VACANCY: Lawyer / Social Scientist in Sierra Leone

AGIAMONDO , Sierra Leone , Freetown

Vacancy Summary

  • Organisation Type: Government / non profit
  • Sector: Legal services, NGOs / Government
  • Field of Expertise: Specialist
  • Work Experience: 3-5 years
  • Preferred Candidates: Only international jobseekers invited to apply
  • Posted on: Jun 10, 2020
  • Vacancy closing date: Jul 06, 2020

Job Description

AGIAMONDO is the personnel service of the German Catholics for Development Cooperation. In the Civil Peace Service (CPS) we offer development workers a meaningful role working with local development agents. The CPS is a personnel programme for peace-building and the prevention of violence in crisis and conflict regions. It sets out to promote a world in which conflicts are settled without violence. Working with church-related and civil-social partner organisations in Sierra Leone, AGIAMONDO aims to make a contribution towards civil conflict management and the sustainable and equitable development of the country through peace-building measures.

To support the human rights and advocacy work of our partner organisation AdvocAid we are looking for a Lawyer, social scientist with advocacy experience, Freetown, Sierra Leone (m/f/d) to start as soon as possible.

Your new role
AdvocAid is the only human rights organisation in Sierra Leone that offers comprehensive support for women and girls who come into contact with the law. The AdvocAid team educates women and girls about their rights and provides them with legal assistance at police stations, in court and in prison. To support as many women and girls as possible in returning home and getting on with their lives, AdvocAid works in several locations in Sierra Leone and also offers educational and health services. To change women’s future prospects for the long term, AdvocAid conducts research on broader social issues that affect women in the justice system. On the basis of the findings and experience gained, AdvocAid advocates legislative reforms.

Specifically, you will carry out the following tasks:
• You will advise the legal team and the senior management team on best practices and effective approaches to advocacy work in order to promote gender-sensitive legislative reforms and improve access to justice for women and girls.
• You will empower your colleagues with the skills, knowledge and resources needed to develop and implement an effective advocacy strategy and advocacy work.
• You will support and accompany the advocacy team in analysing research results and using them effectively for project reporting, advocacy work, organisational development and external communication.
• You will strengthen cooperation between the legal and non-legal areas of the organisation to ensure that project offers and services, support in lawsuits and advocacy work are coordinated, in order to bring about effective change for women and girls.
• You will strengthen the communication skills of your colleagues and offer training in communication, public relations and media use.
• You will be responsible for the proper spending and management of funds locally in accordance with the donor and AGIAMONDO guidelines. In doing so, you will work in partnership with AdvocAid.

Your profile
• You have completed a university degree in social sciences, law, human rights, peace and conflict studies or a related field and have at least two years of professional experience, ideally in Africa.
• You are experienced in the development and implementation of advocacy and media strategies to support participatory processes for changing social norms and national legislation.
• You have gained initial experience in the design and execution of surveys and research projects, as well as the evaluation and processing of the collected data, and are familiar with key aspects of project management.
• You are used to training colleagues and supporting them as a mentor.
• You can communicate in fluent English, verbally and in writing. Basic knowledge of Krio is an advantage.
• You are an EU or Swiss citizen and identify with the goals and concerns of church development and peace work.

What AGIAMONDO offers
• Individual and thorough preparation
• Three-year contract, social security and remuneration in accordance with the German Development Aid Workers Act (Entwicklungshelfergesetz)
• Cultural, language or other professional training, as well as coaching and supervision, individual advice

We look forward to receiving your detailed application by 06/07/2020.

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