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Legal Specialist - Central America

The Organization

The Justice Education Society of BC (JES) is a non–profit organization with over 25 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas. In Canada, the Society helps more than 700,000 British Columbians learn about our justice system and address their legal issues. Internationally, JES has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana which work with national institutions to strengthen justice systems, access to justice and citizen security. JES has offices in Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana and has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments. More information on JES is available at www.JusticeEducation.ca.

The Position

The Justice Education Society has an immediate opening for a Legal Specialist to serve as a senior legal advisor to JES’ projects in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Panama, and to JES senior management.  The position will be located in the JES office in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Travel within Central America and Canada may be required from time to time. The Legal Specialist will report to the JES International Program Director in Vancouver. 

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Work with international subject matter experts to develop curricula for JES training programs in existing and future projects in Central America, to ensure that training programs coordinate with local laws and practices.
  • Assist in the orientation of international subject matter experts to the legal systems of Central American countries where JES operates
  • Monitor and advise JES project managers and JES International management of significant changes or proposed changes to relevant laws and practices in JES areas of operation.
  • Assist JES with negotiating and drafting memoranda of understanding with project partners and counterparts and other legal documentation as required.
  • Assist in the evaluation of results in JES projects.
  • Assist projects and JES management where necessary to retain external legal services, manage contracts for legal services and ensure quality control and value for money of external legal services.
  • Advise JES management as needed on local labour laws and any other laws affecting local operations.

The Person

The ideal candidate will be resourceful and have the ability to work independently as well as within a team. The role is ideally suited to an individual who thrives in a dynamic and complex environment with a variety of tasks where accuracy, professionalism and flexibility are imperative. The ability to multi-task, while being extremely organized is essential.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Must be qualified to practice law in one or more of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Panama
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience practicing law or directly related experience.
  • Senior legal knowledge of the justice systems of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Panama, especially but not restricted to criminal justice; willingness and capacity to learn about other legal systems where required.
  • Advanced legal research capabilities.
  • Proven ability to manage relationships with colleagues, international experts, stakeholders and partners in an international development context.
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Spanish and English.

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@JusticeEducation.ca by September 28th at 4pm.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 


Administrative Assistant (Vancouver)

The Organization

The Justice Education Society of BC (JES) is a non–profit organization with over 25 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas. In Canada, the Society helps more than 700,000 British Columbians learn about our justice system and address their legal issues. Internationally, JES has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana which work with national institutions to strengthen justice systems, access to justice and citizen security. JES has offices in Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana and has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments. More information on JES is available at www.JusticeEducation.ca.

The Position

The Justice Education Society has an immediate opening for an Administrative Assistant for our downtown office at Vancouver Law Courts, Robson Square. This is a full-time position of 35 hours per week. This position provides support to a series of JES programs, including the Justice System Education Program and Parenting After Separation programs.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Coordinating educational sessions to students and community groups, as well as separating parents
  • Planning, organizing and supporting educational programs and workshops
  • Receiving groups attending education sessions at the Vancouver Law Courts
  • Coordinating administrative and office procedures
  • Performing other duties as may be assigned

The Person

The ideal candidate will be resourceful and have the ability to work independently as well as within a team. The role is ideally suited to an individual who thrives in a dynamic and complex environment with a variety of tasks where accuracy, professionalism and flexibility are imperative. The ability to multi-task, while being extremely organized is essential.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years administrative experience in an office or school environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, manage client relationships and maintain administrative systems.
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills.
  • Highly organized and structured with creativity and problem-solving ability allowing a variety of activities to remain on-track and on schedule.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to use common business applications: MS-Office, email, internet

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@JusticeEducation.ca by September 24th at 4pm. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 


Public Legal Educator (Kelowna)

The Organization

The Justice Education Society of BC (JES) is a non–profit organization with over 25 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas. In Canada, the Society helps more than 700,000 British Columbians learn about our justice system and address their legal issues. Internationally, JES has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana which work with national institutions to strengthen justice systems, access to justice and citizen security. JES has offices in Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana and has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments. More information on JES is available at www.JusticeEducation.ca.

The Program

The Justice System Education Program has been introducing students and community groups to BC courts since 1989. Through educational sessions, watching live trials and interactions with judges, lawyers and other justice professionals, participants learn about our justice system and how legal issues are addressed in BC. Over the years, JSEP has introduced more than 1 million people to BC courts.

The Position

The Justice Education Society has an immediate opening for a Public Legal Educator for our office at the Kelowna Law Courts. Working 10 hours per week with summers off, the Public Legal Educator provides hands-on delivery of the Justice System Education Program to students and community groups.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • • Facilitating educational sessions to students and community groups
  • Planning, organizing and delivering educational programs
  • Conducting professional development sessions with teachers
  • Promoting JES educational resources
  • Monitoring participation and youth engagement in the program

The Person

  • Two year’s experience working with high school students
  • Two year’s experience as an educator
  • Familiarity with the BC justice system (preferred, but not required)
  • Familiarity with BC’s new curriculum (preferred, but not required)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong time management skills and professionalism
  • Ability to use common business applications: MS-Office, email, internet

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@JusticeEducation.ca by September 4th.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 


 

Deputy Project Manager 

Project: Guatemalan Institutional Justice Strengthening Project
Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Start Date: As soon as possible
Application Deadline: September 21, 2018

The Justice Education Society of British Columbia (JES) is a non–profit organization with over 25 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas. In Canada, the Society helps more than 700,000 British Columbians learn about our justice system and address their legal issues. Internationally, JES has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana which work with national institutions to strengthen justice systems, access to justice and citizen security. JES has offices in Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana and has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments. More information on JES is available at www.justiceeducation.ca.

The Project

The “Guatemalan Institutional Justice Strengthening (GIJS)” project has been designed to deliver an impactful and sustainable series of interrelated components to support the Public Ministry of Guatemala.  This is a four-year project funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) in which JES will play a central role in the management of project’s execution, from baseline needs assessment to capacity building to final evaluation, JES will ensure that project is delivered transparently on schedule and within the allocated budget. JES will provide world-class expert leadership at every stage of the process, ensuring the use of best-practices and leaving installed capacity at the Ministry for the long-term sustainability of the program.  JES will play a valuable role in organizing inter-departmental and inter-agency working groups in order to develop local strategies that have a lasting impact in five key areas: Performance optimization in criminal case management; improved vulnerable victim services; better Indigenous and remote access; and capacity building, with women’s empowerment an important cross-cutting theme. 

Role

The Project Deputy Manager (DPM) for the GIJS project is responsible for the planning and coordination of activities for the project components to which she or he is assigned, as well as the facilitation of cross-cutting project activities for the rest of the project team.  This role involves the annual and monthly development of Work Plans, from which resources will be allocated towards specific activities established in the project Logic Model.  Reporting directly to the Project Manager, this role requires the capacity to coordinate project activities while also engaging internal and external stakeholders to ensure the project is delivered on time and on budget.  The DPM role will be based in JES’ Guatemalan office and will rely on the support from the Project’s management and directors, as well as Subject Matter Experts who will provide technical advice.

Duties

Generally, the Deputy Project Manager is responsible for:

  • Convening and facilitation of meetings;
  • Planning, coordinating and accompanying expert visits;
  • Stakeholder analysis;
  • Ensuring the on-time delivery of project reports to partners and donors;
  • Supporting monitoring and evaluation of activities;
  • Implementation of assigned project components;
  • Management of internal and external meetings; and
  • Troubleshooting various logistical issues as required by the Project Manager.

Requirements

Education:

University Degree or Professional qualification in Law, Business Management, International Development or other relevant field or equivalent experience.

Experience, knowledge and skills:

  • Eight (8) or more years of progressively more responsible work experience coordinating projects with international non-profit organizations, cooperation agencies, justice institutions and/or consulting firms.
  • Experience in the implementation of multi-year projects funded by international donors.
  • Experience in strategic consulting or capacity building with large public-sector institutions.
  • Effective project coordination, including logistics and successful troubleshooting.
  • Administrative experience, budget management and procurement of goods and services. 
  • Training or experience in Results Based Management for projects.
  • Program design or implementation that supports institutional justice systems in Guatemala or the region.
  • Demonstrated capacity for managing relations with international and local organizations.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English.
  • Workshops, course work or experience related to vulnerable victim services, criminal investigations, case management, intelligence analysis or technology platforms.
  • Strong knowledge of the practices and processes of justice sector institutions in Guatemala.
  • Effective use of Microsoft Office and cloud-based software.

Personal Characteristics:

The Deputy Project Manager should demonstrate a track record of most of the following competencies:

  • Public relations, interinstitutional and interpersonal relationship building, teamwork, organization, leadership, management and resolution of conflicts, strategic analysis, consensus building and report writing.

Remuneration

JES offers competitive compensation, including full benefits. Candidates should indicate expected compensation when applying.

To Apply

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume in English by September 21, 2018 to jobs.guatemala@justiceeducation.ca. We thank all candidates who apply; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 


Public Legal Educator (Kelowna)

The Organization

The Justice Education Society of BC (JES) is a non–profit organization with over 25 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas. In Canada, the Society helps more than 700,000 British Columbians learn about our justice system and address their legal issues. Internationally, JES has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana which work with national institutions to strengthen justice systems, access to justice and citizen security. JES has offices in Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana and has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments. More information on JES is available at www.JusticeEducation.ca.

The Program

The Justice System Education Program has been introducing students and community groups to BC courts since 1989. Through educational sessions, watching live trials and interactions with judges, lawyers and other justice professionals, participants learn about our justice system and how legal issues are addressed in BC. Over the years, JSEP has introduced more than 1 million people to BC courts.

The Position

The Justice Education Society has an immediate opening for a Public Legal Educator for our office at the Kelowna Law Courts. Working 10 hours per week with summers off, the Public Legal Educator provides hands-on delivery of the Justice System Education Program to students and community groups.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • • Facilitating educational sessions to students and community groups
  • Planning, organizing and delivering educational programs
  • Conducting professional development sessions with teachers
  • Promoting JES educational resources
  • Monitoring participation and youth engagement in the program

The Person

  • Two year’s experience working with high school students
  • Two year’s experience as an educator
  • Familiarity with the BC justice system (preferred, but not required)
  • Familiarity with BC’s new curriculum (preferred, but not required)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong time management skills and professionalism
  • Ability to use common business applications: MS-Office, email, internet

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@JusticeEducation.ca by September 4th.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 


Public Legal Educator (Victoria)

The Organization

The Justice Education Society of BC (JES) is a non–profit organization with over 25 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas. In Canada, the Society helps more than 700,000 British Columbians learn about our justice system and address their legal issues. Internationally, JES has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana which work with national institutions to strengthen justice systems, access to justice and citizen security. JES has offices in Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana and has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments. More information on JES is available at www.JusticeEducation.ca.

The Program

The Justice System Education Program has been introducing students and community groups to BC courts since 1989. Through educational sessions, watching live trials and interactions with judges, lawyers and other justice professionals, participants learn about our justice system and how legal issues are addressed in BC. Over the years, JSEP has introduced more than 1 million people to BC courts.

The Position

The Justice Education Society has an immediate opening for a Public Legal Educator for our office at the Victoria Law Courts. Working 10 hours per week with summers off, the Public Legal Educator provides hands-on delivery of the Justice System Education Program to students and community groups.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Facilitating educational sessions to students and community groups
  • Planning, organizing and delivering educational programs
  • Conducting professional development sessions with teachers
  • Promoting JES educational resources
  • Monitoring participation and youth engagement in the program

The Person

  • Two year’s experience working with high school students
  • Two year’s experience as an educator
  • Familiarity with the BC justice system (preferred, but not required)
  • Familiarity with BC’s new curriculum (preferred, but not required)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong time management skills and professionalism
  • Ability to use common business applications: MS-Office, email, internet

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@JusticeEducation.ca by September 4th, 2018.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 


Project Manager

Location: To be located in Vancouver or Guatemala City depending on final candidate.

Reports to: International Program Director

ABOUT THE JUSTICE EDUCATION SOCIETY (JES)

JES is a non-profit organization with over 25 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas. In Canada, JES helps British Columbians learn about our justice system, address their legal issues, improve legal capability and access to justice. JES works with partners around the world to deliver practical, integrated and impactful projects that promote effective and accessible justice systems which are key to sustainable development, individual security and human rights. With extensive experience in designing and implementing international projects, our work has included a range of diverse projects on justice capacity building, the rule of law, citizen security, human rights, access to justice, gender-based violence, youth justice and public legal education. JES currently has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana, and works with national institutions to strengthen justice systems, and increase access to justice and citizen security. JES has offices in British Columbia, Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana and has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments.

THE PROJECT

Strengthening Criminal Investigations and Evidence Sharing in Central America (Project completion date: January 2021)

The goal of this project is to strengthen the security and justice systems of the region with a strategic focus on addressing organized crime structures and tackling gang related criminal activity. Specifically, it focuses on building and/or improving the capacity of justice and law enforcement institutions and agencies in the Northern Triangle (Police Forces, Public Prosecutors' Offices, Judiciary and Forensic Science Services) to:

  1. Use several specialized investigation techniques and criminal intelligence analysis to combat transnational threats posed by international crime and corruption in the Northern Triangle of Central America.
  2. Protect justice system personnel in the Northern Triangle of Central America.
  3. Cooperate in the regional sharing of forensic and investigative information, intelligence and evidence between prosecuting and police authorities in Central America.

The largest areas of focus, representing about 80% of the overall project, will be to increase the skills and knowledge in criminal intelligence analysis (CIA) and specialist investigative techniques in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. This will be accomplished by working with the Public Prosecutors' offices in all three countries to deliver an advanced CIA program.

Other areas of focus:

  1. Increase access to equipment and software for analysts, investigators and prosecutors to support criminal intelligence analysis and specialist investigative techniques in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
  2. Increase knowledge and skills in investigations of corruption in Honduras and crime scene investigation in El Salvador.
  3. Increase awareness of and skills in protection of prosecutors and judges in El Salvador, Honduras & Guatemala.
  4. Increase skills, knowledge and awareness in sharing of forensic and investigative information, intelligence and evidence between prosecuting and police authorities in Central America.

THE POSITION

The Project Manager will have overall responsibility for the delivery and reporting of the project in-country including implementation and monitoring of all project activities and oversight of financial management processes.

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • Produce a detailed work plan sequencing all activities and ensuring delivery of all activities on time, within budget.
  • Manage the implementation of project activities.
  • Ensure all project activities are properly documented according to JES policies and procedures.
  • Implement project evaluation and monitoring systems and assessment of project impact.
  • Coordinate work with international experts.
  • Manage all project funds according to JES accounting and finance policies and procedures.
  • Monitor and approve all project expenses and oversee financial reporting of project expenses.
  • Monitor project cash flow projections and report actual cash flow and variance to the Finance Director on a regular basis.
  • In consultation with the International Program Director, produce narrative reports in accordance with funder requirements.
  • In collaboration with the Finance Department, produce financial reports in accordance with funder requirements.
  • Ensure that all other funder contract responsibilities with respect to monitoring, reporting and evaluation activities are met.
  • Ensure that contracting and procurement processes conform to JES policies.
  • Liaise in the field with Global Affairs Canada (GAC), other relevant donors, institutional partners and other Ministries as necessary to ensure project delivery and impact.
  • Supervise project personnel in relation to delivery of the project.
  • Conduct performance appraisals of project personnel in accordance with JES procedures.
  • Coordinate the negotiation and supervision of sub-contracts and monitor for results.

THE PERSON

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Experience managing projects in challenging environments, preferably in Central America.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish.
  • Experience working in NGO projects with government funding.
  • Experience and competence in budgeting and financial management of multi-million dollar projects.
  • Familiarity and ability to work with results-based management (RBM) framework.
  • Experience in conducting relationships at senior levels, preferably with government institutions.
  • Excellent leadership, planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to travel.

Preferred

Experience implementing capacity building projects in the area of justice and human rights.

Education

University degree in a relevant discipline such as law, sociology, business management, international development or equivalent professional experience.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@justiceeducation.ca by August 31st, 2018.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 


Volunteers

The Justice Education Society is able to provide quality programs and services with the support of over 500 volunteers each year. These volunteers vary from the province’s Chief Justice to secondary school students.

Their diverse contributions range from speaking at our programs and being on advisory committees to helping edit our materials, staging mock trials, and stuffing envelopes.

To find out more about volunteer opportunities, please Contact Us.

To volunteer with our international program, visit the international volunteer page for more details.
 

Fundraising Volunteers

The Justice Education Society is launching a major, province-wide fundraising campaign to “Sponsor Kids to Learn About the Law.”

Government funding to the Society’s Justice System Education Program is now gone. Every year, the program introduces thousands of students to the courts. Program activities include court orientations, court watching, sessions with judges and other justice system personnel and performing mock trials. This program is now at risk and we are counting on donations to sustain it.

The Society is hoping to raise $100,000 to introduce 20,000 youth to BC courts throughout the province. We are seeking sponsorship from law firms, individual lawyers, judges, businesses and the general public.

We are also seeking individuals who are interested to volunteer and help support this fundraising campaign.
Contact us at Volunteer@JusticeEducation.ca for more information.