London, Greater London
£28,000 - £32,000 per year
Contract, 1 year, Full-time
Job description

Refugee Legal Support (RLS) and Safe Passage International (SPI) are looking for a Project Coordinator for an initial period of 12 months, to coordinate the Afghan Pro Bono Initiative. 


About the Afghan Pro Bono Initiative

The Afghan Pro Bono Initiative is a new project that RLS and SPI will deliver with funding and pro bono capacity of 14 leading commercial law firms. It aims to respond to the increased need for legal advice and representation of Afghan nationals and their family members who have been forced to seek protection and reunion with family in the United Kingdom following the Taliban takeover. 

The project will focus on delivering high quality legal representation in a range of cases, including family reunion, the ARAP scheme, the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme and others. Firm pro bono lawyers will be trained and supervised by two full-time expert immigration lawyers at the NGOs to assist with legal casework. 

The casework of this project will help to feed into strategic efforts by the NGOs to make existing ‘safe’ routes to protection (in particular refugee family reunion and resettlement schemes) more accessible and effective, advocate for their expansion and defend the fundamental rights of people on the move by influencing policy and decision making. 

The project recognises that pro bono legal work is always an adjunct to, and not a substitute for, an adequate system of publicly funded legal services. The project will aim to support and enthuse legal aid practitioners promoting increased casework capacity in the sector for family reunion work. The project will also monitor and document any gaps in legal aid provision within its scope of work and contribute to campaigning efforts to facilitate increased publicly funded provision. 

About RLS and SPI

RLS is a UK charity and a non-profit company in Greece (AMKE). RLS works in solidarity with people who migrate and strives to advance safe migration through legal support, casework, strategic litigation, outreach, training and partnerships. RLS advocates for the promotion and protection of people’s rights throughout the migration process in the UK and across Europe and its borders.  

SPI is an international organisation supporting refugees to access safe routes to sanctuary with offices in the UK, France and Greece. SPI’s vision is for every person seeking asylum to be able to access a safe and legal route to a place where they can lead a full and dignified life. Championing refugees’ rights through strategic legal work, advocacy, capacity building and community organising, SPI is focused on achieving systemic change in refugee and asylum policy at both nation-wide and international level. 

The post holder will be a member of the Afghan Pro Bono Initiative team, which will comprise two lawyers, a coordinator and a community outreach worker sited across both of RLS and SPI in addition to the volunteer lawyers who will be sited within the individual commercial firm partners. 


Key responsibilities

  • Day to day management and development of the project as per the project aims and objectives;

  • Work in collaboration with the project Steering Committee to ensure that appropriate steps to achieve the aims and objectives of the project are taken;

  • Registration of incoming referrals from individuals and referring organisations, google groups and other fora;

  • Preparation of and allocation of referrals to firm pro bono project leads;

  • Monitoring the progress of referrals within the firm pro bono teams;

  • Build legal aid provider referral networks and relationships;

  • Manage internal and external relationships with project Steering Committee, firm project leads and other stakeholders;

  • Compilation of project periodic reports, including financial reports, for the firm project leads and the partner NGOs; 

  • Design new and optimise existing standardised project systems and processes, including data recording and monitoring;

  • Recording project data in accordance with procedures;

  • Maintenance of case management records and data capture for analysis and evaluation purposes;

  • Work with project Lawyers and Outreach Working to compile information on emerging and strategic issues in relation to ‘safe’ routes for use in advocacy by the partner NGOs;

  • Being an active team member to the project Supervising Lawyers and Outreach caseworker;

  • Adhere to project budget and undertake regular financial reporting;

  • Create content for newsletters, social media posts and articles to raise awareness of the project and its aims and outputs;

  • Maintain accurate and confidential records in line with GDPR;

  • Adhere to SPI and RLS safeguarding policies and procedures at all times.


We value equality and diversity in our organisation, and strive to build a workforce reflective of the communities we work in. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, faith, or disability. People with refugee or asylum-seeking backgrounds are experts by experience and are particularly encouraged to apply.

To find out more about the role, see the recruitment brief attached. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Application Instructions

Apply by sending your up-to-date CV and cover letter explaining why you would like to be considered for this role and how your experience and skills match the person specification. Please ensure that you state your preferred starting date and notice period if applicable and include contact details of a professional reference in your cover letter as well.

Posted on: 22 September 2021
Closed date: 10 October 2021
Tags: Project Management, Legal

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