Temporary Vacancy Announcement (Maternity Cover): LEGAL OFFICER

aditus foundation is an independent, voluntary and non-profit organisation established with a mission to monitor, act and report on access to fundamental human rights. Our work includes advocacy, research, capacity building and provision of legal aid.

Due to a temporary staff shortage, we are seeking to recruit a Legal Officer to join our team of human rights advocates.

What does the Legal Officer do?

Our Legal Officer is primarily responsible for our activities in the field of asylum. This includes individual case-work as well as other projects involving research and advocacy.

Individual case-work with clients covers the following activities:

  • Delivery of information to asylum-seekers on all matters relating to the asylum procedure;
  • Preparation of appeals against rejections at First Instance. This involves researching and drafting submissions and participating in the hearings of the Second Instance authority (the Refugee Appeals Board);
  • Preparation of appeals against Dublin decisions, as above;
  • Preparation of subsequent applications;
  • Assistance with applications for national protection, namely Temporary Humanitarian Protection);
  • Appeals against rejections of social security applications (e.g. unemployment benefits, housing benefits, etc.);
  • General human rights support to asylum-seekers, beneficiaries of international/national protection and failed asylum-seekers.

Research and project work:

What do we require?

We are looking for a candidate who can demonstrate the following:

  • University degree in law or legal studies, having covered refugee law and international human rights law;
  • At least 3 years’ experience working in the area of asylum. If this experience also includes legal work with individual cases, please be sure to highlight it in your application;
  • A good working understanding of the Common European Asylum System;
  • Excellent research and drafting skills (English is our working language);
  • Ability to work in a small team and in a fast-paced environment.

What are we offering?

We are able to offer the following to the selected candidate:

  • A part-time position (approximately 30 hours per week, to be discussed) for the minimum period October 2018 – February 2019. This could be extended depending our staffing requirements;
  • The possibility of future employment;
  • Induction training to ensure a swift and efficient immersion into the local context;
  • Possibility of travel for seminars and conferences, as these arise.

Diversity Statement

aditus foundation is committed to diversity in its staffing. All other factors being equal, we will give preference to the candidate from a minority group.

How should you apply?

Send your update CV and a covering letter to our Neil Falzon, our Director, at neilfalzon@aditus.org.mt not later than 28 September 2018.

If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Do you want to join our exciting team of human rights activists?



We’re recruiting a Programmes Officer…with all the details available in the call, downloadable here.

Summarily (please do read the full call):

The Programmes Officer will be a full and active member of our team, answering to the Director and responsible for the following activities:

  • Financial administration:
    • formulation of project and organisation budgets;
    • coordinating reporting requirements;
    • day-to-day financial management
  • Administrative and programming duties relating to a number of specific projects, particularly those financing the position;
  • Office management;
  • Payroll duties for team members;
  • Logistics relating to various projects, and overall organisation events and activities;
  • General administrative support.


Prospective candidates should:

  • Be in possession of a University degree, or other qualification or degree, relevant to organisational administration and/or financial management;
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working in an organisational environment performing similar or related tasks;
  • Experience in project management and/or administration, particularly projects funded by the European Union or other funding entities;
  • Have excellent IT and communication skills;
  • Be extremely well-organised and able to create internal systems for the administrative coordination of team members;
  • Work well within a team environment, and under pressure;
  • Be flexible and willing to work outside of office hours when necessary;
  • Understand and agree with the organisations’ guiding principles.

Fluent written and spoken English is an asset. Knowledge of, or experience with, Shireburn software is an advantage.

aditus foundation is committed to diversity in its staffing. All other factors being equal we will give preference to the candidate from a minority group.

Closing date for applications is 31 January 2018.

Are you a public servant? Want to be seconded to us?

In IPDTS Circular 1/2016, the Office of the Prime Minister announced the scheme for public employees to be released to work with voluntary organisations.

Through the scheme, public employees may be released for a maximum of 12 months on a full-time basis. This is based on Government’s commitment towards its social obligations, expressed through its professed support towards Voluntary Organisations.

During the period of release, Public Officers will be entitled to receive the basic salary of their substantive grade.

If you are eligible for the scheme and want to spend 12 months working to improve human rights in Malta, apply now and indicate aditus foundation as your preferred voluntary organisation.

We are committed to offering scheme beneficiaries an integral position within our team, and the opportunity to contribute towards the betterment of the lives of persons and communities with with and for.

Depending on experience and expertise, the scheme beneficiary could be involved in research, client relations, projects, logistics and admin. Travels for participating in trainings, seminars and conferences is guaranteed.

Not sure what we do, and what we can offer you? Check out our Publications and list of Projects and Activities.

Application deadline is 15 June.

We’re recruiting: Project Research Officer & Project Data Officer

Interested in legal aid issues?

Keen to see justice secured for all?

Want to work with two exciting NGOs?

aditus foundation and The Critical Institute are inviting applications for the positions of Project Research Officer and Project Data Officer to provide services in the project Access To Legal Assistance – Mapping the availability of legal assistance for the protection of fundamental rights in Malta (ATLAS).

The ATLAS project aims to take stock of the availability of legal assistance for the protection of fundamental rights in Malta. The project is composed of a number of components with mixed methodologies that draw on various areas of expertise, including:

  1. Research
    1. Mapping the availability of human rights legal assistance in the form of legal aid, in various sectors (e.g. labour, immigration, asylum, social assistance, housing, discrimination);
    2. Mapping Malta’s obligations to provide legal assistance under various legal instruments at the UN, EU and CoE levels.
  2. Capacity-Building
    1. Training stakeholders on legal frameworks regarding the obligation to legal assistance, on pro bono services for clients and on relevant fundamental human rights considerations.
  3. Development of Materials
    1. The development of user-friendly fact sheets on legal procedures available to access fundamental rights protection in Malta.

Download the Guide to Applicants, containing profiles, task descriptions and application procedures.

We encourage candidates who feel they fit both profiles to submit a combined application for both, clearly indicating this in their application.

Application deadline: 31 May 2016.

Funded through the

Voluntary Organisations Project Scheme

managed by the Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civili Liberties.

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