertise and strategic advocacy advice for two network members co-writing a practitioner’s brief on negotiating a contract with a carbon offset project.
Authored a policy submission on community consent and access to remedy in land investments for the African Development Bank.
For both positions, we’re looking for candidates that:
Have a background in land rights and/or environmental justice: You have a strong technical understanding of at least some facets of this work, and enough experience in different contexts to build considered, creative, and practical approaches to new areas of work. You know how to find and synthesize relevant information on law, policy, and regulations to develop actionable recommendations.
Have experience facilitating practitioner learning: You’ve worked with adult learners, facilitated training, built collective learning opportunities across coalitions, developed popular education materials, or otherwise facilitated interactive peer exchange (ideally in the realm of environmental justice or organizing).
Have experience working directly with (or in) impacted communities: You have experience working hand in hand with communities and grassroots groups to address justice issues. You understand the challenges our partner communities face and are committed to learning from them to build solutions that really work.
Are a creative, relentless problem-solver: It’s in your nature to work tirelessly on a problem — you don’t rest until you’ve identified a great solution. And although careful planning and execution define your work, when challenges arise you quickly reorient and identify the best new course of action. You’re well-regarded for your ability to make reasoned decisions, even in the face of limited or conflicting information.
Are collaborative and service-oriented: You greet everyone you encounter with a collaborative spirit, kindness, and empathy. You are known as a team player who brings an “all hands on deck” mindset to all projects — you’re happy to contribute however you can to advance our mission.
We have a strong preference for both of these positions to be based in either Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Mozambique, or the Philippines. We’re also open to candidates in the United States and Mexico.
The successful candidate will be expected to occasionally work non-standard hours to accommodate the various time zones of Namati’s teams.
You must already have work authorization in the location you’ll work from (Namati cannot sponsor visas).
Both roles are Senior Officer level positions within Namati. Namati’s staff position bands range from 1 (entry level / assistant) to 8 (Director). This position is at band 5. We base our compensation on the markets where our staff operate. We work to communicate transparently with candidates (including talking about compensation very early in the process based on your location). Throughout the hiring process, we will seek to understand your specific skills, experience, and abilities as they will fit into our team and our job levels. We will finalize pay and responsibilities based on the qualifications, experience, and country location of the person joining.
We also offer excellent benefits: while the exact terms vary somewhat based on location, they always include health coverage, generous paid time off, retirement or old-age plan contributions, sick leave, and parental leave — or compensation for the same. All staff also have access to funds for professional development opportunities.
Please complete our online application form. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
No phone calls, please. Namati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We know there are similarities between roles; though you may find yourself with interest and experience in both, we want to know what role most speaks to your background and interests. In the application, please select which position you’re applying for (or, please explain why you think your experiences and interests would make you a good fit for both of them)!
Applicants must submit responses to the respective application questions to be formally considered for the position. Please mark “N/A” beneath questions pertaining to the position to which you are not applying, as applicable.