Public Defense Advisor

American Bar Association, Monrovia, Liberia

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th September, 2017

Job Description

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative seeks candidates for inclusion in a long-term (2-years) Public Defense Advisor consultant position for an anticipated INL-funded Judicial Support program in Liberia. The Public Defense Advisor will work with the ABA ROLI Country Director to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public defenders by supporting improvements in case intake, assignment, filing, and management. The Public Defense Advisor will be embedded within the office of the public defender at the Temple of Justice, and will work to improve standard operating procedures and oversight of office personnel, while also providing mentoring and training support.


Under the supervision of ABA ROLI’s Monrovia-based Country Director, the Public Defense Advisor will:

  • Collaborate with counterparts within the judiciary to develop case management systems, including providing support for the development of standard operating procedures and policies concerning case intake, case assignment, case filing and management, and case oversight;
  • Provide mentoring and training to public defenders to improve representation of defendants in criminal proceedings;
  • Establish and maintain effective professional relationships with GOL officials, including the office of the Public Defenders, the Judiciary, the James A. A. Pierre Judicial Institute, the Ministry of Justice, and related civil society and international NGOs;
  • Collaborate with and provide support to the Judicial Institute to review, update and improve training modules and curricula for public defenders on identified areas of need, including but not limited to plea bargaining, trial advocacy, and defense techniques;
  • Work with and support the development of Liberian trainers to enable continued training and mentoring within a sustainable and continuing legal education system;
  • Provide guidance and support to the director of the Public Defender’s office and related judicial personnel to improve performance monitoring and oversight systems;
  • Other duties as required.


  • Juris Doctorate in law, or equivalent, and at least five years of experience practicing as a public defender;
  • Experience supervising or overseeing the management and processing of legal cases or court dockets; Prior experience implementing international rule of law programs is a plus;
  • Experience in post-conflict environments supporting public institution capacity development, demonstrated understanding of the function and challenges in judicial processes in post conflict settings;
  • Ability to maintain key relationships in a culturally diverse environment and respectfully negotiate the resolution of conflicting views to enable project implementation;
  • Demonstrated experience evaluating, designing, developing, and implementing professional-level curricula, modules or training materials is desirable;
  • Expertise in adult learning theory, interactive skill building, and participatory methodologies appropriate for adult learners;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact professionally with and mentor culturally diverse staff & clients at all levels of seniority;
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances, to re-evaluate priorities, and to respond appropriately when circumstances evolve;
  • Fluency in English, excellent communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills;
  • Consistently high level of professionalism, initiative, judgment and discretion;
  • Knowledge of the justice sector, legal system and socio-political context of Liberia is beneficial


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