17 April 2013

Internship for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Rights Lawyer - Africa
Deadline for application: 26 April 2013
Legal Director

Deadline for application: 5 May 2013

INTERIGHTS is an international legal human rights NGO based in London. It provides leadership and support in the legal protection of human rights. INTERIGHTS works to ensure that human rights standards are protected and promoted effectively in domestic courts and before regional and international bodies, contributing to the development of a cumulative and progressive interpretation of international human rights law.
INTERIGHTS invites applications for an internship for a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Rights Lawyer in Africa and a Legal Director in London.

Internship for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Rights Lawyer - Africa
This internship focuses on LGBTI in Africa with the aim of developing INTERIGHTS strategic work in the region, and will start in the middle of May until November 2013.

The full-time placement will provide an opportunity for lawyers with a knowledge of LGBTI issues and relevant law, to develop their legal skills whilst assisting our programme with:

• Legal research on international and comparative human rights law and practice with respect to the protection of LGBTI rights.
• Preparation of materials for legal trainings and meetings on the application and development of equality standards in this context.
• Supporting the further development of INTERIGHTS’ LGBTI work in Africa.
• Providing support to the Africa LGBTI Rights Lawyers’ Network.
Where possible, the intern may attend meetings with human rights practitioners, human rights lectures in London or at other universities, or visit other international or national human rights organisations based in London.

INTERIGHTS will arrange and pay for travel, travel insurance and visa costs. The intern will receive a monthly stipend of £1,300. Accommodation is not provided,
but INTERIGHTS can advise on finding a suitable place to stay.

Before applying, please read the person specification to ensure you meet the essential criteria. To apply, please send an email with your full name and the title of the internship you are applying for in the subject heading of the email and send a covering letter, a curriculum vitae indicating two references, a completed equality and diversity monitoring form and a recent unedited writing sample of no more than two thousand words.

Applications should be sent to
jobs@interights.org. The closing date for applications is Friday 26 April 2013.

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by telephone. Telephone interviews will be held on 3 May 2013. If selected for telephone interview, candidates will be notified on 1 May 2013. Due to the high number of applications for our vacancies we are unable to contact applicants that have not been short listed.

Legal Director

The Legal Director plays a key role in developing and implementing INTERIGHTS legal strategy, and ensuring quality and consistency in INTERIGHTS’ legal submissions. The Legal Director is responsible for managing, supporting and motivating the Legal Department staff, promoting a positive and supportive working environment as well as overseeing and managing designated budgets. As a member of the Senior Management Team, the Legal Director will play an active role in corporate decision-making, business planning, budget setting, communication and strategy. The Legal Director works with the Head of Fundraising to develop proposals for and maintain relationships with funders and is responsible for developing and maintaining external relationships with professional partners and opinion formers.

Candidates should be legal professionals with experience of litigating before regional and international human rights mechanisms, as well as experience of critically evaluating legal submissions and provision of feedback and support to legal professionals. The successful candidate must have an understanding of international and regional human rights law and mechanisms, human rights issues and the human rights movement as well as an understanding of the strategic use of litigation as a tool to promote human rights.

The is post is based in Aldgate East, London, commencing in August 2013. International travel is a requirement of this role.

For further information on the role, please download the application pack.To apply for this post you must complete an application form and submit a writing sample of your professional work. Please send the completed application form and equal opportunities and diversity monitoring form to the jobs@interights.org stating the job title of the role you are applying for in the subject field of the email.

The closing date is 5 May 2013. Interviews will be held in the second week of May 2013.

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