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Senior Advisor, Criminal Justice, Bahrain (Staff)

American Bar Association - Rule of Law Initiative
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Full time
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The ABA Rule of Law Initiative seeks a Senior Advisor with practical criminal justice experience in implementing alternatives to detention - including diversion structures and processes, restorative justice, and sentencing reform. This individual will be expected to collaborate with justice sector actors at all seniority levels and other partners in the Gulf region to help design and develop models for the Gulf region within the context of ongoing criminal justice reforms.

This position is located in Manama, Bahrain, and at minimum would require regular travel to Bahrain over a six-month period, with possibility for extension.


  • Provide expert support with design and implementation of alternative justice initiatives including provision of one-to-one mentoring support to justice sector actors;
  • Analyze training and support needs and design and implement capacity building measures and other training activities for justice sector staff, judges, prosecutors and others necessary;
  • Prepare and manage short term expert missions;
  • Support design and implementation of public education sessions as necessary;
  • Collaborate with the justice sector actors to evaluate and assess the results of the program and develop a strategy for scaling and/or expanding efforts based on the results;
  • Prepare technical reports to the Country Director and relevant donor(s); and
  • Other duties as needed.


  • JD or foreign equivalent and ten or more years of practical experience related to criminal justice;
  • Experience managing and implementing US Government donor-funded international development programs;
  • Excellent organization skills with the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to act independently to identify and analyze problems and recommend effective solutions;
  • Working knowledge of MENA region is highly desirable
  • Fluency in English (knowledge of Arabic is a plus); and
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • Experience as a prosecutor or defense attorney litigating cases resulting in alternative sentences and recommending alternatives to detention;
  • Extensive knowledge of pre-trial and post-trial alternatives to detention including electronic monitoring, rehabilitation, community service, home arrest, and other alternatives;
  • Familiarity with international standards and best practices regarding alternatives to detention;
  • Experience liaising with various government agencies to research, develop, and implement alternatives to detention;
  • Strong comfort level in working with ranking government officials and justice sector actors;
  • Experience designing and implementing trainings for judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and academics;
  • Experience drafting/reviewing legislation;
  • Knowledge of the use of alternative dispute resolution as a case management strategy a plus;


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Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to follow up with candidates who are selected for interviews. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and this position may be filled prior to the close date.

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