Thursday, September 27, 2012
The following job announcement has come to my attention:
Chief of Party, JURIS project
The Asia Foundation, an international non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, and open Asia-Pacific region, is seeking a Chief of Party for its Justice Under Rule of Law in Society (JURIS) project in China. JURIS is a four-year project starting in October 2012 that aims to enhance access to justice in order to strengthen the rule of law in selected locations in China. JURIS will advance citizens' rights and access to justice through two strategic entry points: administrative law and criminal law, while identifying and tackling other priority legal issues as the project progresses in order to respond to China's dynamic reform environment. The COP candidate should be a development professional with rule of law expertise, including but not limited to: building the capacity of institutions in the justice sector; improving access to justice; experience with legal education; policy research and development in the justice sector; governance; public participation; and administrative law. Candidates must possess practical experience in managing and implementing rule of law programs.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have a minimum of 10 years relevant experience managing multi-year, multi-million dollar governance/ rule of law projects. An advanced degree in a relevant field (law, administrative law, political science, governance) is required. Essential skills include: experience and/or knowledge of the legal, political, economic, administrative and socio-cultural context of legal and institutional reform in China; familiarity with international donor program, design principles, and methods; experience in managing USG-funded projects including liaising and negotiating with host country governments, USG donors, and contractors as well as budget management, staff oversight, and the provision of legal services and technical advice; excellent written and spoken English; strong communication (both oral and written); consensus building; team facilitation; cultural sensitivity. Experience and knowledge of China is strongly desired.
TO APPLY: Qualified applicants should email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading Advisors in Justice Sector Reform. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. Application Deadline is October 17, 2012.
The latest bombshell from China is a blog post from Wang Xuemei, a forensic doctor at the Supreme People's Procuratorate, who claims that the prosecution's story of Neil Heywood being poisoned by cyanide can't be correct. (Unfortunately, I don't know enough about cyanide poisoning to assess her story.) Here's the news report in the Guardian.
None of this can necessarily be taken at face value. Wang may have her own agenda; some speculate that this is part of an effort to defend Bo Xilai. She blames it all on a Svengali-like Wang Lijun leading the weak-minded Gu Kailai down the path to perdition, and speculates that Neil Heywood was actually suffocated with a pillow. She ends by asking, "Who benefited from Heywood's death?"