LAW is an independent, non-profit organisation comprised of human rights lawyers and jurists working in fragile and conflict affected areas in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. We have a particular focus on gender equality and sexual and gender-based violence, natural resource exploitation, rule of law and accountability, and transformative justice, working to bring justice to those who need it most. LAW’s ground-breaking work has been included in a number of UN and Member State government reports and has received international media coverage, including in the New York Times, the Times of London, the Guardian, Voice of America, BBC News, Sky News, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post and Foreign Policy.
LAW’s portfolio includes a number of ground breaking cases, which utilise creative legal strategy on behalf of victims and survivors from some of the most challenging contexts. These include inter alia, a first of its kind criminal case on behalf of a migrant domestic worker in Lebanon arguing slavery, slave trading, torture, racial and gender discrimination; A General Allegation and communications to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances on behalf of Syrian victims and survivors; Victims’ submissions to the ICC on behalf of Syrian, South Sudanese and Rohingya victims; A complaint to the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission on behalf of a Rohingya widow and victim; and the first case against the South Sudan government at the UN Committee on the Elimination Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on behalf of 30 women and girls aged between 12-42 years.
LAW is seeking senior legal investigators/prosecutors/lawyers to join us. The consultant will have excellent knowledge of legal strategies, capacity building and mentorship skills, and an excellent understanding of international law and the ability to prepare case files to a high standard. The successful candidate will have outstanding experience investigating human rights violations and abuses, at a domestic, regional and international level and very good experience in conducting interviews of vulnerable witnesses and survivors of grave human rights violations and abuses in fragile and conflict-affected settings. The consultant will work closely with the field and partner staff and will adopt a survivor centred approach. We are offering a fixed-fee framework agreement for a minimum of one year (renewable with mutual agreement and subject to funding). Individual assignments with clear deliverables, timescales and costs will be commissioned under the framework agreement based on the requirements of our country programmes. Our programme counties include the Middle East, Africa and South Asia and whilst some work can be done remotely, some travel will be necessary, subject to Covid restrictions and precautions.
Reports to: Duration:
Operations Director for overall framework agreement 12 months renewable subject to performance and
Programme Managers or Executive Director funding
for individual assignments
Multiple: LAW Country Offices To reflect the agreed assignment /framework
Flexible – remote working with some travel Flexible / Daily Rate
The Consultant will perform a range of activities which will vary depending on the assignment, but may include any or all of the following:
- Prepare case files and other legal submissions
- Support and strategically advise in the planning, implementation, monitoring of its legal assistance programmes;
- Design interview questions, interview strategy and drafting witness statements;
- Undertake interviews, preferably in person of vulnerable witnesses (subject to covid restrictions);
- Collate evidence for potential domestic, regional or international filings;
- Organise data and preservation of evidence to the necessary standard, and strategy to investigate and prepare case files;
- Review the case management files and advise on legal strategy, including domestic and other regional and international justice avenues;
- Identify key and emblematic cases for showcasing and draft case;
- Develop and conduct training and mentoring programme for the legal team where required;
- Draft legal manuals or documentation as required.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
- Minimum 15 years experience investigating, prosecuting or advising on human rights violations and abuses;
- Expertise in international criminal law and international human rights law;
- Demonstrated experience working refugee/ displaced populations preferred, either as part of UN or INGO humanitarian response;
- Track record of advising vulnerable individuals is essential, with significant experience in cases of sexual and gender-based violence preferred;
- Strong understanding of extraterritorial jurisdiction and justice proceedings at international and regional courts;
- Experience working across insecure or conflict-affected and fragile environments; and demonstrated understanding of protection challenges within the region;
- Excellent drafting and communication skills, including fluency in English.
How to apply
If you have extensive experience as an expert on interviewing and preparing cases management, with proven experience as a trainer/mentor we would like to hear from you.
Please send an email with a CV and covering letter in English (neither exceeding 2 pages of A4) to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 19th September 2021. Please indicate your expected fees for the consultancy. (LAW has set rates for consultants based on experience). The subject of the application should read ‘Senior Investigator/Prosecutor/Lawyer.’
Deadline for applications: 19th September 2021.
Start date: Open (as soon as possible)
Only shortlisted candidates who meet the criteria will be invited for interviews.
- LAW is an equal opportunity employer
- All appointments are subject to satisfactory reference, employment and or vetting checks.
To learn more about LAW please visit our website: www.legalactionworldwide.org