Position:Legal Research Officer
Location: Based in Jakarta with travel to project locations in Bali and Jogjakarta
Type of contract: “Work agreement for an unspecified period of time with a probation period of 3

Avocats Sans Frontières

Avocats Sans Frontieres (translates as Lawyers without Borders – (www.asf.be)) is an international non-governmental organization working towards the establishment of a just, equitable and united society, in which both the law and justice serve the most vulnerable. The primary goal of ASF is to contribute to the establishment of institutions and mechanisms that allow for access to independent and impartial justice, and which are capable of guaranteeing the protection of fundamental rights (civil and political, economic and social), including the right to a fair trial.

ASF’s program in Indonesia

ASF in partnership with Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Jakarta (LBH Jakarta) and Indonesian Legal Resource Centre (ILRC) will contribute to the ongoing efforts in access to justice by empowering community based legal aid service providers (LASPs) to provide quality, holistic services by building linkages with a range of development service providers. The program “advancing sustainable development through improved access to justice in Indonesia” aims to promote the vital role of community based LASPs particularly paralegals in cultivating the agency of people to claim their basic human rights. A robust evidence-based, learning approach to implementation and policy development willseek to provide information on the perspectives, concerns and needs of the justice seekers and end-users. This pragmatic ‘practice-research’ model of the programme will generate key data and knowledge that would advocate for expanded, innovative approaches to increase the number of diverse community based LASPs to contribute to a meaningful change in the lives of the poor and marginalised Indonesian people. The total duration of the program is 5 years and the project locations are Bali, Jakarta and Jogjakarta.

ASF seeks to recruit a Legal Research Officer with experience in conducting research in access to justice to support program implementation that responds to the needs and expectations of the justice seekers. The Legal Research Officerwill contribute to improving evidence-based knowledge and advocate for policy development that reflect justice users and seekers context and the practicability of including community based paralegals as LASPs in the national legal aid programs. The Legal Research Officerwill be under the direct supervision of ASF’s Regional Representative. The Legal Research Officerwill be based in ILRC office and will be supported and guided by ILRC, ASF and LBH Jakarta. He/she will work closely with the Access to Justice – Legal Officerand the Project Coordinator.

Tasks and Responsibilities

• Organize and oversee the technical and organizational aspects of project research activities in accordance with the project implementation plan;
• Participate in budget management and financial monitoring of the project;
• Ensure project activities are duly implemented by working on a day-to-day basis with LBH Jakarta and the ILRC;
• Maintain key stakeholder relationships with project partners;
• Collect, manage and compile data and information and prepare reports on diverse range of assigned issues;
• Develop briefing papers as assigned;
• Communicate while observing ASF protocols to the ASF Regional Representative advising on project progress, highlighting key initiatives and and identifying key hindrances that may impede project success;
• Participate in project planning and evaluation assessments of the project with various collaborators;
• Develop strategic orientation of the project in coordination with the ASF Regional Representative;
• Represent ASF in external meetings, conferences and trainings;
• Ensure learning outcomes of project activities are captured in the assessments and are linked to the M&E strategy;
• Identify and use various digital platforms to bring together community based legal aid practitioners to share best practices, research studies and initiate discussions on legal aid;
• Coordinate research and trainings for target groups in the 3 project locations – Jakarta, Bali and Jogjakarta;
• Ensure the project implementation is adjusted and adapted based on lessons learned;
• Assist with organizing round table discussions and conferences on legal aid for various stakeholders;
• Stay upto date with the latest access to justice developments in Indonesia and Asia region as a whole and inform the ASF Regional Representative is aware of any key obstacles in the ASF project interventions;
• Perform other duties as assigned by the ASF Regional Representative relevant to the success and completion of the project.

Required qualification, skills and experience
• A first level university degree in law. Master’s degree in human rights law or related area of law is an added advantage;
• 2-4 years work experience (preferably with a research or academic institution, NGO or a organisation/institution working on development issues);
• Knowledge of the Indonesian legal context and local human rights issues in Jakarta, Bali and Jogjakarta;
• Good legal writing, drafting and research skills;
• Project management and budget management knowledge and skills;
• Able to present research findings and reports with access to justice stakeholders;
• Strong commitment to human rights and improving access to justice at the community level;

• Excellent interpersonal communication skills as well as planning and organization skills;
• Ability to work with diverse teams of this multi-partner projectand perform well under high pressure and according to time sensitive schedules;
• Ability to represent the project in high-level representational role as well as with people at grassroots level;
• Identifies clear priorities and goals which is consistent with the project objectives.

Proficient in Bahasa and English

To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter, curriculum vitae, supporting documents such as university degree certificate, writing sample to job@asf.be

Mention the reference code for the position in the subject of the email: Indonesia – Access to Justice Legal Officer

Application deadline: Thursday, 28th August 2017
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
The successful candidate is expected to start in September 2017

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