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Job SummaryThe Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks a Prosecution Advisor for a project focused on strengthening the criminal justice system of Jamaica, particularly the functions and performance of the Department of Public Prosecution.
This 2-year program will involve working closely with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Ministry of National Security, the Office of the Attorney General and the Judiciary.
The Prosecution Advisor will serve as a technical lead on project activities related to this subarea of expertise and will collaborate closely with other project team members and government staff. The position reports to the Chief of Party, based in Washington, DC.
Major duties and responsibilities include:
- Assist with the mentoring of Jamaican officials on improving government function and organizational reform targeted at building capacity to independently meet Jamaica's judicial sector needs.
- Provide training, advice, and mentoring to the clerks of court, judges, and other judicial support staff at parish courts (a.k.a. resident magistrate courts) to develop their respective capacities to process cases more efficiently and effectively, including trial advocacy.
- Provide a strategy on further developing the court writers program to move the cases through the judicial system more expeditiously to lessen the court case backlog.
- Provide training, advice, and mentoring in use of new plea bargaining legislation.
- Provide periodical reports to assess the effectiveness of the advisory role toward reaching the long-term goals of the program.
Education, Experience and Other Qualifications:
- Advanced law degree from an U.S. or a U.K. accredited law school or the equivalent, with emphasis on criminal justice or criminology; Juris Doctorate or Master’s Degree is preferred.
- Minimum of 15 years of relevant technical experience in prosecution.
- Prior role as prosecutor strongly preferred.
- Experience working in the common-law system required.
- Experience serving as a trainer, supervisor or mentor required.
- Experience working in the Caribbean strongly preferred.
- Experience working with donor-funded projects strongly preferred.
- Superior interpersonal and diplomatic skills, with ability to work with a variety of counterparts, including cabinet-level officials, with the ability to respectfully negotiate the resolution of conflicting views to facilitate project implementation
- Must have worked in the legal profession or on international Rule of Law reform within the past five years.
- Ability to communicate in English with sufficient accuracy and fluency to converse effectively on a variety of topics in appropriate professional vocabulary.
- Ability to write about general and legal issues clearly and concisely in English, to express complex ideas in a clear and logical and highly professional way.
- A working knowledge and demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required.
- Demonstrated leadership, adaptability, and integrity.
- Proven success in managing technical and operational teams.
- Fluency in English is required.
Caribbean nationals are encouraged to apply.