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Part-Time Legal Consultant

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

The Part-Time Legal Consultant will work directly with members of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ (CTFK) Pakistan Team to provide a broad range of legal services. Working closely with CTFK’s team in Washington and local grantees in Pakistan, the Legal Consultant will support work currently being undertaken by Bloomberg Initiative grantees related to legislation and litigation aimed at passing and implementing laws that lead to reduced rates of tobacco use. The ideal candidate will have strong analytical and communication skills and knowledge of the Pakistani legislative processes and legal system. S/he will have solid writing and research abilities, including the ability to speak, write and read Urdu and English; and the ability to multi-task. The Legal Consultant will work approximately 10 hours per week and be based in Pakistan. This position reports to the Director South Asia Programs, at CTFK in Washington.

Primary Duties

Legislation:

  • Monitor national and provincial legislative processes closely, liaise with legislative drafters, and provide an interface between drafters and the CTFK team;

  • Provide advice on how best to ensure that Pakistan’s tobacco control laws align with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the FCTC Guidelines;

  • Compile and analyze relevant laws and implementing regulations that regulate / affect or have the potential to regulate / affect tobacco products or the tobacco industry in Pakistan.  Such legislation may relate directly to tobacco products themselves or to the following areas of law that may impact the regulation of tobacco products:  consumer protection, corporate social responsibility, intellectual property, media, broadcasting, and health laws, among others;

  • Compile and analyze sub-national tobacco control laws with a particular focus on legislation addressing smoke-free places and tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship as well as packaging and labeling;

  • Provide advice on whether sub-national jurisdictions are permitted to promulgate laws more stringent than national laws;

  • Provide advice on whether implementing regulations are consistent with relevant authorizing legislation;

  • Provide advice on the impact and effectiveness of current or proposed tobacco control legislation at both national and sub-national levels; and

  • Provide general information regarding the Pakistani legal system and legislative drafting and enactment procedures.

Litigation:

  • Provide advice on court strategy to enforce tobacco control laws;
  • Provide advice on court strategy to compel government enactment of tobacco control policies;
  • Provide general information regarding the Pakistani legal system and civil and/or criminal procedure; and
  • Liaise with local litigation attorneys and provide an interface between litigators and the CTFK team.

Other:

  • As advised and approved, attend tobacco control workshops in Washington, DC or elsewhere;
  • Participate in regular conference calls with CTFK staff in Washington, DC and Pakistan; and,
  • Perform other tobacco control legal work as directed by CTFK staff.

Required Skills:

  • Minimum 10 years related legal experience
  • Strong understanding of policymaking process
  • Strong understanding of litigation procedure
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in Urdu and English.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple projects and deadlines
  • Interest in public health, commitment to public interest work, and international experience a plus
  • Law degree

TO APPLY

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, including salary history, and attach your resume to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . Please reference the position code: PT/LCP-08 in the subject line of your email.  Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) has a strict policy of not hiring or contracting with anyone with economic ties to the tobacco industry and requires that the Legal Consultant warrants that no economic ties to the tobacco industry exist.
 
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use in the United States and around the world. By changing public attitudes and public policies on tobacco, the Campaign works to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. A non-profit organization established in 1996, the Campaign works with more than 130 organizational partners, including public health, medical, education, civic, corporate, youth and religious organizations. The Campaign does not accept any government or tobacco industry funding.

 

 

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Tobacco by the Numbers


  • 480,000: Annual tobacco-related deaths in U.S.
  • $170 billion: Annual tobacco-related health care costs in U.S.
  • 5.6 million: U.S. kids under 18 alive today who will ultimately die from smoking (unless smoking rates decline)
  • Six million: Annual tobacco-related deaths worldwide
  • 600,000: Annual deaths worldwide caused by secondhand smoke
  • One billion: Worldwide deaths from tobacco this century unless urgent action is taken