Job title: Legal Project Manager
Term: Fixed Term (3 years)
Contract: Full time
Purpose: To develop, monitor and evaluate a 3 year funded project on EU migrants, homelessness and destitution in London and on EEA women in prison.
Responsible to: Director
Working with: Director, some interaction with Finance team and communications manager
Management Responsibilities: Managing Caseworker Interns.
Location: 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR
Deadline: Monday 20th of March
Interview Date: Last week of March
Start Date: Beginning of April
The AIRE Centre is a legal charity founded in 1993. Our work is concerned with the fair and effective application of European human rights law so that every individual, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised, have equal access to justice and can assert the rights to which they are entitled.
The AIRE Centre transforms people’s lives by making sure they’re treated fairly. To do this, we provide free legal advice and representation in carefully selected cases and support practitioners and decision makers at every level, to apply European law correctly. Moreover, we take every opportunity to strengthen awareness amongst civil society organisations of European law, in the UK, mainly free movement and the European Convention on Human Rights.
Aims of the project
We are starting a three-year project that will build on our previous work with EU migrant homelessness in London and EEA women in prison.
This project will build capacity of frontline homelessness organisations in the area of EU migrants’ rights, enabling them to better influence policies affecting this group and prevent EU migrant homelessness through training statutory agencies and decision makers. The project will benefit frontline professionals working with people who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness (e.g. organisations such as The Big Issue, St. Mungo’s, Connections at St. Martin’s), decision makers (DWP, Jobcentre Plus staff, local authorities) and most importantly, EU migrants themselves.
The EEA Women in Detention part of the project aims to improve access to justice for EEA women in prison by providing legal advice and representation to EEA women who face systematic violations of their rights under European law. This includes illegal refusal of early release, inappropriate threats of deportation, failure to identify victims of trafficking and denial of benefit and housing assistance. The project will hold decision makers to account, improve decision making by authorities and enhance the capacity of civil society organisations who work with EEA women in prison.
To provide written advice to clients and legal representation in cases that may come before the UK domestic immigration and social security tribunals. This includes identifying and developing the use of strategic litigation in this area and taking third party interventions where appropriate
Working with lawyers at the AIRE Centre and partner organisations to identify cases appropriate for litigation (notably third-party interventions)
Prepare and deliver capacity building activities on EU free movement law and European human rights throughout London
Organise conferences as part of the project
Prepare training materials, bespoke toolkits and other legal empowerment tools
Maintain and develop strong partnership with frontline homelessness organisations, migrants’ rights and human rights NGOs, statutory agencies, lawyers, academics and other relevant stakeholders
Respond to government consultations as and when necessary
Work with the communications manager to draft reports and updates for the website on the project activities and outcomes
Coordinating and conducting advice surgeries in women’s prisons.
A high level of written and spoken English
A qualified lawyer (preferably in a UK jurisdiction) with experience of practising immigration, asylum or public law in the UK, or an accredited caseworker to OISC level.
An understanding of EU free movement law and/or domestic law involving homelessness/detainees
Experience of human rights litigation
Ability to carry out advice surgeries
Experience of project management and budgets in the not-for-profit sector
Experience of project reporting against outputs, outcomes and indicators
Experience in organising events ( trainings and conferences ) from start to finish
Willingness to attend events during non-work hours occasionally
Excellent IT skills (Microsoft Office)
Strong prioritisation skills and ability to manage own workload and the ability to work flexibly
Strong empathy with The AIRE Centre’s values and mission
Experience working in not-for-profit homelessness sector in London
Knowledge of criminal justice
Knowledge & experience of UK tribunal procedures, specifically before the immigration and social security tribunals
A project management qualification (for example Prince 2)
Experience of grant funding and ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with funders
Please submit the equal opportunities form that can be found on our recruitment page along with your cover letter and CV of no more than two pages to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight on Monday 20th of March.
Interviews shall take place during the last week of March.