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£70,000 - £85,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

FILE is a new Foundation, headquartered in Amsterdam with staff based in Netherlands and the UK, whose charitable object is to promote protection of the environment through law and related advocacy. FILE has two sets of objectives: the first to encourage philanthropies to join strategies and co-manage funds for climate and biodiversity activities, and the second is to apply these funds to support legal reform and cases, campaigns and advocacy around legal interventions, the research and evidentiary support of law cases, and learning within the community. Whilst FILE is a grant-making institution, it also aims to help build the field, shape the strategy, and make an impact on climate change and the protection of biodiversity.

The Senior Lawyer will support the Legal Director in developing a highly impactful grant-making portfolio focussed on protecting the environment and mitigating climate change through legal interventions. The Senior Lawyer will collaborate closely with partners within the legal ‘Community of Practice’ to support the development of strong, impactful networks globally.

The Exciting Opportunity

The Senior Lawyer will be responsible for:

Strategy development: Working with the Legal Director and Community of Practice, support the development and implementation of strategy in the coal, oil and gas, food and forest and financial sectors, whilst acting as a resource to this larger community. As the strategies develop, support FILE and FILE’s board in making selections within that strategy for grant support and funding, focusing on prioritisation and maximum impact.

Innovation and research: Support the Legal Director, Community of Practice and other experts in researching and developing specific legal fields, mostly notably in the corporate and finance sectors. Build genuine trust-based relationships across the community, as well as with other leaders within the climate field. Ensure innovative thinking that moves beyond court-based litigation to law reform and commercial/financial legal instruments, whilst opening up new jurisdictions and sectors to FILE.

Grant management and impact: Together with FILE’s Legal Director, Programme Director and Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Manager, contribute to the development of strong programme management systems, including the development of case reporting and selection processes as appropriate.  Feed into the development of monitoring and evaluation processes to assess the impact of the cases and programmes supported by FILE, whilst working with grantees to overcome hurdles / barriers to progress.  Manage risk by upholding and applying relevant due diligence and risk management practices across the portfolio and at every stage, to ensure the interests and reputation of FILE are protected. Develop investment memoranda outlining the grant proposal for consideration by FILE’s Board.

The Talented Individual

Qualifications & Experience

• Qualified lawyer. A postgraduate degree in law, political science or policy desirable.

•         Considerable experience in a related field. Experience of developing and delivering legal interventions related to environmental challenges highly desirable.

• Results-oriented lawyer with a strategic mindset focused on establishing goals and executing programs.

• Experience of building collaborative partnerships and communicating confidently to a diverse range of stakeholders.

• Experience of managing teams, including remotely-based staff and networks, within a fast- paced environment, is desirable.

• Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills.

• Ability to work well under pressure, and with a high degree of rigour. Must be self-motivated, organized, flexible, and have an ability to prioritise workload.

• Willingness to travel.

• Outstanding English written and communication skills. Knowledge of other languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin advantageous.

Refreshed on: 17 February 2020
Closing date: 13 March 2020
Tags: Legal

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