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Lead, Prosecution Development (Lawyer) - Manila

The Philippines

Who We Are

IJM is the global leader in protecting the poor from violence in the developing world. Our global team of over 1,000 professionals are at work in over 25 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 Need

IJM is seeking for a qualified Lead, Prosecution Development (Lawyer) who will do 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 person will also do 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.

Responsibilities

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 OSEC prosecution.

Networking & Partnership:

  • Identify local/regional public prosecutors currently handling or anticipating OSEC cases.
  • Participate and support case conferences and/or meetings alongside public prosecutors actively prosecuting OSEC cases.
  • Lead or participate in local/regional activation meetings with public prosecutors in identified hotspot regions in Luzon.

Policies and Procedures:

  • Draft legal memoranda and/or protocols relevant to OSEC prosecution and other related matters.
  • Contribute to the continued development and finalization of the OSEC Prosecution Manual/Guidebook or other similar document that would serve as a resource for prosecutors both internally and externally.

Training and Development:

  • Assess the capacity of public prosecutors in prosecuting OSEC cases through the Partner Engagement Assessment From 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.

Casework:

  • Provide support and assistance during rescue operations led or supported by IJM ensuring legal targets ar achieved.
  • Consistently advocate for the use of child protective measures in all stages of rescue and legal proceedings

Documentation, Reporting & Data Management:

  • Provide relevant input to monthly and quarterly reports.
  • Accomplish OSEC exposure tracker/logs in accordance with the OSEC Safeguard Guidelines.

Requirements

  • 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.

Critical Qualities

  • Mature orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed;
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving the poor and the oppressed.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Capacity to work under pressure.
  • Strong leadership skills.

Send Job Application (Resume, Cover Letter & Statement of Faith*) to: [email protected]

*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.

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