Partnerships and Legal Services Officer, India at A4ID

Suitable for: 

 - Lawyer with 5 to 10 years’ experience

 - Lawyer with more than 10 years’ experience

 - International development professional

The India Partnerships and Legal Services Officer is a new post within A4ID. The India Partnerships and Legal Services Officer will be responsible for facilitating a 3 year Business & Human Rights Training Programme as well as working to increasing awareness and enthusiasm for the role of the legal community in development and in pro bono activities in particular. The position will be the sole representative of the organisation in India, working under the supervision of the Head of Partnerships and Legal Services in London, UK.

Key Responsibilities

Coordinate the delivery of A4ID’s Business and Human Rights Training Programme in India (70%)

  • Assist A4ID staff and legal partners in the development and administration of the training programme
  • Represent A4ID in meetings with India-based Legal and Development Partners, including consulting on the content and format of the training
  • Represent A4ID at planning meetings
  • Liaise with trainers on planning and event requirements
  • Liaise with training venues regarding event requirements
  • Coordinate training days
  • Occasionally assist with travel arrangements for trainers and attendees
  • Occasionally assist with accommodation arrangements for trainers and attendees

Encourage and Promote Pro Bono Activities (30%)

  • Promote the concept of pro bono in a professional and inspiring manner
  • Meet with existing and prospective India-based development partners as well as broad NGO groups withint India in order to foster awareness and encourage the use of pro bono legal advice and assistance
  • Meet with existing and prospective India-based legal partners as well as the broader legal community in order to foster awareness and encourage the provision of pro bono legal services to the development community.
  • Assist the Communications team with the production of India-oriented materials
  • Report on a weekly basis to the Head of Partnerships and Legal Services and, where necessary, the Chief Executive, through skype calls
  • Other general administration tasks as required
  • Other tasks as directed by the Chief Executive and the Head of Partnerships and Legal Services.

Person specification

Skills and experience

Essential:

  • Authorisation to live and work in India
  • Law degree and qualification as a lawyer (in any jurisdiction)
  • Experience in legal practice (ideally in India)
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Committed to furthering sustainable international development
  • Flawless written and spoken English
  • Willingness to take on high level and mundane tasks and perform both with excellence
  • Confident and self-motivated
  • Excellent communication skills, with experience representing an organisation to external contacts
  • Ability to deliver persuasive and engaging presentations in high-level meetings
  • Tact and discretion, with the confidence to deal with people from a range of backgrounds in writing, on the telephone and face to face
  • Flexibility to undertake a range of tasks, and occasionally outside office hours
  • The capacity and flexibility to manage a varied workload
  • Proven ability to work to agreed deadlines and frameworks
  • Ability to undertake administrative tasks and confidence using computers (e.g. Office programs)

Desirable

  • A wide network of contacts in Indian law firms and/or business through professional experience
  • Understanding of Indian laws affecting non profit entities
  • Experience delivering or managing pro bono legal services
  • Experience with civil society, NGOs, international development or other efforts to eradicate poverty
  • Understanding of current developments in business and human rights
  • Experience managing events or training
  • Experience establishing or managing an office in India
  • Experience working in a small, geographically dispersed team
  • Fluency in additional languages commonly-spoken in India
  • Experience dealing with government authorities
  • Authorisation to live and work in the United Kingdom

How to Apply

Send an email to [email protected] to receive the short application form for this role.

Job title: Partnerships and Legal Services Officer, India

Location: Delhi

Contract: Part time; Contract position until 30 April 2018 (extension possible)

Closing date: 12 October 2015