Advocacy Mentor

Closing Date: 04 October 2022

Category: Policy, Governance, Monitoring & Evaluation

Become a VSA Volunteer and share your experience, knowledge, and skills to transform the lives of many, provide greater cultural understanding, and create a fair future for all.
  
About volunteering with VSA

VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. We provide skilled Kiwi volunteers to support organisations in the Pacific and beyond through capacity building, both in country and virtually.
  
Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.

VSA will cover living allowances, accommodation, and utilities. Travel, visas, insurance and medical costs are organised and funded by VSA. 

Our Partner Organisation

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) is responsible to maintain a safe and just Solomon Islands supported by a constitutionally independent public prosecutions service under the rule of law to deliver an independent, fair and effective prosecution service. The main functions of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions are executive management, prosecution services, sector strengthening and reform, and prosecution for “stretim pipol lo place.”

The ODPP provides legal advice to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and all Solomon Islands Government ministries. Regarding prosecutions, the ODDP works in the Court of Appeal, High Courts, Magistrate Court, and Provincial Courts.
Their cases include general crime; family-related crimes such as domestic violence; sexual offences; corruption, fraud, and all economic crimes; and offences under the penal code and other legislations. On behalf of the people of Solomon Islands they undertake prosecutions for other ministries. The ODPP also provides legal awareness and education about their office and the laws of the country.


The Assignment

In this assignment a volunteer is being sought to support lawyers who need mentoring and coaching in advocacy. Working alongside team leaders, the volunteer will support with identifying gaps in skills and knowledge of advocacy and find ways to support lawyers.


The Volunteer

We're looking for a volunteer with the following:

  • LLB
  • Current practicing certificate
  • Experience in both defending and prosecuting cases in District and High court
  • Experience as an advocate
  • Understanding of judicial standards
  • The ability to analyse files and direct further enquiries and preparation
  • Experience drafting court applications and submissions to a high standard
  • Experience providing legal training to colleagues
  • The ability to work in low-resource environments
  • The ability to work alongside lawyers some of who struggle to use analytical skills
  • Experience in prosecuting homicide, sexual offences and corruption

Apply Now!

Apply for this amazing opportunity through our website. For more information on this assignment, email volunteer@vsa.org.nz.

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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • 12-Months Assignment in the Solomon Islands
  • Utilize your advocacy skills
  • Volunteer with VSA