Legal Officer - Closed

Position
Permanent
Application Closing Date
8th January 2023 23:59 GMT

Location: London office (Central London)

Contract: Permanent

Working hours: Full time

Salary: £39,520 pa

Other: 26 days annual leave, generous workplace pension, resources for learning & development, we can offer a modest relocation fund

ABOUT PI

About PI: We are a London-based charity that campaigns globally for legal and technological solutions to protect people and their data from exploitation. We envision a world where freedom and privacy will be the foundations of tomorrow’s societies. We target companies and governments who exploit our data and technologies. We expose harm and abuses, mobilise allies globally, campaign with the public for solutions, and pressure companies and governments to change. We are delivering our multi-year strategic plan to protect democracy, defend people’s dignity, and demand accountability from the powerful institutions who breach public trust.

About our work: 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.

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 with colleagues and partner organisations across a variety of projects and use different skill-sets. You are keen to learn new multidisciplinary ways of achieving global change.

ABOUT THIS ROLE

The Legal Officer will work across PI to help deliver on our strategic plan, build a resilient organisation, and support our global movement.

Staff at PI are expected, across all their work, to:

  • devise and implement advocacy designed to achieve PI’s strategic objectives;
  • engage with targeted stakeholders globally, including governments and industry, and the public;
  • support, join, and promote our partner organisations’ advocacy.

The Legal Officer will conduct advocacy to achieve PI’s goals. This will include legal analysis, drafting submissions, working with outside counsel, and legal risk assessments, as well as policy development, research, outreach and public engagement initiatives aimed at formulating new and creative ways to demand change globally, including working with our partners across the world. While legal work forms an important part of this role, the Legal Officer is likely to spend much of their time on other forms of advocacy as well.

Experiences and Skills

Essential Experience

  • Law degree, in any jurisdiction.
  • Admitted to practice in the UK (England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland), as a solicitor or barrister.
  • Understanding of and experience working within a variety of local, national, and international jurisdictions, including those governed by common law or civil law.
  • Experience working on issues relating to technology and its interaction with human rights.
  • Experience assessing and mitigating legal risks faced by organisations.
  • Experience taking creative approaches to hold governments and companies to account.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with legal issues related to data and privacy, including data protection.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with international human rights standards and mechanisms 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.
  • Proven track record of communicating complex issues to diverse audiences.

Essential Skills

  • 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 learned 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.
  • Ability to speak publicly, including with the media and at conferences and stakeholder meetings.

Desirable Experience

  • University qualification in social sciences, political science, international relations, or related fields.
  • Experience of strategically engaging with and targeting decision-makers and actors of change 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.

Desirable Skills

  • Fluency in a language other than English.
  • Willing and able to travel internationally, when permitted.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply, please send:

a CV (not more than two pages)

a covering letter (not more than two pages)

The closing date for applications is the Sunday, 8 January 2023.

Please send the requested material in one email to recruitment@privacyinternational.org. (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 Wednesday, 11 January 2023.

Interviews will take place the week of 16 January 2023 – please reserve these days for a possible interview, which can be arranged in person or as a video conference.

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 of 23 January 2023.

For information about how Privacy International will use your data during recruitment please see Privacy International’s website: https://privacyinternational.org/basic-page/618/how-we-use-and-protect-your-data#volunteersapp