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Although judicial proceedings will generally be bound by the requirements of natural justice to a greater degree than will hearings before administrative tribunals, judicial decision-makers, by virtue of their positions, have nonetheless been granted considerable deference by appellate courts inquiring into the apprehension of bias. This is because judges ‘are assumed to be [people] of conscience and intellectual discipline, capable of judging a particular controversy fairly on the basis of its own circumstances’: The presumption of impartiality carries considerable weight, for as Blackstone opined at p. 361 in Commentaries on the Laws of England III . . . ‘[t]he law will not suppose possibility of bias in a judge, who is already sworn to administer impartial justice, and whose authority greatly depends upon that presumption and idea’. Thus, reviewing courts have been hesitant to make a finding of bias or to perceive a reasonable apprehension of bias on the part of a judge, in the absence of convincing evidence to that effect.

L'Heureux-Dube and McLachlin JJ
Livesey v The New South Wales Bar Association [1983] HCA 17; (1983) 151 CLR 288
3 November 2014

Job opportunity: Research, Advocacy and Policy Manager at Triangle Project

Job opportunity: Research, Advocacy and Policy Manager

Triangle Project is a registered not-for-profit organisation based in Cape Town that focuses on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The organisation achieves its objectives through a number of core programmes, including the Research, Advocacy & Policy (RAP) Programme. The RAP Programme aims to generate an accessible body of knowledge on LGBTI issues through community-based research that informs activism and advocacy. The Programme also promotes the rights of LGBTI people by engaging in advocacy at local and national level aimed at transforming legislation, policies and practices of various state institutions and civil society organisations.

Our approach in the RAP Programme is informed by principles of participatory research with a focus on skills- and capacity-building of LGBTI community activists and organisations. Working within such a framework facilitates the creation of knowledge that is owned and controlled by LGBTI persons and ultimately increases the depth and reach of community-led advocacy based on the research findings.

We are seeking to appoint a Research, Advocacy and Policy Manager for the Programme, to take forward an urgent existing portfolio of work.

 Key responsibilities:

  • Design and implement research and advocacy programmes, with a focus on hate crimes and sexual orientation- and gender-based violence
  • Commission, lead and/or conduct research that supports Triangle Project’s advocacy strategy and which feeds back into service provision
  • Develop research and policy briefs, research reports, policy and legislation submissions and opinion pieces for local and national news publications, and develop related information, education and communication (IEC) material
  • Partner with other networks and coalitions to ensure that the needs and rights of LGBTI persons are integrated and addressed
  • Respond to discrimination and promote the rights and responsibilities of LGBTI persons more broadly
  • Manage staff in the RAP Programme, participate in Management Committee meetings and processes and report to the Director on work conducted in the Programme

Key requirements:

  • Postgraduate degree in social sciences or humanities, with training and experience in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  • At least 3 years experience in working at an advocacy level around human rights and particularly around sexual and gender rights
  • Clear understanding of gender, sexual diversity, HIV and AIDS and LGBTI issues
  • Ability to engage with, and influence, diverse stakeholders including government departments
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure, within a small team environment and meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills in at least two local languages (additional competence in other languages of the region would be an added advantage)
  • Excellent writing skills in English

Interested candidates are invited to submit (1) a motivation letter; (2) detailed CV; (3) writing sample; and (4) details of three contactable work-related references to recruitment@triangle.org.za by Monday 24 November 2014. Submission prior to this date is encouraged.

Triangle Project practices affirmative action for LGBTI people. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

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