Monday, January 20, 2014

Advocate - International Justice Mission (IJM)

Advocate, National Interventions

The Need
IJM is seeking a professional advocate to manage and litigate an active caseload of criminal cases throughout India. The successful candidate will research and write extensively on issues of procedure, evidence and substantive law, and train partners and other power actors on the Bonded Labour Act and Acts relevant to the work of IJM across the country. The position is based out of IJM Delhi Office and requires significant travel throughout India. 

• Fully understand the laws and procedures related to Bonded Labour Abolition, Prevention of Trafficking, Prevention of atrocities against SC/ST , Inter-State Migration, Minimum Wages and other related ones; 
• Advice NGO partners on litigation strategies for each case;
• Lead the case, appear in courts and argue where required; 
• Train internal junior advocates and lawyers of NGO partners to assist the prosecution and support the needs of cases;
• Provide leadership in preparing written briefs, memoranda and arguments for various courts with well-researched authorities;
• Manage multiple cases in various jurisdictions simultaneously;
• Write research pieces and opinion pieces, and build a brand for the cause and the organization; 
• Initiate and attend regular meetings with government and police officials and with public prosecutors; Develop and maintain strong relationships with the bar across the country; 
• Create and provide training to other non-governmental organizations, prosecutors and police and government officials as required;
• Engage state authorities such as NALSA, NHRC, NMJDLR, NAC, Supreme Court Commissions etc. for such authorities to champion the cause of Bonded Labour; 
• Provide timely, concise and thorough written reports of all activities; Manage time and resources effectively;
• Maintain confidentiality of privileged and sensitive information;
• Comply with all laws and ethical cannons;
• Carry out an additional portfolio of assignments given by the Director. 

Skills and Experience
• Bachelor’s Degree in Law or beyond
• Relevant work experience
• Excellent legal research and writing skills
• Knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software, Windows 2000 and Windows XP
• Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and Hindi; regional languages a plus

Critical Qualities
• Attention to detail and disciplined with priorities
• Mature judgment and good interpersonal skills
• Professional in demeanor, written and oral communication
• Works well under stress and sustained positive attitude
• Flexible
• Strong ethic of service and a passion for IJM’s goals

• Always professional
• Honest in every situation
• Consistently cooperative
• Serves others at any opportunity
• Displays team spirit, seeking to be a positive and cohesive influence
• Consistently punctual and genuinely reliable
• Demonstrates good stewardship of time and resources

The Mission
International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems.

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