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SENIOR LEGAL EXPERT

The Denmark-Myanmar Programme on Rule of Law and Human Rights (2016-2020) supports the Union Attorney General’s Office, the Office of the Supreme Court of the Union, lawyers, CSOs as well as the law departments of Dagon and East Yangon Universities in strengthening capacities on core aspects of rule of law and human rights and supporting reform in relevant areas. The programme which has a total grant of DKK 70 million (approximately USD 10 million) is based on participatory approaches supporting partners to identify their own needs and priorities and taking lead in implementation of activities.  
 
The governance of the programme is based on joint decision-making with partners through co-chaired Steering Committees. The programme is part of the Denmark-Myanmar Country Programme (2016-2020) endorsed by a bilateral government-to-government agreement between Myanmar and Denmark as well as MoUs with all key stakeholders. A Joint Venture comprised of the International Commission of Jurists and the Danish Institute for Human Rights has been contracted to provide technical assistance to the programme through a team of experts supporting implementation.  
 
The Joint Venture is seeking a Senior Legal Expert to join the team supporting implementation of the Denmark-Myanmar Programme. You will be responsible for provision of technical support under the Human Rights Education component of the Programme, and ensuring the implementation of agreed work plans under the Denmark-Myanmar Programme.  
 
The position will be contracted by the Danish Institute for Human Rights and is based in Yangon. The candidate must have previous experience from a justice sector/rule of law/human rights education programme in a developing country context and be fluent in written and spoken English.  
 
RESPONSIBILITIES  
The Senior Legal Expert has the following responsibilities:  

  • Provide technical advice and support to the law faculties of Dagon and East Yangon universities: support them to improve their teaching methodologies, incorporating human rights education principles into their lessons, and mainstreaming human rights into other law subjects;  
  • Supervise 2-3 national legal experts;  
  • Assist programme partners in developing annual work plans and budgets;  
  • Liaise closely with the Embassy of Denmark on implementation of the programme on a regular basis;  
  • Keep abreast of emerging trends and issues in the justice sector in Myanmar which may have implications for the programme and its implementation;  
  • Coordinate with other justice sector actors and programmes as necessary;  
  • Ensure a joined-up approach between the different programme outputs;  
  • Ensure an innovative approach to capacity building which drives evidenced-based results;  
  • Engage in appropriate advocacy and communications’ initiatives to support the visibility and implementation of the programme;
  • Help promote a programme which remains responsive to the evolving and dynamic political and legal context in Myanmar.  
 
QUALIFICATIONS  
The successful candidate will have:  
 
Education and experience  
  • Relevant degree, preferably a Post-Graduate degree in law, human rights, or related field;  
  • Preferably five years or more of relevant professional experience in the legal field, a research background in human rights or a related field would be an advantage;  
  • Preferably two years or more of relevant experience with justice sector/rule of law/human rights support programmes in developing country contexts;  
  • Training and capacity development experience and expertise from working with university law departments on human rights education in a development country context;  
  • Experience with programme implementation, preparation of work plans, reports and monitoring and evaluation;  
  • Knowledge of the Myanmar legal education system an advantage.  
 
Essential skills  
  • Relationship building skills and focus on partnerships;  
  • Political judgment and the proven ability to carry out innovative legal work;  
  • Proven communication skills;  
  • Excellent English language skills (read, write, speak);  
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a multi-cultural team;  
  • Openness and flexibility, capacity to adapt to changing priorities and need.  
  • Relevant experience from the region, in particular Myanmar, is a distinct advantage.  
 
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT  
The successful candidate will be offered a one-year contract with a projected start date of 1 February 2018, with the possibility of extension. The position is based in Yangon and salary and other conditions are set in accordance with qualifications.  
 
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS  
Please submit your application no later than 19 December 2017 by using the link on this page. The application should include cover letter, CV and diploma.  
 
The Danish Institute for Human Rights appreciates diversity in the workplace. If qualified, we strongly encourage you to apply for the position.  
 
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE POSITION  
If you have any questions about the position please contact Department Director Elsebeth Krogh at +45 9132 5750


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