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A.C.E. Achieve Change and Engagement
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This is a volunteer / an unpaid position
Job description

Registered charity Olive Ridley Project (ORP) is looking for an enthusiastic Legal Advisor to join our Board of Trustees.

About ORP

ORP is on a mission to protect sea turtles and their habitats. We do this through rescue and rehabilitation of injured sea turtles, scientific research, and education and community outreach programs. We run a marine turtle rescue centre in Baa Atoll, Maldives - the first such facility of its kind in the Maldives - with a resident veterinarian, and a sea turtle rehabilitation centre in North Malé Atoll, Maldives.

Since its initial startup in the Maldives, ORP has expanded to Kenya, Oman and Pakistan. Further expansion plans are on the horizon in the near future. The charity is at the forefront of turtle conservation, influencing local policy makers and fishing communities, and collaborating with a number of research institutes.

About the Role

ORP is looking to appoint a UK based Legal Advisor to join our Board of Trustees to provide leadership and advice in all legal matters, especially with regard to British Charitable law. We are also currently undertaking a review of an international chapter or trust associated with the charity, but with its own Board of Trustees and CEO. The role of this new UK based Legal Expert would include aiding and guiding our international branches where appropriate. The position is voluntary and unpaid.

Specific duties will include:

•Advising on all the organisation’s legal policies and matters arising;

•All aspects regarding legal duties, including reviewing the current legal status of ORP and how it is currently being run;

•Reviewing contracts, agreements and MoUs with external agencies such as funders, collaborators, consultants and statutory bodies, ensuring that all documents meet the conditions of contractual agreements;

•Dealing with the Charity Commission when/where appropriate

•Overseeing and presenting legal overview to the board of trustees;

•Liaising with designated staff or outside contracted individuals about legal matters;

•Ensuring ORP is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit;

•Helping to update, and ensuring ORP complies with, its governing document and UK/international laws in general;

•Managing and ensuring ORP and its employees/trustees/volunteers use the charity's resources responsibly;

•Making sure the charity is accountable, particularly when tasks or decisions are delegated to staff or volunteers;

•Working collectively as a group to ensure the best outcome for ORP;

•Representing and acting as an ambassador for the charity.

Experience required

•Experience in law, with previous charitable and/or business experience at an appropriate level.

•Knowledge/understanding of UK charity law and fundraising regulations would be an advantage.

•An interest in marine life and ocean conservation.

What difference will you make?

By providing legal management to ORP, you will be helping to ensure that ORP is able to continue protecting sea turtles (6 out of 7 remaining species are threatened with extinction), and their habitats and, by extension, contributing to a cleaner ocean and greener planet. 

What's in it for you?

This is a great opportunity to use your professional skills to make a difference in the world and to be part of a dynamic international team, passionate about sea turtle and ocean conservation.

Time Commitment

The successful applicant will be able to commit approximately 8-12 hours per month to their role. In addition, we require participation in quarterly trustee board meetings, which take place via video conferencing due to the international nature of our operations.

More about Olive Ridley Project
Olive Ridley Project

The Olive Ridley Project (ORP), Registered Charity No 1165905 in England & Wales, is on a mission to protect sea turtles and thei... Read more

Refreshed on: 07 January 2021
Closed date: 21 February 2021
Job ref: ORPTRLGL01
Tags: Legal, Trustees

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