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Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Rural Development Institute seeks rural land rights lawyer for Beijing office

I have received the following announcement:

Rural Development Institute ( is hiring a Rural Land Rights Lawyer in Beijing, China.  

RDI is an international nonprofit organization working to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people, those 3.4 billion chiefly rural people who live on less than $2 a day.  For 40 years, RDI professionals have worked with the governments of 40 developing countries, foreign aid agencies, and other partners to design and implement laws, policies, and programs that provide opportunity, further economic growth, and promote social justice. To date, RDI has helped provide land rights to more than 400,000,000 people.

The Rural Land Rights Lawyer will provide legal, policy, and implementation input and expertise on issues involving the land rights of China’s farmers, and especially those of women farmers.  The Lawyer will conduct legal and social science research (both from the desk and in the field), and work with teams to both prepare and present legal education programs, analytical reviews, research papers, draft legislation, regulations, surveys, training programs, presentations, and other products.  As a part of these activities, the Lawyer will manage the related assignments, programs, projects, and tasks, and also pursue private donor funding, fee-for-service opportunities, and public sector grants.  (S)he may also be asked to perform other management and administrative tasks.

Qualified candidates will possess:

- A law degree from an accredited law school.

- Fluency in written and spoken Mandarin.

- Fluency in written and spoken English.

- Minimum of 3 years of public or private sector professional legal work, preferably with experience in legal aid and education or other public interest issues in China.

- Knowledge of legal, economic, sociological, political, institutional, geographic, and anthropological concepts and information.

- Ability to work collaboratively with a range of people at all levels, including those from host country governmental and non-governmental organizations, and other counterparts, clients, donors, and grantors.

- Communications skills include an ability to make and use distinctions as to types, frequency, tenor, and levels of communications, depending upon the circumstances, audience, recipient, and content.

If you are interested in learning more details about the position, please submit your resume and/or cover letter to

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