Legal Researcher on the Right of Access to Information

Published: Wednesday 16 April 2019
Applications asap / closes 12:00 noon CET Friday 24 May 2019

Access Info Europe, an international human rights organisation specialising in the right of access to information, based in Madrid, is looking to recruit a Legal Researcher to support our work to advance the right of access to information across Europe, both at the national and European Union levels, and to contribute to standard setting globally.

This position is based in our office in central Madrid. Applications from outside Madrid are welcome, although note that there are no relocation expenses provided.

Interested candidates should send a CV and a maximum one-page cover letter expressing your interest in Access Info to team@access-info.org  Both documents should be in English. If you have any questions about the position, feel free to drop an email to that same e-mail address.

Responsabilities:

The work includes involvement in analysis of access to information and related laws, which include administrative law, whistleblowing and lobbying regulation, and laws in the area of prevention of corruption, and laws that regulation media freedom and freedom of expression. You will be involved in projects where we evaluate how these laws are complied with in practice, evaluating law and practice in the context of international human rights standards, drafting policy and law reform recommendations. You will help coordinate our networks of pro bono lawyers, who take strategic cases to national and international tribunals. You do not have to be qualified to litigate yourself, but you will get involved in drafting appeals and briefs in coordination with national/EU lawyers.

Required:

  • Law degree Knowledge of EU law and of European human rights law and jurisprudence, and constitutional and administrative law, are an advantage.
  • Knowledge of Access to Information: you should have a good understanding of the fields in which Access Info Europe works, in particular the right of access to information (including access to information laws, proactive publication, and open data), open government, human rights, and journalism.
  • Excellent knowledge of European governance (EU and national) and political context from the perspective of democratisation, good governance, human rights, and social and economic justice.
  • Strong analytical skills, including legal analysis, as this position involves analysing the legal framework and developing clear recommendations for reform of law and practice.
  • Excellent communication skills: This position will include coordinating with partner organisations across Europe, you will therefore need to demonstrate good oral and written communication and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Fluent English both oral and written to native or very-near-native level. Fluency in Spanish desirable. Knowledge of French and other European languages an asset.
  • Strong writing skills in English with proven ability to produce clear, concise texts in short time-frames.
  • IT competence with solid e-mail, word-processing, and spreadsheet software experience.
  • Good team player with a readiness to work as part of a small, dynamic team, and to join in, to be flexible, and do a bit of everything when required.
  • Commitment to civil society work and to promoting democracy and human rights.
  • Readiness to travel: This work does involve travel, primarily in Europe, and whilst Access Info makes every effort to ensure limit working hours and respect time for personal life, the successful candidate must be ready to take some trips, that typically range between a couple of days and a week.

Desirable:

  • Campaigning experience, with ability to demonstrate experience of developing and implementing advocacy campaigns, which should include experience of meeting with high-level government officials, parliamentarians, and representatives of inter-governmental organisations.
  • Experience of working in/with civil society organisations, campaign groups, think tanks, and/or relevant positions in international organisations or public institutions.
  • Project management experience, including managing relationships with partners and external suppliers, travel logistics and event organisation, preparation and management of budgets.
  • Academic study in areas such as human rights, law, international relations, journalism, economics, politics, sociology.

Notes:

The position will have a salary that is commensurate with experience, in line with civil society salaries in Spain and the cost of living in Madrid. The working week is 40 hours (with some of this time allocated to professional development); you will have 30 working days (six weeks) holiday per year. Other benefits are provided after an initial period with the organisation.

Access Info is an equal opportunities employer, as required by our statutes which mandate us to ensure “Equality and non-discrimination in employment practices; in particular practices which guarantee equal opportunities for men, women and for minorities of any kinds. Respect for the rights, values, and beliefs of others.”

Please check our website carefully before applying, and don’t forget in your cover letter to tell us why you want to work with Access Info!