Are you a lawyer who is passionate about advancing the human rights of LGBTQI+ asylum seekers and refugees? UKLGIG is a unique human rights charity dedicated to supporting, and advocating for the rights of, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) asylum seekers and refugees. We have an exciting opportunity for a Legal Officer (qualified solicitor, barrister and/or OISC level 3 accredited caseworker) to join our small team.
The Legal Officer role is a great opportunity for you to both develop and deliver a legal advice service to 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 LGBTQI+ asylum seekers.
- be responsible for the design and delivery of the UKLGIG specialist legal advice service to adult LGBTQI+ asylum seekers;
- provide second tier advice to the legal representatives of LGBTQI+ asylum seekers and other NGO’s and professionals who also work with them;
- deliver expert training to lawyers, NGOs and other professionals and represent UKLGIG at external events;
- share analyses of developments in asylum and immigration policy and legislation as they apply to LGBTQI+ people for sharing on the UKLGIG website, blogs and email groups
- support the policy and advocacy work of Executive Director and the wider organisation by conducting research, sharing your expertise and experience and attending meetings with Home Office officials, parliamentarians and other stakeholders.
It is not intended that the Legal Officer will provide direct legal representation of asylum seekers. 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 work collaboratively with the LGBTQI+ Asylum Seeker Support Workers, Executive Director, other staff members, trustees and volunteers.
UKLGIG is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all sections of the LGBTQI+ community and black and minority ethnic communities.
While based at our offices in Southwark, regular travel outside of London including to immigration detention centres is necessary, as well as occasional work in the evening and at weekends. DBS check required.
SALARY: £34,000-£37,450 full time salary (salary review due April 2018)
LOCATION: London with regular travel
CONTRACT TYPE: Full time or 4 days per week part-time (job share considered). Permanent
This position is funded through the generosity of Trust for London and Linklaters LLP.
HOW TO APPLY: The job description and person specification are below. Please contact our offices should you have any questions about this position. Email application forms (no CVs please) and monitoring forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. DBS check will be required.
CLOSING DATE AND TIME: 9.30 am Tuesday 27 February 2018
INTERVIEW DATE: 9 March 2018