Legal Advocacy Officer

International Press Institute
  • Location
    Vienna, Austria
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Apr 01

Position description

The Legal Advocacy Officer will be responsible for driving IPI’s advocacy and campaign work related to the protection of journalists’ legal rights as well as the promotion of a legal environment that allows the press to fulfil its public role.

A significant focus of this work will be on analysing data collected by IPI and its partners about judicial practices in Turkey, including breaches of fundamental rights in trials against journalists. The Legal Advocacy Officer will use relevant information emerging from the legal analyses to produce reports and advocacy material so as to ensure that these findings are brought to attention of relevant international institutions.

More broadly, the Legal Advocacy Officer will analyse legal and judicial developments worldwide and use this information to support IPI’s efforts to ensure respect for press freedom and journalistic rights.

The position reports to the Director of Advocacy.

Duties and responsibilities include:

– Coordinating IPI’s advocacy efforts aimed at raising awareness about violations of fundamental rights in trials against journalists in Turkey, including the rights to personal liberty, a fair trial, and freedom of expression

– Contributing to IPI’s advocacy efforts related to legal developments affecting press freedom worldwide

– Coordinating strategic efforts with international and local organisations carrying out advocacy-related activities around press freedom and the rule of law

– Developing and implementing public and direct advocacy campaigns based on clear and achievable strategies

– Developing campaigning tools for the IPI website and social media communication

– Taking advantage of existing mechanisms to access international human rights organisations

– Writing and disseminating articles and in-depth reports about legal developments affecting press freedom



– has proven familiarity with international human rights law with respect to freedom of expression and, ideally, the right to a fair trial. Specific knowledge about European human rights law is highly desirable.

– is familiar with the role, workings and jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights as well as with the role of other international institutions and mechanisms aimed at promoting and protecting human rights

– demonstrates good knowledge of the structure and workings of European human rights and intergovernmental bodies, including the European Union and the Council of Europe

– has experience in advocacy and campaigning

– demonstrates a sincere interest in and commitment to the overall aims of the International Press Institute and to journalism as an essential democratic good

– has excellent oral and written communication skills in English and, ideally, other languages. Knowledge of Turkish, Arabic and/or German are considered a particular plus.

– has good knowledge of the journalistic profession

– is familiar with the work and culture of non-governmental organisations

– demonstrates a strong work ethic, is able to generate ideas, and proactively pursues goals

– is able to work independently and efficiently, making the most out of limited resources

– is comfortable working in a diverse, multinational environment

Education and work experience

– At least a bachelor’s degree in law

– A minimum of three years of relevant professional experience

Practical experience in the legal field and experience working for a human rights organization are highly valued and will be considered a clear advantage

– Additional academic qualifications will be an asset

Application instructions


Remuneration for this position is based on experience.

General information on IPI salaries:

Salaries are paid 14 times per year in accordance with Austrian employment law. Benefits include participation in the Austrian national health, pension and workplace accident insurance schemes. The salaries of IPI employees are exempt from income taxation in Austria. Holiday allowance is 25 days per year, in addition to Austrian national holidays.

Location and term

This position is for six months initially, with the possibility of extension. The position is expected to be based at IPI’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Initially, remote work can be considered under certain conditions.


Application Procedure

If you meet the qualifications above, and wish to join IPI’s passionate team, please send a cover letter and CV of maximum two pages to [email protected] with the subject line “Legal Advocacy Officer” no later than April 19, 2019. Please include the names and contact information of at least two references.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview, which can be conducted at IPI’s offices in Vienna, or via Skype. Kindly note that IPI is unable to reimburse travel costs for those wishing to have an in-person in Vienna.

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