Program Manager, Standing With Communities at Natural Justice

Natural Justice

Full Time
Posted 5 months ago

Program Manager, Standing With Communities

Job Type: Full Time
Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
Experience: 5 years
Location: Nairobi
Job Field: Law/Legal, Project Management

Natural Justice is seeking a full-time Program Manager to implement and advance the Standing With Communities (SWC) program in the East Africa Hub. Based in Nairobi, the successful candidate will work under the guidance of the Hub Director, closely collaborating with the Head of Program, Program Manager-Defending Rights, and Program Manager-Affirming Rights Programs. The role involves implementing Natural Justice’s legal empowerment methodology, providing technical and legal advice to communities affected by extractive, infrastructure, and large-scale projects, securing partnerships for movement building and advocacy, and developing key participatory action research documents on community, public, and trust land, as well as other environmental decision-making processes, laws, and policies.

Key Roles and Responsibilities


  • Provide effective leadership to SWC program staff, including mentorship, coaching, and team building.
  • Offer oversight and support to the SWC program on program activities and deliverables.

Strategic Planning, Project Development, and Work Planning:

  • Collaborate with the Hub Director to develop the hub’s overall program strategy.
  • Develop and supervise the implementation of the SWC program of work, ensuring alignment with Natural Justice’s overall program strategy.
  • Devise an advocacy strategy to support the hub’s environmental and climate litigation cases with partner communities (Litigation+).

Technical Advice & Legal Empowerment:

  • Provide technical and legal advice to partners, affected communities, and other stakeholders.
  • Offer comments and training on laws, policies, and processes affecting communities’ rights and access to land and the environment.
  • Support the drafting of legal documents for strategic litigation.
  • Deliver presentations, organize workshops/meetings, and oversee community training on laws and legal empowerment methodologies.

Policy and Legal Reform:

  • Identify and engage with key policy issues and collaborators.
  • Provide comments and make submissions on relevant law and policy.
  • Develop and implement a strategic advocacy policy for the program.

Research and MEAL:

  • Support the research team in developing the program’s research, monitoring, evaluation, and learning tools.
  • Write collaborative research reports, concept documents, academic papers, and organizational reports.
  • Lead strategy planning and progress meetings with the research team.

Partnerships, Networks, and Communication:

  • Identify, build, and maintain networks/partnerships with stakeholders.
  • Support the development of partnership documents.
  • Write articles, comments, statements, blogs, and reports for public distribution.

Finance, Administration, and Fundraising:

  • Manage the financial, administrative, and procurement processes of the program.
  • Manage individual budgets from funders and provide financial guidance to junior staff.
  • Assist the Hub Director in identifying funding sources, preparing grant applications, and managing relationships with funders.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Environmental Sciences, Human Rights, International Relations, Social Sciences, or related field.
  • A post-graduate degree in law, political science, or a relevant social science discipline is desirable.
  • Knowledge of Kenya’s constitutional and administrative law, including human rights, land, and environmental law.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in environmental and/or climate change law, including natural resource and/or land law, and administrative or human rights litigation.
  • Computer literacy with basic skills and knowledge of databases.
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English and Kiswahili.
  • Keen interest in and commitment to advancing the rights of marginalized communities, particularly in relation to their environments.
  • Good legal research skills in law, policy, and social issues.
  • Experience in program management, including budgeting, project planning, contract drafting, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting.
  • Experience in managing and supervising teams.
  • Understanding of the socio-political environment and civil society work in the region.


  • A person of high integrity that models Natural Justice’s core values.
  • Highly motivated and proactive, able to work under minimal supervision.
  • Ability to prioritize, act on initiative, and meet deadlines.
  • Reliability and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with the team and develop/maintain good relationships with community-based or grassroots groups and partners.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  • Professionalism, strong work ethic, and personal initiative.
  • Critical and analytical thinking.
  • Ability to mobilize communities.
  • Ability to grasp new and complex concepts quickly and accurately.
  • Ability to work under pressure and as part of a team.
  • Willingness and ability to travel often within Kenya and regionally as necessary.

Should you match these qualifications, please submit your application via e-mail to with ‘Application for the position of Program Manager – Standing with Communities’ as the subject line. Applications must include: a cover letter indicating your understanding of environmental justice, its importance in Kenya, and why you are the best candidate, along with a detailed CV and three references. Do not attach testimonials or certificates.

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