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Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Thursday, January 28, 2010

International Bridges to Justice seeks training director for China

I have received the following job announcement:

Job Announcement:  Training Director, China

International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) (国际司法桥梁) is a Geneva, Switzerland-based not-for-profit and non-governmental organization with representative offices in Beijing, Xi’an and Wuhan, China.  IBJ supports the continued development of China’s criminal justice system by collaborating with government, university, and civil society partners to provide practical training, resources, and other technical assistance to criminal defense lawyers and other criminal justice actors.    

IBJ seeks an experienced, full-time Training Director to lead the development of its China training programs for criminal defense attorneys and others engaged in the criminal justice system.  The Training Director will be based in Beijing, China, and will report to the China Director and, as required, to IBJ’s Geneva headquarters.  The Training Director also will collaborate with IBJ’s Regional Defender Resource Centers, program partners, prospective partners, and other project leaders.

Primary Responsibilities: 

·         Develop the training component of all IBJ China programming, written materials, and agendas, consistent with IBJ goals and policies.   Establish appropriate training mechanisms, and modules that include, among other content:  (1) vehicles for training large numbers of defenders; (2) methods for passing the skills developed in trainings to other non-participants; and (3) legal ethics education.

·         Collaborate with IBJ’s Geneva headquarters in international training initiatives and in developing IBJ’s annual training program plan.

·         Deliver and oversee the coordination of all IBJ China training programs at the national, regional and local levels, including work with IBJ’s Regional Defender Resource Centers.  

·         Research community training needs in conjunction with IBJ strategy.  Conduct training needs assessments for current and potential IBJ China partners.    

·         Oversee and build the capacity of IBJ’s distance learning activities for criminal defense attorneys and criminal clinical professors in China.  Develop and incorporate both stand-alone eLearning modules, as well as eLearning programs that are complementary to existing training programs.

·         Manage and implement all IBJ China training activities to improve outcomes, communicate achievements, and identify and address obstacles.  Oversight includes: (1) timely and accurate internal and external reporting; (2) implementing effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms; (3) developing training standards and methods for continuous program improvement; and (4) establishing appropriate policies and procedures.

·         Foster the growth of strong, cooperative relationships between IBJ and China’s criminal justice community, including relationships with current and potential partners, universities, civil society institutions and others relevant to IBJ’s mission and activities.   Support professional collegiality within the legal aid community and more broadly within the criminal justice system.  

·         Develop an effective communications strategy for IBJ’s training function under the guidance of IBJ’s Geneva headquarters.

·         Keep abreast of and analyze current and proposed laws, regulations, and rule changes that may impact China’s criminal justice community and/or IBJ’s activities.

·         Recruit, supervise, mentor, and evaluate IBJ staff, interns and volunteers while both focusing on IBJ’s mission and goals and on supporting the next generation of China’s criminal justice community.  

·         Engage in administrative tasks, including: (1) planning and managing budgets, equipment, and support services, and (2) maintaining records of vendors and expenses.


IBJ’s ideal Training Director will have the following qualifications:

·         Juris Doctorate or equivalent Chinese law degree; Admission to the bar of the People’s Republic of China.

·         Substantive experience in criminal law.

·         Demonstrated commitment to criminal defense worldwide.

·         At least five (5) years’ practical legal experience or equivalent experience.

·         Familiarity with the Chinese legal system, as well as the current political and cultural context;

·         Substantial proven planning, management, analytical and writing skills;

·         Appropriate demonstrated training skills (whether from an academic or attorney training program); 

·         Knowledge of eLearning platforms and related computer programs;

·         Experience in developing and leading high performing teams in a multicultural environment;

·         Excellent communication, interpersonal, and team-building skills; and

·         Fluent written and spoken English and Mandarin.

This position is available April 1st.  Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience. Some travel within China is required.  Some travel outside China also may be required.  Interested applicants should submit a statement of interest, curriculum vitae (including references) and a writing sample via email to:, or by post to: International Bridges to Justice, 18 Suzhou Street, Beijing 100080 China.

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