The Commonwealth Secretariat seeks to appoint a Legal Adviser (Criminal Justice Systems) in The Rule of Law Section (ROL), which sits within our Governance and Peace (GPD) Directorate. ROL delivers programmes centered on the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to assist countries to develop legal and judicial initiatives to strengthen judicial independence and the separation of powers and legal and regulatory frameworks to promote the rule of law.
The Legal Adviser (Criminal Justice Systems) will provide legal and policy advice to Commonwealth member countries. The post holder will be responsible for providing leadership of the Criminal justice systems programme of ROL, taking responsibility for designing and delivery of criminal justice related assistance to member countries, including providing advisory opinion on substantive and procedural law, working in close collaboration with the Office of Civil and Criminal Justice , taking direct responsibility for the results-based management of projects, delivering legal and policy advice and facilitating research and the development of legal policy either individually or part of the ROL team.
The successful candidate will ensure, maintain and review the effectiveness, quality and relevance of technical and advisory assistance in the criminal justice systems programme, identify issues for criminal justice policy development. They will also be required to assist member countries by facilitating the reviews of policy, legislation, best practice. Consulting and liaising with Commonwealth law ministries and partners. Facilitate the development of good practice, procedural rules and model laws that support institutions in member countries to administer and deliver criminal justice. Manage the execution of projects by defining the scope and parameters of projects, developing and designing projects base on principles of results based management, managing and reporting on project implementation and monitoring project performance.
To be considered, you will have a postgraduate degree in law, admission, and continuing eligibility to practice law as a barrister or solicitor in a Commonwealth jurisdiction. A minimum of ten years’ experience in the practice of criminal law as a barrister or solicitor. Working knowledge of developing country’s criminal justice administration with reference to criminal prosecutions. Experience in project design, management, and delivery of programmes for criminal law reform and combatting of international and transnational crime and strengthening cyber security. Experience in development law issues at the national level or in an international organisation.
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