Head of Legal Protection - Helen Bamber Foundation

Organisation:   Helen Bamber Foundation

Website:   http://www.helenbamber.org/

Location:   Camden, London

Deadline:   12th July 2019 (however there will be a rolling recruitment process)

Salary:   £45, 000 p.a. (FTE)  Ten month sabbatical cover  


Further information:


The role is for a ten month contract, in a fast-paced environment working at the forefront of human rights. This is an exciting opportunity to join the Helen Bamber Foundation as part of the internationally recognised multi-disciplinary team. The contract offers a unique chance to contribute and lead on legal protection issues affecting some of the most vulnerable in society.

HBF is seeking an experienced lawyer for an interim period to give direction to the Legal Protection and Medico-Legal Services of the Foundation. The role involves implementing the Foundation’s strategic goals as well as managing the Legal Protection team, comprising six full-time team members plus volunteers. There is responsibility for advancing legal protection concerns for HBF’s clients in the contexts of asylum and trafficking/modern slavery claims, and legislation and policy changes affecting HBF’s client base. The role requires working 

with clients and members of a multidisciplinary team that includes clinicians, the housing and welfare department as well working closely with the counter-trafficking team.

The post-holder, in collaboration with MLR writers, will have overall responsibility for ensuring that MLRs are completed to the highest standards, and in accordance with the Istanbul Protocol, the duties of experts in providing expert evidence and the expectations of HMCTS. The post-holder will have oversight of all financial procedures associated with the Medico-Legal service. Responsibilities will also include developing training for MLR writers relevant for new recruits and established writers.

As a member of the senior management team, the post-holder will also contribute to the overall strategic direction of the Foundation, ensuring KPIs are met by the department and developing relationships that promote HBF’s expertise and reputation.

The person in this role will be hearing and reading traumatic material and should also be able to demonstrate knowledge of good self-care principles in an intense work environment. Clinical supervision will be offered to support the appointed post-holder where necessary.

The Helen Bamber Foundation is a specialist UK charity which provides expert care and support for refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced torture and human cruelty. Our clients have been subjected to atrocities including state-sponsored torture, religious/political persecution, human trafficking, forced labour, sexual exploitation, gender-based and honour-based violence. We support hundreds of clients every year from all over the world through our Model of Integrated Care.


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