FULL-TIME or PART-TIME LEGAL OFFICER (revised April 2017)
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, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers and refugees. We have a new and exciting opportunity for a Legal Officer (qualified solicitor or barrister and/or OISC accredited caseworker) to join our small team.
The Legal Officer role is a great opportunity for you to both develop a new legal advice service for our clients and the chance to share your expertise to help UKLGIG in its aim to bring about improvements in the asylum process and in the quality of legal representation for LGBTI asylum seekers.
(i) provide specialist legal advice and assistance to UKLGIG’s adult LGBTI asylum seeker clients;
(ii) deliver expert training and second tier advice and support to lawyers, NGOs and other professionals;
(iii) provide scrutiny of relevant aspects of the asylum process affecting our clients with a view to influencing for improvements and
(iv) support the external influencing work of Executive Director and the wider organisation by sharing your expertise and experience gained from working with LGBTI asylum seekers, your legal analysis, policy and public advocacy.
This is a new service and we are searching for a proactive self-starter who will take the lead in establishing this exciting project. The Legal Officer will work collaboratively with the LGBTI Asylum Seeker Support Worker, Executive Director and other staff and volunteers. It is not intended that the Legal Officer will provide direct legal representation of asylum claims. However, the role includes substantive advice and casework within the scope of legal support and referrals for our clients, as well as merits testing and second tier advice. The Legal Officer will establish policies and procedures for enabling UKLGIG to be registered with OISC and take us through that process.
UKLGIG is committed to equality and diversity and we encourage applications from all sections of the LGBTI community and black and minority ethnic communities.
SALARY: £34,000 – £37,450 full time salary
LOCATION: London with regular travel including to immigration detention centres.
CONTRACT TYPE: Full time or 4 days per week part-time (job share considered) permanent
(funded through the generosity of Trust for London and Linklaters LLP.)
CLOSING DATE: 5 May 2017 at 5 pm
INTERVIEW DATE: 11 May 2017
HOW TO APPLY: See documents listed below
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