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Minority Rights Group International
Closing date: 9:00am GMT on Friday 9 February 2018
This is a permanent role, working either 4 or 5 days per week (to be mutually agreed with the right candidate), based in our London office.
Salary: starting £43,531 per annum (full time equivalent). MRG operates a progressive payscale, with annual increments for years of service.
Minority Rights Group is the leading international human rights organization working to secure rights for ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous people around the world. MRG’s programme of strategic litigation has won leading cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the African Commission and Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights.
We are now looking for a Legal Director to spearhead MRG’s litigation and other legal work to defend the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples around the world.
The post holder will be the main person in the organisation responsible for coordinating and expanding litigation and other legal work within the organisation, including ensuring successful implementation of legal projects covering community legal empowerment, legal tools and related advocacy, as well as litigation, to fulfill MRG’s mission. A strong commitment to using international law as a means of advancing the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples, as well as commitment to the aims and objectives of MRG are crucial for this role. The person must be enthusiastic about working in a multicultural environment and committed to equal opportunities and gender equality.
Candidates must have at least three years’ senior experience of human rights litigation in international or regional courts or monitoring bodies, as well as a minimum three years’ experience of staff and project management.
Essential skills and qualifications required for this role:
- Educated to second degree level, including a degree in law
- Detailed knowledge of public international law, with particular knowledge of the international law of human rights as applicable to minorities and indigenous peoples
- A practice qualification as an attorney/solicitor/barrister or equivalent
- First-class legal abilities, including the ability to draft legal documents
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
To apply, please send your completed Application Form, as well as Equal Opportunities Form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we do not accept CVs.
Deadline for applications is 9.00am GMT on Friday 9th February 2018.