Associate Legal Counsel Communications - Greenpeace International

Job description

Associate Legal Counsel Communications (secondment cover)

12 months fixed term contract / full time (40 hours)

Location: The successful candidate may be based either in the Netherlands or in Denmark. We may also consider a candidate in another country where one of the independent National/Regional Greenpeace organisations (NRO’s) is located (subject to agreement). See the locations here. We offer a competitive NGO level salary and benefits, the specifics of which depend on the location where the successful candidates will be based.

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation, which uses peaceful, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and develop solutions for a green and peaceful future.

Are you a talented lawyer with a background in freedom of expression or media law? Are you keen to use these skills to work towards a green and peaceful future?

Then you may be the right person to join Greenpeace International’s (GPI’s) Legal Unit as an Associate Legal Counsel Communications. Your role would be to provide independent, integrated communications-related legal advice, support and training to Greenpeace International and the Greenpeace network. You will be working together with the lawyers in the Greenpeace International Legal Unit in order to proactively and reactively defend the global Greenpeace network, its integrity and reputation, staff and assets with direction from the Senior Legal Counsel Strategic Defence and Legal Counsel Campaigns. You will be supporting the development and dissemination of standards for risk assessment procedures related to communications and investigations.

Main Responsibilities: 

  • Conducting legal review of communications materials for risks under, for example, defamation, data protection or intellectual property law

  • Providing legal advice and support to campaign, research, investigations and communications staff (including training of non-lawyers to understand legal risk)

  • Dealing with disputes and litigation

  • Engaging in public interest litigation to secure the enabling environment

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with Greenpeace’s internal and external network of legal advisers and allies

  • Developing and maintaining knowledge of international human rights law, media law and information law

Please see the full job description here.

Job requirements

We are looking for someone with:

  • University degree in law;

  • Minimum 3 years work experience as a professional lawyer, preferably in an international context;

  • Demonstrable knowledge of and experience in international human rights with a focus on free speech and media law;

  • Experience with training and knowledge transfer;

  • Ability to work under pressure;

  • Analytical skills;

  • Proficient in English, both written and spoken. Other languages are added value;

  • Willing to work on call, outside of normal business hours and travel if necessary;

  • Strong alignment with Greenpeace values;

  • Ability to work with a global approach, a flexible and inventive demeanor, and a high degree of sensitivity toward inclusivity and teamwork;

  • Good judgment and an ability to make decisions based on gathering the relevant information and involving the right partners.

To Apply:

Please click 'apply for this job', to upload your CV and Cover Letter (in English and maximum two pages in length).

Ensure your cover letter addresses the key requirements for the role, listed within the job description. We will be looking for evidence that demonstrates your skills and experience in these areas. Use examples to draw attention to experience, knowledge, achievements and skills gained in past employment or voluntary/leisure activities, provided they are relevant to the post.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please email us at Please note that all applications must be filled out via the website and can't be submitted via this email.

Greenpeace International is an equal opportunity employer with a longstanding commitment of providing a work environment that respects the dignity and worth of each individual. We recognise and value the benefits and strengths that diversity brings to our employees and the whole organisation and we thrive in an environment that encourages respect and trust. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship, colour, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and would like to invite you especially to apply!

If you are passionate about our mission and you fit our profile then we would love to hear from you!

CLOSING DATE: 17th August 2021 23:59 CEST

INTERVIEWS: week of 30th of August 2021