COLPI Job Announcement: Senior Legal Officer for Criminal Justice

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COLPI Job Announcement: Senior Legal Officer for Criminal

Title: Senior Legal Officer for Criminal Justice
Constitutional and Legal Policy Institute
The Constitutional and Legal Policy Institute (COLPI) is the legal
reform support program of the Open Society Institute in Budapest. 
COLPI's mission is to contribute to the development of open societies
in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and
Mongolia through legal reform and support of basic rights and modern
democratic institutions.  An important aspect of this mission is to
help develop and strengthen the legal programs within the various
national Soros foundations.  COLPI's regional scope may gradually
extend to some other parts of the world in the future.
Aimed at long-term impact, COLPI's activities are primarily designed
to assist in the development of reform policies and the legal
infrastructure within the countries of operation, including
legislation, judiciary, procuracy, access to justice and legal aid,
penitentiary and juvenile justice, police, media, anti-corruption, as
well as legal education institutions.  COLPI deals, in particular,
with issues related to human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rule
of law, democracy and the protection of national minorities, with
emphasis on projects concerning the weaker groups within society
(e.g., detainees, women, children, ethnic minorities, and the mentally
COLPI seeks a Senior Legal Officer for Criminal Justice programs, to
be responsible for the overall design and implementation of COLPI's
Criminal Justice programs dealing with institutions such as prisons
and the procuracy, with a special emphasis on pre-trial detention,
alternative sentencing, juvenile justice and community
The Senior Legal Officer will report directly to COLPI's Executive
Director and will work with considerable independence to:
* identify priority areas for COLPI in the above-mentioned fields,
develop overall plans and recommendations, and make concrete plans for
the development and implementation of concrete projects in specific
countries or region-wide;
* conduct regular on-site visits in the countries of the CEE and the
fSU and assist the National Soros Foundations and other partner
organizations in the development and, if necessary, implementation of
strategies, programs and projects in the above mentioned fields;
* conduct critical evaluation of the OSI programs in the area of
criminal justice, aimed at the development of policy recommendations;
* co-operate with international organizations, criminal justice
professionals, governmental agencies and policy-makers and organize
workshops, seminars and other kinds of bilateral and multilateral

The successful candidate is expected to have:

* both conceptual and practical knowledge on the issues of criminal
justice in at least two countries, preferably one of them in the
region of COLPI's operation;
* a law degree;
* at least several years of recent working experience on these issues,
preferably having practiced as an attorney and/or prosecutor
specialized in criminal law;
* a solid understanding of the issues and problems in the sphere of
criminal justice in general and, preferably, also in the region of the
former socialist countries;
* excellent knowledge of English and preferably one of the languages
of the region;
* excellent communication skills and ability to negotiate reform
programs with governmental officials and other partner institutions;
* and strong research, writing, public speaking and management skills.

The position is based in Budapest and will require extensive travel. 
The position is available immediately. Salary is commensurate with
experience.  OSI offers generous benefits in addition to competitive
salaries.  Please, send resume and cover letters to:
Adminconsult Rt.
Att. Mr. Martin Dunstone
Oktober 6. U. 12
Budapest, Hungary
Fax: +36-1-327-3133

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