Job opportunity: ILAC is currently looking for a Legal Advisor for Assessments

About ILAC

ILAC is a Stockholm-based association for legal practitioners and scholars from around the world who offer expert guidance to countries seeking to rebuild justice systems after conflict. Through its member organisations, ILAC represents over 3 million legal professionals – judges, lawyers, prosecutors, and court administrators – worldwide.

ILAC’s major donor is currently the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida.

The ILAC Secretariat, based in Enskede, has three departments: Assessments & Legal Analysis, Administration & Finance and Programme department. The secretariat in Stockholm is currently composed of an Executive Director and 13 staff members. For coordination and implementation, ILAC also works with long-term consultants in the field.

The position as Legal Advisor for ILAC’s assessments

  • Type of employment: Temporary/time-bound contract until 2021-03-31. Full time position (40 hours per week) with flexible working hours according to ILAC’s internal staff manual. The position can become permanent depending on continued funding.
  • Reports to: ILAC’s Director of Assessments & Legal Analysis
  • Location: Stockholm, Enskede; The position requires periodic travels.

Job Description

The overall purpose of the position:

Ensure that ILAC’s assessments are planned, implemented and followed-up so as to achieve expected results and enhance the overall impact, quality and strategic added value of the assessments, in line with ILAC’s by-laws, strategic plan, annual work plans, budgets, internal steering documents and entered donor agreements.

Main responsibilities:

Strategic development:

  • Based on contextual analyses and assessments of rule of law challenges, in collaboration with ILAC’s members, contribute to the network’s responses to identified new opportunities for assessments and legal analysis.
  • Help ensure a close cooperation between assessment and programme work.
  • Contributes to the strategic development of ILAC.
  • Contribute to ILAC’s work with fundraising.


  • Managing the processes of initiating and finalising ILAC’s assessments, in compliance with the strategic plan, geographic priorities and annual work plans.
  • Act as a team leader and/or report writer for ILAC assessments.
  • Plan and implement activities as outlined in approved work plans, including: developing terms of reference and agreements; developing materials; securing necessary inputs for activities; making necessary logistical arrangements (travel, accommodation, etc.); and coordinating completion of activity deliverables.
  • Stay informed of relevant geographic/thematic/political developments for the successful carrying out of duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Initiate and maintain regular contact with members, partners, relevant authorities, organisations, donors, etc.
  • Contribute to the development of working methodologies and tools for the improvement of assessments.
  • Conduct relevant research that informs and enhances the quality of ILAC’s assessments.

Administration and Finance

  • Develop and monitor assessment budgets and work plans, ensuring that budgetary resources are efficiently utilised to achieve expected results.


  • Maintains a regular communication with members and represents the ILAC secretariat in the relations with them.
  • Represents ILAC externally in assessment work, seminars or when appointed in other relevant contexts.


Required qualifications:

  • The applicant must have an academic degree in law, political science, development cooperation studies or other relevant studies;
  • The applicant must have at least 7 years of documented relevant experience in legal research, drafting and analysis within the rule of law field;
  • The applicant must have the ability to plan, coordinate and organise work independently with in-depth understanding of its strategic direction;
  • Documented writing skills in English – reports, briefs and other policy documents.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Preference is given to applicants who have direct experience working in fragile and post conflict countries;
  • Preference is given if the applicant has experience in leading teams or supervising staff;
  • The applicant must be fluent in English and it is a merit if the applicant speaks a second language, preferably Spanish, French or Arabic.
  • How to apply

    To apply please send your cover letter and CV to jobs(at) before 2020-01-25. If you have any questions please contact Shane Quinn, Acting Deputy Director at shane.quinn(at)