Program Officer

  Global Rights Partners For Justice
  Afghanistan Unspecified 629
Date Posted:Aug 15, 2010
Closing Date:Aug 28, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Legal
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:Fresh
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension:No
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

About Global Rights Partners For Justice:


Founded in 1978, Global Rights is an international human rights capacity-building non-governmental organization (NGO) that works side by side with local activists in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to promote and protect the rights of marginalized populations. Through broad-based technical assistance and training, they strengthen partners to document and expose human rights abuses, conduct community outreach and mobilization, advocate for legal and policy reform, and provide legal and paralegal services. Over their 34-year history, Global Rights has worked in scores of countries to help local leaders and organizations to address human rights abuses and to lift their struggles out of isolation and onto regional and international stages, where institutions such as the United Nations and Organization of American States develop and enforce human rights standards. At the core of their programming is a deep commitment to increase access to justice for poor and marginalized groups, promote womens rights and gender equality, and advance ethnic and racial equality. In addition to this, they have two special initiativeslesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex rights and natural resources and human rightsthat allow them to explore new program areas while targeting populations that fit within their core programming. Global Rights is governed by a seventeen-member board of directors comprising senior lawyers, journalists, and academics and operated by a 70-member staff, two-thirds of whom work outside the United States.

Job Summary:

•Young Lawyers in Training Program: Expanding access to justice through intensive training in Afghan civil, criminal, and international human rights law for students at Nangarhar University Faculties of law and of Sharia
•Legal Fellowship Program (LFP): Providing fellowships to promising young law and shar’ia graduates to work during a fellowship period in Afghanistan’s official formal justice sector and in local non-governmental organizations providing legal aid and/or working to increase access to justice for all citizens.
•Family Law Clinical Education Pilot Program (FLC): To increase the practical legal knowledge of students in the Shar’ia faculty of Nangarhar University in Afghan law, Sharia, and international human rights principles that have been incorporated into the law of Afghanistan related to rights and responsibilities in the family.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Global Rights Senior Programs Officer and the Country Director, and in close coordination with the YLTP trainers, the Program Officer is the overall responsible person for the YLTP, LFP and FLC (collectively “the YLTP Work”) in Nangarhar. He/She will be based in Nangarhar and will carry out the following duties related to the YLTP Work:

•Program management, monitoring and evaluation as well as implementation of the YLTP Work which is being done either directly or through partners in Nangarhar.
•Supervision of the overall activities of the legal consultants, legal fellows and GR partner organizations that are working in Nangarhar Province on YLTP Work.
•Working on Annual Operating Plan (AOP), ranging from budget making/tracking for training programs to narrative reports.
•Developing work plans and time lines
•Preparing partnership agreements when required
•Writing reports on the events and programs conducting
•Conducting field visits and assuring coordination with partner organizations
•Representing GR in Afghanistan, particularly within the province of Nangarhar, and also with the university communities across the country, within the national and international NGO communities, and with governmental officials and other program stakeholders.
•Coordinating and arranging the monthly mentoring sessions of all legal fellows from the host partner organizations, and inviting Global Rights Legal Consultants on a monthly basis to attend these sessions. Taking minutes of the meetings, doing the necessary follow ups.
•Maintaining proper files and records of the YLTP, FLC and all legal fellows’ activities discussed in the monthly mentoring/networking sessions, preparation of monthly reports to be submitted to the Senior Programs Officer and updating of the information regularly.
•Coordination of the trainings with the YLTP trainers in an organized manner and informing the Deans of the Faculty of Law and of Sharia in Jalalabad concerning the trainings to be delivered.
•Follow up and evaluation of the Legal Fellows activities in close coordination with the host organizations.
•Assisting with the preparation of concept papers, program strategy, work plan and reports as needed.
•Development of training materials with the Senior Programs Officer and other colleagues.
•Providing technical assistance, mentoring and guidance to GR partners and recruiting additional technical assistance as needed.

Job Requirement:

•University degree in law or Sharia or equivalent is required.
•5-7 years of working experience with international or local NGOs or other relevant organizations on legal and human rights fields required.
•The capacity to work within a collaborative framework with partner groups and within a multidisciplinary, multicultural setting is required.
•Fluency in written and oral English,Pashtu and Dari is required.
•Experience and knowledge of the Afghanistan legal system, international human rights laws, legal training and mentoring and advocacy in human rights field is required. The ability to represent Global Rights before partner groups and donors is desirable.
•Strong abilities in project conceptualization, design, planning and report writing is required.
•Ability to manage and plan the work effectively, meet deadlines and work under pressure.
•Ability to establish working relationships with Sharia and law faculties , government and non government organizations and conduct effective outreach and networking
•Excellent computer skills desired

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