The Black Sash seeks to appoint a Paralegal-Fieldworker (Western Cape)

The Black Sash mission is working towards the realisation of socio-economic rights, as outlined in the SA Constitution 1996, with the emphasis on social security and social protection for the most vulnerable particularly women and children. We will, in the course of our work, explore options to significantly help to reduce poverty and inequality.


We believe that the implementation of socio-economic rights demand open, transparent and accountable governance (state, corporate and civil society). To this end we will promote active civic engagement by all living in South Africa, made possible by a strong and vibrant civil society comprising community based organisations, non-governmental organisations, coalitions and movements.  


The overall purpose of the Paralegal - Field Worker is to conduct Regional Human Rights work as outlined in our organisational Strategic Plan and Programmes (Rights Education & Training, citizen based monitoring and Advocacy in Partnership) and may be adjusted from time-to-time, working in close collaboration with civil society organisations.


The core responsibilities include:

  1. Build and maintain strong relationships with community and civil society organizations to ensure good working relationships with partners and stakeholders to implement programmes. Initiate new relationships based on entry criteria

  2. Rights Education and Training including educational workshops, training courses, queue education, public displays and events

  3. Grow and expand the capacity of community partners to implement the CBM model(s)

  4. Advocacy in partnership with civil society organisations and community groups to conduct advocacy actions to effect systemic, legislative, policy and delivery changes. Mentoring and couch community partners understand the respective frameworks

  5. Other Tasks accurately captured data on Sashbase that help to generate accurate statistics and quality information to use for a range of purposes including follow-up advocacy, organizational and donor reports, e.g. monthly/ quarterly report writing


Minimum Requirements:

Qualifications: i) Accredited 2 year National Paralegal Diploma or relevant Higher Certificate/ Degree including BA; BA Law, BA Development Studies and BA Social Work ii) Adult Education Diploma or Certificate

Knowledge: i) Knowledge of the South African Constitution and Bill of Rights and International Human Rights Convention ii) Updated knowledge of the laws and policies relevant to the protection of human rights, with an emphasis on social and economic rights, and the rights of women and girls iii) Knowledge and understanding of the different spheres of government, departments and agencies, and Chapter 9 institutions iv) Knowledge and understanding of civil society networks and organisations, and in particular CBOs, community advice offices, as well as law clinics, pro bono law offices, social services etc. Understanding of Citizen Based Monitoring of the public services (an advantage)

Experience: i) 3 – 5 years experience; Facilitate and coordinate human rights learning events, educational workshops and presenting information in a concise and coherent manner; and Community Development and gender analysis; Advocacy experience.

Skills: i) Good written and verbal communication – in English and at least one predominant regional language ii) Ability to use own initiative to research information; iii) Interviewing, listening,recording, analytical thinking; iv) Report and letter writing, presentation, facilitation, training, conflict resolution (negotiation, arbritration & mediation) v) Project and time management, Public Speaking and Good Computer Literate  (MS Office, Email and Internet). Typing and data capturing is essential vi) Unendorsed driving license at least two years old


The Black Sash is looking for a candidate that is committed to human rights, access to justice, development and empowerment. We value integrity, vigor and respect for confidentiality. A person who will be able to work in a team and with a transparent, accountable and consultative style that embrace the values, vision, strategies and policies of the Black Sash.


Preference will be given to women in line with our Employment Equity Plan. The candidate will be based at the Black Sash Western Cape Regional Office - Elta House, 3 Caledonian Street, Mowbray 7700 and must be prepared to travel to other provinces.


Closing Date: 31 March 2017

Start date: Immediately

Employment Type: 2 (two) year  Fixed Term Agreement from commencement date

Basic Salary: R 12 698.00 per month


Benefits: Pension, Medical Allowance & 13th Cheque/ Bonus


To apply, submit a CV, including three contactable referees,together with a letter of motivation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to 021 686 7168

Enquiries:Mr. JS Marques Tel #: (021) 686 6952


A full job description is available on request. For more information about the Black Sash, refer to

Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Should you not hear from us within a month from the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.