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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS - Justice Sector Development Project of Sierra Leone
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Sep 3, 2009, 12:36
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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


Background

The Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP) supports the Government of Sierra Leones Commitment to enabling Access to affordable Justice, supporting the Rule of Law, and improving safety and security for the people of Sierra Leone, particularly the poor.

Project Title - Pilot Programme for a Sustainable National Legal Aid Scheme in Sierra Leone

Position

Finance and Administration Officer - The role the Finance and Administration Officer is to assist the Project Coordinator in administering a Pilot National Legal Aid Scheme office in Freetown.

Duration of Contract

Eighteen Months

Key Finance Tasks

- Maintain Legal Aid Office Cash Imprest

- Implement Financial Policies and Procedures

- Maintain Cash Book

-  Ensure Transactions are properly recorded

- Ensure Control Checks are performed and adhered to

- Prepare Legal Aid Office Cash Forecast

- Manage the replenishment process

Perform other tasks as required by the Project Coordinator

Key Administrative Tasks

- Daily documentation of project activities

- Maintenance and updating of Project data base

- Administrative support to the Project coordinator, Full Time Barristers and External Lawyers.

- Receiving of Clients and Visitors and keeping of staff register

- Receiving of mails sent to the office and typing of reports, Newsletters and Court Documents

-  Asset Register and Vehicle log book

Perform other tasks as required by the Project Coordinator

Qualification and Experience

- Must hold a good Bachelors Degree in Administration, Accounting, Commerce, Economics or Management.

- Must have worked in a Finance and Administrative capacity for at least two Years.

- At least five years successful work experience in office management would be an advantage.

- Knowledge and interest in legal aid issues/access to justice by the poor in Sierra Leone would be an advantage

- Must have excellent typing and inter personal skills

- Ability to achieve targets and goals within tight deadlines

- Ability to work in a team

- Well developed IT skills

Application Requirements

- Candidates should submit a detailed curriculum vitae and a covering letter

- Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews

- Please send application by email to recruitment.sl@sl.britishcouncil.org

- Deadline for Application is 5 P.M. 14th September, 2009.

The Justice Sector Development Programme is committed to a policy of equal opportunity.  We welcome applicants from all sections of the community.



VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

LEGAL OFFICERS (2)  -  LEGAL AID SCHEME

Background

The Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP) supports the Government of Sierra Leones commitment to enabling access to affordable justice, supporting the rule of law, and improving safety and security for the people of Sierra Leone, particularly the poor.

Job aim

The Legal Officers will work in the Pilot Legal Aid Scheme office in Freetown. The scheme will involve the provision of free legal representation, assistance and advice in the criminal justice sector as well as civil cases with a significant public interest element.   The Legal Officers will provide basic legal and social assistance to arrested persons, accused persons and prisoners.

Position

Legal Officers (2) - Pilot Programme for a sustainable National Legal Aid Scheme in Sierra Leone

Duration of Contract

Twelve Months

Key Tasks

- Advise those in contact with the criminal justice sector on rights and processes at key entry points - prisons, courts and police stations

- Assist in completing relevant forms, determining eligibility requirements, ensuring attendance of witnesses, identification of sureties and contacting of family members (especially with juveniles)

- Operate a help desk, referring matters to lawyers or to Justice Sector agencies as appropriate.

- Assist lawyers in the conduct of cases and in reducing unnecessary delays

- Assist with bail applications.

- Perform other tasks as required by the Project Coordinator.

Qualification and Experience

- Qualified to practice law in Sierra Leone and/or qualified to be a pupil lawyer in Sierra Leone and/or must have qualified as a Legal Executive in Sierra Leone

- Must have excellent knowledge about legal aid issues/access to justice by the poor in Sierra Leone.

- Must have excellent interviewing skills

- Ability to achieve targets and goals within tight deadlines

- Ability to work in a team

Application Requirements

- Candidates should submit a detailed curriculum vitae and a covering letter explaining how their prior experience fits within the job requirements.

- Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

- Please send application by emails to recruitment.sl@sl.britishcouncil.org

- Deadline for Application is 5 p.m. 14th September 2009.

 

The Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP) is committed to a policy of equal opportunity.  We welcome applicants from all sections of the community.


VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

CLERKS/LEGAL ASSISTANTS (2) -  LEGAL AID SCHEME

Background

The Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP) supports the Government of Sierra Leones commitment to enabling access to affordable justice, supporting the rule of law, and improving safety and security for the people of Sierra Leone, particularly the poor.

 

Job aim

The Clerks/Legal Assistants will work from the Pilot Legal Aid Scheme office in Freetown. The scheme will involve the provision of free legal representation, assistance and advice in the criminal justice sector as well as civil cases with a significant public interest element.   The Clerks/Legal Assistants will provide basic legal and social assistance to arrested persons, accused persons and prisoners.

 

Position

Clerks/Legal Assistants (2) - Pilot Programme for a sustainable National Legal Aid Scheme in Sierra Leone

 

Duration of Contract

Twelve Months

 

Key Tasks

- Assist in completing relevant forms, determining eligibility requirements and ensuring attendance of witnesses, identification of sureties and contacting of family members (especially with juveniles)

- Operate a help desk, referring matters to lawyers or to justice sector agencies as appropriate

- Perform other tasks as required by the Project Coordinator.

 

Qualification and Experience

- Must hold a diploma or certificate or degree from a tertiary institution

- Experience as a paralegal or clerk within a recognized civil society organization, law firm or judicial institution would be an advantage

- Must have excellent knowledge about legal aid issues/access to justice by the poor in Sierra Leone

- Must have excellent interviewing skills

- Ability to achieve targets and goals within tight deadlines

- Ability to work in a team

 

Application Requirements

- Candidates should submit a detailed curriculum vitae and a covering letter explaining how their prior experience fits within the job requirements.

- Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview

- Please send application by emails to recruitment.sl@sl.britishcouncil.org

- Deadline for Application is 5 p.m. 14th September 2009.

 

The Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP) is committed to a policy of equal opportunity.  We welcome applicants from all sections of the community.


VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

BARRISTERS (2)  -  LEGAL AID SCHEME

Background

The Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP) supports the Government of Sierra Leones commitment to enabling access to affordable justice, supporting the rule of law, and improving safety and security for the people of Sierra Leone, particularly the poor.

Job aim

The barristers will work on a full time basis from the Pilot Legal Aid Scheme office in Freetown. The scheme will involve the provision of free legal representation, assistance and advice in the criminal justice sector as well as civil cases with a significant public interest element. The barristers will provide legal representation to accused persons in the Magistrate Courts and High Court in Freetown. They will also provide legal advice and assistance to detainees in police stations in Freetown, and to prisoners awaiting trial or in the process of appealing against conviction and sentence, and those who qualify for such advice and assistance.

Position

Full Time Barrister (2) - Pilot Programme for a sustainable National Legal Aid Scheme in Sierra Leone

Number of Positions-Category 1

Number of Positions-Category 2

Duration of Contract

Twelve Months

Key Tasks for Category 1

- Provide  representation to accused persons especially in the High Court in  Freetown

- Advise on merits

- Assist with bail applications short of representation

- Pursue non-litigious means of settlement

- Supervise Legal Assistants

- Perform other tasks assigned by the Project Coordinator

Qualification and Experience for Category 1

- Qualified to practise law in Sierra Leone with at least seven years post-call experience

- Must have at least five years progressive experience in the representation of accused persons for serious criminal offences at High Court level in Sierra Leone

- Must have excellent knowledge about legal aid issues/access to justice by the poor in Sierra Leone

- Experience in the implementation of legal aid projects and representation of accused persons on a pro bono basis in Sierra Leone would be an advantage

- Must have excellent research and analytical skills

- Ability to achieve targets and goals within tight deadlines

- Ability to work in a team

- Well developed IT skills

 Key Tasks for Category 2

- Provide  representation to accused persons especially at magistrates courts in Freetown

- Advise on merits

- Assist with bail applications short of representation

- Pursue non-litigious means of settlement

- Supervise Legal Officers and Clerks/Legal Assistants

- Perform other tasks assigned by Project Coordinator

Qualification and Experience for Category 2

- Qualified to practise law in Sierra Leone with at least four years post-call experience

- Must have at least two years experience in the representation of accused persons for serious criminal offences at magistrates courts in Sierra Leone

- Must have knowledge about legal aid issues/access to justice by the poor in Sierra Leone

- Experience in the representation of accused persons on a pro bono basis in Sierra Leone would be an advantage

- Must have excellent research and analytical skills

- Ability to achieve targets and goals within tight deadlines

- Ability to work in a team

Application Requirements

- Candidates should submit a detailed curriculum vitae and a covering letter explaining how their prior experience fits within the job requirements.

- Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview

- Please send application by emails to recruitment.sl@sl.britishcouncil.org

- Deadline for Application is 5 p.m. 14th September 2009.


The Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP) is committed to a policy of equal opportunity.  We welcome applicants from all sections of the community.


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