Vacancy: Paralegal-Fieldworker - Gauteng

The Black Sash seeks to appoint a Paralegal-Fieldworker based in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

The Black Sash mission is working towards the realisation of socio-economic rights, as outlined in the SA Constitution 1996, with an 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 demands 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, ensure that formal agreements with Community Partners (CP) are complete and terminate relationships where appropriate.
  1. Rights Education and Training including educational workshops, training courses, queue education, public displays, and events. Assist, prepare and participate in various segments of rights training workshops and training courses.
  2. Grow and expand the capacity of community partners to implement the Community Based Monitoring (CBM) model(s) and other research-related tasks.
  3. 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
  4. Other Tasks accurately capture data on the Zoho database 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:


  • Accredited 2-year National Paralegal Diploma or relevant Higher Certificate/ Degree including BA, BA Law and BA Social Work and Adult Education Diploma or Certificate

Other key requirements include:

  • Knowledge of the South African Constitution and Bill of Rights and International Human Rights Convention
  • 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
  • Knowledge and understanding of the different spheres of government, departments and agencies, and Chapter 9 institutions
  • 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 public services (an advantage)
  • Good written and verbal communication – in English and at least one predominant regional language
  • Ability to use own initiative to research information;
  • Interviewing, listening, recording, analytical thinking;
  • Report and letter writing, presentation, facilitation, training, conflict resolution (negotiation, arbitration & mediation);
  • Project and time management, Public Speaking and Good Computer Literate (MS Office, Email and Internet).
  • Typing and data capturing are essential
  • Unendorsed driving license at least two years old


3 – 5 years experience; Facilitate and coordinate human rights learning events, and educational workshops and presenting information concisely and coherently; and Community Development and gender analysis; Advocacy experience.

The Black Sash is looking for a candidate that is committed to human rights, access to justice, development, and empowerment. We value integrity, vigour, and respect for confidentiality. A person who will be able to work in a team and with a transparent, accountable, and consultative style that embraces the values, vision, strategies, and policies of the Black Sash. Candidate must know and be eloquent in at least two indigenous languages with Northern/Southern Sotho, Venda and Tsonga being an added advantage. Preference will be given to women in line with our Employment Equity Plan.

The candidate will be based at the Black Sash Gauteng Regional Office in Johannesburg and must be prepared to travel to other provinces.

Closing Date: 11 November 2022

Start date: Immediately

Employment Type: Permanent

Cost to CompanyR 271 225,12 per annum (includes Pension and 13th Cheque)

To apply, submit a Cover Letter and CV (one document), including three contactable referees to:

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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.