American Bar Association (ABA)

Senior Criminal Law Advisor

American Bar Association (ABA)

Job Description

ABA ROLI is implementing a project focused on strengthening Criminal Justice processes in Lebanon through judicial and prosecutorial training and enabling alternate dispositions. The project is implemented in partnership with the Higher Judicial Council (HJC). ABA ROLI will hold several virtual training sessions for prosecutors and judges on specific criminal justice topics and on investigation and trial skills. JOB SUMMARY AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The ABA seeks a Senior Law" id="link" class="link">Criminal Law Advisor with experience training legal professionals and supporting development of educational programs, Curriculum Development and institutional Capacity Building for justice sector professionals. This is a six-month position to begin November 2020. Please submit applications to The Senior Criminal Law Advisor will oversee the implementation of a program supporting activities to strengthen the Lebanese justice sector’s capacity to administer alternatives to detention. The scope of the program includes components on sentencing reform, particularly plea bargaining and alternatives to detention. Additional skills-building training topics include evidence, expert reports and testimony, the role of prosecutors in investigation, cybercrime cases, terrorism cases, and money laundering cases. The Senior Criminal Law Advisor will work with ABA ROLI field staff, ABA ROLI DC staff, and subject matter experts to facilitate program activities, the creation of program resources/materials, Coordination of an outreach campaign, and partner relations. Experience with implementing alternative programming from the ground up, as well as accompanying regulation, is especially valued for this position RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Provide overall leadership and management for the program;

  • Work with field and DC-based ABA ROLI staff and international and local experts to develop materials and implement workshops for Lebanese Judges and Prosecutors on topics including investigation skills, cybercrime, terrorism and money laundering;

  • Assist with recruitment of subject-matter experts;

  • Advise ROLI program staff on the development of course curricula, activities, and materials when necessary;

  • Establish and enhance effective collaboration and relationships with local entities and other partners;

  • Supervise local field staff;

  • Ensure compliance with donor and ABA rules and regulations, as well as with local law, while managing the programs; and

  • Maintain communication with field and DC-based leadership to ensure timely and accurate updates on programs’ activities, and with the DC team, responsible for periodic reporting to donors.

  • JD/LLM or foreign equivalent required;

  • 7-10 years of experience managing donor-funded programming;

  • Experience coordinating trainings capacity-building activities for senior justice sector actors;

  • Knowledge of the criminal justice process from intake to post-trial sentencing;

  • Knowledge of MENA region and/or experience working in politically sensitive contexts is highly desirable;

  • Fluency in English (knowledge of Arabic or French is a plus);

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; and

  • Lebanon-based consultants preferred.

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