Adviser to the Office of the Public Prosecutor, Policing/Justice (Vanuatu)
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Project Overview and RoleThe Australian Government (GoA) has been providing support to the Vanuatu policing and justice sector since 2000. In the past this has been through separate and distinctive programs of support to the Vanuatu Police Force, and to the Ministry of Justice and Community Services and the public legal offices. The PJSPV design in 2014 combined two existing investments; the Vanuatu Australia Police Project (VAPP) and Vanuatu Law and Justice Partnership Program also known as Stretem Rod Blong Jastis (SRBJ). This was done to create efficiencies and ensure Australian support to the sector had shared outcomes. The program now moves to a four year implementation phase where it seeks to support the enhancement of legal services to the people of Vanuatu across the country and in particular to its core beneficiaries of women, youth, children and vulnerable groups.
In supporting the formal legal institutions of Vanuatu, the program is looking to engage a full time Prosecutions Adviser to be placed in the Office of the Public Prosecutor. The program currently has a full time adviser placed within the Public Solicitor's Office and will now place an adviser into the public prosecutions office. The position will support the Public Prosecutor to enhance capacity of staff, provide legal advice, conduct trainings and other capacity development and mentoring sessions, and may appear on behalf of the Vanuatu government for certain matters (if approved by the Vanuatu and Australian Governments).
Only applicants submitting a two-page response to the selection criteria as outlined in the TOR's will be considered.
ResponsibilitiesAdvisory support to OPP (80%):
- To assist the Vanuatu Office of the Public Prosecutor (OPP) continue improving the quality of services and its service delivery
- To assist building sustainable professional capacity within the OPP through CLE, mentoring and coaching of core advocacy skills , case preparation, case management and effective conduct of trial processes
- To assist implementation of all aspects of the case management database
- To support and facilitate cross-sector capacity development initiatives that relate to the OPP, where appropriate
In addition to advisory support to the OPP, the adviser will support the provision of general legal strengthening support across the sector (20%):
- To provide targeted skills development and learning opportunities for lawyers from across the sector to build legal skills and knowledge
- To support law reform across the sector, particularly where reform could improve justice outcomes for vulnerable and at risk groups
- To support other legal and policy activities as appropriate and in line with sector and program priorities
Support should be provided to OPP staff in Port Vila as well as in provincial locations. These functions should be carried out in a way that preserves the independence of the OPP and does not risk creating any conflict of interest, perceived or actual.
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Requirements- Law Degree and admission to practice in a relevant jurisdiction (Eligible for admission to the Vanuatu Legal Professional Bar), Master's degree in law would be desirable
- Criminal law advocacy experience particularly in commercial crime and fraud, and the range of sexual offences and domestic violence
- Experience in case management and the mentoring and supervision of junior prosecutors
- At least five years of practical prosecutorial experience or other legal work relevant to the work of the Office of the Public Prosecutor (cross cultural setting highly-regarded)
- Understanding of gender and development issues
- Understanding of law and development issues
- Previous experience working in Melanesian culture
- Eligible to obtain Vanuatu visa