Title: Staff Lawyer, EWJ Project
Company Name: Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)
Job Location: Dhaka (Ashulia)
Employment Status: Full-time
∎ Minimum LLB degree.
∎ At least 3 year(s)
∎ 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 the 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.
∎ Position Description: BLAST seeks qualified and experienced Staff Lawyers for Ashulia, Dhaka. This position is under the EWJ Project. The position of Staff Lawyer is required to ensure justice and awareness of legal rights and responsibilities for the Leather & leather goods sector and Construction workers, women, men, and children living in poverty or disadvantage or in marginalized communities, and to attain and uphold their human rights through legal aid including legal advice, legal information, legal support, referral for available services, awareness-raising, mediation and litigation as needed, including necessary follow up.
∎ S/he will be responsible for coordinating project activities at the district level.
∎ S/he will collaborate with the Trade Union, NGOs, relevant government offices, and other relevant service providers relating to networking meetings and local-level advocacy meetings.
∎ Oversee the formation of Self Help Groups and capacity-building activities to transform them into sustainable groups
∎ S/he will provide legal information and advice, facilitate any mediation processes and coordinate with the panel lawyers and client regarding any litigation.
∎ Conduct Legal awareness sessions among Leather & Leather goods and/or Construction workers, organized by the Paralegal through Self Help Groups
∎ Interview the clients and document their statements as applications.
∎ Check and maintain files, registers, and case diaries regarding cases as per BLAST guidelines.
∎ Maintain regular contact with clients/beneficiaries.
∎ Assist the Panel Lawyer while the case hearing, if required.
∎ Maintain records of engaged Panel Lawyers.
∎ Prepare concept notes, schedule and event report and share with supervisor and/or Team leader
∎ Prepare periodic and monthly activities plans for the relevant district, following the project activities plan and ensuring proper implementation of them to achieve the project goal.
∎ Arrange and conduct meetings as required
∎ Prepare monthly/quarterly/half-yearly/yearly legal statements/reports regarding applications received, advice, referral, mediation, litigation, and case studies as per BLAST guidelines.
∎ Update the Case Management System (CMS) regularly.
∎ Conduct/organize/attend meetings, workshops, seminars, and training courses.
∎ Perform all other duties as and when required by the authority.
∎ Enrolled with Bangladesh Bar Council as an Advocate for at least 3 years.
∎ Practical experience in relevant District and Sessions Judge Court and Labour Court (s). The year of practical experience for the women candidates may be relaxed.
∎ Have knowledge about different laws of the state especially Labor & Family Laws, Domestic Violence, and Violence against Women and Children.
∎ Commitment to conduct and handle BLAST's cases.
∎ Sound managerial skills.
∎ Hard-working, proactive, and able to work in a team under pressure.
∎ Good writing, speaking, and research skills both in Bangla and English.
∎ Proficient in MS Office.
Compensation & Other Benefits:
∎ Other benefits as per organization policy and costs in relation to any fieldwork will be borne by the organization.
Job Source: Bdjobs.com Online Job Posting.
Application Deadline: 17 Jul 2022
∎ 4 Jul 2022
∎ 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.
: 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 achieve significant gender equality at all levels of the organization.