Part-time Legal Adviser

London, Berlin or Bonn
£70,000 p.a. Pro rata
08 Apr 2019
26 Apr 2019
Law, Specialist
Contract Type
Part Time

Our flexible working environment

This role is on a permanent, part time contract. Weekly hours: 22.5 per week. Salary is £70,000 p.a. Pro rata

Where we are based

London, Berlin or Bonn

A little bit more about us

Over the past 80 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled expertise in responding to emergencies and helping uprooted communities to rebuild. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.

The International Rescue Committee UK (IRC-UK) is part of the IRC global network, which has its headquarters in New York and London. The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through over 20 regional offices in cities across the United States, the IRC also helps refugees resettle in the US and become self-sufficient.

The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve. The IRC is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable.

What we offer

● 25 annual leave days per year

●Generous Employer Pension Contributions

● Bike/Season Ticket Loans

● Employee Assistance Programme

The Role

What you'll be doing

  • Working with Europe office Executive Directors to ensure compliance with local legal requirements
  • Supporting the SVP for Europe and local Boards/Executive Directors with legal and governance matters
  • Acting to integrate the perspectives of NY General counsel, external German & UK counsel and different functions in Europe, who need legal advice (esp. Finance, Award Management, Governance etc) and may have competing goals
  • Drafting, negotiating and reviewing major contracts to manage and mitigate organizational risk; providing suggested wording amendments to third party contracts.
  • Advising on fundraising laws and regulation, including compliance with tax laws and regulations applicable to private fundraising
  • Providing legal support with respect to European and international grant making, and compliance on donor requirements for activities under government grants
  • Managing and advising on the development and implementation of organizational policies
  • Take the lead for Europe on developing risk management processes in the context of IRC’s Enterprise Risk Management framework
  • Ensure European office activities are GDPR compliant and operating in line with local data privacy regulations
  • Providing general nonprofit corporate advice and advising on charity law, including creation, governance, and administration of legal entities across Europe in co-ordination with US colleagues
  • Providing first line generalist employment law advise to HR colleagues, working closely with external lawyers on specific cases as required
  • Providing training on legal issues and compliance to staff at all levels
  • Occasional international and domestic travel

Person Specification

  • Significant demonstrable  law firm and/or in-house experience (or equivalent) with general corporate and/or not-for-profit  experience, who is interested in becoming an all-purpose in-house legal generalist
  • A qualified lawyer, with experience of working on a broad range of legal matters both locally in either the UK or Germany, and cross-border
  • Pragmatic problem-solver, committed to understanding what people are trying to achieve and finding legally compliant solutions that meet business needs
  • Experience of operating in a complex international environment and providing advice across multiple countries
  • Excellent contract drafting and negotiating skills, detail oriented with excellent follow-through
  • Integrity, professional discretion and ability to handle sensitive/confidential matters
  • Proactive, creative thinker, with strong judgment and analytical skills
  • Strong, credible communicator, with the ability to listen effectively and make complex legal matters simple enough for non-legal staff to work with 
  • Experience of managing multiple stakeholders internally and externally in a complex international environment
  • Excellent time management to manage competing priorities, meet deadlines and maintain quality standards
  • Fluent in English, a second European language such as French or German would be a distinct advantage, as would an existing network of law firms in Europe to go to for external advice

The deadline for applications is midnight Friday 26th April 2019. Interviews will take place week commencing 6th May 2019.

IRC-UK is committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination for all applicants and employees. IRC-UK seeks to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce regardless of gender, race, religious belief, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. IRC-UK welcomes applications from all candidates, including refugees who have the right to work in the UK.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the online recruitment process, please contact the UK HR team (find the contact on our site) 



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