Director, Environmental Justice, India

Delhi, India

Seeking a committed, dynamic advocate to lead the Namati-CPR effort on environmental justice.


About the position and the Namati-CPR Environmental Justice Program

Across the globe, protection of the environment is an area where the gap between law and practice is especially wide. The problem is compounded by poor enforcement of environmental law. India has a very poor record of compliance to environmental regulations and violations have real and profound effects on the lives of people. Invariably, local communities are absent from the processes that oversee environmental assessments and the management of ecological impacts.

Namati, in partnership with the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), seeks innovative ways to develop and manage environmental regulation to achieve better environmental compliance. We experiment with interventions at the policy level and with institutions and communities. We seek to help communities, who are often locked out of the processes of environmental regulation, have a greater say in influencing the conditions that affect their lives.

Namati is equipping community paralegals to help monitor compliance with the conditions to which firms commit when they receive environmental approvals. Over the past 6 years we have been pursuing several approaches that have potential for large-scale application.

We are searching for a dynamic leader to oversee the Namati-CPR Program in India.


Overall, the Director will be responsible for the following:

Country Strategy Implementation and Refinement

  • Own overall implementation of Namati’s five-year EJ country strategy for India.
  • Directly manage and supervise EJ Program staff in India. In consultation with team, help ensure efforts of the team remain on track by developing annual work plans, budgets, benchmarks, and measures of success. 
  • Work with the team members continually to analyze strategy implementation, successes, and challenges, and refine country strategy as needed.

Government Outreach and Capacity Building

  • Work with team members and partner organisations to cultivate relationships with government officials in relevant Ministries and agencies.
  • In collaboration with the India EJ Advisors, make recommendations related to environmental regulations based on Namati’s approach to EJ.
  • Support the team members in creating forms, templates, and tools to aid the implementation of environment laws in India and recommend these to government.

Civil Society Outreach and Capacity Building

  • Build relationships with civil society organizations, academics, and activists that are working to implement environment regulation in India.
  • In collaboration with the other team members, select, train, and manage new partner organizations.

Fundraising and Grants Management

  • Build and cultivate relationships with current and potential funders, including foundations, other NGOs, intergovernmental institutions, bilateral funders, domestic philanthropies.
  • Help develop a fundraising strategy that builds diversity and resilience through funding relationships that are aligned with us in values.
  • Oversee proposal development and reporting requirements for grants.

 Namati Global and the Legal Empowerment Network

  • Serve and actively participate on Namati’s global leadership team.
  • Ensure that lessons from the work in India are shared with other Namati teams and with the wider legal empowerment community. Vice versa, help apply learning from that wider community in India where appropriate.
  • Ensure alignment between the Namati-CPR EJ program and Namati Global in the areas of finance, administration, knowledge management, and other cross cutting areas, while remaining compliant with CPR guidelines and relevant Indian laws.
  • Collaborate cross-thematic learning across the land and environment programs.
  • Engage in advocacy for legal empowerment and environmental justice at regional and global levels.


About You/Must-Haves for the Position

  • Track record of getting results: You are a seasoned strategist who has spent time working at the intersections of community organizing, law, and policy, with successful advocacy on casework. You hold a master's degree in natural sciences, social sciences or social work, or a law degree, along with 7+ years relevant work experience. 
  • Evidence of time spent building strategic partnerships: You have built strong program and fundraising networks during the course of your career. You are skilled at maintain mutually respectful relationships with a variety of stakeholders. 
  • Exceptional communication skills: Your written and verbal communications evidence clarity of thought, analysis and sensitivity to audience and context. You have a track record of writing/publishing on environmental justice and/or legal empowerment.
  • Collaborative and service-oriented: You greet everyone you encounter with a collaborative spirit, kindness, and empathy.
  • Growth-oriented: You’re always seeking to better yourself and your work, and you will push yourself to the peak of performance to help fulfill our mission. In service of that growth, you welcome and delight in feedback from supervisors, peers, and anyone else.


About Namati

Namati is dedicated to placing the power of law in the hands of people.

For billions of people around the world, the law is broken. It’s an abstraction -- or worse, a threat -- but not something we can use to exercise our basic rights.

Namati is building a global movement of grassroots advocates who empower people to understand, use, and shape the law. These “barefoot lawyers” form a dynamic, creative frontline that can squeeze justice out of even broken systems.  In the past four years, Namati and our partners have worked with over 65,000 clients to take on some of the greatest challenges of our times: protecting community lands, enforcing environmental law, and securing basic rights to healthcare and citizenship.

We track data on every caseand use that information to advocate for systemic changes, like better policies for land governance in Liberia, environmental regulation in India, and healthcare delivery in Mozambique. And we're joining forces for change. Namati convenes the Global Legal Empowerment Network-- over 1600 groups and 5,000 individuals from 150 countries learning from one another and bringing justice to communities in every part of the world.

As we move into our next phase, we’re growing our global team of passionate, results-oriented, big-hearted advocates, united by a common mission and a strong culture:

  • We are guided by our mission. It’s why we all wake up every day. We pour our hearts into this work.
  • Our work makes real, tangible, measurable progress in people’s lives. We take abstract concepts – rule of law and human rights – and make them concrete, helping people find solutions that improve their lives every day.
  • We walk our talk. Our movement is about legal empowerment and we bring this spirit of empowerment and collaboration to all our partnerships. We hold humility as a core value: we lead when necessary and follow when necessary.
  • We are a truly global organization. Our offices are located in Delhi, Freetown, Maputo, Nairobi, Washington DC, and Yangon, and our staff come from all corners of the world. We are united by our common mission.
  • We see our people as our most valuable resource. We bring on individuals of the highest caliber and character and we mentor, train, and support our staff.
  • We hold one another in the highest esteem. Our work relationships are built on deep abiding respect and love.

For more about what it’s like to work at Namati, please see our Cultural Principles.



Delhi, India. Please note you must already be legally eligible to work in India to be considered for the position.



Commensurate with experience.


To apply

Please complete our online application form. Note you will be asked to provide two writing samples: one of them should ideally reflect an effort to distill recommendations from program or research findings, and the other should be a published op-ed, blog post, or policy brief. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but we hope to have our new director in place by January 2019.

No phone calls please. Namati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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