Vacancies

Role Fundraising Officer
Start date Immediate
Organisation European Lawyers in Lesvos (www.elil.eu)
Location Lesvos, Greece, or home based
Duration 4 months (with possibility of extension)
Role Full-time (9.30 – 17.00 Monday – Friday)

Background

The ‘European Lawyers in Lesvos Project’ is a joint legal assistance project between the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) and the German Bar Association (DAV). These organisations represent the bars and law societies of 32 member countries and 13 further associate and observer countries across Europe, and through them more than 1 million European lawyers.

The main aim of the project is to send volunteer European asylum lawyers to Lesvos to provide pro bono legal assistance to individuals applying for international protection. The volunteer lawyers support, and work closely with, their Greek colleagues from the Mytilene Bar Association.

The project is one of only a small number of legal assistance projects with permission to work in Moria Reception and Identification Center on Lesvos. It has been operational in Moria since early August 2016. Our work has two core elements. Our primary focus is the provision of one-on-one legal consultations to help applicants prepare for their first instance asylum admissibility/eligibility interviews – in doing this, we are the only legal assistance project that focuses on providing information, practical support and tailored advice for applicants at the first instance stage of the asylum process. We also provide assistance to adults and unaccompanied minors with regard to their family reunification applications.

We have up to 6 volunteer asylum lawyers on Lesvos at any given time. We have so far welcomed 84 volunteer lawyers from 15 different countries. All the project’s volunteer lawyers are practising and experienced European asylum lawyers who have been identified through a rigorous application and selection process. The team also includes a full-time, legally-trained project coordinator, a full-time Greek asylum lawyer as legal coordinator, two legal assistants, full-time Arabic and Farsi interpreters and a Greek coordinator from the Mytilene Bar Association.

In total, we have provided assistance to over 1,800 cases so far, over 1,400 of which have received first instance interview advice from our volunteer lawyers. In total, we have assisted over 2,500 people. All consultations are provided in our offices in Moria, to ensure privacy and confidentiality are preserved.

There are currently around 3,500 people in Moria and almost all require legal assistance. To help provide this – and therefore ensure individuals are able to realise their rights – we need to secure additional funding.

Role

The European Lawyers in Lesvos project is looking for a committed and experienced fundraiser to join its team in Lesvos, Greece, or to work remotely. The role involves identifying and securing sources of funding for the European Lawyers in Lesvos project and developing its fundraising strategy, with the aim of ensuring the project has sufficient funding to maintain and develop its activities.

Role responsibilities:

  • researching and mapping new potential funding sources (local, national and international)
  • maintaining and developing existing funding sources
  • researching and writing concept notes, funding applications and donor reports
  • compiling and maintaining a database of donor organisations and donor contacts
  • maintaining and developing materials for the website

The start date for this role is as soon as possible. The duration of the role is 4 months. The role will initially be voluntary, with the successful applicant being provided with:

  • a per diem fee to cover expenses;
  • reimbursement for reasonable costs of transport to and from Lesvos; and
  • accommodation/a contribution to accommodation.

There is the possibility of the role becoming a permanent paid role at the end of the initial 4 month period.

The role is based in Lesvos, Greece, but could equally be carried out remotely.

Skills and experience required

  • Successful fundraising experience
  • Passionate about supporting the rights of refugees and migrants
  • Capable of being proactive and working independently

To apply for this role, or to request further information, please email the Project Coordinator, Philip Worthington (pworthington@elil.eu).