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Victoria Keichel

Katrina Lehmann-Grube

Marian Drew

Cormac Cullinan

WildLI is seeking a new Programme Manager to start in early 2023.

The Wild Law Institute (WildLI) is looking for a Programme Manager to start work in its Cape Town office in early 2023. The successful candidate will join Executive Director, Cormac Cullinan, in building an organisation that is a global thought-leader and pioneer of laws and practices that recognise and uphold the rights of every member of the community of life, as a foundation for building ecologically sustainable and just societies.

The candidate will play a central role in the organisation, and will be responsible for administration, project management, campaigning and communication. The position requires a passion for environmental issues, good interpersonal skills, the ability to take initiative and a desire to work in a small team.

WildLI is committed to diversity, inclusion and transformation. Candidates from historically disadvantaged or marginalised groups are strongly encouraged to apply for this post.

The Wild Law Institute

The Wild Law Institute is a registered Non-Profit Company and Public Benefit Organisation, based in Cape Town, South Africa. WildLI works both locally and internationally and is active in the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN), a movement dedicated to advancing the rights of Nature. It seeks to catalyse change by working collaboratively to develop and implement innovative, eco-centric approaches to law and governance and social movements capable of driving the transition to ecologically sustainable, climate-resilient and just societies.

Key responsibilities

The Programme Manager will work closely with, and report to, the Executive Director. As WildLI is still in the early phases of its development, the Programme Manager will be responsible for a wide range of activities, including:

·            designing and implementing programmes and strategies (including writing, campaigning, and advocacy work);

·            relationship and movement building, including with the African Hub of GARN;

·            administration;

·            profile-raising, including some communications work;

·            fundraising;

·            supervision of other junior staff or interns, where relevant.


Qualifications, skills and experience:

·            Bachelor/Honours/Masters degree in the fields of environmental science, law, biology, or other relevant discipline;

·            Commitment to addressing the ecological crises of our time;

·            Ability to grasp quickly and accurately, new and complex concepts;

·            At least two years’ work experience in NGO sector (preferably environmental);

·            Excellent communication, organisational and project management skills;

·            Willingness to occasionally travel nationally and internationally; and

·            Experience with legal advocacy or research, and in working with marginalised/Indigenous communities, is advantageous.

How to apply:

Please send the following documents to with the subject line “Application for Programme Manager”:

-       a copy of your CV, including the names and contact details of two referees; and

-       a 1 page cover letter motivating why you are suitable for the post.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Only candidates who are permitted to work in South Africa will be considered for the job.


Deadline: 15 January 2023

Salary: R300,000 to R384,000 per annum (depending on expertise)