The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks a Criminal Justice Advisor for a project focused on strengthening the criminal justice system in Belize. This 2-year program will involve working closely with the police, prosecutors, judiciary and other relevant stakeholders. The Criminal Justice Advisor will serve as a technical lead on project activities related to this sub-area of expertise and will collaborate closely with other project team members and host country government staff. The position reports to the Chief of Party, based in Washington, DC.
Major duties and responsibilities include:
- Assist with the facilitation of implementation and compliance of Belize’s Criminal Procedure Rules with the aim of strengthening the courts’ ability to expeditiously move cases through the judicial system, lessen the court case backlog, and institutionalize consistent and reliable outcomes.
- Assist in the strengthening and/or reform of the case file management system, prosecutorial and judicial processes, relevant legislation, prison management and rehabilitation programs, and other relevant areas of the justice sector.
- Provide training, advice, and mentoring to justice sector officials to establish expertise in building, prosecuting, and hearing cases related to transnational organized crime (including narcotics, human, and natural resources trafficking), money laundering, and other complex and/or international crimes.
- Provide training, advice, and mentoring to justice sector officials and judicial support staff to develop their respective capacities to process cases more efficiently and effectively.
- Provide training, advice, and mentoring to justice sector officials on issues such as standardized approaches to evidence acceptability and protecting witnesses from threat or coercion.
- Provide training, advice, and mentoring to justice sector officials and judicial support staff on accountability and transparency as it applies to professional conduct, the importance of system redundancy, and expectations of partner organizations.
- Provide recommendations for INL programming and support to the Criminal Justice Sector. Assist the government of Belize is moving programming requests through its chain of approval and to INL Belize.
Education, Experience and Other Qualifications:
- Advanced Law Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice, public policy, international development or related field of study; Master’s Degree is preferred.
- Minimum of 15 years of relevant technical experience in justice reform.
- Experience working in the common-law system required.
- Expertise in the Westminster system of governance and justice is required.
- Experience working with international development organizations strongly preferred.
- Experience working with transnational organized crime cases strongly preferred.
- Experience working as an advisor of a program funded by the U.S. Department of State strongly preferred.
- Experience working overseas required.
- Experience serving as a trainer, supervisor or mentor of justice sector officials in developing countries required.
- Superior interpersonal and diplomatic skills, with ability to work with a variety of counterparts, including cabinet-level officials.
- Demonstrated leadership, adaptability, and integrity.
- Proven success in managing technical and operational teams.
- Fluency in English is required.
About the Organization
Created in 1962 through a unique agreement between the Organization of American States (OAS) and the private sector, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is an independent, non-profit organization 501(c)(3) that creates public-private partnerships to assist the least advantaged people in Latin America and the Caribbean. Having worked in every country in the region, PADF engages community-based groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public and private sector in the process of implementing appropriate solutions for sustainable development. The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) empowers disadvantaged people and communities in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve sustainable economic and social progress, strengthen their communities and civil society, and prepare for and respond to natural disasters and other humanitarian crises, thereby advancing the principles of the Organization of the American States (OAS).