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Job Description

Validity Foundation is seeking an experienced lawyer specialised in disability rights litigation to join the team as a full-time Litigation Officer. The successful candidate will be responsible for creating meaningful change for persons with intellectual disabilities and persons with psychosocial disabilities under each of our three campaigns. The Litigation Officer will ideally be based in Validity's offices in Budapest, Hungary. Remote working is an for applicants not currently based in Hungary, subject to the candidate's confirmation of tax registration in their country of residence.

 Note: Candidates must hold the right to reside and work within the European Union;preference will be given to people who self-identify as having a disability.

 Validity Foundation

Validity is an international non-governmental human rights organisation that uses legal strategies to promote, protect and defend the human rights of persons with intellectual disabilities and persons with psychosocial disabilities. Based in Budapest, Hungary, we work throughout Central and Eastern Europe and Eastern and Southern Africa. For over 18 years we have used strategic litigation, advocacy and other strategies to achieve systemic change for the better in the lives of persons with disabilities.

 Role Description

The lawyer will help identify and manage cases for litigation across Validity's strategic objectives. The Litigation Officer will work closely with national lawyers who represent our clients in courts, providing support, setting strategy, agreeing arguments and drafting international submissions so as to ensure strategic impact. A key component of the role includes identifying and capitalising on opportunities to compel implementation of judgments at national, regional and international levels.

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The Litigation Officer will have a sound knowledge of litigation processes in at least one jurisdiction and be able to adapt this knowledge in a flexible manner to diverse contexts. They will also have experience with litigation at the international level. They will be able to manage litigation partnerships in a laborative manner with minimal supervision to achieve specified strategic objectives. They will be adept at translating a broad vision for change into concrete actions, keeping the bigger picture in sight, and adapting work swiftly and decisively when necessary.

 Qualifications and experience

  • Postgraduate degree in law, human rights, rule of law, justice or related field (or an undergraduate degree plus a minimum of three years' relevant work experience).
  • Minimum three years' experience working in the field of human rights and/or disability law or related field.
  • Minimum one year experience in national litigation.
  • Highly desirable: Membership of a national Bar association.
  • Highly desirable: Knowledge and experience of law and/or disability in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Desirable: Experience as a person with, or working with people with, mental disabilities and experience working with people from different cultures.  

Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • The highest commitment to Validity's mission and campaign goals, with a clear understanding of the need to end discrimination and promote equality for persons with mental disabilities.
  •  Fluency in written and spoken English; proficiency in one of the following languages highly desirable - Czech, Romanian, Slovak, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Slovenian.
  • Strong understanding of disability rights and international law, particularly the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the European Convention on Human Rights.
  • Knowledge of EU law and the CJEU an asset.
  • Excellent English legal writing skills.
  • Creativity and confidence to design and implement impactful litigation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well with a wide variety of stakeholders in a multi-lingual, international environment.
  • The ability to make sense of imperfect and ambiguous information and to work across languages with translation.
  • A proactive and highly-organised approach to managing multiple and competing priorities within a fast-paced working environment, maintaining attention to detail within strict deadlines.
  • Strong and clearly evidenced analytical skill, with the ability to assess law and public policy, identify key legal duty-bearers, and develop innovative legal solutions.
  • A confident yet diplomatic approach exhibiting strong professionalism at all times with colleagues and externally.

 Salary range:

Gross EUR 1,800 to EUR 2,400 dependent on the level of experience and location of work.

Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. Please send your CV in English with a cover letter describing your motivation and how you meet each of the requirements in the job description to jointheteam@validity.ngo. The subject line of the email should read "Application: Litigation Officer".

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