LAW is an independent, non-profit organization comprised of human rights lawyers working in fragile and conflict affected areas in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. We focus on gender equality and sexual and gender-based violence, rule of law and accountability and transformative justice, working to bring justice to those who need it most. LAW’s ground-breaking work has received international media coverage, including the New York Times, BBC, Reuters, AP, the times of London, the Guardian, Al Jazeera, France24, Voice of America, Huffington Post and Foreign Policy.
LAW’s Rohingya Crisis Programme
LAW’s Rohingya Crisis programme seeks to ensure meaningful Rohingya participation in the ongoing international justice processes pertaining to their treatment in Myanmar, including: the case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar); the ongoing investigation by the Officer of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC); and work of the Independent Investigative Mechanism on Myanmar (IIMM). Additionally, LAW is currently supporting multiple legal initiatives before foreign domestic courts based on universal jurisdiction principle. LAW represents over 500 Rohingya clients and ensures Rohingya voices are prioritised throughout its advocacy.
Addressing the brutal sexual violence perpetrated by the Myanmar Army (Tatmadaw) during the 2016 and 2017 ‘clearance operations’ which led to the displacement of more than 800,000 Rohingya from northern Rakhine state, Myanmar, into neighbouring Bangladesh, is a central area of focus within LAW’s Rohingya Crisis response. In addition to empowering Shanti Mohila (Peace Women), a group of Rohingya women and girls displaced in 2017, LAW works closely with male and hijra (third gender, transgender, intersex) survivors of sexual and gender-based violence to ensure their access to justice for crimes experienced in Myanmar.
LAW is looking for a qualified lawyer with experience in international law and having worked directly with vulnerable and at-risk individuals. You will join the dynamic team to deliver high quality legal advice and technical support to Cox’s Bazar ground-breaking programme aimed at justice and accountability for the Rohingya refugees.
Where? The position will be based in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Some travel to regions will be required.
Duration? This position is funded for 9 month on a full-time basis with possibility to be extended subject to funding.
Salary: Competitive salary apply. (Return flight from home country and allowances in Cox’s Bazar will be covered)
Role Overview and Responsibility:
The Legal Advisor will work closely with the programme manager and LAW’s senior management team to implement LAW’s Rohingya Crisis Programme.
Legal and Research:
- Support LAW’s strategic litigation initiatives aimed at justice and accountability for the Rohingya community, including research, drafting, advice, and coordination.
- Develop high quality legal documents including submissions, position papers, reports and legal briefs.
- Conduct interviews with individual survivors and witnesses of serious international crimes and international human rights violations, and draft statements and build casefiles.
- Screen for protection concerns and support field staff in making urgent, informed interventions in vulnerable cases.
- Collaboration with relevant service providers and stakeholders to ensure protection delivery and legal counselling and assistance.
- Conduct capacity-building sessions for practitioners and humanitarian actors.
- Monitor and provide updates on key developments in international law, especially as it relates to LAW’s work.
- Design and devise delivery of trainings and briefings for LAW’s network of community advocates on international law, refugee rights, human rights practice.
- Conceptualizing and undertaking community-participatory studies and research, and implementation of evidence-based programming.
- Desk research to support preparation of donor briefings and proposals for new funding.
- Support in monitoring cases, trends and progress on programme indicators including indicators on case work.
- Coordinate with LAW’s Senior Management Team, and other programme managers as needed.
Advocacy and Communications:
- Promote LAW’s innovation and thought-leadership, including LAW expert roundtables, and the development of LAW policy and positioning on key thematic issues.
- Develop grassroots advocacy initiatives through conceptualizing effective dissemination and advocacy material.
- Promote the profile and visibility of the programme and represent LAW on national and regional platforms, when required
- Establish networks with local and international NGO’s and participate in coordination mechanisms at a regional level.
- Coordinate and ensure that website and social media content related to the programmes is up to date and engaging audiences.
Any other duties as specified by the Rohingya Crisis Programme Manager or LAW’s Senior Management Team.
- Lawyer with minimum of 3 years’ experience in international law with a focus on international criminal law or international humanitarian law or human rights law or refugee law.
- Demonstrated experience advising vulnerable individuals is essential, with experience in cases of sexual and gender-based violence preferred.
- Knowledge and experience in implementing legal aid services, working with vulnerable communities and gender programming.
- Experience working in conflict-affected or fragile environments; preferably with displaced populations.
- Excellent drafting and communication skills, including fluency in English;
- Excellent research and analytical skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Microsoft Word and Microsoft Powerpoint.
- Strong understanding of extraterritorial jurisdiction and justice proceedings at international courts and tribunals, including the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice.
- Demonstrated experience in gathering evidence for, or otherwise contributing to international legal proceedings.
- Experience representing vulnerable individuals, with experience in cases of sexual and gender-based violence preferred.
- Demonstrated understanding of protection challenges within the region.
HOW TO APPLY
If you are ready for your next challenge and have the relevant experience working in fragile and conflict affected areas we would like to hear from you. The closing date for applications is 29th March 2023.
Please submit your CV and covering letter outlining how your previous experience and skills match this role (neither exceeding 2 pages of A4) to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The heading of the application should read ‘‘Legal Advisor Rohingya Crisis”.
At LAW we are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues reflecting the people and communities that we represent and support. Our team includes many nationalities with diverse professional backgrounds, skills and knowledge. This enables us to deliver and understand the cultural and political contexts on the ground and to tailor our support effectively and appropriately. Women lawyers with experience representing at-risk clients are particularly encouraged to apply.
To learn more about LAW please visit our website: www.legalactionworldwide.org.