Law and Policy Advisor / Lawyer*


  • Full Time

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  • Salary:
    £40,800 gross per annum
  • Location:
  • Contract Type:
  • Hours:
    Full Time or Part Time
  • Hours Details:
    Full time preferred but would consider 80% / 4 days per week pro rata
  • Closing Date:
    12 August 2021
  • First Interview Dates:
    26/27th August 2021

About the role

Forests are essential for people, wildlife, and fighting climate change – but they’re under tremendous threat. At ClientEarth we’re working with local partners to tackle deforestation, protect wildlife, and secure the rights of forest communities.

Our Climate and Forests team is looking for a Law and Policy Advisor/Lawyer* to join their team. In this role, you will be addressing issues relating to forest governance, climate change and community tenure rights in our focus countries across West and Central Africa. Your work will focus on Côte d’Ivoire, where deforestation rates are extremely high, at around 3% annually, driven particularly by agriculture, specifically cocoa.

You will use your experience and skills to support the legal capacity of civil society and other stakeholders in Cote d’Ivoire to take part in the design and implementation of stronger legal frameworks around forest governance, community rights and forest-risk commodities, specifically cocoa.

Meet your Manager

In this role, you will be managed by the Lead – Africa Forest Governance and Trade in the Climate & Forests team, Caroline Haywood, who is based in our London office. Caroline has been a Law and Policy Advisor in the Africa Forest Governance and Trade team for five years, and has worked closely on projects in West Africa.

Main Duties

  • Managing ClientEarth project activities in Côte d’Ivoire
  • Critically analysing laws, legislative and policy proposals relevant to forest governance, land and community rights, forest-risk commodities, gender and access to justice
  • Preparing policy analyses, research notes, training materials and presentations
  • Supporting the delivery of in-country legal training and workshops
  • Supporting the provision of legal inputs and advocacy/position notes in ongoing law reform processes
  • Supporting the logistical organisation of in-country activities
  • Maintaining positive working relationships with in-country partners

See the job description (below) for a full list of duties for this role.

Role requirements

  • University degree in law
  • Working knowledge of one or more of these areas: natural resources governance; human rights law and policy; environmental law; forest governance; land tenure
  • Experience working on law and/or policy development, either with governments, civil society organisations, communities or private sector
  • Experience working with national partners in a developing country setting
  • Experience working on strategic litigation and related legal advocacy (essential), preferably in the public interest sector
  • Fluent in English (CEFR level C2)
  • Fluent in French (CEFR level C2)

See the job description (below) for a full list of requirements for this role.

Further Information

* The successful candidate’s final job title will be agreed as part of the formal offer process and will depend on their professional qualifications and the applicable regulated title allowed to be used in the relevant jurisdiction(s).

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Flexible working: Post-covid, we are giving our staff the choice to decide where they want to work for 80% of their month, with the other 20% of their month being office-based. See our Benefits page for more.

ClientEarth values diversity and inclusion and the benefits this brings. We aim to appoint the most suitable candidate at all times and welcome applications from people from all different backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented in our organisation.

Please note that ClientEarth is only able to employ those who have the pre-existing legal right to work in the UK.

ClientEarth is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice or legal services to third parties.

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