„Greenpeace” – Bulgaria and „Za Zemiata" need a Legal Researcher

Съобщение за печата - февруари 28, 2018
For the local office in Bulgaria, Greenpeace is looking for a

Legal Researcher

Energy transition team – Sofia


About the role

The Legal Researcher will be an integral member of the Energy transition team and will provide legal research capacity for our project to use legal tools to enforce environmental rules in the energy sector, protect the rights of citizens in coal-affected regions and improve air quality. The researcher will be involved in preparing internal briefs on various topics and supporting the development of public facing briefings on relevant legal issues.


About you

The successful candidate will have an excellent academic record in legal studies (at least 2nd or 3rd year of studies in Bulgarian law) with excellent written and verbal skills in English. You will be a highly organised, efficient worker able to handle a number of competing priorities. You will also have a demonstrable interest in environmental issues. You will have a professional and friendly manner and be able to establish good working relationships within the Energy transition team, and with colleagues throughout both organisations.


About us

Za Zemiata is an environmental non-governmental organisation 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 behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace by catalysing an energy revolution to address the number one threat facing our planet - climate change.

The Energy Transition team combines the efforts of both organisations working to achieve a systemic change in the Bulgarian power sector. We highlight the problem with burning coal but we also advocate for the just transition of coal-affected communities and present viable solutions for the future of a decarbonised energy system. In our legal work, we also cooperate with the international lawyers ClientEarth, who are committed to securing a healthy planet.


Job Responsibilities

The Legal Researcher will:

  • Critically analyse laws, legislative proposals and policy proposals that will impact upon the energy sector in Bulgaria
  • Conduct research and prepare internal briefs or databases on various topics required for the team’s work
  • Support the development of legal briefings on relevant legal issues
  • As necessary, assist with the running of court cases including preparing court bundles and liaising with the court.

This list is not exhaustive and the selected candidate will be required to undertake other relevant tasks.


Experience and knowledge

The successful candidate will have:

  • (At least) completed 2nd or 3rd year of legal studies in Bulgarian law
  • An interest in environmental issues, especially energy and air quality issues
  • Experience of responding to competing deadlines and managing multiple tasks and priorities, ideally within a working environment
  • Ideally, prior experience of working in a legal or legal research environment e.g. as a paralegal or researcher


Competencies and skills

  • Strong legal research and analytical skills and an interest in performing rigorous legal analysis in support of impactful work;
  • Ability to grasp quickly and accurately new and complex concepts as well as scientific, technical and policy issues, and new areas of law;
  • Demonstrated ability to explain complex legal issues in lay language and ability to modify language, content, and style to address the needs of different audiences
  • Excellent organisational skills and efficient management of multiple tasks and priorities; able to work well under pressure
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Reliable and understands the importance of meeting deadlines
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a small team but also to execute work independently and take the initiative when required
  • Fluency in English and in Bulgarian
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, with ability to foster positive working relationships with diverse internal and external individuals
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft suite – Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint)



This position is based in Sofia.


We offer

Flexible working hours (20 hours per week) with the possibility to work from home.

3-month trial period with the possibility to extend the working relationship up to 1 year.

The position is paid.


To apply

Please send us your CV and an essay on the following topic: Will the law save the planet? (max. 1200 words)

Please include ‘Legal Researcher’ in the email subject line and identify the documents you are sending by including ‘[your name] Legal Researcher - essay’ and ‘[your name] Legal Researcher - CV’ in the file name.


Please address your application to:

Meglena Antonova, Campaigner
Greenpeace - Bulgaria

Recruitment is open now and you should send your application as soon as possible.


Applications close on 15 March 2018.


Interviews are intended to take place in the week commencing 19 March 2018.

Please note that ClientEarth will only consider candidates who have the legal right to work in the country where this post is based.

If you have any questions about the roles advertised or recruitment process, please contact Meglena Antonova ().