Prosecution Advisor- Liberia

Employer
Tetra Tech
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Sep 11, 2017
Closes
Sep 22, 2017
Function
Accountant, IT
Industry
Law
Hours
Full Time
Tetra Tech Inc. is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services worldwide. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees-16,000 people working together across disciplines and time zones to provide smart, sustainable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in 400 locations around the world. We offer competitive compensation and benefits and are searching for innovative people to join our teams. Tetra Tech Inc. have an immediate opportunity for a highly motivated professional Prosecution Advisor will be embedded within the Department of Prosecution, specifically the Felonious Crimes Division of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), to advise and mentor prosecutors in trial skills and case processing, with a particular focus on felonies such as armed robbery, homicide and narcotics offenses except Sexual and Gender Based Violence related crimes. The candidate will work toward improving the quality of prosecution, investigation and ancillary tasks within the Felonious Crime Division of the Department of Prosecution, and work may extend to counties outside of Montserrado as may be requested by the Solicitor General and INL. The Prosecution Advisor will assist MOJ Prosecutors and County Attorneys in improving internal policies and procedures, and contribute generally to the improvement of the administration of the rule of law within the Liberian Justice Sector, with a goal of improving prosecutorial performance at all levels. The candidate will primarily work at the offices of the Director for Felonious Crimes & the County Attorney for Montserrado County, as an embedded advisor, but will be responsible for advising all 15 of Liberia's County Attorneys; this includes travel to these counties. This position is embedded within the Department of Prosecution of the Ministry of Justice. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Mentor and provide technical assistance to MOJ prosecutors and county attorneys to develop and implement standard operating procedures (SOPs) on a range of ancillary administrative matters, including case intake, assignment, management, and processing Advise and mentor prosecutors in trial advocacy, procedural and prosecution strategies, and plea bargaining Advise and mentor prosecutors in legal writing and research Work with GOL to refine guidelines and SOPs on plea bargaining, specifically on which cases to plea bargain and victim/witness outreach and engagement Establish and maintain effective and respectful professional relationships with GOL officials at the functional level Advise INL/Liberia in areas of expertise and collaborate with advisors on existing INL criminal justice programs Facilitate close cooperation between the prosecutors and the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) with a goal of developing cases based on sufficient evidence to prosecute Design and collaborate with the GOL to provide individual training modules on issues identified through mentoring and advising activities Train GOL trainers in areas of particular focus, as determined with INL/Liberia Regularly gather data on criminal justice sector performance metrics and report to INL in the manner requested, upon request Collect data on the total number of cases that law enforcement presents to the SG's office and those that are returned to law enforcement for additional investigation Coordinate to ensure that project activities are complementary and not duplicative through maintaining a close working relationship with internal and external stakeholders, advisors and donors Prepare background materials, talking points, updates, and reports for INL regarding the Liberian Criminal Justice Sector Participate in official visits, arranges itineraries and logistical support for official visitors Provide interpretation of GOL law, regulations policies, procedures and directives Other duties as assignedEDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATION:Advanced law degree from an US accredited law school or equivalent Proof of good standing as a member of a bar association from a US State Supreme Court or equivalent 10 years of professional legal experience as an US prosecutor or the equivalent, or have substantial trial experience that includes armed robbery, narcotics and homicide cases 2 years of experience working on rule of law reform programs in a developing, conflict or post-conflict environment to include working on policy initiatives and designing and using metrics to gauge performance Must have worked in the legal profession or on international rule of law reform within the past five years Ability to build and maintain key relationships in a different cultural environment, and respectfully negotiate the resolution of conflicting views to facilitate project implementation Fluent in English DESIRED QUALIFICATION:Experience living in developing, conflict or post-conflict countries in Africa Experience serving as a trainer and/or program manager in an international context Ability to integrate and relate program activities into the broader goals of INL Supervisory experience in the trial law practice environment or trial advocacy/law clinic teaching experience To be considered applicants must submit Cover letter and CV in reverse chronological form. Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements listed above will not be considered. Please ensure that all necessary documents are uploaded, as incomplete applications and/or corrupt files may delay processing of your application or remove you from consideration. No phone calls will be accepted. Tetra Tech, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we value workplace diversity. We invite resumes from all interested parties including women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities. Please visit our website at to see the array of diverse services and exciting projects we are currently working on. If you are disabled and need assistance with your job application process, please fax the position you are applying for to: 703-414-5593.