Prosecution Advisor/Team Leader

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 January 2021

Job Description

Project Background for the Project:

The victimization of human rights defenders (HRD) and social leaders in Colombia is extremely linked to the activities of organized criminal groups. The current activities and the visibility of these local leaders pose a risk to expansion of criminal groups who aspire not only to derive illegal gains from drug trafficking or illegal mining, but also to have the strongest possible social control of the territories where they operate. The risk of victimization increases if the Attorney General Office (AGO) has limited institutional capabilities to investigate and prosecute crimes such as homicides and threats against HRD. More importantly, even if the AGO can identify and arrest the actual perpetrator of the crime, the result does not fully serve the demand for justice and accountability, unless those investigations lead to the dismantling of the larger criminal organizations that are behind these crimes.

Position Summary:

Under the guidance and supervision of the HQ Thematic Lead for Peace, Justice and Security (based in Washington, DC), the Prosecution Advisor (to be based in Bogota) will implement a series of initiatives to increase the organizational capacity of the Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office. His/her main technical expertise lies on building successful cases and secure convictions of individuals and organizations responsible of committing crimes.

His/her role may include the following duties:

  • Provide expert input to reduce case backlogs
  • Support the strengthening plan developed by the project team (i.e. technical assistance, training, mentoring, coaching)
  • Centralize case listings of crimes against HRD and improve indictments and trial advocacy;
  • Provide advice for the standardization of time-based court protocols for case management;
  • Provide and/or coordinate training initiatives for prosecutors;
  • Collaborate with the other advisors to streamline AGO process related to crimes against social leaders;
  • Improve the use of formal and informal mechanisms for plea bargaining and early guilty pleas to secure evidence for larger conspiracies of organized criminal organizations and intellectual authors behind the homicides and threats against social leaders and human rights defenders;
  • Support the use of technological platforms and enhanced use big data and machine learning in criminal cases;
  • Work collaboratively with the AGO staff, and other national and international partners to respond to criminal cases against social leaders;
  • Provide on-the-job coaching and mentoring to improve case management and responses;
  • Assist in capacity building activities for compiling, handling, and interpreting evidence to use for trial purposes and also larger investigations of organized crime
  • Offer technical assistance to improve knowledge and skills of AGO personnel on how to present information in a way that easily communicates complex topics to the larger public
  • Provide bi-weekly reports, or whenever required to do so;


  • Have completed an advanced law degree from an U.S. accredited law school or the equivalent in a LAC country with an adversarial criminal procedural system and been admitted to practice in a U.S. state or the equivalent. Proof of good standing as a member of a bar association is required.
  • Demonstrated minimum of fifteen (15) years of professional legal experience as an U.S. prosecutor, with substantial trial experience that drug trafficking and transnational organized crimes, and homicide cases.
  • Demonstrated four (4) years of experience working on rule of law reform programs in a developing country. This experience must 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.
  • Ability to communicate in English and Spanish with accuracy and fluency to converse effectively on a variety of topics in appropriate professional vocabulary.
  • Ability to write about general and legal issues clearly and concisely in English, to express complex ideas in a clear and logical way.
  • Experience serving as a trainer and/or program manager in an international context desired.
  • Experience with INL or UNODC programs desired.


  • Superior technical prosecutorial skills
  • Experience delivering training and mentoring colleagues and/or less experienced prosecutors
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
  • Superior management skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders from a range of education levels and disciplinary backgrounds.
  • Ability to think clearly and analytically.
  • Ability to plan own work, setting priorities and complete it under pressure or when faced with competing demands.
  • Commitment to program excellence.
  • Commitment to confidentiality.
  • Strong analytic skills and ability to respond quickly and efficiently to requests.

Personal Characteristics

  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to interact with staff in Washington D.C. and in the field, as well PADF partners.
  • Flexible in a fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness to learn from others.
  • Ability to maintain and support a positive work environment.

More About PADF

PADF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962.

PADF’s core values. “H-E-A-R-T” = Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork.

Diversity. PADF is strong because we are diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. PADF does not discriminate on the basis of ability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of cultures, languages, socio-economic backgrounds, and perspectives on the world.

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About the Organization

About PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) believes in creating a hemisphere of opportunity, for all. We work across Latin America and the Caribbean to make our region stronger—more healthy, peaceful, just, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable for current and future generations. For nearly 60 years, we have served the most vulnerable communities, investing resources throughout the hemisphere. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region.

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