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Legal Officer, Africa, TrustLaw

Join a team that has unique expertise combining the power of journalism and the law to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies, and promote human rights. The Thomson Reuters Foundation is recruiting a Legal Officer, Africa to join its TrustLaw team in Nairobi. Do you want to work with NGOs and legal teams to drive systemic change?

About Thomson Reuters Foundation:

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is the corporate foundation of Thomson Reuters, the global news and information services company. As an independent charity, registered in the UK and the USA, the Thomson Reuters Foundation works to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies, and promote human rights. Through news, media development, free legal assistance and convening initiatives, the Thomson Reuters Foundation combines its unique media and legal services to drive systemic change.

About TrustLaw:

TrustLaw is the global pro bono service of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. As the world’s leading pro bono legal service, TrustLaw helps high-impact NGOs and social enterprises to grow, streamline their operations and navigate complex laws and regulations by connecting them with free legal assistance from the best law firms and corporate legal teams around the world. The Thomson Reuters Foundation also delivers ground-breaking legal research on key social and policy issues and innovative capacity-building workshops on legal issues across the globe.

About the role:

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is recruiting a dynamic Legal Officer, Africa to support the delivery of legal activities on donor-funded projects in the region.

You will report into the Legal Projects Manager, Africa and work closely with other regional TrustLaw team members. The Legal Officer will be based in the Nairobi office.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Support the Legal Projects Manager to set out, administer, implement and monitor progress against project plans, and logistical responsibilities linked to the role, in a timely manner
  • Deliver key activities and work products under the guidance/review of the manager, which may include:
    • Conducting outreach to TrustLaw members or partners
    • Onboarding new TrustLaw members and engaging existing members
    • Scoping and drafting pro bono legal requests from project beneficiaries
    • Managing pro bono requests, including connecting the pro bono client with lawyers
  • Designing and managing cross-border research projects that address the most critical social and policy needs facing project beneficiaries
  • Coordinating the development, design and dissemination of legal resources
  • Setting up and/or administering the processes, systems and tools to support the provision of legal support
  • Updating Salesforce and internal record-keeping systems
  • Drafting updates, presentations, reports, etc. for internal and external audiences
  • Collecting feedback from project beneficiaries
  • Organising and supporting the delivery of workshops, training and events
  • Support other projects and tasks as needed
  • Work hours that overlap with global team availability, including some evening meetings each week
This is a fixed-term contract for 3 years starting in December 2022/January 2023.

The successful candidate will likely:

  • Be a qualified lawyer (1+ years PQE) with experience working either in a law firm, in-house or non-profit organisation in pro bono, international development or social change
  • A good understanding of the legal and non-profit sectors in Africa, and an understanding of the challenges and opportunities that pro bono opportunities bring to law firms and legal teams
  • Have some experience coordinating and delivering project or programmatic activities, including organising trainings/events. Experience working on donor-funded projects would be a plus
  • Bring experience engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders, from senior corporate executives and partners of top law firms to social entrepreneurs, NGOs and donors
  • Have experience supporting beneficiaries, including NGOs and social enterprises, to use a service
  • Have strong organisational and project management skills, and excellent time-management abilities
  • Excellent research, writing and analytical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience working with databases essential. Experience in Salesforce would be favourable
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment and be able to manage multiple priorities at once

The salary is relative to the local charitable sector in Kenya and will be commensurate with experience.

This position is based in Nairobi. Applicants must have the right to work in Kenya.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 (EAT) on 11 December 2022.

To apply, please click here.

Status: Closed

  • Employment

Organisation: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Deadline: 11/12/2022

Location: Nairobi, Kenya


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