Senior Program Officer for Legal Advice Bureau(LAB)

  Global Rights Partners For Justice
  Afghanistan Unspecified 225
Date Posted:Aug 1, 2010
Reference:Global Rights Partners For justice
Closing Date:Aug 14, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Legal
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:2 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:Unspecified
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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:

1.•To build the capacity of our local partners to ensure that poor and marginalized populations secure access to the services they need to understand and assert their legal rights in the Family Court in Kabul.
2.To educate family court clients on family law and court procedures, their rights under the law, and additional resources for seeking advice or technical assistance in cases involving disputes arising from family matters, including rights of property and inheritance and rights to be free from domestic violence.
3.To establish a regular mechanism to provide basic legal advice to the applicants of the family court.
4.•To create a referral system for family court clients and other clients who have disputes arising from family relationships to seek the assistance of pro bono legal defenders.
5.To support groups both within government and outside of the government who provide advice according to Shar’ia and national law to family and/or civil court petitioners and to raise the legal awareness of the Afghan population on these issues.

Duties & Responsibilities:

1.Provide direct day to day administration and management of the Legal Advice Bureau initiative in order to ensure its proper implementation and effectiveness as per the committed objectives.
2.Provide assistance with programmatic elements other than the Legal Advice Bureau, as needed, including contribution to written materials, brochures and manuals which are necessary outputs of the Program.
3.Assist with multiple projects and help with other staff in the office in case there are needs for assistance in future projects.
4.Represent Global Rights in Afghanistan, including within the national and international NGO communities and with all program stakeholders.
5.Working on Annual Operating Plan (AOP), monthly work plans, program budgets, and periodic progress and donor reports related to the Project
6.Conducting monitoring and evaluation of the project activities regularly
7.Supervise the over-all activities of the project and the Global Rights partners with which we work. Collect weekly and monthly progress reports from the partner organization.
8.•Provide technical assistance, mentoring and guidance to our partner organizations.
9.Organize and/or facilitate trainings, meetings and other events and work with partners to assist them in these matters.
10.Develop training materials with the overall Senior Programs Officer and other colleagues.
11.Perform any other task assigned by the Country Director.

Job Requirement:

1.University degree in law or Sharia or equivalent is required.
2.5-7 years of working experience with international or local NGOs or other relevant organizations on legal and human rights fields required.
3.The capacity to work within a collaborative framework with partner groups and within a multidisciplinary, multicultural setting is desirable
4.Fluency in written and oral English, Dari and Pashtu is required.
5.Experience and knowledge of the Afghanistan legal system (family court 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.
6.Strong abilities in project conceptualization, design, planning and report writing is required.

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