ABA ROLI Prosecution Advisor/Trainer, Sri Lanka (Volunteer)

Volunteer , Volunteer opportunity
Posted on 10 July 2018

Job Description


With increased reports of Sri Lankan men, women and children migrating to regions being subjected to forced labor and forced prostitution, Trafficking in Persons (TIP) has emerged as a high priority issue in Sri Lanka. With support from the U.S. Government, ABA ROLI has established operations in Sri Lanka to provide support to the justice sector by strengthening TIP criminal accountability and advancing effective victim protection. ABA ROLI will be working with the Attorney General’s Department (OAG), the Sri Lankan Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and the Judicial Training Institute (JTI) to achieve this goal.

Pro bono TIP Prosecution Advisors/Trainers will participate in the joint development and review of practical prosecution tools. Trainings will be designed in consultation with the OAG Solicitor General and TIP focal point Assistant Solicitor General. Training content may include drafting strategic TIP indictments, victim identification, strengthening OAG’s advisory role with law enforcement, building strong TIP cases, skills-based TIP trial advocacy, victim and witness protection and assistance, and prosecutorial discretion.

TIP Prosecution Advisors/Trainers will also co-facilitate the Training of Trainers (TOT) for State Prosecutors in Colombo. In collaboration with OAG, ABA ROLI will support a two-day Training of Trainers for 15-20 State Prosecutors – tentatively scheduled for 6-7 October 2018. Prosecution Advisors/Trainers will work alongside expert prosecution trainers from the USA and the Philippines who specialize in both sex and labour trafficking cases. The TOT is envisaged to serve as a springboard for future cascading trainings for all prosecutors in Sri Lanka and will utilize best practices in adult education, emphasize a victim-centered approach to TIP accountability, and underscore the importance of coordination among responsible agencies. Participants in the TOT will later serve as a specialized cadre of TIP resource points to reinforce the support provided by the TIP unit of OAG.

Please note: Although this is a voluntary position, ABA ROLI will cover the costs of travel and lodging. After the TOT concludes, per diem will be provided to cover relevant costs.


  • Advisory Services (July – Sept 2018)
    • Guidance for drafting strategic TIP indictments based on promising prosecutorial practices of other jurisdictions (Australia, India, UK, USA, and the Philippines) as well as precedent and good practices in Sri Lanka vis-à-vis charging in the main and alternative with respect to other criminal offenses.
    • Victim identification and referral checklists tailored for State Prosecutors in accordance with specific mandates and functions, as well as bandwidth for interfacing with (potential) victims of trafficking and providing advisory support to law enforcement.
    • Support for development of other practical prosecution tools TBD by relevant stakeholders.
  • Training of Trainers (Aug – Oct 2018)
    • Review and provide inputs on the draft of the TOT curriculum
    • Conduct consultations with counterpart expert TIP prosecution trainer in preparation for the jointly conducted TOT for State Prosecutors
    • Co-facilitate TOT for State Prosecutors with counterpart expert TIP prosecution trainer from another country.


  • University degree in law, preferred with 15 or more years’ experience including prosecution of TIP cases
  • Proven experience as a trainer; experience in the development/review of skills-based training materials; experience providing technical advice/ mentoring
  • Excellent intercultural communication skills and interpersonal skills with ability to quickly build rapport with senior government officials and prosecutors
  • Organizational proficiency and excellent analytical and evaluate skills
  • Previous experience working with criminal justice actors in developing countries

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to follow up with candidates who are selected for interviews. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and this position may be filled prior to the close date.

About the Organization

ABA ROLI is a non-profit pro­gram that implements legal reform programs in roughly 40 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 400 professional staff work­ing abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI’s host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organi­zations, including human rights groups.

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