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— Job Vacancy: Legal Projects Officer (maternity cover)
Legal Projects Officer (maternity cover)
Full-time, mid-August 2020 to the end of January 2021
Grade C, starts at around £31,000 per annum, plus London weighting if applicable
Mostly based in London, although we are all currently working at home
The main purpose of the job is to help MRG achieve its mission to realize the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples around the world, through the use of litigation, legal empowerment, legal tools and other advocacy.
Specifically, the post-holder will work with local partners and lawyers to build communities’ legal skills, provide support for community-led litigation to address rights violations, enable activists to improve their advocacy, and pilot appropriate accountability mechanisms to increase decision-makers’ sensitivity to the concerns of marginalised minority groups.
The postholder may also work on improving the knowledge of legal professionals on international
If you have:
- At least 2 years’ experience of human rights work and implementing international human rights or legal projects
- A postgraduate qualification in law at degree level
- Good working knowledge of minority and Indigenous people community situation, issues and concerns
- Good knowledge of project management from design to implementation
- Excellent inter-personal skills
- Excellent communication skills and strong numeracy skills
- The ability to deliver complex tasks or projects to deadline, sometimes under pressure
- Fluency in written and spoken English and good written and spoken French
Then we would like to hear from you!
For more information, download the job description and person specification.
We particularly want to encourage applications from people from minorities, especially from people of colour and people with disabilities, as these are under-represented within this team.
We are occasionally able to sponsor visas, but only if we cannot find an applicant with an existing right to work in the UK.
How to apply
Interviews will take place via phone / video on 6 and 7 August.