Our work relies on the powerful synergy of law, research, popular education, storytelling, and community organising to advocate for urban land justice. We believe that a diverse and dynamic team strengthens our ability to meaningfully support the families, communities and movements most affected by urban inequality.

Are you committed to social justice and promoting access to well-located land and affordable housing? Would you like to contribute to building a better city? Then we want to hear from you! 

Have a look at the job opportunities below (job opportunities will be posted as and when they become available).

Intern or volunteer

We offer internships and volunteer opportunities at our Cape Town office on a rolling basis. We welcome students, graduate students or volunteers from South Africa and the Global South who want to contribute to our community organising, research, advocacy or legal work by assisting our staff. We’re always looking for people working in our areas of work, including urban planning, architecture, human geography, politics and law. We want to bring talented young people into social justice work and to offer an opportunity to be employed, gain experience, and ultimately find decent work. To apply, send a short description of your expertise and a copy of your most recent CV to employment@nu.org.za.  

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Vacancy: Attorney

CORRECTION (25 January 2024): The deadline for applications is Friday 27th January 2024.

Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU) is an activist organization and law center that promotes the realization of  constitutional rights and social justice through providing organizing, research and legal support and  representation to poor and working class people, communities and social movements. We work to  advance urban land justice in Cape Town through the protection and expansion of access to  affordable housing; supporting tenants’ rights and security of tenure in both private and public  housing; towards building a more just and equal city.

Based in Cape Town, Ndifuna Ukwazi seeks to appoint an Attorney to join the team on a permanent  basis starting 01 April 2024.

The attorney will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Legal drafting and litigation;
  • Advocacy and networking;
  • Legal research to support litigation, submissions and campaigns;
  • Consult with individuals and client communities;
  • Case management;
  • Providing legal advice and further interventions to support other housing movements and its  members; and
  • Build and maintain relationships with communities, partner organizations and other  stakeholders.

The attorney should possess the following: 

  • Admitted and practicing attorney;
  • Strong research and exceptional writing skills;
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure, independently and as a team member;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to easily relate to, and work with people  across race, class, gender and age;
  • A demonstrated commitment to advancing social justice;
  • Experience with eviction applications and land and housing related disputes;
  • Experience with bail applications; and
  • Excellent verbal and written English communications skills (additional language skills in  isiXhosa and/or Afrikaans would be an advantage).

Preference will be given to candidates with:  

  • Experience in, or familiarity with, land and housing rights;
  • Experience in a social justice, activist or similar civil society organization; and
  • Commitment to social justice.

Ndifuna Ukwazi is committed to transformation and equity in its recruitment processes. Ndifuna  Ukwazi also reserves the right to not make an appointment should it be deemed necessary.

To apply: 

Interested applicants must email their application to employment@nu.org.za with the subject “NU  Vacancy: Attorney”.

Please include the following in your application:

  • A CV;
  • A letter of motivation giving a detailed explanation of why you would like to work at Ndifuna  Ukwazi and what qualities and experience you would bring to the post (Not more than 1 page).  Generalized cover letters that do not engage with Ndifuna Ukwazi and our work will not be  considered); and

Only complete applications will be considered, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for  interviews.  

Deadline: Friday, the 24th of January 2024, 17:00. *CORRECTION: The deadline is Friday 27th January 2024.

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Vacancy: Executive Director

About the Job

The incumbent must be an social justice activist who will head the organisation’s team of 18 full and part time staff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategic leadership – Leading the development and implementation of NU’s strategy in line with NU’s vision and mission, and guiding the development of the organisational culture and ethos of NU to reflect the values of justice and equity for which we advocate;
  • People – supporting, leading and building a diverse and competent team who demonstrate a commitment to NU’s mission, vision and ethos;
  • Fundraising and donors – Maintaining the healthy financial management of the organisation, including fundraising, reporting and building strong donor relationships;
  • Partners – Building and maintain relationships with NU’s strategic partners including community partners, social movements, civil society partners and funders;
  • Key stakeholders – Maintaining and strengthening NU’s profile and reputation with key stakeholders (media, government, civil society, and private sector stakeholders), and representing NU in various forums;
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning – Ensuring consistent monitoring, evaluation and learning in relation to NU’s work, strategies and impact;
  • Governance – Ensuring effective engagement with Ndifuna Ukwazi’s Board of Trustees; and
  • Risk management – Ensuring that financial and capital resources are efficiently managed and that the organisation is financially sustainable.


  • Degree-level education (with a substantial understanding of the political, economic and socio-legal context of NU’s work);
  • At least five to seven years’ experience with experience in senior management
  • A demonstrated commitment to advancing social justice.
  • A record of leadership abilities, including:
    1. Experience relating to financial and funder management;
    2. Experience in managing projects from conceptualisation through to implementation and completion;
    3. Strong human resource management skills; and
    4. The ability to build the internal capacity of the team and provide support in a collegial environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (fluency in other South African languages will be an advantage).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to easily relate to, and work with people across race, class, gender and age
  • Residing in or willing to relocate to Cape Town.

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Experience in, or familiarity with, land and housing rights; and
  • Experience in a social justice, activist or similar civil society organisation.

To apply

In order to apply, email your application by Friday 17 November 2023 to melissa@actionappointments.co.za send your completed AA bio form, letter of motivation and updated CV (all in MS Word format)

Deadline: Friday, 17 November 2023

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