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    2nd Floor Community House
    41 Salt River Road
    Salt River, Cape Town
    South Africa

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    Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00

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    +27 21 447 2701

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    NPC number 2017/078276/08


join our team!

Opportunity – Legal Researcher

Open Secrets (Cape Town)


Are you an advocate for social justice, accountability and transparency?

Are you keen to work with a small team of researchers and civil society activists?

Open Secrets is hiring a legal researcher to join our small dedicated team based in Cape Town. Open Secrets is a non-profit organisation working on issues of economic crime and the link to human rights with a focus on the financial sector in Southern Africa. We use investigations, advocacy and the law to hold people and institutions who abuse power to account.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with a team of investigators undertaking research on historic and contemporary economic crime and related human rights violations in Southern Africa.
  • Undertake legal research, legal drafting and assist in formulating our legal strategy.
  • Work closely with civil society partners to hold parties implicated in corruption from apartheid to contemporary state capture to account. This includes the People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime, strategic litigation and the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
  • Liaison with our lawyers and counsel on cases.
  • Assist in advocacy and media in support of our work.
  • Write reports as well as related occasional articles for our website and social media platforms.


Contract Period

Starting February/March 2019 for an initial one-year contract period (with prospects for renewal).


Ideal Candidate:

  • Strong work ethic, integrity and a commitment to social justice.
  • A committed team player, with an inquisitive mind, who values collaboration.
  • A qualified attorney and/or someone with a postgraduate qualification in law. Candidates with a relevant Master’s degree would be preferred.
  • Two/three years’ work experience, preferably including in the social justice sector.
  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Strong command of basic Microsoft Office programmes (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Historically disadvantaged applicants are encouraged to apply.

This is envisaged as a full-time position based at Community House in Salt River, Cape Town.



Submit a covering letter, resume, copy of relevant qualifications, a copy of an unedited written work and contact details of at least three referees, by Sunday 27 January 2019 (8pm).

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Kindly note that applications missing any of the required information will not be considered.  Only shortlisted candidates will be notified of the outcome of the application process.

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Open Secrets is a small non-profit organisation, and we greatly appreciate any individual donations. Please note that we do not accept direct funding from governments or for-profit companies.

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The secrecy around economic crime means that we rely on tip-offs or information to assist our investigative work. Should you have any information relating to high-level corruption and economic crimes committed by private sector individuals and institutions, please contact us via the details listed above. Any information shared with us will be treated in confidence.

If you have security concerns, you can use GPG to send and receive encrypted emails (our public key ID is 380285BC) or download the Signal app and reach out to us for a mobile number to send and receive secure text messages.