Community Environmental Legal Officer (CELO)-Lamu county

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Job Detail

  • Job ID 1004128
  • Career Level Officer
  • Experience 4 Years

Job Description

Community Environmental Legal Officer (CELO)

Job description

Introduction: Kenya has a set of laws empowering citizens affected by various projects. However, the gap between law and implementation often results in adverse effects on local communities. To address this, we seek a full-time CELO to assist communities in Lamu County affected by environmental issues and guide them through government administrative processes.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Project Implementation:
    • Manage and implement Natural Justice projects in Lamu County.
    • Conduct constitutional and environmental policy research, advocating for and supporting communities impacted by climate change and large-scale projects.
  2. Legal Support:
    • Provide high-quality legal advice and support to communities and partners.
    • Offer legal assistance to environmental defenders and affected communities.
    • Undertake legal research, draft submissions, and provide opinions on environmental and climate justice issues.
  3. Strategic Collaboration:
    • Contribute to Natural Justice’s overall program and strategy.
    • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with key partners, including communities, government entities, and donors.
    • Collaborate with Natural Justice staff in the East Africa Hub for project implementation.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Environmental Sciences, Human Rights, International Relations, Social Sciences, or related field.
  • Alternatively, 4 years of relevant work experience in legal, capacity development, coalition building, policy, or public interest fields in lieu of a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Knowledge of Kenya’s constitutional and administrative law, including human rights, land & environmental law.
  • Strong command of spoken and written English and Kiswahili.
  • Computer literacy, understanding of data entry, basic computer skills, and knowledge of databases.
  • Commitment to constitutionalism and environmental justice principles.


  • High integrity aligned with Natural Justice’s core values.
  • Proactive and highly motivated, capable of working independently.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
  • Reliability and attention to detail.
  • Team player fostering good relationships with grassroots groups and partners.
  • Awareness and sensitivity to diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Professionalism, strong work ethic, and personal initiative.
  • Ability to mobilize communities.
  • Quick grasp of new and complex concepts.
  • Ability to work under pressure and as part of a team.
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently, both domestically and regionally.

Applications should be submitted  via email with ‘CELO-Lamu as
the subject line.
Applications must include:
1) A cover letter that indicates a) your understanding of environmental justice and why it is important in Kenya, and b) why you feel you are the best candidate;
2) A detailed CV with three references of people you have worked with, at least one of whom
supervised you. Do not attach your testimonials or certificates


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