Access to Justice Adviser -- Asia Foundation, Timor-Leste

Requisition Number 14-0036
Post Date 7/14/2014
Title Access to Justice Adviser
Job Family Timor-Leste
City Dili
Description Access to Justice Adviser
Dili, Timor-Leste

The Asia Foundation’s Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) Program is seeking an Access to Justice Adviser to work in its Timor-Leste Office. The Access to Justice (ATJ) Adviser will support the EVAW Program with day to day implementation of ATJ program activities. Working under the overall direction of the ATJ Coordinator, the Adviser will be responsible for management of grants to ATJ partners, research activities conducted under the pillar, provision of legal advice related to the program, development of pilot initiatives arising from program research, monitoring and evaluation of program activities and program learning under the ATJ pillar. The Adviser will supervise the work of a Senior Program Officer, two Program Officers and a Program Assistant.

The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is implementing an Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) Program in Timor-Leste under a Grant Agreement with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The program will run from April 15, 2014 to June 30, 2017 (Phase 1) with an option to extend for an additional four years (Phase 2). The EVAW Program goal is to reduce the proportion of women who have experienced violence, and to better meet the needs of women and children affected by violence. The objective is to improve outcomes for women in prevention, support services, and access to justice by improving capacity in key ministries, reducing levels of violence, improving services, and strengthening judicial processes serving the needs of women survivors of violence.
The EVAW program will be implemented based on the DFAT EVAW Design Investment. It will be informed by research conducted on the underlying causes and opportunities for EVAW in Timor-Leste relating to the core pillars of prevention, service provision, and access to justice. For the prevention pillar, the program will seek to involve the government, in particular the Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality, and civil society in designing, implementing and monitoring research based prevention projects. The EVAW Program will work with the Ministry of Social Solidarity as the key government implementing agency for services to women and children who experienced violence. The primary mechanisms under this pillar will be grants to CSO service providers, and institutional strengthening support to the Directorate of National Social Reinsertion (DNRS) within MSS who will be the program’s primary counterpart. The program will take a cautious and phased approach to the access to justice pillar which will support the provision of legal assistance to women and children affected by violence and court monitoring. The work will evolve based on research which aims to understand women’s pathways to justice and what are considered by women to be satisfactory outcomes. Protection of women and children will be a key consideration of the program as interventions related to both the formal justice system and local justice mechanisms are identified, piloted, and evaluated. Work under this pillar will be closely linked to the work under the services pillar and given the Referral Networks and the leadership of the network by MSS, the pillar will also see MSS as a key partner.

Experience and Skills
• Minimum three years of relevant professional experience as a lawyer, including experience practicing as a lawyer in own jurisdiction.
• Experience in development programs, in particular supporting partner organizations in implementing complex legal programs, preferably legal service provision;
• Experience of developing training programs, including material, for partners in a developing context.
• Experience in legal analysis of legislation and drafting of comments;
• Strong understanding of legal framework related to the EVAW Program in Timor-Leste and the complexities regarding access and use of the formal legal system by women;
• Strong understanding of international debates regarding local justice mechanisms and in particular relationship to access to justice for women and ability to design strategic interventions incorporating local protection mechanisms.
• Excellent legal analytical skills
• Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills, including ability to work with and manage cross-cultural teams, adaptability to developing-country contexts.

• Degree in law.
• Admission to practice in own jurisdiction.

Key Responsibilities:
• With the Research and M&E Pillar of the EVAW Program, manage research aimed at understanding women’s pathways to justice and satisfactory outcomes for women.
• Conduct an assessment of institutional knowledge gaps related to the formal justice sector’s response to violence against women and children, including strategic planning and policy documents and budget decision-making of relevant justice institutions
• Provide technical input to decisions regarding strategic interventions in the justice sector (formal and local) based on research findings.
• Provide technical advice, leadership, and participate in various justice sector design and evaluation activities.
• Manage implementation and evaluation of pilot interventions arising out of the research.
• Establish and maintain close collaboration with Australian Government Timor-Leste Police Development Program (TLPDP);
• Provide technical input as required for management of Access to Justice grants, including management of technical trainings to the partners.
• Provide technical input as required to development of the monitoring and evaluation activities conducted under the pillar aimed at assessing quality of service and satisfaction with service provision;
• Provide technical input as required for activities to strengthen the involvement of traditional and community leaders as per their legal mandate and linked to prevention and services activities;
• Manage program leaning activities related to ATJ, including a proposed ‘learning lab’ for ATJ practitioners;
• Provide strategic guidance to the Team Leader and DFAT to assist decision-making about continuation of Access to Justice activities.



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