Legal Counsel

08 Oct 2021

  • Exceptional opportunity to join one of Australia’s leading International non-for-profits 
  • Join Oxfam Australia’s Legal team, providing support on the delivery of our strategic plan 
  • 6 months Fixed-term opportunity, Part time, 28 hours per week 

About Us 

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to eliminate the inequalities that keep people in poverty. 

At Oxfam Australia, we believe all lives are equal and no-one should live in poverty. We believe that in a wealthy world, poverty is unjustifiable and preventable, that the present state of inequality and injustice must be challenged, and that with the right support, people can change their lives for the better.  

We are part of an international confederation of 19 organisations (affiliates) working togetherwith partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. 

All our work is led by five core values: Accountability, Empowerment, Equality, Inclusiveness and Sustainability.  

As an organisation undertaking work both locally and internationally and in humanitarian response, we take our duty of care seriously to safeguard children, young people and adults and recognise that we must meet community expectations and the trust placed in our people to maintain the highest standards of conduct with children. Therefore, our people are required to comply with the One Oxfam Child Safeguarding and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse policies and sign the Oxfam Australia Child Safeguarding and One Oxfam Employee Codes of Conduct.  

The Role 

As the Legal Counsel, you will play an important role in providing legal advice to support the delivery of Oxfam’s strategic plan. You will work with the Legal Team to support Oxfam Australia’s contract operations and advise on the negotiation of contracts involving suppliers, collaborations, delivery of international projects, fundraising or use of new technology platforms. 

You will work within the team, will have the support of a paralegal system administrator, a graduate lawyer, and colleagues in the team. Having said that, you are expected to be sufficiently experienced to be able to work independently, provide strategic advice on legal and applicable statutory issues, exercise judgment and discretion, and manage your own time to ensure that tasks are completed efficiently and in line with the organisation’s objectives. 

A little about you (the key selection criteria)  

To be successful in this role you will have: 

  • Knowledge of and experience working in, or advising clients in, highly regulated contexts, for example, large national or international organisations, government procurement, compliance and a thorough understanding of insurances, liabilities and confidentialities of a contract is required.  
  • Corporate or commercial experience in the provision of contracts advice and administration. 
  • Experience in technology or software services agreements and leasing an advantage 
  • Candidates wishing to return to practice after a career break are encouraged to apply. 
  • Admission or eligible to practice in Victoria or another Australian State with 5+ years post-qualification 
  • Intermediate computer and systems literacy – must be able to use the Microsoft suite of programs confidently, or be willing to strengthen gaps, and be capable and prepared to work across multiple systems for the sharing and management of information.  

We can offer you 

  • A base salary of $100,085 plus superannuation, superior leave benefits and access to a generous not-for-profit salary packaging program (up to $18,450 of your salary tax-free). 
  • The opportunity to use your talents and expertise to make a positive impact around the world. 
  • We value flexibility and seek to support our people to work in ways that meet their work/life commitments and support their wellbeing.

Our people are at the heart of everything we do. We care deeply about creating a safe and inclusive workplace where our people feel valued, respected, and empowered. We are committed to providing equal opportunities and encourage applicants with personal experience of the forms of injustice we seek to address to apply for opportunities at Oxfam Australia. 

Applicants will be required to show proof of their right to work in Australia and successful applicants will be subject to the satisfactory clearance of a Police Records Check, and Counter Terrorism and Aid Diversion check. 

For enquiries relating to this position, please contact Sari Baird via

• Click on the Apply Online button at the base of the advertisement
• Complete the on-line application form, then, as three separate documents, upload a cover letter, CV and a response addressing the selection criteria outlined in the ad
• Applications close on Sunday 31 October 2021 at 11pm

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