Earth Jurisprudence Programme Coordinator

The Gaia Foundation

Hampstead, London (or home based with regular office team days)
£27,000 pro rata

Paid • Part Time • Permanent 02074280050 Julia Marques

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Sunday, 28th April 2019   7 days left

The Gaia Foundation (Gaia) has 30 years experience working to protect the environment and the rights of local communities. We are a small team who thrive on passion for the work and a commitment to make a difference. 

Gaia operates from a small, busy administrative base in North London, and a nearby learning centre from where we host talks, workshops, strategic meetings, and where Associates and partners stay as they travel through London. The Earth Jurisprudence Programme Coordinator will play a central role in all Earth Jurisprudence work.

There has never been a more important moment for Gaia, in terms of drawing from over 30 years experience of working with local and indigenous people in the South, to contribute to the debate around climate change and inspire a fundamental shift in thinking that will bring about positive change. There will be much scope for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on and contribution to Gaia’s work.

Job description: Earth Jurisprudence Programme Coordinator

Reporting to: Director and Sacred Lands & Wilderness Programme Lead
Location: Belsize Park, London or home working dependent on location
Hours: 4 days per week, 9:30am – 5:30pm, Monday - Thursday
Salary: £27,000 + (pro rata), depending on experience

About the Earth Jurisprudence (EJ) Programme

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 position of Earth Jurisprudence Coordinator requires working as part of the Gaia team, collaborating closely with Gaia’s Director and our Sacred Lands & Wilderness Coordinator.

The EJ Coordinator will be responsible for:

  1. 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.
  2. Supporting our 6 African EJ practitioners and 6 trainees in developing their practice and influence in-country, regionally and internationally.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Preparing funder applications to support the delivery and development of Gaia’s EJ initiatives. Helping to identify new funders for this work.
  6. Project management for grants relating directly to Gaia’s EJ Trainings for Transformation and induction trainings.
  7. Collaborating in developing and implementing advocacy strategies, building 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, liasing closely with thematic leaders in the team.
  8. Research, editing and support for legal and interdisciplinary studies, policies and legislation for entrenching EJ in various countries with our EJ partners.

Person Specification


  1. Minimum degree level education

Essential qualities and skills:

  1. Proven experience, understanding of and passion for Earth Jurisprudence and Rights of Nature – preferably having completed degree level studies in these subjects and/or with some legal background.
  2. Advocacy experience.
  3. Confident research, writing and overall communication skills.
  4. An ability to self-motivate and manage time under limited supervision.
  5. Excellent organisational skills and computer proficiency.
  6. A deep love and respect for Nature and the larger community of life.

Desirable qualities and skills:

  1. Experience in the global south with other cultures and social movements for systemic change.
  2. Spanish and/ or French language skills.
  3. Experience writing fundraising proposals and liaising with funders.
  4. Project management experience.
  5. Previous experience of international NGO project work – particularly the developing world
  6. Knowledge of the voluntary sector and environmental issues

To Apply

Please follow the link to our website to access the application pack. Please send your CV and a completed Application Form to by 5pm on Sunday 28th April.

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