International Development Law Organisation (IDLO)

IDLO was founded in 1983 by a group of lawyers working in international development agencies in Africa. IDLO provides developing countries, countries in economic transition and those emerging from armed conflict with the resources, tools and professional skills to establish or strengthen the rule of law and good governance practices.

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Internal Auditor and Compliance Officer

Location: Rome, Italy
Application Deadline: 22/06/2017 12:00 am

The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) enables governments and empowers people to reform laws and strengthen institutions to promote peace, justice, sustainable development and economic opportunity. The incumbent will report directly to the Director-General, and consult actively with the Senior Leadership Team members. S/he will be responsible for contributing to the effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of IDLO’s operations, risk management, governance and results through internal audit and investigation services.

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Country Director, South Sudan

Application Deadline: 06/11/2016 12:00 pm

Under the direct supervision and in close cooperation with the IDLO Regional Program Manager, Africa, the Country Director shall lead the overall management of the Program, oversee the implementation of the Program’s work plan, supervise and mentor nationally and internationally recruited personnel and perform representational role and function as directed by the Director General and adequately represent IDLO at relevant meetings/fora. 

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Impact Assessment and Monitoring Officer | IDLO

Location: The Hague, Netherlands, The
Application Deadline: 30/04/2016 12:00 am

Functionally reporting to the International Development Law Organisation's (IDLO) Director, Research and Learning, and under general day-to-day supervision of the Head of Impact Assessment, the Impact Assessment and Monitoring Officer will be responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following duties:

• Contribute to the development of IDLO’s monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment strategy, policy framework, methodology and implementation procedures;

• Contribute to the production of an organisational monitoring systems and related work-plans for IDLO’s programmes;

• Support and/or manage IDLO’s project and programme evaluations;

• Support and/or manage IDLO project and programme (internal) monitoring systems;

• Supervise Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) consultants when required; in cooperation with the supervisor; Contribute to the development of an impact tracking and assessment system for high-level programme impact indicators, at the goal level, purpose level and output level;

• Assist IDLO’s projects in designing the results chain for interventions, defining key indicators of change and how to measure to reflect project’s outcomes and impact;

• Support the development of clear, concise and measurable output and outcome project indicators; work together with the organisation’s monitoring officers within programme teams;

• Support the identification and design of performance questionnaires for baseline studies and on-going evaluation research;

• Assist in writing case studies on each project which highlights impact and learnings.

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Policy and Research Papers

The Mystery of Legal Empowerment: Livlihood and Community Justice in Bolivia

The linkages between good governance, rule of law and economic growth, once more fully understood, have the potential to unshackle economies and decrease poverty throughout the developing world. Currently, however, most initiatives are heavy in rhetoric and light on directly addressing the legal structures and policies that affect the poor. Until developing countries can enable their vast populations of poor citizens to actively participate in their economies, their growth and the creation of egalitarian societies will be severely hampered. Analyzing and building on the final report of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor and other previous work, this article outlines a functional approach to addressing the most critical needs of the poor, including but not limited to issues that directly affect livelihoods and economic opportunity. It accordingly aims to help the poor gain a foothold in effecting their own development and making legal empowerment a reality. By introducing important lessons in ommunity-based justice from an access to justice program in Bolivia, the article provides tangible examples that might help shape legal empowerment initiatives to best address the needs of the poor.


Customary Justice: from Program Design to Impact Evaluation

is intended to provide guidance to international and national actors on the potential role of customary justice systems in fostering the rule of law and access to justice in post-conflict, post-disaster and development contexts. The book wishes to provoke thought among practitioners about the objectives of customary law interventions, to encourage critical assessments of the criteria on which programming decisions are made, and to provide tools to assist in gauging the extent to which interventions are having a positive impact.

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A Crisis of Confidence, Competence and Capacity: Programming Advice For Strengthening Mali’s Penal Chain

this report was researched and written on a tight timeline (mid-January to mid-May 2015), it focuses on the issues that emerged as the most salient ones in the course of the research. Moreover the various past and present efforts to improve the Malian justice system have  been examined in terms of the results they have achieved. In consequence, the report is best read as a panoramic snapshot of Mali’s ‘state of criminal justice’ at this particular point in time, nwhich it subsequently translates into general considerations and building blocks for programming efforts that seek to strength en Mali’s penal chain.

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Examination of Legal Aid in Haiti - Lessons Learned

Between 2 and 18 February 2017 a joint team from the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (MINUSTAH and the Justice and Corrections Service) and the USAID Justice Sector Strengthening Program (JSSP), supported by DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) undertook a mission to Haiti that examined the MINUSTAH-supported BAL of Port-au-Prince (2012-2017), Cap-Haïtien and Les Cayes (2015-2016), legal aid projects implemented by PROJUSTICE/USAID, and Government-supported BAL established between 2015 and 2017.

The mission report is currently available in French with an English executive summary, and will be fully available in English soon.