Purpose of job
The post-holder will have responsibility to oversee and coordinate the delivery of the recently expanded Strategic Legal Fund for vulnerable migrants. This is an innovative programme of grant funding, supporting strategic legal work that benefits people experiencing problems related to their immigration status. This is defined as work where the impact is likely to go beyond an individual case, and to result in changes to law, policy and practice that will benefit a wider group of people. The fund supports pre-litigation research and third party interventions in cases before the courts, as well as advocacy related to the legal activities undertaken.
Grants can be awarded to non-governmental organisations and law firms. The Fund has been under ILPA management since 2017 on behalf of Trust for London, Esmée Fairbairn, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy.
The post provides an opportunity to contribute strategically to supporting the legal sector working on migrants’ rights in the UK. You will gain experience of all aspects of the grant-making process in the intersection of legal and policy work on issues facing migrants and refugees in the UK today.
The ideal candidate may be someone wishing to develop a career in philanthropic work in this area, or build relationships with esteemed human rights lawyers and social justice organisations. Whatever their interest, they will bring to the work a flair for organising, building relationships and supporting joint working and the vision to see the separate grants as part of a coherent whole.
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