Legal Officer (Berlin, Budapest, or Vienna)

PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law
  • Location
    Budapest, Hungary
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 15

Position description

Based in Europe and reporting to the Director of Programs, the Legal Officer will oversee PILnet’s global clearinghouse efforts, and help to enhance the network of lawyers, nonprofits and academics across all global jurisdictions. The Legal Officer will work in tandem with other PILnet offices and programs to provide cross-jurisdictional support to their projects. As part of the global programs team, the Legal Officer will play a central role in the planning and implementation of PILnet’s signature event, the Global Forum. The officer will also organize and support regional pro bono roundtables and events, which encourage the development of local pro bono culture and opportunities. The Legal Officer will work closely with regional staff to mentor fellows and interns, and is expected to provide trainings related to pro bono, public interest law, and access to justice. Regular travel is expected.


  • Work closely with international staff and management to build broad-based partnerships with stakeholders, including other public interest law organizations, government, corporations and universities
  • Meet and coordinate with NGOs to develop pro bono matters; meet and coordinate with law firm representatives to introduce them to the clearinghouse process; create, edit and post bi-weekly clearinghouse listings; coordinate introductions between law firms and NGOs; oversee global clearinghouse data tracking; present clearinghouse model and issues at meetings and conferences
  • Assist in the organization and implementation of PILnet’s annual Global Forum, which includes the development of workshops, speaker selection and logistics
  • Under the supervision of the Director of Programs, draft strategies, work plans, and task lists related to the design and implementation of global projects
  • Ensure the successful and timely implementation of projects in accordance with related funding
  • Work closely with PILnet’s development team to provide relevant monitoring and evaluation, reporting and proposal development concerning the global clearinghouse and related projects
  • Work closely with PILnet’s communications staff to provide clearinghouse-related articles and updates for external audiences
  • Provide general support to the Director of Programs in relation to project creation and implementation, regardless of jurisdiction
  • Keep abreast of public interest law developments relevant to global jurisdictions in which projects are implemented
  • Other tasks as requested by the Director of Programs or the President of PILnet


  • Degree in law, political science, international relations, public administration or related fields - preference will be given to applicants with a graduate-level law degree
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Minimum three years of relevant work experience, preferably in the legal nonprofit or public interest law field, and/or a graduate degree in a relevant field in combination with relevant experience
  • Strong interest in access-to-justice issues, public interest law, social justice and human rights
  • Project management and budgeting experience with a track record of delivering projects on time
  • Entrepreneurial, creative and opportunity-driven mindset
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills, including the ability to set and execute multiple projects simultaneously       
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage competing priorities whilst maintaining a professional approach
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, demonstrated by the ability to present effectively and persuasively
  • Excellent people skills, including networking, organizing, negotiating, and inspiring
  • Strong ability to work as a member of a team across several jurisdictions and legal cultures
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor international program staff, fellows and interns
  • Working knowledge of performance evaluation techniques and key metrics
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite (Excel, Outlook, Access, etc.) and Google Apps

Application instructions

Please send your CV and a cover letter detailing why you are interested in this position and how you meet the job qualifications, with 'Legal Officer' as the subject line.

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