Legal Aid Program Manager 

As the Lisbon Project’s Legal Aid Manager, you will be primarily responsible for leading and developing the legal aid program: providing advice for our community members as well as establishing and coordinating the program’s partnerships with qualified Lawyers and Law Firms to provide Legal counsel and defense. 

Among other tasks, this position involves creating a network of Law professionals who will offer their services to the LP on a pro bono basis, coordinating both in house and external services. 

You will be responsible for developing a calendar of workshops and activities to empower migrants and refugees with knowledge around legal processes and their rights in Portugal.  

You will also create accessible and engaging content such as articles and videos to help migrants and refugees navigate the Portuguese legal system, especially around immigration and residency. 

We are searching for someone who is a motivational leader, passionate about justice, someone who is highly organized, detail-oriented, and with strong communication and project management skills, confident to create and maintain new partnerships with Lawyers and Law Firms. Could this be you? 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Legal Aid Program 

  • Drive the program’s growth in consistence with Lisbon Project’s strategic plan so that our Legal Aid Program can reach more people with greater impact.
  • Partner in shaping vision for future projects, providing inspiration to colleagues and team members.
  • Oversee planning of the Legal Aid Program activities from start to completion involving deadlines, milestones and processes.
  • Discover ways to enhance efficiency and productivity of procedures and people within program.
  • Participate in the recruitment, selection, onboarding and training of Legal Aid Program team.

Communication and Organisation 

  • Establish close communication with interested beneficiaries about program activities. 
  • Exercise oversight of program’s budget. Work closely with Programs Director and CFO to identify and communicate gaps or concerns in a timely manner. 
  • Attend weekly Program Manager meetings and contribute to the Program Department tasks. 

Database Management 

  • Maintain detailed records of all activities and assessments on the Lisbon Project’s database Aidhound.
  • Follow up and track beneficiaries’ progress within the program, certifying maximum participation and development. 

Monitoring and Evaluating 

  • Develop and monitor methods to capture feedback from beneficiaries and partners to maximise the impact and quality of every activity and service we provide. 
  • Gather program outcomes data and measure results; evaluate and report on program effectiveness in meeting objectives and make recommendations for future program improvements. 

Collaboration and Partnerships

  • Develop tailor-made and innovative strategies for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a portfolio of relevant legal partners to provide pro bono legal advice. 
  • Work closely with Fundraising and Communications Department to provide content for social media, newsletters and web. 
  • Represent the Lisbon Project and lead presentations about the organization in relation to legal aid. 

Requirements

  • Law degree. A Masters would be desirable.
  • Experience working in a legal setting and ideally knowledge of immigration law in Portugal.
  • Strong case management, legal research, and legal writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure.
  • Dedication to serving immigrant communities with a sincere commitment to working on behalf of low-income immigrants and refugees.
  • Bilingual English/Portuguese.
  • Superior ability to build personal networks at a senior level, resulting in securing new opportunities and strategic growth for the Legal Aid Program.
  • Effective in developing high-potential team members to achieve growth and maximum contribution. 
  • Receptive and collaborative leadership approach that contributes to positive team environment, builds and maintains strong relationships with people from all backgrounds, genders, cultures and viewpoints. 

Benefits

  • Networking opportunities – getting connected to philanthropists, top-level executives and people of all backgrounds 
  • Contribution to social impact – self-full filment and personal growth in pursuing a valuable cause 
  • Knowledge growth – learning about immigration related processes, contexts and realities as well as other NGO related topics in Portugal.
  • Multi-tasking – having the flexibility to work with different departments and teams, growing in the knowledge and experience of each as well as developing diverse skills to meet the needs presented.
  • Free tea and coffee (like all day long)! 
  • Participation in a diverse and unique environment 

Time Commitment: 30 hours a week (minimum of 2 days per week in the office). Minimum commitment of 6 months.

Desired start date : Mid July 2022

Intern reports to: Programs Director

We can’t do it without you! Thank you for being a part of our team.