By FutureLaw Desk
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) is inviting applications from qualified candidates with a proven commitment to the Rule of Law and access to justice for the position of Legal Assistant. The position is funded under two separate NCSC programs: the Countering Terrorism through a Strengthened Rule of Law Framework in Bangladesh Program and the Increasing Access to Justice Program funded by the U.S. Department of State. The program will be implemented in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy and in partnership with the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, the Judicial Administration Training Institute, and subordinate courts to strengthen the Rule of Law framework in Bangladesh, support access to free legal aid services, and increase the capacity of courts to adjudicate and manage complex criminal cases, especially cases related to terrorism, terrorism financing, and money laundering.
Application Deadline – 04 October 2021
The position reports to the Chief of Party and is part of a five-person Legal Team. The position is Dhaka-based with periodic travel to other Districts in Bangladesh. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- 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 in the design, implementation, monitoring, and reporting of activities in Dhaka and in pilot Districts.
- Assist in the planning of training, workshops, meetings, and other activities, including scheduling meetings, inviting participants, and preparing materials.
- Assist with the planning and monitoring of activities in the program’s target Districts, including regular contact with counterparts and field visits.
- Work with relevant counterparts, committees, and working groups to implement program activities in accordance with the work plan, implementation schedule, and Monitoring & Evaluation plan.
- Attend, participate in, and/or report on formal and informal meetings with counterparts, including, but not limited to the MOLJPA, JATI, the Supreme Court, District Courts, Special Tribunals, and University Law Faculties.
- Assist all legal team members and other senior staff in their work tasks as needed.
- Provide verbal and written English/Bangla translation, as needed.
- University degree in law.
- At least Two years of experience as Legal Intern or Legal Assistant/Associate, preferably working on donor-funded legal or judicial strengthening projects in Bangladesh.
- Knowledge of organizational and procedural laws regulating the Bangladeshi judiciary.
- Prior experience working with MOLJPA, JATI, the Supreme Court, the Bangladeshi judiciary, 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, capacity building, and improving the ability of courts, judges, and judicial staff to improve efficiency and accessibility.
- 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.
How to Apply
The position is an entry-level position. Recent graduates with internship experience are encouraged to apply. The position is open for external applicants only. NCSC is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women candidates are encouraged to apply.
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 5.00 pm on 04 October 2021. 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 three professional references, and (4) a writing sample, in English, not to exceed five pages. The Professional History Form is available at: www.justice-bd.org . Please visit this site, click on the “Get Involved” tab at the top and select “Job, Internship, & Volunteer Opportunities.” The NCSC JFA Professional History Form is available by clicking the link on this page under “Vacancies.”
Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Attempts to influence the hiring process will result in automatic disqualifications.
Salary will be based on qualifications and experience