Legal Researcher (FAIR Project) – Consultant
Title: Legal Researcher (FAIR Project) – Consultant
Reports to: Managing Director, Minority Rights Group Europe
Duration: 6 months (part-time with flexible schedule)
Application Deadline: 6th January, 2019
Start Date: ASAP
Gross Salary (indicative): 400 000 HUF/month or 2 400 000 HUF (in total)
Please send your CV and Cover Letter to Orsolya.Farkas@mrgmail.org
Location: Budapest – Hungary, but is expected to include travel within the country. Travel is expected to take up to 1-2 weeks.
Purpose of the job
The purpose of this new role is to help ‘Minority Rights Group Europe’ (MRGE) achieve its aims and objectives by supporting implementation of a new EU funded programme ‘FAIR’. The FAIR programme is led by VICESSE (Vienna Centre for Societal Security), in Austria and will develop and test a new tool, which will strengthen the right to a fair trial in project countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Greece and Hungary). The FAIR tool will provide information on 6 EU directives, relating to procedural rights, in formats which are accessible and available in minority languages. The tool and supporting handbook will be made available to practitioners (lawyers, legal and police authorities, interpreters and NGOs) as well as individuals involved in trail proceedings. The project is implemented through a consortium of partners in 4 countries.
The role of MRGE in this project is to support the development of the tool, through research and testing with practitioners in Hungary and to coordinate the Europe-wide dissemination strategy for the project as a whole.
The post holder will carry out empirical research and the evaluation of national legislations/legal framework, with regard to the EU Directives on procedural rights.
The position is suited to a candidate with legal background and strong research skills.
The position will be based in MRGs Europe & Central Asia Office in Budapest, Hungary. The position will last for 6 month and will require flexible working hours (part-time).
Main duties and responsibilities
- Carry out research and evaluation of the Hungarian national legislations/legal framework in light of the EU Directives on procedural rights.
- Identify and reach out to potential stakeholders, including staff of relevant national authorities and civil society organizations, as well as legal practitioners (in coordination with the FAIR Project Officer).
- Qualitative data collection on applicable national legislations and their application for people suspected or accused of crimes (with a specific focus on members of minority and migrant communities).
- Collect data on good practices, as part of the above mentioned research.
- Prepare a clean working version of the country report, as the output of the research, for final coordination and submission to the partner organizations.
- Provides advice to, and liaises with:
- FAIR Project Officer
- Managing Director of Minority Rights Group Europe
- MRGs Legal Team
- External partners and other actors for most above activities
- MRG interns who are supporting the Europe programmes team
- Undertake such other tasks as may reasonably be requested by the Managing Director from time to time.
- Cover for absent staff on related work from time to time.
- Respect and work towards full implementation of MRG’s Gender and Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policies in all the work involved in this post.
- Although the primary purpose of this post is as described above, the post holder may be required to work partly or wholly on other areas of MRG’s work. This is to allow MRG to move staff away from work which is unfunded or underfunded or is no longer a priority for the organization, to work on areas which have more funding, are growing or which are understaffed. This will normally involve the post holder in carrying out tasks similar or identical to those listed in this job description but applied to different programmes or projects.
- Confidential information
- Responsible for maintaining confidentiality as the job holder will be entitled to a very high level of access to confidential information pertaining to MRG’s strategies, detailed financial information, and also access to sensitive external information which may impact on MRG’s activities.
B. Person Specification
Essential Qualifications and Experience
University degree in law.
- At least 2 years’ experience in legal research.
- At least 1 year experience working in fields relating to human rights in Hungary, in particular minority rights and issues relating to migration.
- Excellent writing skills, self-organization skills and punctuality in meeting deadlines.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to network and nurture contacts.
- Fluent written and spoken Hungarian and English.
- At least 1 year experience and proven track record in working with minority and/or migrant communities.
- At least 1 year experience, undertaking research projects, which involvement direct engagement with minority and migrant communities.
- Relevant Legal qualification or 1 year professional experience working in the criminal justice sector.
- 1 year experience in projects or research that involve direct engagement with public authorities.
- Experience working with civil society organizations.
- Commitment to the aims and objectives of MRG
- Commitment to gender equity
- Enthusiastic about working in a multicultural environment and committed to equal opportunities.
Degree of supervision
The job holder will be expected to work largely unsupervised within the broad directives of the Legal Director and the objectives of the organization.
The job holder will be based at MRG’s office in Budapest, Hungary, but might be required to travel to other locations within the country to carry out data collection.
The job holder is required to maintain the pace of work, which is often high, working to strict time pressures with the responsibility for several jobs running simultaneously. You should have or be able to obtain permission to live and work in Hungary.
MRG is committed to Equal Opportunities and values diversity.