Job Title: Legal Officer
Are you a lawyer who is passionate about advancing the human rights of LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees? UKLGIG is a unique human rights charity dedicated to supporting, and advocating for the rights of LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees. We have a new and exciting opportunity for a Legal Officer (qualified solicitor and/or OISC accredited caseworker) to join our small team.
The Legal Officer (qualified solicitor and/or OISC accredited caseworker) will (i) provide specialist legal diagnostic services and assistance to LGBTI asylum seekers; (ii) deliver expert training and support to lawyers, NGOs and other professionals; (iii) scrutinise the quality of asylum decision-making with a view to influencing UK authorities to improve standards and (iv) support the work of Executive Director and wider organisation in legal analysis, policy and public advocacy.
The Legal Officer will work collaboratively with the LGBTI Asylum Seeker Support Worker, other staff members and volunteers to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of services to individuals seeking asylum on account of their sexual orientation and gender identity throughout the asylum process. It is not intended that the Legal Officer will provide direct legal representation to any asylum seekers.
The Legal Officer will be responsible for responding to the needs of UKLGIG clients in a holistic manner and will liaise with solicitors, barristers, doctors, social workers, mental health professionals and others to support those seeking asylum in the UK.
Though predominantly based at our offices in Southwark, this role will require regular travel outside of London including to immigration detention centres. The applicant will be required to occasionally work in the evening and at weekends. The successful candidate will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
This is a new position and we are searching for a proactive self-starter who is going to take the lead in establishing this exciting project. UKLGIG is committed to equality and diversity and we welcome applications from all sections of the LGBTI community and black and minority ethnic communities.
LOCATION: London with regular travel
CONTRACT TYPE: Full Time (We will consider job-share and part-time) Permanent (This position is fully funded for at least two years due to the generosity of Trust for London and Linklaters LLP.)
CLOSING DATE: The deadline has been extended until 5 pm Monday 27 February 2017 as a result of some technical problems accessing the job details.
Interviews will still take place on 6 March. Anyone who has already applied will be considered but may resubmit their application if they wish to use the additional time available.
Sorry to anyone who had difficulties.
INTERVIEW DATE: 6 March 2017
HOW TO APPLY: Please download a job description, person specification and relevant application forms via the links below:
Job Description and Person Specification Please note that the new deadline of 27th February is not shown on this document, but of course it will apply as above.
UKLGIG Monitoring Form
E-mail completed application and monitoring form to email@example.com