Adviser - Office of the Public Prosecutor, VAPJP - Vanuatu

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 18 August 2019
  • Vanuatu
  • Closing on 1 September 2019

Job Description

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. Palladium International and the Australia Vanuatu Policing and Justice Program - Stretem Rod Blong Jastis Mo Sefti - are seeking a full-time Adviser, Office of the Public Prosecutor, to commence as soon as possible. The purpose of this role is to
Provide Advisory support to OPP (90%):
To assist the Vanuatu Office of the Public Prosecutor (OPP) continue improving the quality of services and its service delivery with a particular focus on the serious crime team.

  • To assist build sustainable professional capacity within the OPP through CLE, mentoring and coaching of core advocacy skills, case preparation, and effective conduct of trial and appellant processes with a focus on the development of prosecutors managing cases involving women, children and the disabled.
  • To support and facilitate cross-sector capacity development initiatives that relate to the OPP, where appropriate
  • Support should be provided to OPP staff in Port Vila as well as in provincial locations.

In addition to advisory support to the OPP, the adviser will support the provision of general legal strengthening support across the sector (10%):

  • To provide targeted skills development and learning opportunities for lawyers from across the sector to build legal skills and knowledge
  • To support law reform across the criminal justice sector, particularly where reform could improve justice outcomes for vulnerable and at risk groups
  • To support other legal and policy activities as appropriate and in line with sector and OPP priorities

These functions should be carried out in a way that preserves the independence of the OPP and does not risk creating any conflict-of interest, perceived or actual.


  • Build productive working relationships with the Public Prosecutor and all other staff within the OPP.
  • Prepare and deliver regular in-house capacity development support including training to prosecutors of the OPP in all aspects of prosecution work undertaken by the serious crime team and prepare associated training materials for use by other OPP staff members.
  • Provide mentoring and guidance to the legal staff within the OPP on legal matters, including case preparation and written submissions to the Magistrates’ Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal
  • If admission to the Vanuatu bar is obtained, appear in trials and appeals as directed by the by the Public Prosecutor and after consultation with the Program Coordinator (Justice)
  • Provide mentoring, guidance, training and case support to OPP serious crime team staff on the management and prosecution of offences involving women, children and the disabled, particularly in a family violence or sexual offence context.
  • Support OPP legal officers to develop legal awareness and outreach materials and presentations
  • Support OPP staff to build links with and work collaboratively together with other agencies and institutions of the Vanuatu policing, justice and community services sector
  • Deliver, or facilitate the delivery of, targeted skills development and learning opportunities for lawyers from across the sector (where there is demand/interest)
  • Support to prosecutors developing the ‘App’ or ‘Salmon Drive’Knowledge base
  • Provide support to whole-of-sector legal and policy initiatives supported by the program and the OPP, as required
  • Collaborate as a member of a multi-disciplinary team with the collective responsibility of achieving the program’s end of program outcomes by mutually reinforcing strategies developed by the program as well as participating in processes that facilitate this.


  • Law Degree and admission to practice in a relevant jurisdiction. A Masters degree in law would be desirable. Eligible for admission to the Vanuatu Legal Professional Bar
  • Criminal law advocacy experience particularly in relation to sexual offences and family violence
  • Experience in case management and the mentoring and supervision of junior prosecutors
  • Significant practical prosecutorial experience or other legal work relevant to the work of the OPP
  • Understanding of and ability to design and implement effective and sustainable capacity development and skills transfer activities that takes into account the core prosecutorial building blocks
  • Experience in preparation and delivery of adult professional training
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and respectfully in a cross cultural setting
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound professional judgement in sensitive situations
  • Understanding of gender and development issues (desirable)
  • Understanding of law and development issues (desirable)
  • Previous experience working in Melanesian culture (desirable)
  • Eligible to obtain Vanuatu visa

Along with their CV (maximum 4 pages), interested applicants must submit a written response (maximum 2 pages) addressing their suitability for the role, with particular reference to how they meet the selection criteria in the Terms of Reference (please click here).

About the Organization

Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations and non-profit organisations.

Palladium is built on the idea that progress will be supported by four key pillars: • International Development • Strategy Execution Consulting • Impact Investment • Training and Events We create positive impact through more than 100 current projects with more than 2000 employees operating in over 90 countries.

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