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African Prisons Project - Director of Development – Legal Education

The Director of Development, Legal Education is a newly-created position that will oversee the strategic development, management and planning of APP’s legal education programme. This is a rare opportunity to lead the establishment of the first prison-based law college in East Africa. The person will scale-up programmes for quality education and be responsible for putting the power of the law into the hands of the poor.

About The African Prisons Project

The African Prisons Project (APP) is a community of people who want to put the power of the law into the hands of the poor. APP is building a community of justice change-makers; leaders in prison who will transform their communities and nations using the law.

Through a partnership with the University of London’s distance learning programme, APP supports 120 prisoners and prison staff studying the basics of criminal law and for law degrees. The students also work as paralegals supporting the cases of fellow prisoners. This approach supports the many prisoners who are denied a fair trial simply because issues of poverty prevent them from accessing legal support.

African Prisons Project has a Christian ethos, which leads the organisation to serve all regardless of their religion, background, offence, sentence, race, gender or any other factor. APP believes every person’s life is fundamentally valuable, and that the past need not define their future. APP is inspired by Jesus’ example of bringing justice and compassion to those rejected by society and seeing great value in those that others have written off.

About the Role

This is a strategic role that will drive through APP’s aims for legal education. The primary purpose of the role is to lead in establishing a law college in East Africa that delivers legal education to create justice change-makers.

Purpose of the Role

The Director of Development, Legal Education will oversee and lead on the strategic development, management and planning of APP’s Legal Education work in East Africa.                                           

The Director will also lead and develop the legal education team in Kenya and Uganda, including the Head of Legal Education, Senior Tutors, the Secondment Manager and volunteers.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure the availability and establishment of a quality foundation degree or certificate-level academic qualification, diploma and LLB.                                               
  • Maintain an awareness of external strategic developments relevant to APP’s academic programmes.
  • Ensure lessons from new initiatives are learned, shared and validated across the organisation.                           
  • Establish a robust quality assurance framework for APP’s academic work.                               
  • Develop and identify innovative courses to equip prisoners and prison staff with legal knowledge relevant to prisoners’ access to justice.
  • Build a network of links and partnerships with educational institutions and change makers.
  • Establish and maintain a strong cooperative relationship with the prison service at all levels (HQ and Prisons) in Kenya and other East African countries that APP may expand into.
  • Develop and manage an annual budget and plan in liaison with the Chief Operating Officer and Finance team.

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in law, social sciences or arts/humanities.
  • Master’s degree in a related field.
  • Substantial academic experience: teaching law, development of curricula, setting up process and policies in the law department, worked in a managerial/head of department or faculty level.
  • Experience handling academic administration and teaching legal programmes.
  • Professional experience in education or leadership development programmes, managing academics, putting together academic year plans and timetables, overseeing delivery of teaching and extracurricular activities
  • Desirable: knowledge and experience of the humanitarian and development sector social enterprise or academia, and experience of teaching in Africa or in multiple countries.