#THAILAND - Head of Legal Programme, Bangkok

Job title: Head of Legal Programme
Duty station: Bangkok, Thailand
Reports to: Deputy Executive Director/ Programmes
Duration of contract: Two years (renewable)
Grade level: D

Organisational Background
ECPAT International is a global network of organisations and individuals working together for the elimination of child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes. It seeks to encourage the world community to ensure that children everywhere enjoy their fundamental rights free and secure from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.

The ECPAT network currently has 82 member organizations in 75 countries in Africa, Americas, Europe and the CIS, Asia and the Pacific. All of these members are independent organisations or coalitions working against the commercial sexual exploitation of children. The ECPAT Secretariat coordinates the global work of ECPAT International and is based in Bangkok, Thailand. The Secretariat designs programmes, advocacy and strategies to facilitate a range of network initiatives to make the greatest impact on combating Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).

One of ECPAT International’s key priorities is to ensure comprehensive legal frameworks are in place, particularly in countries where ECPAT has a presence, in Africa, Asia & Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. ECPAT’s Legal Programme includes strategies towards the development of robust policy framework against CSEC;  legal reform initiatives in various countries as well as  active engagement with international and regional human rights reporting mechanisms. Access to Justice for child victims and technical support to ECPAT member groups are other an important elements of the strategy.

Job purpose
Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Executive Director/ Programmes, the Head of Legal Programme is accountable for the development, design, planning, implementation and management of ECPAT International’s Legal Programme.

Tasks and Responsibilities
Programme strategy development
Ensure that ECPAT has a clear legal programme strategy and associated work plan
  • Develop, maintain, and update the programme strategy and work plan, including measurable outcomes, indicators for monitoring processes;
  • Ensure alignment of the programme with ECPAT’s strategic directions and synergy with other programme strategies;
Programme Planning and Management
Manage the programme and its staff effectively by supervising, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the work plans, and through a results based monitoring and evaluation process.
  • Supervise, guide and motivate programme staff to enhance capacity and ensure dedication for achieving the programme objectives;
  • Monitor activities and compliance with work plans, timely implementation, and realization of outcomes;
  • Communication and coordination with ECPAT member organizations to ensure timely submission of the NGO reports international and regional Mechanisms (UN CRC, OPSC, UPR, African Committee of Experts etc.) and others;
  • Ensure Legal Programme is well coordinated and aligned  with other programmes such as Research,  Sexual Exploitation of Children online, Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism,  Child and Youth Participation for greater impact and outcome against CSEC; 
  • Develop technical and position papers and advocacy briefs related to the Legal Programme;
  • Identify financial and human resources required for implementation; 
  • Monitor expenditure vs. budget, take necessary action for optimum use of programme funds, and liaise with Director for Operations as appropriate;
Resource Mobilisation
Identify funding opportunities and pro-actively engage with donors and funders to establish relationships and secure programme funding.
  • Identify, connect, and liaise with potential donors and funders for the programme;
  • Develop concept notes and funding proposals;
  • Maintain donor relations and ensure proper grant management including donor and programme report;
  • Liaise with Development and Planning Officer as appropriate.
Networking, Partnership and Advocacy
Identify and interact and co-ordinate as necessary with regional and global entities and mechanisms for protection of children’s rights, governments, intergovernmental bodies, international organizations, law enforcement agencies, and (I)NGOs, to enhance collaboration and advocate for commitment to ECPAT’s programme objectives.
  • Build and maintain knowledge of stakeholders’ strategies and action plans and ensure cohesion and synergy with ECPAT’s strategy as appropriate;
  • Identify partners that can contribute to and advance ECPAT’s strategy and ensure establishment of formal partnerships;
  • Present ECPAT’s advocacy messages targeting key stakeholders and decision makers;
  • Develop initiatives and activities for collaboration;
  • Represent ECPAT at key events and platforms in relation to the programme.
  • Advanced university degree in human rights law;
  • Minimum of 8 years progressively responsible and relevant professional experience working in the fields of programme development, programme management, law practice and legal research at the international level, including fundraising experience;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of child rights instruments and monitoring processes;
  • Excellent English language skills; knowledge of French and/or Spanish is a plus;
  • Work experience with non-governmental organizations is a plus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ECPAT’s vision, values and principles; 
  • Communication: excellent writing, speaking and presentation skills;
  • Drive for results;
  • Planning and Organizing: setting of clearly defined objectives, activity planning and monitoring, and ability to adapt as required;
  • Relating and networking: excellent interpersonal skills, diplomacy, and tact; 
  • Persuading and influencing: charismatic, credible and good negotiating skills.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize large amounts of information;
Salary and benefits
-     ECPAT offers a competitive remuneration package and staff benefits.

Application process
Please follow instructions on the ECPAT website: HERE

Deadline: 8 June 2014