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Job Ad: Senior Legal Associate, UNHCR, United Kingdom


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Closing Date: 25 March 2024 at 23:00

Hours: Full time

Location: The position is based at UNHCR London ‘s offices near Chancery Lane

Starting Salary: 

  • London – £43,440 – £59,000 depending on education and experience.  Not subject to income tax but subject to NI deductions.

Nature of Position:

Under the supervision of the Legal Officer, the Senior Legal Associate will provide expert guidance to the office on proposed legislation and policy and UK immigration jurisprudence. S/he should have strong knowledge of international refugee and human rights law. As London is an international law centre of excellence, (academia, think-tanks and NGOs), the position requires a strong grasp of international protection principles and an ability to articulate them with authority. Given the complex and frequently changing legal context in the UK, strong expertise in common law jurisprudence and UK asylum and refugee law will be required to advance parliamentary, court and other interventions.

The primary focus on the Senior Legal Associate will be to assist the office in drafting legal analysis, developing policy positions, and keeping abreast of domestic and international refugee law jurisprudence. In addition, the incumbent will also be required to work closely with the Home Office through UNHCR’s Quality Protection Partnership (QPP) in in which UNHCR reviews and provides advice with respect to various aspects of the UK asylum system and stateless determination procedure aimed at strengthening the fairness and efficiency of protection pathways.


Given the work with the Home Office, a security clearance is mandatory. Only persons who have the right to work in the UK and have been living in the UK for the three years prior to the date of application will be considered. Your application will be screened out if you do not meet this requirement.

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