VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT   November 2017 Legal Advisor, Myanmar (for Myanmar nationals) Based in Yangon   BACKGROUND   The Denmark-Myanmar Programme on Rule of Law and Human Rights (2017-2020) supports…



November 2017

Legal Advisor, Myanmar (for Myanmar nationals)

Based in Yangon




The Denmark-Myanmar Programme on Rule of Law and Human Rights (2017-2020) supports the Union Attorney General’s Office, the Office of the Supreme Court of the Union, lawyers, CSOs as well as the law departments of Dagon and East Yangon Universities in strengthening capacities on core aspects of rule of law and human rights and supporting reform in relevant areas. The programme which has a total grant of DKK 70 million (approximately USD 10 million) is based on participatory approaches supporting partners to identify their own needs and priorities and taking lead in implementation of activities.


The governance of the programme is based on joint decision-making with partners through co-chaired Steering Committees. The programme is part of the Denmark-Myanmar Country Programme (2016-2020) endorsed by a bilateral government-to-government agreement between Myanmar and Denmark as well as MoUs with all key stakeholders.  A Joint Venture comprised of the International Commission of Jurists and the Danish Institute for Human Rights has been contracted to provide technical assistance to the programme through a team of experts supporting implementation.


The Joint Venture is now recruiting a Legal Advisor to support the implementation of the Programme. The ideal candidate has legal training, knowledge of international human rights, and an understanding of the legal system in Myanmar.





Reporting directly to the International Legal Adviser, the Legal Adviser has the following responsibilities:


  • Prepare training materials and participate in training and capacity building activities; including assisting in translation of legal and judicial concepts.
  • Engage with the two university law faculties in Yangon to support their efforts in the implementation of international human rights courses in LLB and LLM levels.
  • Work with national and international experts on human rights education, research, and legal aid, contributing the required national context and translation where necessary.
  • Support Civil Society Organisations and the Independent Lawyers Association of Myanmar by contributing to learning events, including workshops and mentoring visits, in Yangon as well as in states and regions.
  • Keep abreast of developments, including monitoring law reform initiatives that could have an impact on the implementation of the Denmark-Myanmar Programme.
  • Provide technical guidance to other programme staff on legal issues.
  • Assist with programme activity monitoring, and compiling data and documentation as required and in preparing progress reports for partners and the Embassy of Denmark.





The successful candidate for this national staff position in Myanmar will have:


Education & Experience


  • Degree in Law (a qualification in Human Rights or other relevant field may also be considered).  
  • An advanced degree in international human rights law, international humanitarian law or international business law is desirable.
  • Three years progressive relevant experience as a lawyer, or working with human rights, in Myanmar.
  • Experience in managing human rights or development programmes in the Rule of Law sector is desirable.
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and rule of law.


Essential skills


  • Native Myanmar speaking.
  • A working knowledge of English is required.
  • Knowledge of international human rights, humanitarian law, and international and regional human rights jurisprudence.
  • Experience in developing learning objectives, training programmes, and evaluation methodologies for capacity-building activities is an asset.
  • Understanding of the Myanmar legal system, challenges, and issues related to reform.
  • Strong analytical skills; communication, planning and organizational skills, including ability to plan capacity building activities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a multi-cultural team.
  • Openness and flexibility, capacity to adapt to changing priorities and needs.
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills.


 This contract is based on a policy of equal opportunities and offers a competitive salary package.

APPLICATIONS close on November 30, 2017 and should be addressed with a cover letter, resume, and details of at least 2 references to:

                                                         Ref: Legal Advisor, Myanmar

                                                         By email:



Please appreciate that due to the volume of applications only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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