Who We Are
IJM is the global leader in protecting the poor from violence in the developing world. Our global team of over 1,200 professionals are at work in over 30 countries. Together, we are catalyzing a global revolution that will rescue millions, protect half a billion, and make justice for the poor unstoppable.
Motivated by God’s call to seek justice for the oppressed, we believe that the way we work is as important as the results we achieve. We are a global community that cares for one another. We value joy and celebration, and we strive to provide professional excellence to all those we serve.
The Lead, Prosecution Development (Lawyer) role involves capacity-building activities and execution of innovative prosecution strategies such as, but not limited to, collaborative casework from the time of rescue of the victim through all stages of the legal proceedings until the termination of the legal case. This position will actively engage with the Department of Justice regional and local prosecution offices, the Regional Trial Courts, and relevant task forces and other government offices to utilize existing laws and rules of procedures, drive innovations and reforms that will ensure perpetrator accountability and child protection in the criminal justice process. This role also includes collaboration with the National Prosecution Development Department in system reform initiatives that will lead to sustainable and improved performance and capacity of key local and regional prosecutorial offices and bodies.
This position is based in Manila, Philippines and reports to the Head of the Manila Prosecution Development.
Leadership and Management
- Targeted mentoring and coaching of specialized public prosecutors through collaborative casework (i.e. prosecution support based on assessed legal service levels and case conference).
- Mentor and manage assigned legal interns and fellows both local and overseas.
Strategy & Knowledge Development & Implementation
- Mainstream prosecution strategies (e.g. use of VIDIs and plea bargaining) in all stages of the legal proceedings when deemed necessary.
- Develop and transfer of products and tools for utilization of public prosecutors in online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) prosecution.
Networking & Partnership
- Identify local/regional public prosecutors currently handling or anticipating online sexual exploitation of children cases.
- Participate and support case conferences and/or meetings alongside public prosecutors actively prosecuting online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) cases.
- Lead or participate in local/regional activation meetings with public prosecutors in identified hotspot regions in Luzon.
- Actively participate in webinars, workshops, forums and round table discussions with members of the judiciary and other government agencies, international partners and other stakeholders.
Policies and Procedures
- Draft legal memoranda and/or protocols relevant to online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) prosecution and other related matters.
- Contribute to the continued development and finalization of the OSEC Prosecution Manual/Guidebook or other knowledge products that would serve as a resource for prosecutors both internally and externally.
Training and Development
- Assess the capacity of public prosecutors in prosecuting online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) cases through the Partner Engagement Assessment Form or other guidelines developed for capacity assessment.
- Targeted skill development of OSEC public prosecutors after capacity assessment.
- Serve as a resource person for OSEC related trainings/meetings both internal and external.
- Provide support and assistance during rescue operations led or supported by IJM ensuring legal targets are achieved.
- Consistently advocate for the use of child protective measures in all stages of rescue and legal proceedings.
- Provide support to public prosecutors actively handling OSEC cases based on the assessed legal service levels identified by the lead lawyer for a specific case.
- Collaborate with other casework teams to see the case through completion.
Documentation, Reporting & Data Management
- Provide relevant input to monthly and quarterly reports.
- Continuously and consistently update JDS, OMT, and other monitoring tools to enable a complete gathering of data on current OSEC casework.
- Update personal case inventory for both active and inactive OSEC cases and draft closure memoranda for identified cases when appropriate and necessary.
- Accomplish OSEC exposure tracker/logs in accordance with the OSEC Safeguard Guidelines.
- Fluency [spoken and written] in English and Filipino.
- Member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.
- Excellent academic credentials.
- At least two years of litigation experience.
- Strong legal research, writing, and court advocacy skills.
- Knowledgeable in Microsoft Office such as MS word, Power Point and Excel.
- Meticulous attention to detail; disciplined with priorities.
- Excellent oral advocacy and communication skills.
- Excellent analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
- Networking, negotiation and decision-making skills.
- High-level of confidentiality and discretion.
- Mature orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed;
- Self-starter with strong initiative;
- Disciplined with priorities;
- Strong interpersonal skills and self-awareness;
- Exceptional verbal and written communication;
- Flexible, collaborative and eager to support others;
- Effective team player who fosters collaborative environment; and
- Adept at creative problem solving.
Send Job Application (Resume, Cover Letter & Statement of Faith*) to:
*What is a statement of faith?
A statement of faith should describe your Christian faith and how you see it as relevant to your involvement with IJM. The statement can either be incorporated into the cover letter or submitted as a separate document and should include, at a minimum, a description of your spiritual disciplines (prayer, study, etc.) and your current fellowship or place of worship.