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Offer: Amazon Legal Team Leader at EarthRights International (ERI)- Location: Lima, Peru - Apply by 28 Feb 2014

EarthRights International (ERI) seeks a highly qualified, committed attorney to formulate and supervise the implementation of local and regional strategies to protect human rights and the environment in the Amazon region, especially in indigenous communities.

Position: Amazon Legal Team Leader (full-time)
Deadline: Open until filled; interviews start February 24, 2014
Start date: March 2014 or as soon thereafter as possible
Reports to: Legal Director
Location: Lima, Peru

The principal job responsibilities include:
Working with ERI’s Legal Director and Amazon-based staff to oversee the legal work of the Amazon team and budget of the Amazon Legal Program
Managing the legal work of the Amazon team in order to carry forward innovative approaches for protecting rights
Overseeing the use of domestic Peruvian legal actions and actions in the Inter-American system to protect human rights and the environment
Working with lawyers (especially indigenous lawyers) on local and trans-national strategies throughout the region
Leading trainings of judges and lawyers on human rights, environmental, and indigenous rights issues in Peru and regionally
Providing legal support for alumni of ERI’s EarthRights Amazon School
Formulating ERI’s overall approach to protecting earth rights in the Amazon region, in conjunction with the Amazon Program Director and Senior Amazon Counsel

The Amazon Legal Team Leader may also be asked to:
Work on trainings of indigenous communities and leaders
Help maintain organizational relationships with other NGOs, indigenous federations, and other partners in the region
Assist the U.S. and Mekong legal teams where appropriate, including with litigating arising in the Amazon region and proceeding in U.S. courts
Oversee the hiring of Amazon legal interns
Participate in the hiring and supervision of Amazon-based legal staff
Liaise with ERI’s Communications and Development teams, as well as ERI’s U.S. and Asia offices, to coordinate and provide information about Amazon legal activities
Participate in public communications and development meetings, and draft communications and development materials regarding Amazon legal work

Minimum qualifications:
License to practice law in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, or Brazil
At least 5-10 years of relevant experience focusing on human rights, environmental, and/or indigenous rights issues in the Amazon region
Litigation experience
A working knowledge of the Inter-American system
Spanish and English fluency are required
A demonstrated commitment to human rights and environmental justice
Solid technical legal skills, good judgment and initiative, and ability to work within a team
Strong interpersonal skills, experience working with individuals from different cultural backgrounds, and a good sense of humor

Preferred qualifications:
Experience in managing and supervising legal work
Knowledge of Portuguese is preferred
Education and/or experience in human rights and/or environmental law, related regional studies, development, or another related field

We offer:
A locally competitive NGO salary; depending on experience and qualifications, the position may be hired at ERI’s Director or Coordinator level
Benefits including private medical insurance and paid vacation, sick and personal days
A casual, and fun, work environment

To Apply: Applicants should email the following to
1 page cover letter, in English
1-2 page resume, in English
List of 3-5 references with phone numbers and email addresses
3-5 page sample or excerpt of unedited legal or legal advocacy writing, in both Spanish and English (or, at a minimum, in the applicant’s second language)
Apply by: 28 Feb 2014
EarthRights International is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices.

Job Email id: apply-amazon(at)


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