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Legal Adviser (Criminal Justice Systems)

Location: Pall Mall, London SW1
Closing date: 9 March 2021

Salary: £73,171 pa +benefits                                   

We have an excellent opportunity for a Legal Adviser (Criminal Justice Systems) to join our Rule of Law section within our Governance and Peace Directorate.

The post-holder will lead on the development and implementation of effective and impact-enhancing policies, strategies and projects in support of Commonwealth member countries’ efforts to both realise their SDG 16 targets and the goal of equal access to justice for all, and build effective criminal justice systems and address the numerous challenges that have emerged or worsened following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Legal Adviser (Criminal Justice Systems) will undertake work around strategic leadership, project management, research, and key stakeholder management.

To be considered, you will need to be qualified as a barrister in a Commonwealth jurisdiction. You will also need to have a master’s degree with specialisation in criminal law and criminal justice from a recognised university. A  PhD will be an advantage.               

With at least 10 years’ post-qualification experience in government, private legal practice, academia, intergovernmental bodies, or non-governmental bodies, you will also have a working knowledge of developing countries’ criminal justice systems. You will be expected to have experience of working on transnational crimes, including cybercrime, and transformation of criminal justice systems.

You will also need to have experience in using systems-analysis, project design and management, and delivery of criminal law reform programmes; experience in development law issues at the national level or in an international organisation; a track record of undertaking qualitative and quantitative research, which has had impact on policy and/or practice and of analysing data sets; experience or strong understanding of peer or participatory research methods and of using systems analysis and mapping to develop and implement theories of change; demonstrable knowledge of evaluation methods and analysis; and experience of using high-quality research and evidence to help shape change-influencing work.

Excellent communications and interpersonal skills, organisational and IT skills are also required.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 member governments and provides guidance on policymaking, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries.  We support governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.

Please apply by submitting a CV and cover letter. Covering letters should be structured to address the key criteria required in the person specification, giving clear examples.

To join us, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country.

Closing date 09 March 2021 at 17:00 GMT

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