IRLI Programme Lawyer
Irish Rule of Law International (IRLI) is a project-orientated, non-profit rule of law
organisation established by the Law Society of Ireland and The Bar of Ireland. Originally founded in 2007, the Law Society of Northern Ireland and the Bar of Northern Ireland joined in 2015. The organisation has collaborated with academics, judges, legal practitioners, policymakers and civil society around the world to advance collective knowledge of the relationship between rule of law, democracy, sustained economic development and human rights.
Programme Title IRLI Malawi ‘Access to Justice’ Programme
IRLI Position Title IRLI Programme Lawyer within the Judiciary
Location, Country Lilongwe, Malawi
Start Date Immediately
Length of Contract 12 months
Days per week 5
Since August 2011, IRLI has been working in Malawi to address capacity challenges within the criminal justice sector, with the overall aim of promoting the rule of law and improving access to justice for unrepresented and particularly vulnerable persons. One of the main barriers to access to justice in Malawi is that key institutions operating within the criminal justice sector lack the knowledge, capacity and resources to fulfil their roles and responsibilities in relation to accused persons. To address this, IRLI has developed a placement programme whereby Programme Lawyers (PLs) are strategically placed inside the key institutions in the Malawian criminal justice system: the Legal Aid Bureau (LAB) and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP); the Malawi Police Services (MPS) and the Judiciary. PLs work directly to increase knowledge and capacity by providing workshop training and capacity building sessions as well as offering long-term day to day mentoring. In addition, PLs support the institutions by influencing policies and practices according to human rights as well as supporting networking and stakeholders’ alliances.
IRLI’s work in Malawi targets the relationship between access to justice mechanisms for vulnerable people and a quality legal/judicial response based on the rule of law. Working to improve access to justice, using a human rights-based approach, is essential for bringing about positive social change for those persons who are amongst the most vulnerable and marginalised in society.
The overall aim of the programme is to see improved access to justice for unrepresented vulnerable persons in the criminal justice system in the Central Region of Malawi.
There are two specific objectives:
IRLI’s programme lawyers in the LAB, MPS, DPP and the Judiciary are under the direct supervision of the Country Programme Manager in Malawi, and the Director of Programmes working from IRLI HQ, the Programme Lawyer will further develop the linkages which have been established with the relevant institution they are assigned to.
IRLI’s office is based in Lilongwe Area #3, however the Programme Lawyer will be required to work independently for most of the time and will be based primarily at a desk within the institution to which they are assigned, while attending weekly team meetings at the IRLI office as well as other programme related meetings as required and requested by the Country Programme Manager.
The Programme Lawyer will have responsibility for the organisation and implementation of activities and achievement of results according to IRLI’s Results Framework and Programme Execution Plan and will report directly to the Country Programme Manager, who has responsibility for overall management and oversight of the project including the team on the ground.
Role and responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Country Programme Manager, the Programme Lawyer will have the following tasks and responsibilities:
Qualifications, skills and personal characteristics
Submission of Applications
Applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae and Cover letter by 5pm (Central Africa Time) on Friday 10th September to email@example.com