available languages: english October 21, 2016

Position Title:                              Legislative Drafting Expert(s)

Position Location:                     Islamabad, Pakistan – with travel to the provinces

Position Duration:                  November 2016 to March 2017

Number of Positions:              2 experts maximum

Contract Days:                            20 days maximum per expert for the entire contract period

Expected Start Date:                 7 November 2016

1.Background

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

DRI is implementing a short term DFID-funded project “Supporting Electoral and Parliamentary Reforms in Pakistan”, which aims at supporting Pakistan’s elected institutions at the national and provincial levels to become a source of democratic stability and effectively exert their oversight, legislative and representation functions with improved participation of women, youth, and minorities in electoral and democratic processes. Under the project, DRI engages with various stakeholders including policy-makers, political parties, media and civil society on the need of electoral and parliamentary reforms in light of international electoral standards and best parliamentary practice

2.The Assignment

Under the project, DRI supports Pakistan’s four provincial assemblies in drafting laws related to civil and political rights of women, minorities and youth. DRI will facilitate the assemblies in identifying and prioritising key issues and reforms in this field. DRI will support  the assemblies to draft respective new laws or amendments to the existing laws and facilitate standing committees and other fora within the assemblies to hold public hearings and/or consultations on drafting bills.

2.1. Duties and Responsibilities

The Legislative Drafting Expert(s) will work under the overall supervision of DRI’s Country Representative in Pakistan, and in coordination with  DRI’s Parliamentary Expert to perform the following tasks:

  • Review laws and amendments to identify potential gaps with regards to civil and political rights with a focus on women, minorities and youth.
  • Draft new pieces of legislation or amendments to existing laws.
  • Formulate a comprehensive analysis of the drafted bills for review.
  • Present the analysis along with the draft bills before relevant committees/fora of respective assemblies at public hearing/consultative sessions.
  • Facilitate public hearings/consultations on prioritising reform issues and on the draft bills and amendments.
  • Finalise the drafting of bills in accordance with feedback by DRI, the assemblies/committees, and through consultations.
  • Draft sub-ordinate legislation (rules of business) for implementation of the finalised bills, if required.
  • Perform any other task within the scope of the assignment.

2.2. Deliverables and timelines

An indicative timeline for the assignment is illustrated in the table below, however, it is subject to change depending on the availability of key stakeholders:

Deliverable Timeline
Finalise an analysis of existing laws (or amendments) to help identify and assess gaps with regards to civil and political rights with a focus on women, minorities and youth. 14 November 2016
Draft three bills.

(Note: The number of bills may vary based on the assessment of the actual need of respective assemblies. Subsequently, the timeline will be also be adjusted accordingly.)

20 November 2016
Incorporate DRI’s comments in the draft pieces of legislation. 25 November 2016
Present at public hearings/consultations. 10-20 December 2016
Revise bills based on feedback from public hearings/consultations. 31 December 2016
Draft sub-ordinate legislation (rules of business) for implementation of the finalised bills, if required. 15 January 2016

3.Duty Station:

The expert(s) is required to work from home, however, work from DRI’s Islamabad Office or the attendance of meetings may also be required. Moreover, the expert will have to travel to the provinces for meetings with relevant stakeholders and for public hearings.

4. Qualifications

  • Post-graduate degree in law/jurisprudence.
  • At least 5 years of work experience in the area of law/jurisprudence/legislation. Profound experience in legislative drafting.
  • Extensive experience in providing professional legislative advice and drafting legal documents including bills.
  • Understanding of key human right issues in Pakistan with a focus on civil and political rights of women, minorities and youth.
  • Familiarity with international standards and best practices in law-making related to human rights.
  • Fluency in English and Urdu, both spoken and written is required.
  • Excellent analytical, writing and presentation skills.
  • Expertise in facilitating stakeholder consultations including provincial assemblies’ members and civil society will be an asset.
  • Flexibility and ability to respond to changes as part of review and feedback on draft bills.
  • Positive and constructive attitude towards work.
  • Ability to travel to the provinces.

5.Application

How to apply: For interested applicants, please send your application (along with a cover letter and CV) to jobs@democracy-reporting.org.pk with “Legislative Drafting Expert” as the subject heading and supporting documents in the following format: SURNAME_FIRSTNAME_ LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING EXPERT.

Closing date for applications is 27 October 2016.

Early applications are encouraged as candidates may be invited for an interview before the deadline. Recruitment may close before the deadline if an applicant is found. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Equal Opportunity Statement

DRI is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

DRI reserves the decision to re-advertise the position, cancel the recruitment at any stage, offer appointment at a position lower than the one advertised or to offer the position with a modified job description or period of appointment or number of days.