Justice Sector Policy and Development Adviser, VAPJP - Vanuatu
Company Overview
Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Palladium International and the Australia-Vanuatu Policing and Justice Program - Stretem Rod Blong Jastis Mo Sefti - are seeking a Justice Sector Policy and Development Adviser. The position is full time based in Port Vila with travel to provinces as required.

The purpose of this role is to support the Ministry of Justice & Community Services (MJCS) and Stretem Rod Blong Jastis mo Sefti (SRBJS) efforts in improving justice outcomes for women, children, youth and persons with disabilities particularly through:
  • support to the MJCS Director General and Heads of Agencies to lead and actively engage in the cross-sectoral governance mechanism for the policing, justice and community services sector (Sector Leadership Group (SLG)
  • support for priority law reform and other legal and policy initiatives across the sector, particularly where work could positively impact service delivery and justice outcomes for vulnerable and at risk groups.
  • support to the MJCS Capacity Development Coordinator in the provision of high quality capacity development initiatives to meet the needs of the sector.


  • Build productive working relationships with the MJCS Director-General (DG), Policy Adviser, Sector Capacity Development Coordinator, Heads of Agencies, other public sector legal officers and program personnel, as appropriate.
  • Ensure SLG meetings are an effective mechanism for cross-sectoral implementation of the JCSSS, in particular, but not limited to, the approved recommendations for the progress of juvenile justice and support by the sector to victims of crime.
  • Provide support for the development of a law reform plan for the sector and support, as required, the progress of those initiatives.
  • Provide support to additional legal and policy initiatives supported by the program and agreed with the MJCS, including possible review and re-development of the Gender Equality Policy 2015-19.
  • Provide technical advice to support MJCS-led cross-sectoral capacity development initiatives as required
  • Provide capacity development to the staff of the MJCS and the sector and prepare associated materials that can be used by other agency representatives to deliver training to support effective policy and legislative reform


  • Qualifications in law, human rights, gender and/or community development field, and/or relevant professional experience.
  • Experience working in international development, particularly in Pacific Island contexts
  • Criminal law and policy experience particularly with respect to evidence, sexual offences, child protection, juvenile justice, domestic violence, homicide and drug offences.
  • Extensive experience in management and delivery of legal development or other legal work relevant to the work of the sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people at all levels of an organisation, maximising cooperation
  • Skill and experience in adult professional training delivery and confidence in leading and facilitating group discussions, planning and training, and related monitoring and evaluation
Documents Required

Applicants must include the following documents in their application:
  • Up to date CV detailing recent employment history (maximum 4 pages)
  • Written response outlining how you meet the selection criteria detailed in the Terms of Reference (please click here), and how your experience and knowledge prepares you for the role (maximum 2 pages)

Port Vila, Vanuatu, Vanuatu
Closing date:
23 June 2019