Position: Several volunteer legal advisor positions
Countries: Ivory Coast (Abidjan and region) and Guatemala (Guatemala City)
Duration: Eight months
Starting date: Fall 2018
Working languages: Spanish and French
Conditions: The mandates are of a voluntary nature. All costs related to the assignment (food, housing, insurance, airplane tickets) are covered by the program.
The mandate is unaccompanied.
The volunteers must participate in pre-departure training and preparation sessions.
This call is open to all candidates.
Some mandates can be recognised as an international internship for the École du Barreau du Québec and a priority will be given to the candidates who are eligible to those internships. If a candidate of the École du Barreau du Québec is selected, he or she will be granted a scholarship of 15 000$. The costs covered by the program will then be adjusted accordingly. For Bar internships, the duration of a mandate is 11 months (8 on the field and 3 in Quebec City, as LWBC’s Head Office).
The Project “Protection of the rights of children, women and other vulnerable communities” (PRODEF) is implemented by Lawyers Without Borders Canada (LWBC) in consortium with the International bureau for children’s rights (IBCR) within the framework of the Voluntary cooperation program financed by Global Affairs Canada. It aims to improve the protection of rights of children, women, poor and marginalized communities as well as strengthening democracy and the rule of law through access to justice. As part of the Project, volunteers are deployed to support and help strengthen the capacity of local partners, mainly civil society organizations working in the field of human rights.
The security of the volunteers and other collaborators is the main concern of LWBC and its partners. Several measures and security protocols are applied by the local personnel, the expatriates, the volunteers and the personnel involved in short-term missions.
The selected candidates will be formed on safety and will have to commit to the respect of the different measures and protocols. Because the activities are executed only if there are sufficient guarantees and if the conditions are optimal, the Consortium can postpone or annul the deployment of the selected volunteers, particularly on security grounds.
The volunteer legal advisors are called upon to perform various legal tasks linked to human rights. While some volunteers particularly contribute to the documentation, the analysis of issues related to human rights and the drafting of thematic reports, others participate in the proposition of legal reforms, analyse jurisprudence or are involved in cases of strategic litigation that are brought before national and international tribunals and bodies.
More practically, the volunteers can be required to complete the following tasks:
Interested candidates should submit their application (cover letter and curriculum vitae) in Spanish for the mandates in Guatemala or in French for the mandates in Ivory Coast, by completing the online form available below. Applications will be received until the position is filled.
We thank every candidate for their interest. However, only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.