Research Officer, EWJ Project

Job Description

Title: Research Officer, EWJ Project

Company Name: Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)

Vacancy: 1

Job Location: Dhaka

Employment Status: Full-time

Educational Requirements:
∎ Masters in Law or Social Sciences from any reputed university/institution.

Experience Requirements:
∎ At least 3 year(s)

Job Context:
∎ About the organization: BLAST is one of the leading legal services organizations in Bangladesh, and the only one that provides access to legal aid across the spectrum, from the frontlines of the formal justice system to the apex court. It prioritizes support to women, men and children living in poverty or facing disadvantage or discrimination. It also provides legal aid, advice and representation across a range of areas, including civil, criminal, family, labour and land law, as well as on constitutional rights and remedies, providing access to judicial remedies alongside alternative dispute resolution wherever appropriate. Alongside individual legal aid, BLAST undertakes strategic litigation, or public interest litigation, as a key part of its advocacy for law and policy reforms to ensure effective legal protection of rights. Currently operating in 24 districts across the country, BLAST works through its staff lawyers (and paralegals and researchers) at headquarters and in each district unit, in collaboration with its enlisted panel of about 2600 lawyers across the country who provide legal redress to clients on a pro bono basis, with a nominal honorarium.
∎ Position Description: It is an entry-level position based at BLAST Head Office located in Dhaka under the project titled “Empowering Workers for Justice (EWJ)”. The University of South Carolina’s Rule of Law Collaborative (USC-ROLC), through its status as a practical research institution, and the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), through its expertise as the premier legal aid organization in Bangladesh, are best-placed to lead the ‘Empowering Workers for Justice (EWJ)’ project to reinforce the ability of construction and tannery workers to organize, self-advocate, confront abuses, and push for reform on both an operational and policy level.

Job Responsibilities:
∎ S/he will be responsible for assisting in research fellowship program.
∎ S/he will assist to the research specialist to prepare research report by collecting relevant research data & information.
∎ Conduct and help arrange and prepare for stakeholder interviews.
∎ Collect and gather data from various offline and online sources.
∎ Assist with ongoing legal research activities, with a particular focus on construction and tannery workers related issues i.e. compensation for workplace injuries and deaths, violation of labour rights comparing national and international laws
∎ Conduct and help arrange and prepare for KIIs, FGDs and seminars.
∎ Analyse, compile and scan BLAST case records and reported judgments for research purposes.
∎ Conduct any tasks delegated by Research Specialist, BLAST.
∎ Attend workshops and seminars at local and national level on behalf of BLAST.
∎ Assist to prepare documents as required by the BLAST management.
∎ Make occasional visits to EWJ project and fields areas for research purposes.

Additional Requirements:
∎ Minimum 3 years’ professional experience in the relevant field.
∎ Experience in research work.
∎ Sound knowledge of relevant applicable national laws.
∎ Legal research skills.
∎ Strong networking skill with relevant stakeholders on labour rights, GBV and gender discrimination.
∎ Good in communication both in English and Bangla.
∎ Good computer skill in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Salary:
∎ Tk. 30000 (Monthly)
∎ Salary, Benefits and allowances: commensurate with experience and BLAST`s salary scale and policy, two festival bonus equivalent to one month`s basic salary each payable after successful completion of 6 months probation.

Compensation & Other Benefits:
∎ Weekly 2 holidays

Job Source: Bdjobs.com Online Job Posting.

Application Deadline: 20 Oct 2021

Company Information:
∎ 11 Oct 2021
∎ Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)
∎ Address : YMCA Development Center, 1/1 Pioneer Road, Kakrail, Dhaka-1000.
∎ Web : www.blast.org.bd
∎ Business : BLAST is one of the leading legal services organizations in Bangladesh, and the only one that provides access to legal aid across the spectrum, from the frontlines of the formal justice system to the apex court. It prioritises support to women, men and children living in poverty or facing disadvantage or discrimination. It also provides legal aid, advice and representation across a range of areas, including civil, criminal, family, labour and land law, as well as on constitutional rights and remedies, providing access to judicial remedies alongside alternative dispute resolution wherever appropriate. Alongside individual legal aid, BLAST undertakes strategic litigation, or public interest litigation, as a key part of its advocacy for law and policy reforms to ensure effective legal protection of rights.

Category: NGO/Development

: BLAST is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualifiedcandidates from all religious, gender and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living withdisabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. However, qualified female candidatesare strongly encouraged to apply to achieving significant gender equality at all levels of theorganization.