Role: Legal Officer

Sisters For Change (SFC) is seeking to appoint a Legal Officer (immediate appointment). This is an exciting opportunity to join a young, ambitious and innovative charity that conducts cutting-edge legal empowerment programmes and legal advocacy at the national, regional and international level.

The Legal Officer will join a small core team and will report directly to and work closely with SFC’s Legal Director. The ideal candidate will thrive in a start-up environment where a premium is placed on flexibility, adaptability, and being able to work independently and pro-actively. The post is located in North London with occasional travel.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Role responsibilities

The Legal Officer will undertake a range of tasks working across Sisters For Change established programmes in India, Indonesia and the UK. These will include analysing domestic criminal and civil law and legal cases in the jurisdictions where SFC is working; researching States’ records of compliance with international, regional and domestic human rights standards; supporting the design and delivery of SFC Paralegal Academies and legal training; research and writing; policy development and monitoring new legal developments. The Legal Officer will contribute to implementing SFC projects generally which will includes some administrative and programme development work.

Required Qualifications & Experience

  • The right to work in the UK (must have before applying)
  • Good first degree required and advanced university degree preferred, with at least 5 years of professional legal experience as a legal academic or practicing lawyer working in the following areas: criminal law, domestic and/or international human rights law
  • Demonstrated experience in legal and gender analysis and international and regional human rights / women’s rights frameworks, with the ability to analyse materials and domestic laws quickly and accurately
  • Experience working at either national or international levels including within legal institutions/ INGO/ NGO sector
  • Experience designing and delivering workshops on human rights/ women’s rights/ VAW
  • Highly developed legal research, writing and editorial skills with experience in drafting high quality materials suitable for publication against tight deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills and effective inter-personal skills with the proven ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships across diverse partnerships, colleagues and actors.
  • Extremely attentive to accuracy and detail, highly organised and efficient, with demonstrated ability to work well under pressure regarding deadlines, workload and unexpected developments without administrative support
  • Demonstrated ability to work with local partners and NGOs to assist them implement SFC’s programmes and to enhance their legal and analytical capacity
  • Ability, willingness and flexibility to travel and respond to a range of diverse environments
  • Sound judgment, able to respond positively to feedback and direction and to contribute towards building a mutually supportive team environment
  • Advanced computer literacy skills and experience with social media
  • Commitment to the Sisters For Change Vision and Mission

Remuneration: This role is offered initially on a one-year contract (renewable). Salary up to £28,000 p.a. depending on qualifications and experience, plus 5% pension contribution, generous paid leave and flexible working arrangements.

How to apply: If you share our passion for human rights and ending discrimination and violence against women and girls, please apply. To apply, send an email to research@sistersforchange.org.uk enclosing a Curriculum Vitae and letter of application explaining your interest in the role and how you meet the role specification. Please provide details of two referees (one of which should be your most recent employer).

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to interview.