Vacancy: Legal and Grants Officer

We are recruiting for a Legal and Grants Officer to join our small, friendly team based in Vauxhall, South London. 

The Media Legal Defence Initiative is a charity that helps journalists defend their rights. For ten years we have supported independent media, journalists and bloggers who are under legal threat by ensuring that lawyers are available to defend them. We engage in strategic litigation to improve the regulatory environment for media freedom, make grants to organisations in various countries to run media defence programmes, and build the capacity of the lawyers and organisations we work with on issues of media law.

Legal and Grants Officer

Responsible to: Chief Executive Officer
Salary range: £23,580 - £29,480
Deadline: Friday 4 January 2019, 12 noon (UK time)
Key relationships: CEO, Legal team, external lawyers, partners and beneficiaries
Location: MLDI, the Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London SE11 5RR
Hours: 37.5 hours (flexible), occasional evening and weekend work

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Applicants should submit CV and covering letter to by Friday 4th January, 2019 at 12 noon.

Role Summary

The Legal and Grants Officer plays a key role at MLDI, administering the grants that MLDI makes to individual journalists and to partner organisations, and providing support to the legal team. The Legal and Grants Officer is often the first point of contact between MLDI and journalists in need.

Main Responsibilities: Grants Management

  • Managing MLDI’s grant application process, including assessment of applications and project proposals, proposal development, preparation of final recommendation for Board/CEO approval.
  • Manage grant award process, including contracting, setting of KPIs and reporting requirements
  • Monitoring of awarded grants, including tracking developments in litigation, assessment of partner/grantee reports and grant compliance; financial oversight of grants and grant budgets; provision of additional support as may be required by grantees
  • Ensure smooth running of MLDIs grant making, including supervision of Grants Assistant; administration of MLDI’s grants database (GIFTS)
  • Act as lead contact in relationships with grantees throughout the process

Main Responsibilities: Legal

  • Research on comparative and international law on freedom of expression and related issues to support case work and legal analysis of case files
  • Work with legal team to provide substantive legal support to grantees on case strategies and other litigation materials as required
  • Providing support to legal team where required

Person Specification

  • Legal training or substantial hands-on experience in a legal environment
  • Proven experience of grant making administration and the process of grant-making
  • Excellent written and spoken English, good editorial skills and the ability to communicate with diverse communities
  • Good working knowledge (spoken and written) of French would be a significant advantage
  • Good working knowledge (spoken and written) of Russian or Spanish would be an advantage
  • Experience of, and an interest in, working for a ‘not for profit’ and in a human rights environment would be an advantage

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