MINELRES: ERRC invites applications for the post of Legal Director

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Thu Feb 11 16:37:42 2010

Original sender: European Roma Rights Centre <errc@errc.org>


The European Roma Rights Centre ("ERRC") seeks a Legal Director to lead
the team of lawyers for its legal department to litigate Roma rights,
ethnic/race discrimination and related cases in domestic, European and
international courts and to devise and conduct training sessions for
Central and East European lawyers in public interest litigation
strategies and techniques. 

The ERRC is an international public interest law organization engaged in
a range of activities aimed at combating anti-Romani racism and human
rights abuse of Roma. The approach of the ERRC involves strategic
litigation, international advocacy, research and policy development, and
training of Romani activists. 

Based in Budapest, the ERRC as a Hungarian foundation has an
international Board of Directors, employs 22 staff, as well as
consultants and interns, and has an annual budget of over EUR 2.5
million. For more information, see the ERRC website:

The Position 

The Legal Director (LD) develops and implements, in close cooperation
with the Managing Director and senior staff the legal strategy of the
organisation. S/he coordinates and supervises the implementation of the
legal activities, legal advocacy work, manages professional development
of legal staff and ensures high quality performance of the organisation
in cooperation with his/her legal staff. The Legal Director holds
management responsibilities. 

Key Responsibilities: 

 Drafting and implementing the legal strategy of the organisation in
the Roma rights/ human rights field 

 Staying abreast of developments in human rights jurisprudence,
international and EU law 

 Ensuring new strategic legal cases are identified and selected 

 Ensuring highest quality possible for strategic cases carried forward
by the ERRC and its partner organizations 

 Monitoring progress of local and international cases 

 Guiding the drafting, drafting and/or reviewing legal submissions to
domestic and international judicial fora 

 Supervising ERRC staff attorneys in giving legal advice and counsel to
clients, local lawyers, and others 

 Guiding locally contracted lawyers in domestic Roma rights litigation 

 Regularly drafting and publishing articles and analysis papers on
relevant legal concepts and strategic cases of the organisation
(externally and internally) 

 Contributing to human rights trainings offered by ERRC 

 Networking with the legal and human rights community 

 Representing ERRC at meetings, conferences, and international fora and

 Ensuring high quality and timely delivery of legal department work in
accordance with the strategy and annual work programme 

 Contributing to overall annual work programme design

 Designing and overseeing legal department budget and grant project
budgets for which legal department has primary responsibility 

 Ensuring information flow between legal and programmes and other

 Working with programmes department to plan and execute joint
activities, in particular on legal review of programmes reports,
advocacy and implementation of significant court decisions 

 Proposing project activities, contributing to project-specific and
core fundraising 

 Contributing to donor reporting 

 Supervising the staff of the legal department


Education and knowledge: 

 University degree in law, favourably in human rights law or related

 Bar exam and membership in national bar (Council of Europe member
states preferred but not mandatory) 

 Good understanding of human rights and non-discrimination law in the
wider European region and in particular in the EU 

 Good knowledge of international human rights instruments and bodies 

 Knowledge of Roma rights related issues in Europe


 Minimum 4 years experience in litigating non-discrimination and/or
human rights cases 

 Minimum 5 years of work experience in human rights at international
level or 
at national level 

 Minimum 4 years of work experience in a managerial position,
supervising staff

Abilities and skills: 

 Outstanding legal, analytical skills 

 Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including legal
drafting, oral and written presentation 

 Organisational and management skills combined with leadership skills 

 Ability to prioritize work, and meet tight deadlines 

 Ability to work with organisations operating in a multiethnic and
multicultural environment 

 Sensitivity to working with Roma and minority groups 

 Proficiency in written and spoken English 

 Ability and willingness to travel as required 

 Outstanding team player and supportive character


 Work experience in the legal field of a non-governmental organisation 

 Experience in working with intergovernmental structures in the human
rights sector 

 Experience in litigating Roma rights cases, for example in the areas
of education, employment, housing, health care, the rights of women and
children, torture and hate motivated crimes 

 Work experience in the CEE region especially with NGOs 

 Human rights or legal training experience 

 Proficiency in Romani language and/or other language of European
countries with significant Roma population

While actual recruitment to all ERRC jobs is strictly on merit, the
organisation strives to increase the number of persons of Roma origin in
its staff and therefore specifically encourages candidates of Roma
background to apply. 

Salary and Benefits: 

The remuneration level shall be commensurate with experience, from
annual level of 50.000  up to 58.000  (paid in HUF) plus benefits. 

Applications to: 

Applicants should send a letter of interest (up to 500 words) indicating
why they are ideally qualified for the position, a full CV, two writing
samples preferably related to litigation or case development (in
English), and the names of three referees to the address or email
indicated below. 

Candidates are encouraged to submit their documents in electronic form,
via email to Csilla M Farkas at: csilla.farkas@errc.org ERRC  Legal
Director Position Search

Application deadline: 18th March 2010. 

Kindly note that applicants will receive an acknowledgment of receipt
but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted in the course of the
selection process.
 ERRC 2010. All rights reserved 


The European Roma Rights Centre is an international public interest law
organisation which monitors the human rights situation of Roma and
provides legal defence in cases of human rights abuse. For more
information about the European Roma Rights Centre, visit the ERRC on the
web at: http://www.errc.org
To support the ERRC, please visit this link:

European Roma Rights Centre
1386 Budapest 62
P.O. Box 906/93
Tel: +36.1.413.2200 

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