Senior Solicitor International Program - EDO NSW

Senior Solicitor - International Program

The Environmental Defenders Office Ltd (EDO NSW) is a specialist public interest environmental law organisation. Our mission is to help the community protect the environment through the law.

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity for a tenacious and ambitious litigator to work strategically with international and regional players to take on some of the biggest environmental issues facing our Pacific Island partners: illegal logging, deep sea bed mining and climate change.

The role is a Senior Solicitor position with our International Program. Our International Program is focused on strengthening public interest environmental law capacity in the Pacific, particularly in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. This involves working hand in hand with lawyers in the Pacific to run cases in local courts, improve policy and law and conduct community outreach training. It also requires collaborating with international donors, environmental lawyers, journalists and human rights organisations to maximise the impact of our work.

The position is part of a 5-year program with an international donor ending in 2022. It is initially a 12-month contract position, with the possibility of extension depending on funding and organisational needs. It is a full time position but proposals to work part time will be considered. 

Potential applicants are encouraged to obtain further information on the work of EDO NSW from our website.

Salary: $81,000 - $86,000 (depending on experience) plus super and leave loading.

EDO NSW also offers generous working conditions, including flexible working hours.

Applications should be submitted via email to with ‘Application for position of Senior Solicitor – International Program’ in the subject line. Applications must include a CV and a letter that clearly addresses each of the selection criteria. Applications which do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

For further information, contact BJ Kim, International Program Manager, on 02 9262 6989 or via email at

Applications close on 11 June 2018.

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Selection criteria


  • 3 to 5 years post admission litigation experience, with at least 2 years practising in environmental law, administrative law, civil enforcement and/or criminal enforcement
  • An unrestricted practising certificate in NSW and/or Papua New Guinea, or the ability to obtain practising certificates in these jurisdictions
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally
  • The ability to work with limited supervision on advice and casework, including litigation
  • Experience in supervising legal staff
  • Capacity to develop own practice
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively and to deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain good relationships with clients and partners
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including an ability to communicate clearly in plain English
  • Commitment to the protection of the environment and public interest environmental law.


  • Tertiary qualification in international development or a related discipline and/or demonstrated interest in aid and development issues
  • Cross cultural experience, in particular experience working with organisations based in the Pacific or in developing countries
  • Understanding of policy and law reform and community outreach issues and ability to undertake related work
  • Experience in program management, including fundraising and donor management, budgeting, contract drafting and negotiation.

Duty Statement: Senior Solicitor – International Program

1) Legal representation and advice

  • Working with the International Program Manager, Principal Solicitor and partner lawyers in the Pacific to plan and supervise legal advice and representation in Pacific Island jurisdictions in accordance with relevant guidelines and strategic plans
  • Conducting high level litigation matters
  • Responding to telephone and written inquiries from partners
  • Providing written advice to partners and clients
  • Undertaking legal administration tasks, such as the preparation of reports, as required
  • Contributing to the development of EDO NSW’s litigation strategy as appropriate.

2) Policy and law reform

  • Working with the International Program Manager and Policy Team to undertake policy and law reform work in Pacific Island jurisdictions from time to time.

 3) Community education

  • Participating in conference and education work with Pacific Island partners
  • Preparing and presenting papers and workshops
  • Writing plain English educational materials
  • Preparing articles for EDO publications
  • Undertake media work when required. 

4) Program management

Working with the International Program Manager to run the International Program, including:

  • collaborating with international and regional partners to develop strategies to maximise the impact of our work
  • networking, identifying potential partners and building relationships
  • identifying potential funding sources, preparing grant applications and developing and managing relationships with international donors
  • leveraging Australian Government support for International Program activities, including developing Australian volunteer placements with partners across the Pacific
  • procuring, negotiating and managing environmental law consultancies
  • developing and expanding the International Program
  • Undertaking the tasks of the International Program Manager, if he/she is absent.

5) Office administration

  • Assisting with office administration, such as library, computer and precedent systems
  • Maintaining appropriate records.

6) General

All staff have a responsibility to:

  • develop and maintain a good knowledge of the role and policies of EDO NSW
  • represent EDO NSW in a positive and effective manner
  • attend and contribute actively and constructively at staff and team meetings
  • seek opportunities for personal and professional development, particularly related to the specific areas of responsibility
  • assist in organising and supervising volunteers
  • respond to requests by clients and fellow staff in a knowledgeable, professional, constructive and polite manner
  • provide accurate and timely data on program activities for reporting, compliance and fundraising purposes.