Legal and Policy Advisor - Burma
Public International Law & Policy Group Overview
PILPG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates as a global pro bono law firm providing free assistance to governments, sub-state entities, and civil society groups in transitioning states. PILPG provides legal counsel to pro bono clients during peace negotiations, advises on the creation and operation of transitional justice mechanisms, provides expertise during the drafting of post-conflict constitutions, and advises on ways to strengthen the rule of law and effective institutions.
Burma Project Overview
As part of the FHI360-led program working on the USAID-funded Civil Society and Media Project II (CSM), PILPG’s Burma project provides technical assistance and training to Burmese civil society organizations and independent media outlets to support their efforts to undertake more effective advocacy on legislative reforms and engaging policymakers. Working with local civil society leaders, this position works as a key member of the CSM Technical Team to conduct targeted consultations, design responsive training modules, and support the delivery of tailored trainings.
Role of the Legal and Policy Advisor
PILPG is seeking a legal professional with a minimum of five years’ experience in advocacy and civil society training on legal reform issues, preferably with some experience in Burma. The Legal and Policy Advisor is based in Rangoon, with regular travel into the field.
The Legal and Policy Advisor will coordinate closely with PILPG HQ, and in particular the Project Director and Program Manager, to provide legal and policy technical support to the CSM project. This includes working with the CSM team to identify suitable project partners and support the grant-making process where appropriate. The Legal and Policy Advisor will also help to determine appropriate areas of technical support and training for project partners, as well as work closely with the CSM team to support partners’ advocacy activities with legal and policy technical inputs. This support will involve building relationships with CSM project partners; conducting consultations and developing a workplan on key issues for trainings; developing work product and materials in support of trainings; providing substantive direction to PILPG research and legal teams on the drafting of memoranda and supporting materials; and coordinating with PILPG experts and other project staff where necessary to deliver trainings to partners. As needed, the Legal and Policy Advisor will provide support to more targeted advocacy activities such as meetings with law and policymakers in Burma.
As part of overall project management, the Legal and Policy Advisor will coordinate with the CSM Technical Team, CSM Chief of Party, and PILPG HQ to develop an annual work plan and track the effectiveness of the project in meetings stated goals and objectives. He or she will also oversee the development and maintenance of relationships with PILPG’s program partners and clients in Rangoon. This includes sustaining strong partnerships with civil society leaders, nongovernmental organizations, international non-governmental organizations, and other development organizations operating in Burma. The Legal and Policy Advisor will work with PILPG’s Pro Bono Director to maintain PILPG’s law firm partnerships through the development of pro bono projects to meet PILPG’s cost-share requirement, and with other senior management to identify opportunities for further PILPG’s project engagement in Rangoon and support proposal development as needed. Where appropriate, he or she will coordinate with other PILPG field offices on overlapping technical issues, and provide written and oral briefings on behalf of the project on relevant legal and policy issues. The Legal and Policy Advisor will also be primarily responsible for supervising and providing professional development support to the CSM Program Officer based in Rangoon.
On a regular basis, the Legal and Policy Advisor will draft quarterly reports that detail project activities, measure and evaluate project results, and make recommendations in relation to future project activities. He or she will assist with drafting materials on the Burma project for PILPG’s website, annual reports, internal circulations, and monthly law firm updates at the request of senior staff. The Legal and Policy Advisor will also oversee the financial management of project funds in Rangoon, and facilitate the visits of non-field staff, consultants, and funder representatives as appropriate.
Candidates should be qualified legal professionals with at least five years’ experience, or a hold Master’s degree in law and equivalent experience. Fluency in written and spoken English, and a minimum of five years of work in advocacy and civil society training on legal reform issues, preferably with some experience in Burma, are required. An outstanding candidate will have completed prior overseas fieldwork and will have experience working with US government regulations and with civil society leaders. Knowledge of or previous experience in Burma is also highly desirable.
Candidates should have the capacity to conduct research, edit, and draft work product and program materials; possess strong analytical and organizational skills; and have the ability to effectively manage multiple activities in a fast-paced, challenging overseas environment. Excellent candidates will also have prior experience in financial management and in editing the written works of others to ensure professional quality and suitability. They will be responsive self-starters with the ability to solve problems independently and work closely with multiple team members located across the globe.
To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, and three references online at https://www.publicinternationallawandpolicygroup.org/careers. The cover letter should outline the applicant’s interest in PILPG. After receiving completed application materials, PILPG will follow up only if the candidate is selected for an interview.