Senior Advocacy Officer, LEGD Project

Job Description

Title: Senior Advocacy Officer, LEGD 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 5 year(s)

Job Responsibilities:
∎ Prepare designs and plans for advocacy especially focus on LEGD Project.
∎ Prepare concept notes, background documents and presentations for different advocacy events.
∎ Assist in organizing seminars, workshops and lectures, including correspondence with speakers, press and participants.
∎ Collect and maintain documentation on key policy and legal changes relevant to the organization's advocacy activities and plans.
∎ Prepare monthly, the quarterly, half-yearly and annual report regarding advocacy activities
∎ Will be responsible for assisting in identifying socio-legal research issues arising from the community and other consultations, organizing seminars, workshops and lectures, including correspondence with speakers, press and participants;
∎ Review all BLAST's documents, develop advocacy materials and the lessons learned from BLAST's activities and different projects specially LEGD and assist to develop the advocacy strategies and operational guidelines.
∎ Unpack the technical issues and suggestions of way forward around the selected advocacy topics, and bring these to the BLAST Management at which time plans will be developed to best implement of agreed initiatives. Provide support to implement advocacy-related actions as agreed by the BLAST management.
∎ Assisting in maintaining internal and external communications, including with government ministries and agencies, the judiciary, the media, national and international organizations relating to advocacy; coordinating with other networks and organizations regarding press releases or preparation of advocacy campaigns..
∎ Assist in maintaining internal and external communications, including with government ministries and agencies, judges, lawyers, academics, the media, national and international organizations, different communities relating to advocacy.
∎ Actively participate and represent the organization in various networks and movements.
∎ Update contacts for advocacy on our core areas of work.
∎ Ensure accurate and updated maintenance of files including electronic files on all advocacy initiatives.
∎ Keep all advocacy-related documents properly and assist to ensure those as and when required.
∎ Ensure proper recording and placement of books, journals, newspapers, reports and other publications, photographs, and slides in a proper place.
∎ Record and maintain minutes of advocacy meetings and relevant materials.

Additional Requirements:
∎ Minimum 5 years of professional experience in the relevant field.
∎ Experience in policy advocacy.
∎ Good networking with different forums, electronic and print media.
∎ Excellent facilitation skill.
∎ Good writing skills both in English and Bengali.
∎ Good in communication both in English and Bangla.
∎ Good computer skill in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
∎ Leadership
∎ Technical know-how
∎ Linkage and Network
∎ Facilitation skill

∎ Negotiable
∎ Costs in relation to any fieldwork will be borne by the organization. Salary and Benefits and allowances: commensurate with experience and project design.

Compensation & Other Benefits:
∎ Weekly 2 holidays
∎ Lunch Facilities: Partially Subsidize

Application Deadline: 28 Feb 2021

Company Information:
∎ 18 Feb 2021
∎ Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)
∎ Address : YMCA Development Center, 1/1 Pioneer Road, Kakrail, Dhaka-1000.
∎ Web :
∎ 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 qualified candidates from all religious, gender and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. However, qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply to achieving significant gender equality at all levels of the organization.