Applications are sought from suitable candidates for the position of legal assistant at USAID’s Justice for All (JFA) Program, implemented by National Center for State Courts.
Application Deadline: Sep 25, 2017
The position is an entry level position. Recent graduates with JFA internship experience are encouraged to apply. Women candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
- The position reports to the Chief of Party. The position is Dhaka-based with frequent travel within Bangladesh. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Assist program implementation under the “Justice for All” Program’s activities to improve the delivery of legal aid services to the public, increase the self-governance of the judiciary to better serve the public, support professional development and outreach that engages women judges and female law students.
- Serve as legal researcher and analyst for project activities, as assigned, and prepare research summaries, overviews of laws, and other memoranda and correspondence on relevant legal matters.
- Assist the Justice for All’s Legal Team in the design, implementation, monitoring, and reporting of activities to strengthen the delivery of legal aid and judicial services.
- Assist in the planning of training, workshops, meetings, and other activities under Objectives 1 (Legal Aid) and 2 (Judicial Reform, Women in Justice) of the Program.
- Work with relevant counterparts, committees, and working groups to implement program activities in accordance with the work plan, implementation schedule, and performance monitoring plan.
- Attend, participate in, and/or report on formal and informal meetings with counterparts, including, but not limited to the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, the National Legal Aid Services Organization, District Legal Aid Committees, the Supreme Court, and the Bangladeshi Women Judges Association.
Education and Experience Requirements
- University degree in law.
- At least 1 year(s)
- At least one year of experience as Legal Intern/Assistant/Assistant, preferably working on donor-funded legal or judicial strengthening projects in Bangladesh.
- Knowledge of organizational and procedural laws regulating the Bangladeshi judiciary and government legal aid services.
- Prior experience working with the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, the Judicial Administration Training Institute, the Supreme Court, the Bangladeshi judiciary, the Bangladesh Women Judges Association, and/or other justice sector institutions preferred.
- Strong research background and demonstrated experience preparing legal documents, memoranda, and reports.
- Strong organizational skills, rigorous attention to detail, and problem solving abilities needed to perform effectively in a demanding position.
- Demonstrated interest in judicial reform, access to justice, and legal aid services for the poor.
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team to achieve complex results under strict deadlines.
- Demonstrated commitment to ethics, transparency, and accountability in program implementation.
- Computer literacy (MS Word, Excel, Bangla composing skills, internet navigation, etc.).
- Excellent spoken and written English and Bangla.
Applications must be submitted in English by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ”Legal Assistant” in the subject heading. Applications must be submitted no later than 16:00 on 25 September 2017. Applications must include (1) a detailed CV with all previous employment history, (2) a cover letter, (3) the completed Professional History Form with contact information, salary history, and at least two professional references, and (4) a writing sample, in English, not to exceed five pages. The Professional History Form is available at: http://www.justice-bd.org/index.php?Page=getinvolve&id=10.
Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Attempts to influence the hiring process will result in automatic disqualifications. Salary will be based on qualifications and experience.