General Counsel

Islamic Relief Worldwide
£73,035 - £73,035
+ Excellent Employee Benefits
Closing date: 8 July 2021
Job Type: Paid
Location: Birmingham
As the chief legal advisor, the General Counsel is responsible for ensuring that the legal affairs of IRW are well led and supported.

Islamic Relief Worldwide is an independent humanitarian and development organisation, serving humanity for over 36 years. With an active presence in over 40 countries across the globe, we strive to make the world a better and fairer place for those effected by poverty, conflicts and natural disasters.

 

Inspired by the Islamic faith and guided by our values, our projects provide vulnerable people with access to vital services, we protect communities from disasters and deliver life-saving emergency aid. We provide lasting routes out of poverty and empower vulnerable people to transform their lives and their communities.

 

Islamic Relief Worldwide is currently recruiting for the position of a General Counsel to ensure that the organisation’s activities are carried out in accordance with its governing documents, relevant laws, rules, policies, and ethical standards. As the chief legal advisor, the General Counsel is responsible for ensuring that the legal affairs of IRW are well led and supported. This includes company secretarial matters, maintaining the corporate risk register for IRW, HR legal issues and legal affairs pertaining to safeguarding. The General Counsel also supports the International General Assembly (IGA) and its sub committees, the Board of Trustees (BOT), the CEO and the Board of Directors (BOD) in ensuring that IRW meets its regulatory, legal and other governance and compliance obligations.

 

The successful candidate must have or be:

  • Commitment to IRW’s vision and mission, and a good understanding and empathy with our values and principles.
  • Demonstrable experience as General Counsel or equivalent for an international organisation, with substantial experience in legal practice including experience in regulatory compliance in relation to a large UK-registered charity working globally.
  • Qualified legal practitioner with professional membership in England and Wales.
  • Experience in managing the risk register in an international non-profit organisation.
  • Experience in managing intellectual property rights and data protection.
  • Excellent English communication and interpersonal skills.

 

If you are talented, reliable, service minded, resilient and a highly motivated professional looking for a meaningful career, with a strong commitment to IRW’s mission and values of sincerity, excellence, compassion, social justice and custodianship, please apply by completing our online application form.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Interviews are expected to take place on an ongoing basis and the vacancy may close earlier than the above closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

Pre-employment Checks:  

Any employment with Islamic Relief will be subject to the following checks:

  • screening clearance
  • proof of eligibility to live and work within the UK
  • criminal records check
  • receipt of satisfactory references
  • This post is classed as Social Media Profile Level One (Senior Ambassador) under IRW’s Personal Social Media Policy. The postholder must disclose their social media accounts and must represent IRW in an acceptable way online, in accordance with the policy.  

 

Please note, for UK based roles, we are only able to accept applications from candidates who are eligible to work in the UK. We are unable to progress applications which would require sponsorship.

 

Our values and commitment to safeguarding

IRW is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom IRW engages. IRW expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records checks. IRW also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.

In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment.

 

By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

 

Islamic Relief is an equal opportunities employer

Region: Midlands
Location: Birmingham
Sector: Leadership Legal

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