The Legal Advisor supports the work of the Regional Delegation based in Pretoria and of its African Centre of Expertise (ACoE) on Missing Persons and Forensic Systems by advising on national, regional, and international law related primarily to the protection and management of the dead and Missing persons but also other areas requiring forensic guidance and support. S/he conducts related legal work as requested by the Pretoria Delegation and the ACoE, as well as in support of the work of ICRC Delegations across Africa. S/he initiates and formulates strategies to address identified issues, guides and conducts research on and analysis of specific legal matters develops guiding documents and supports the sensitization and implementation of programs and activities of the African Centre of Expertise (ACoE).
- Provide legal advice and guidance to colleagues across Africa on matters related to Protection and Management of the Dead and Missing Persons as well as other forensic areas of relevance to ICRC’s mandate.
- Support the regional legal department based in the Pretoria delegation in its legal analysis of laws, policies, and procedures in the region related to Protection and Management of the Dead and Missing Persons, and identification of gaps in those laws.
- Support the regional legal department by developing recommendations for addressing gaps in the laws in the region to improve national implementation
- Support and promote national implementation by States of relevant laws related to Missing Persons and Protection and Management of the Dead
- Support humanitarian diplomacy efforts of the African Centre of Expertise to motivate policy level changes, including by drafting key messages from a regional perspective
- Deliver presentations on the relevant law at events targeting African stakeholders working on Management of the Dead and Missing person issues and other forensic areas of relevance to ICRC’s mandate.
- Support Missing and Deceased Program Oversight Committee operating in South Africa and Zimbabwe with a view to the Program possibly being expanded and/or replicated
- Collaborate with the ICRC’s Central Tracing Agency and its Global Hub, including on the development of legal and policy frameworks related to the National Information Bureaux
- Master’s degree in Law
- Good knowledge of International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, and the criminal justice system (knowledge of International Criminal Law and the African Human Rights system is an advantage)
- Good knowledge of comparative law and its methodology
- Fluent in spoken and written English and French (another African language will be an asset)
- Computer proficiency
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: Pretoria, Gauteng, SA
Application Deadline: N/A