About the role
We have an exciting opportunity for a person with high interest in environmental protection and a background in the field of law to become a part of our organisations working on energy and air quality issues in Bulgaria.
The Legal Assistant is an integral part of the team that leads the strategic legal interventions of Environmental Association Za Zemiata and Greenpeace – Bulgaria on the topics of Energy Transition and Clean Air. As a Legal Assistant you will work in close collaboration with the campaigners and lawyers in the two organisations and will support them with key activities such as: day-to-day project management support, case planning and management, legal research, drafting and analysing legal documents, collecting, compiling and utilising technical information.
- Conducting legal research, including but not limited to the following areas: air quality legislation, compliance regimes applicable to coal and fossil gas-related activities in Bulgaria, access to public information, administrative procedure;
- Organising and filing the flow of documents (paper and Cloud platform) related to the Clean Air and Energy Transition projects, including preparation and submission of various documents to courts and other institutions;
- Communicating with state and local authorities and providing the team with updates about the pending legislative, administrative and court proceedings;
- Assisting the legal and campaigning teams in their day-to-day tasks, such as organizing and facilitating meetings and supporting the coordination between them
- Proofreading of translated (legal) documents to and from English; communicating in English (verbal and written) with colleagues in the international offices;
With the advancement of the role, the responsibilities could develop towards:
- Interpreting legal acts and drafting legal and non-legal documentation (complaints, requests, signals, statements letters, articles, etc.) under the guidance of the more experienced members of the team;
- Project management tasks and responsibilities, eg. drafting reports on recent developments to funders, organising team planning, monitoring activities and budget spending.
As a successful candidate you will be at least in your third year of degree studies in the following areas: law, international relations, environmental studies and management, political science or other relevant social sciences, and you can demonstrate good project coordination skills or experience. You have an interest in environmental issues and social justice. An acquaintance with the Bulgarian administrative procedure legislation will be considered an advantage.
You will demonstrate willingness to solve problems related to Bulgarian and EU environmental protection and legislation. You should feel confident in your abilities to perform research that will be the driving force behind important strategic decisions made by the teams and possess the necessary discipline and detail-orientation to ensure the management of the projects is in safe hands.
Generally, you will have excellent written and verbal skills in English and Bulgarian.
Za Zemiata is an environmental non-governmental organization determined to work for sustainable lifestyles and for responsible personal and political decisions for our planet, while combating the exploitation of people and nature.
Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behavior, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace by catalyzing an energy revolution to address the number one threat facing our planet – the climate crisis.
The Energy Transition team combines the efforts of both organizations working to achieve a systemic change in the Bulgarian power sector. We highlight the problem with burning fossil fuels but we also advocate for the just transition of coal-affected communities and present viable solutions for the future of a decarbonized energy system.
The Clean Air team is focusing on tackling air pollution at local and national level via litigation, expert analysis, legislative and policy proposals, campaigning and advocacy. An integral part of the team is supporting active local communities fighting air pollution in their area. The team strives to achieve both strategic systemic changes and direct local changes.
Salary: BGN 1150-1300 net salary range for 75% work time.
What we offer?
Part-time working hours (between 50-75% depending on the agreed amount) under a labour contract with a possibility to discuss an extension to full-time after the first year. Flexible working: a working week divided between being in the office in Sofia and working remotely. If the Legal Assistant is a student, availability during exam periods will not be required.
The contract is for 1 year with a 3-months trial period and can be renewed for another year.
Starting date: 1 April 2022 or earlier, subject to negotiation and budgeting.
How to apply?
Please send us your CV and a short essay on the following topic ‘Instruments you think that could be effective to ensure environmental protection and human wellbeing’ (max. 750 words) in English. For the second stage, only the successful candidates will be invited for an interview.
Please include ‘Legal Assistant’ in the email subject line and identify the documents you are sending by including in the file names:
‘[your name] – Legal Assistant – Motivation’
‘[your name] – Legal Assistant – CV’.
Please address your application to:
Meglena Antonova, Program Lead
Greenpeace – Bulgaria
Ivaylo Hlebarov, Clean Air Team Lead
Recruitment is open now and you should send your application by 25 February 2022 EOB. Interviews will be held in the first weeks of March. We will contact only shortlisted candidates.
If you have any questions about the role advertised or recruitment process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.