We’re pleased to announce a new vacancy within our small, dedicated team. Gaia has been at the forefront of the Earth Jurisprudence movement for over two decades, accompanied by the late Thomas Berry and a number of committed Earth advocates from across the globe. This is an exciting moment for a way of being, working and living whose time has come.

Earth Jurisprudence (EJ) recognises that the Earth is embedded in a lawful and ordered Universe. It is a philosophy, a way of seeing and relating to the living world out of which we have evolved and are inextricably a part. We are inspired by peoples who see life from an Earth-centred, rather than a human-centred perspective, and believe this goes to the heart of the paradigm shift required of the dominant world today.

Gaia’s EJ programme includes:

  • Accompanying communities and civil society groups and coalitions in nurturing an EJ movement working at various levels
  • Delivering an in-depth, 3-year training for African EJ practitioners and inductions for communities and civil society
  • Strengthening an African EJ movement
  • Monitoring developments globally in Earth Jurisprudence, Rights of Nature and allied movements
  • Creativity in communications and advocacy.

The overall aim is to foster systemic transformation to Earth-centred practice, governance and policies.

The Role

The Earth Jurisprudence Coordinator will be responsible for:

Supporting the delivery and content of Gaia’s ‘Trainings for Transformation’– Working alongside the course facilitators, support the delivery of Gaia’s 3-year African Earth Jurisprudence Practitioners training course. This includes co-organising three residentials per year, preparing assignments, identifying reading materials and organising webinars.

Supporting our 6 African EJ practitioners and 6 trainees in developing their practice and influence in-country, regionally and internationally.

Tracking related social movements, materials, initiatives, precedent setting cases and laws on Earth Jurisprudence, Earth Law and the Rights of Nature globally and with a particular focus across Africa. Tracking the content of other EJ-related courses with a view to expanding or refining the EJ syllabus.

Communications– Compiling and summarising global EJ-related news with a view to growing the African audience through mailings and the Gaia website. Opening spaces for the publication and communication of EJ-related news or articles from African EJ practitioners and others, assisting in their research or editing as required. Developing links with new audiences through radio, interviews, and creative communications.

Preparing funder applicationsto support the delivery and development of Gaia’s EJ initiatives. Helping to identify new funders for this work.

Project management for grants relating directly to Gaia’s EJ Trainings for Transformation and induction trainings.

Collaborating in developing and implementing advocacy strategiesbuilding on community work, to influence and/or drive policy with, among others, the United Nations’ Harmony with Nature, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, liaising closely with thematic leaders in the team.

Research, editing and support for legal and interdisciplinary studies, policies and legislation for entrenching EJ in various countries with our EJ partners.

This role is 4 days per week, 9:30am – 5:30pm, Monday – Thursday.  Salary £27,000 + (pro rata), depending on experience.

Please find full details of the role here. Complete the application form in the pack and send alongside your CV, outlining your career to date, plus any academic and professional qualifications.

Please send your application & CV to info@gaianet.org by 5pm on Sunday 28thApril.