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Position Description: Project Assistant

Location: Washington D.C./hybrid preferred or fully remote
Type: Full Time, Exempt
Initial Term: 1 year
Salary Range: $60K-$69K annually

About Lawyers Without Borders

Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) is a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the global rule of law, building capacity and integrity in justice sectors worldwide, and supporting transitions and development. We engage lawyers and judges in pro bono service, integrating them into initiatives that directly or indirectly serve the underserved, protect the disadvantaged, and promote human rights. Our programs aim to improve access to justice guided by a mandate of neutrality and independence. LWOB works closely with legal professionals worldwide to fulfill our mission through capacity-building workshops, educational materials, trial advocacy training, and more.

LWOB offers a flexible and online work environment with the potential of an office setting in Washington, D.C. We have a close-knit and collaborative culture where staff can experience career growth and rapid advancement working on complex global projects.

Primary Purpose of the Position

LWOB seeks a self-starting and passionate project assistant to help implement our global rule of law programs. In this role, the project assistant will support the Director of Programs, Senior Project Manager, Project Manager, and others in implementing projects related to combating human trafficking, wildlife crime, national security, women in policing, and others. This position involves international and domestic travel.

Position Responsibilities

The project assistant will perform duties, including but not limited to:

 

Requirements

 

Compensation

The salary range for this position is $60K-$69K annually, in addition to benefits including paid time off, U.S. Federal holidays, transit subsidy, retirement plan, and health insurance.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@lwob.org. Open until filled.

The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as assigned by their supervisor.

Lawyers Without Borders is an equal-opportunity employer committed to providing a non-discriminatory and inclusive environment for its employees. EOE/AA/Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. We are committed to diversity and consider all applicants for all positions without regard to color, ethnic background, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability status. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

 

 

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Position Description
Senior Technical Advisor
Title: Senior Technical Advisor
Current Location: Hybrid (Remote in the USA and ability to work in our Washington, D.C.
office)
Type: Full-time


ABOUT LAWYERS WITHOUT BORDERS
Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advance
the rule of law globally. While that can mean different things to different people, to us it is the
ultimate principle underlying fair and equal access to justice. We partner with local lawyers,
judges, and community leaders to establish, strengthen, and protect this bedrock human right.
LWOB works closely with lawyers, judges, and students around the world to fulfill our mission
through:

• Delivering practical, demand-driven technical assistance to counterparts delivered by
experts who serve as unpaid volunteer experts.
• Designing educational materials for stakeholders, including local communities,
NGOs, potential victims and justice sector actors; and
• Cultivating judge and lawyer skill sets to create effective human rights strategies in
developing sectors.


POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Senior Technical Advisor (STA) will lead and help develop and implement multiple
substantive programs, including managing project and deliverables development. The STA will
manage staff and volunteers working on the projects. Key responsibilities include the
development of curricula and materials, training programs and practical learning tools, and
engaging with project funders and country counterparts. Collaboration with LWOB’s executive
leadership and finance teams is essential to ensure projects are delivered on time and within
budget. The STA is responsible for quality control and compliance for their projects.
Position Description:
 
The ideal candidate will have 5-6 years of experience designing, implementing, and managing rule of law programs, projects, and people. LWOB seeks a candidate with experience working in multiple countries, including Africa, with subject matter expertise on transnational organized crime (TOC) and trafficking in persons (TIP), including criminal case development, victim management, and legislative experience.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES
Reporting to, and collaborating with, the Director of Programs, the STA will lead at least two program teams, including those related to TIP. The STA will help implement deliverables, manage a team of staff and volunteers, and ensure successful programmatic and project outcomes. Additionally, the STA will provide technical advice and guidance to the Executive Director and other staff as required. Moreover, the STA will serve as a partner and advisor to personnel in the countries where we work, managing and fostering relationships with key stakeholders to facilitate project implementation and effectiveness of deliverables.

Job Duties
• Manage two or more projects, with an emphasis on TIP.
• Provide strategic and operational technical advice on TOC and TIP to staff, stakeholders, and others on implementation and TIP program strategy.
• Ensure compliance with program and funder requirements and organizational objectives, including managing timelines and budgets.
• Implement complex deliverables, and manage staff assigned to the project.
• Draft reports and manage others on reporting.
• Project duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Design, conduct, and implement training and workshops, research, and materials development, on diverse rule of law topics including TIP. Other focus areas may include statutory analysis and drafting, trial advocacy, victim care, mental health, and other topics.
-Creating, managing, and amending project budgets, including grant amendments and cost extensions.
-Managing the development of curricula and educational materials, contributing substantively where required to deliverable development.
-Overseeing project monitoring and evaluation.
-Reviewing, and submitting required reports.
-Manage project staff and contractors.
-Informing leadership of project progress and needs; and
-Engaging volunteers and pro bono partners.

• Work independently with little direction and oversight.
• Proactively recognize challenges, conflicts, delays, and other issues that impact
project implementation and recommend solutions.
• Serve on the organization’s Senior Staff and attend relevant meetings.
• Establish and maintain strong partnerships with local organizations, government agencies, and community leaders to support project and program objectives.
• Organize and participate in regular meetings and communications with stakeholders to ensure alignment and progress towards overall program goals and project deliverables.
• Collaborate with staff and others to identify opportunities for collaboration and resource mobilization to support in-country initiatives.
• Support hiring, onboarding, and coaching of program staff or interns on projects under the STA’s responsibility.

REQUIREMENTS
• Juris Doctor or foreign equivalent, with a minimum of 6-8 years of experience in project implementation, rule of law project design and management, prosecution or criminal legal practice, legal/lawyer training programs, and/or justice sector reform and development. Experience with TOC, TIP, and related topics.
• Demonstrated ability to work in an international and multi-cultural environment.
• Experience managing multiple projects and multiple staff members.
• Expertise designing courses, developing curricula, and/or skill development training, with a focus on TOC and TIP.
• Experience managing US grant-funded projects, particularly complex government-funded grant projects related to the rule of law.
• Strong writing and legal analysis skills.
• Ability to initiate tasks, activities, and next steps independently and to delegate.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with demonstrated ability to communicate with high-level officials and foreign counterparts with diplomacy and respect.
• Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
• Strong leadership, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
• Experience working with volunteers to implement programs, including professional volunteers, interns, and other supporters a significant plus.
• English fluency required, proficiency in other languages a plus.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Sharepoint, Presentation software, Spreadsheets, social media, Communication, and Collaboration software
• Ability and desire to travel internationally.

SALARY RANGE and BENEFITS
The salary range for this position is $85K to $110K, depending on skills and experience. In addition to a hybrid/remote 35-hour work week, LWOB provides 15 days of PTO, five personal days, and observed federal holidays. This position is eligible for health care and retirement benefits.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
To apply, submit your resume, cover letter and a writing sample at HR@lwob.org.


Lawyers Without Borders is an equal-opportunity workplace. We celebrate diversity and strive to create an inclusive environment for all free from discrimination and harassment. The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.