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- Associate Legal Officer, USA, Berlin

Associate Legal Officer
Open Society Justice Initiative, New York, Deadline: 12/30/2018

    To apply, please submit a CV and Cover letter. In your Cover letter, you should explain your interest and motivation for applying.


    The Open Society Foundations promotes vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to all rights holders.

    The Justice Initiative, part of the Open Society Foundations, uses strategic litigation and other kinds of legal advocacy to defend and promote the rule of law, and to advance human rights. We employ litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance across a range of issues. We pursue accountability for international crimes, support criminal justice reforms, strengthen human rights institutions, combat discrimination and statelessness, challenge abuses related to national security and counterterrorism, defend civic space, foster freedom of information and expression, confront corruption and promote economic justice. In this work, we collaborate with a community of dedicated and skillful human rights advocates across the globe, and form part of a dynamic and progressive justice movement that reflects the diversity of the world. More information on the Justice Initiative and its activities can be found at www.justiceinitiative.org.

    In the sphere of equality and inclusion, the Justice Initiative works to implement legal norms and transform public discourse on equality.  The Justice challenges discrimination on grounds of race, ethnicity, class, gender, legal status, national origin and religion. Thematic areas of work include policing, education, employment, housing, migration, citizenship, and documentation of identity.  We use community legal empowerment, research and data collection, advocacy, litigation, and strengthening civil society to obtain remedies for discrimination.
 Job profile

    We are recruiting for an Associate Legal Officer to join our Equality and Inclusion team and be based out of New York or Berlin. The Associate Legal Officer will report to the Senior Managing Legal Officer for Equality and Inclusion.   

    We are looking for a candidate with practical experience combining litigation, community engagement, policy advocacy and strategic communications, among other tools, to enforce legal norms and bring about substantive equality. The ALO will be part of a team of diverse, compassionate, and committed professionals with a common drive to think creatively about how to use law and legal remedies.

    Essential duties and responsibilities include:
        Provide legal advice and subject-matter knowledge to team members and partners within/outside OSF; evaluate issues and cases for potential involvement
        Engage in litigation, including client care and community engagement, researching, drafting, and pleading
        Build relationships with civil society partners, affected communities, institutional officials, academics and OSF colleagues working on issues of equality and inclusion
        Design and support advocacy campaigns
        Manage project activities, including administrative tasks related to developing, executing, monitoring and reporting on project-related service agreements and grants
        Contribute to strategic planning  at the team and organizational level
Candidate profile
        Law degree, and three to seven years’ post-qualification experience, including familiarity with using law to counter discrimination/discriminatory practices
        Practical experience in the fields of nationality law, migrants’ rights and statelessness highly desirable
        Experience with civil society groups and affected communities working to challenge discrimination, using law, capacity-building, community organising and campaigning; practical experience of working with communities facing social, cultural and/or economic exclusion highly desirable
        Demonstrated ability to conduct research, write and edit a range of different materials including reports, legal documents, blogs and submissions for different audiences
        Experience in developing strong relationships with a wide range of actors from diverse cultural, geographic, economic, political, and social contexts
        Proficiency in English, with strong written and oral communication skills
        Proficiency in at least one additional language highly desirable
        Project management, including the ability to gather evidence and research to inform strategies, work plans, activities and internal results assessment
        Experience with developing and running efficient processes, systems, and workflows to ensure well-run projects and operations
        Experience with record keeping, budgeting management and finance administration highly desirable
        Excellent political judgment and the proven ability to develop and carry out innovative advocacy strategies
        Strong analytic and organizational skills
        Excellent interpersonal, communication and networking skills, with a proven ability to work as part of a multi-cultural team
        Ability to effectively manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
        Extensive travel  

    Suitable candidates of migrant or minority background and those from communities affected by these issues are strongly encouraged to apply.

    To apply, please submit a CV and Cover letter. In your Cover letter, you should explain your interest and motivation for applying.


    Competitive rates of pay apply.

    We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.

Job posted on 22nd November 2018
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