• Tim Hewatt

Legal Policy and Legislation Adviser


Applications closed.


● A chance to support the Vanuatu Law Reform Commission and Vanuatu Police Force in the development of Legal Policy and conduct of legislative review

● Contract full-time position open to all applicants

● Based in Port Vila


The Organisation

The Vanuatu Australia Policing and Justice Program (VAPJP) is a long-standing and integral part of Australia’s aid investments in Vanuatu, delivering policing and justice sector support. It has a hybrid modality and a joint management approach between Palladium, as Managing Contractor for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and the Australian Federal Police (AFP).


The Position

Based in the VLRC and within Police Headquarters, support provided by the Legal Policy and Legislation (LPL) Adviser is intended to achieve, but is not limited to, the following overarching role objectives:

1. To provide support to the VLRC for development of legal policy and drafting instructions through mentoring and capacity building of counterparts;

2. To assist VLRC to developing clear and informed legal policy;

3. To provide accurate and timely policy advice and legislative review to relevant stakeholders;

4. To assist VLRC to develop clear and concise legislative drafting instructions; and

5. To deliver targeted support to strengthen sustainable legal policy and legislation good practice at VLRC and other Justice agencies.

6. To support the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) legal office in reviewing key legal policy and legislation.


Essential Selection Criteria

► A Law Degree and admission to practice in a relevant jurisdiction

► At least 10 years’ experience practice as a lawyer preferably in the area of criminal law, policy and legislation development

► Demonstrated experience in the development of legislation governance and policy preferably in the areas of the criminal law, child protection and juvenile justice

► Experience in preparation and delivery of legal training to lawyers including legal training

► Eligibility to obtain a Vanuatu visa

► Proven ability to build productive working relationships, particularly in a management setting, and work collaboratively and respectfully in a cross-cultural setting

► Understanding of and ability to design and implement capacity development training and skills transfer activities

► Previous experience working in Melanesian culture


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Applications closed on Thursday, 8 July 2021

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