The Senior Legal Counsel will ensure that high-impact strategic litigation plans form part of the organization’s strategies in order to deliver winning campaigns that center climate and environmental justice for communities. They will oversee the effective coordination, implementation, and review of the legal and litigation aspects of Greenpeace Philippines’ (GPPH) program portfolio.

This position will focus on climate reparations work under the climate justice and climate emergency preparedness and response campaigns, as well as other environmental and/or human rights litigations, in coordination with internal and external partners. At the same time, it is expected to give support to the GPPH program portfolio given the cross-cutting nature of the work, including providing analysis of environmental issues as it intersects justice and human rights concerns, people participation, and governance.

This is a full-time fixed-term position, based in Manila.

CHR Landmark Litigation in Philippines.
Representatives from local communities hold banners that read ‘Climate Justice Wins’ and ‘Climate Action Now’ in front of the Commission on Human Rights in the Philippines following the release of its groundbreaking report on the National Inquiry on Climate Change in May 2022.

Key Duties

  • Design and implement high-impact strategic litigation plans that are smart, innovative, and people-powered, and in line with the organization’s Theory of Change (TOC).
  • Guide, inspire, support, and work with national and regional office project teams, and community and CSO partners in all legal phases of a campaign project lifecycle to help deliver high-quality, strategic, and impactful projects.
  • Keep up to date with best practices within their area of expertise to foster innovation; and maintain a working knowledge of legal, political, legislative, regulatory, and economic frameworks, ASEAN agreements, and multilateral environmental agreements relevant to issues across the country program in order to enhance overall strategies.
  • Act as the lead lawyer for Greenpeace Philippines’ environmental legal actions.
  • Provide integrated program-related legal and policy advice and support in order to develop legal strategies as an element of campaign strategy and implementation; and assess and advise on legal opportunities and risks related to the various campaigns and projects, and related multi-jurisdictional activities undertaken by the organization.
  • Draft, review, and disseminate legal and policy submissions and lead the legal risk assessment and review of campaign publications and activities, and ensure campaign compliance with legal review procedures.
  • Conduct training for the campaigns on legal risk mitigation and review procedures.
  • Provide support to project leads in overseeing the campaign’s budget for legal matters.
  • Participate in campaign discussions and planning regarding strategic issues within Greenpeace Philippines and Greenpeace Southeast Asia (GPSEA), with other Greenpeace offices, and with Greenpeace International (GPI). This will include both written and verbal discussion as well as attendance at specific meetings.
  • Help keep the country director and national and global focal points informed of the overall strategic orientation of legal strategies.
  • Create and maintain a national and international profile on legal efforts by the organization, and other legal initiatives of the country program, including speaking at events, contributing to peer review publications, and convening peers to collaborate and respond to major environmental legal developments. Represent Greenpeace and its campaigns at relevant public events; movement events; meetings with political decision-makers, local citizens, and affected communities; and in discussions/fora, as needed.
  • Help build alliances and/or support relationships with partner organizations, relevant affected groups, grassroots organizations, academic and professional groups, labor unions, and others as identified in strategic planning. Work with communities threatened by the impacts of climate change and environmental problems and ensure legal efforts help to deliver the justice they seek.
  • Participate in non-violent direct action to support and advance campaign goals and organizational objectives.
  • Reliably deliver on commitments in line with the country’s TOC, strategy, campaign and engagement objectives, and key performance metrics.
  • Help develop monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for the campaign and implement progress reviews and end-point evaluations.

Eligibility

  • Law graduate, preferably a lawyer admitted to the Philippine Bar (RA 1080) with at least 7 years of experience in advocacy, community engagements, and/or the development or humanitarian sector.
  • Proven expertise in environmental and rights issues, including national environmental laws, multilateral environmental agreements, as well as national laws and policies pertaining to human rights, people participation, governance, and related issues

Key competencies and functional skills:

  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English and Filipino
  • Sound ability to apply in-depth knowledge of legal and campaigning issues. Able to exercise judgment and decision-making based on sound analysis of familiar and unfamiliar issues. Ability to expand on the knowledge base and research new areas of the law to provide creative legal advice as needed. Strong systems thinking and strategic thinking and planning skills; proven experience in analyzing and planning campaign and legal strategies
  • Strong personal organizational skills including the ability to participate in multiple projects with competing priorities and timelines, strong interpersonal communication skills, and ability to handle constantly evolving work.
  • Ability to conduct work with a global mindset, a flexible and solutions-oriented attitude, and an open and transparent way of working that respects both agreed timelines and commitments made to other parties. Ability to deal with complex and/or difficult situations. Ability to be proactive in the fulfillment of responsibilities and work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Able to approach all work with a high degree of sensitivity toward inclusivity and collaboration. This includes the ability to inspire/empower others and act with empathy. Able to be flexible and cope with changing circumstances.

Application Guidelines

Interested candidates are invited to (1) download and fill out the attached Application Form and (2) write a Letter of Motivation explaining why you are applying, and your qualifications for the position. Send the two documents to [email protected]

Deadline for applications: April 30, 2024


"Our Voices Are Vital" Activity in Quezon City, Philippines. © Jilson Tiu / Greenpeace
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