Legal Officer - applications now closed

Application Closing Date
9th April 2021 23:59 BST


The Legal Officer will work across PI on advocacy, policy, research, and public engagement initiatives in order to formulate new and creative ways to demand change and achieve PI’s policy and advocacy goals including working with our partners across the world. This will include identifying creative approaches to national and global advocacy and pursuing legal avenues to hold governments and companies to account.

Contract: Permanent

Working hours: Full time

Salary: £36,000 pa

Other: generous workplace pension, we can offer a modest relocation fund

The Legal Officer will:

  • engage with targeted stakeholders, including governments and industry, and the public.
  • devise, implement and manage advocacy designed to achieve PI’s strategic objectives.
  • support and promote our partner organisations’ advocacy.
  • assist in assessing and reviewing our advocacy for legal risks faced by PI.
  • understand and work within a variety of local, national and international jurisdictions, including those governed by common law or civil law.

About our work: We are a London-based charity working on a multi-year strategic plan that includes interventions designed to defend against government assaults on civic engagement; prevent data exploitation during the election cycle; protect our identities, security, and social, cultural and political rights from vulnerabilities created by the deployment of new technologies; and restrain government and corporate exploitation of data more broadly.

About you: You are curious about the state and direction of the world. You understand that technologies play many roles in bolstering power and shaping the future. You are an advocate who wants to fight for change and ensure your voice is both credible and heard by key audiences, including the public. You want to shape an organisation that is always growing and learning and contribute to its strengthening. You want to work across a variety of projects and utilise different skills-sets. You are keen to learn new multidisciplinary ways of achieving change.

About PI: Everyone at PI works to build a good and resilient organisation, where we are always looking to learn and grow. We lead by example to make the most of our opportunities to shape the future. We work with others, including our network of partners across the world, to understand, engage and build a movement. We use creative approaches to deliver our work and share what we learn.




  • Law degree, in any jurisdiction.
  • Admitted to practice in the UK (England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland), as a solicitor or barrister.
  • Experience working on issues relating to technology and its interaction with human rights.
  • Experience assessing and mitigating legal risks faced by organisations.
  • Experience of taking creative approaches to novel avenues to hold governments and companies to account.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with international human rights standards and/or national rights frameworks, and with the human rights community.
  • Knowledge of the broader rights frameworks, and in particular the protection of social, economic and cultural rights.
  • Experience working with legal issues related to data and privacy, including data protection, or the legal concerns raised by techniques such as automated decision-making and profiling.
  • Proven track record of communicating complex issues to diverse audiences.


  • Ability to work with and manage relationships with stakeholders including within the legal community, partner organisations, and coalitions.
  • Ability to manage projects, work in teams, and incorporate lessons into future planning.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that can be applied to communicating and engaging with colleagues and external audiences from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Proactive and self-motivated, capable of working unsupervised and taking responsibility for managing relationships with key partners, stakeholders and policymakers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the highest level of attention to detail.



  • University qualification in social sciences, development, or related fields.
  • Experience of strategically engaging with and targeting decision-makers and actors of change in countries of engagement including governmental actors, civil society and the media, but also amongst the wider international community, inter-governmental, industry and other non-state actors.
  • Experience of strategically engaging with diverse communities across cultures.
  • Experience in NGOs/human rights organisations, law firms or in-house, working on litigation or legal action initiatives.
  • Experience drafting and editing contracts and other legal instruments.


  • Ability to speak publicly, including with the media and at conferences and stakeholder meetings.
  • Fluency in a language other than English.
  • Willing and able to travel internationally, when permitted.


To apply, please send:

  1. a CV (not more than two pages)
  2. a covering letter (not more than two pages)

The closing date for applications is 09 April 2021, 23:59 BST.

Please send the requested material in one email to Please include the title of the post you are applying for in the subject of the email.

Only complete applications will be considered.

The candidates who we choose to interview will be contacted by the end of the day on 14 April 2021. Interviews will take place via video conference on 19 and 20 April 2021– please reserve these days for a possible interview.

We may conduct a second round of interviews, which will be decided only after the first round of interviews takes place. If necessary, the second round of interviews would be held during the week commencing 26 April 2021.

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