Legal Officer

Washington, DC
Full Time
02-12-2019
Practice Areas: Human Rights Exp.: 3+ Years
Description:
Freedom Now is seeking a full-time Legal Officer for its work on behalf of individual prisoners of conscience and issues relating to arbitrary detention and rule of law. The program lawyer will be responsible for a portfolio of cases and will assist in the development of new cases and programs. Successful candidates will be passionate about advancing human rights and the rule of law through international advocacy efforts aimed at freeing individual prisoners. Program lawyers with Freedom Now thrive in a small, at times fast paced, office where a premium is placed on coordination internally and with outside organizations and partners.

This position will be staffed in our Washington, DC office. The salary for this position will be $55,000.

Responsibilities:
  • Research and develop prospective cases and projects;
  • Develop and implement international litigation strategies for cases;
  • Analyze international law and domestic criminal codes;
  • Draft complex case memos and legal briefs for submission to international bodies and courts;
  • Assist in the development and implementation of new projects and strategic advocacy initiatives;
  • Engage in political and public relations advocacy efforts, including building and maintaining relationships members of government, organizations, and the press;
  • Draft advocacy materials related to cases and other programmatic work, including opinion articles, press releases, briefing papers, congressional testimony and letters, and in-depth thematic reports;
  • Liaise and coordinate efforts with NGO partners, including local, regional, and international organizations;
  • Represent Freedom Now and present during public events and meetings;
  • Recruit and coordinate the work of volunteer lawyers and law students; and
  • Assist the Executive Director with fundraising and developing needed to secure project funding.

Required Skills and Experience:
  • Degree in law;
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting human rights and the rule of law;
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience in international law or human rights advocacy;
  • Exceptionally strong communication, research, writing, and editing skills and the ability to turn around high quality work quickly;
  • Experience in political engagement and public relations advocacy;
  • Ability to develop and implement strategic advocacy plans;
  • Familiarity with international human rights law, institutions, and individual complaint mechanisms;
  • Experience managing and directing the work of others, including experienced volunteers;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, communicating effectively with colleagues and a diverse group of partners;
  • Comfort and ease working with individuals and organizations from all over the world;
  • Fluent in English; a second language highly desirable; and
  • Must have eligibility to work in the U.S.


Closing Date: 1st March, 2019
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