Position: Executive Director 

Location:                  Dublin (hybrid)

Hours of work:        Full-time, permanent

Closing Date:           06/03/2024 12:00


Position Summary – 


IRLI is now seeking an experienced, ambitious Executive Director to lead its team. This is a pivotal leadership role responsible for driving the strategic direction of the organisation.

The Executive Director will oversee the effective implementation of the organisation's current 5-year strategic plan, focusing on expanding its rule of law projects in Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, and South Africa.

Additionally, the Executive Director will provide leadership in overseeing the finance, administrative, and human resources functions of the organisation. To take on this important role, the organisation is seeking a candidate with a legal, rule of law and/or justice reform background. A legal qualification is not essential but given that the majority of IRLI’s programme work relates to criminal law and access to justice, a strong understanding of issues in these areas would be highly desirable. Senior management experience in the not-for-profit sector, particularly in international development, would be truly relevant.

A background working abroad on justice reform issues, particularly through project activities, would also be particularly useful. Similarly, an understanding of corporate governance and its importance within the non-profit sector would be key. 

If you are an ambitious, diplomatic senior manager with excellent stakeholder engagement and communication skills whose ethics and values align with the work of IRLI, we would love to hear from you!


How to apply


The recruitment campaign for this role is being managed exclusively on behalf of Irish Rule of Law Internationalby by non-profit specialist recruitment consultancy CCI Executive Search. All details regarding this position and the application process can be found via the website.

It is CCI’s policy to ensure that as much accommodation as possible is provided to facilitate the participation of individuals with special needs in the recruitment process and the workplace. If you require any specific accommodations, please let us know.

Deadline for applications is midday, 6 March, 2024. 


Position: Operations Officer

Location:                  Dublin

Hours of work:         3-5 days a week (negotiable)

Reports to:               IRLI Executive Director

Closing Date:           We are accepting applications on a rolling basis


Irish Rule of Law International (IRLI) is a legal non-governmental organisation (NGO) with charity status set up under the auspices of the Law Society of Ireland and the Bar of Ireland as well as the Law Society of Northern Ireland and the Bar of Northern Ireland dedicated to promoting the rule of law in developing countries. IRLI is primarily a project-based organisation with a variety of access-to-justice projects in countries such as South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, and Tanzania. IRLI is an all-island organisation that seeks to progress resource-restrained societies by protecting human rights, promoting and strengthening the rule of law and providing technical support and assistance in the form of legal capacity and institute building in those jurisdictions in order to help tackle the effects of global injustice and empower freedom from inequality, corruption and conflict.


Position Summary – Operations Officer


Irish Rule of Law International has rule of law projects in Tanzania, Malawi, South Africa and Zambia. The Operations Officer is responsible for overseeing the whole corporate governance, charitable governance, finance, administrative, and human resources functions of the office. This position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with other members of the executive team. The incumbent will work closely with IRLI’s office manager, as well as IRLI’s financial controller.




  1. Corporate Governance:
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, contribute to developing strategic plans, annual operation plans, and key performance indicators.
  • Review and monitor the organisation’s risk register in conjunction with the Executive Director and lead on implementing mitigation measures to mitigate against risk.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant Irish laws and regulations as well as laws and regulations in Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to corporate governance.
  • Ensure the board of directors and executive team are kept informed of any governance-related matters.

      2. Charitable Governance:

  • Ensure compliance with relevant Irish laws and regulations related to charities.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to charitable governance.
  • Ensure that the organization is meeting its charitable objectives and maintaining its charitable status.

      3. Finance:

  • Oversee the financial management of the organization, including budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting, in tandem with IRLI’s financial controllers.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations related to finance.
  • Liaise with auditors, bankers, and other financial institutions as necessary.

      4. Administration:

  • Oversee, alongside IRLI’s office manager, the general administration of the office, including facilities management, procurement, and inventory management.
  • Ensure that the office is properly equipped and maintained.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures related to administration.

      5. Human Resources:

  • Oversee the recruitment, selection, and retention of staff.
  • Ensure that the organization is complying with relevant laws and regulations related to employment.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures related to human resources.

     6. Knowledge Management:

  • Develop and implement a system for knowledge management, including document management and filing.
  • Ensure that staff have access to the necessary information and resources to carry out their duties effectively.




  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, finance, or a related field.

  • At least five years of experience in a senior administrative role, preferably with an NGO.

  • Excellent knowledge of Irish laws and regulations related to corporate governance, charitable governance, finance, administration, and human resources.
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills.

  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities.

  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment.


This Terms of Reference outlines the key responsibilities and qualifications required for the Director of Administration role in the Irish NGO's offices in Dublin. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing the entire administrative function of the office, including corporate governance, charitable governance, finance, administration, and human resources. The candidate should also be knowledgeable about knowledge management and filing systems to ensure proper document management. The Operations Manager will report to the Executive Director and work closely with other members of the executive team, as well as the financial controller and office manager, to ensure the successful operation of the organization.

Salary: 51,000-55,000 euro (pro rata)

Closing Date: We are accepting applications on a rolling basis – so, if you're reading this, we invite you to apply.

Please forward your cover letter along with your CV to [email protected].


Position: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Officer

Location: Lilongwe, Malawi

Hours of work: 5 days a week

Contract length: 1 year (renewable)

Closing Date: 5 pm (Central Africa Time), 15 December 2023 

Programme Title: IRLI Malawi ‘Access to Justice’ Programme

Required Languages: Chichewa, English

Start Date: February 2023


Programme Description

Since August 2011, IRLI has been working in Malawi to address capacity challenges within the criminal justice sector, with the overall aim of promoting the rule of law and improving access to justice for unrepresented and particularly vulnerable persons. One of the main barriers to access to justice in Malawi is that key institutions operating within the criminal justice sector lack the knowledge, capacity, and resources to fulfil their roles and responsibilities about accused persons.

To address this, IRLI has developed a placement programme whereby Programme Lawyers (PLs) are strategically placed inside the key institutions in the Malawian criminal justice system: the Legal Aid Bureau (LAB), the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the Malawi Police Services (MPS), and the Judiciary. PLs work directly to increase knowledge and capacity by providing workshop training and capacity-building sessions, as well as offering long-term day-to-day mentoring. In addition, PLs support the institutions by influencing policies and practices according to international human rights standards as well as supporting networking and stakeholders’ alliances.

IRLI also operates a child diversion programme in collaboration with social welfare officers from the Ministry of Gender Community Development and Social Welfare and hosts community sensitisations, aimed at empowering the community to access their rights.

This programme is overseen by IRLI’s Alternative Justice Programme Officer IRLI’s work in Malawi targets the relationship between access to justice mechanisms for vulnerable people and a quality legal/judicial response based on the rule of law. Working to improve access to justice, using a human rights-based approach, is essential for bringing about positive social change for those persons who are amongst the most vulnerable and marginalised in society.


Programme Objectives

The overall aim of the programme is to see improved access to justice for all persons, in particular unrepresented vulnerable persons, in the criminal justice system in Malawi.

It seeks to do this by:

  • Empowering the public and prisoners to access their rights

  • Advocating for legislative and policy change to increase access to justice

  • Increasing the capacity of justice sector actors

  • Decongesting Malawi’s overcrowded prisons.


Role and responsibilities of MEAL Officer

  • Maintain a robust MEAL System for IRLI’s access to justice programme in Malawi: Analyse and consolidate existing MEAL data and guide in the continuous improvement of IRLI’s overall monitoring & evaluation system;


  • Regularly maintain a monitoring & evaluation system and information-sharing network that meets the strategic and management information needs of IRLI;


  • Update IRLI’s monitoring system where the need arises;


  • Design the formats and procedures for operational monitoring: reporting and analysis of progress against the annual work plan and budget using an agreed format as well as providing statistical and analytical support in the establishment of baselines and performance targets;


  • Support individual staff members to take and analyse MEAL data;


  • Work with the Country Director to provide MEAL data for donor reports;


  • Work with the Country Director to identify further areas for data collection with regard to the rule of law in Malawi;


  • Coordinate programme/project reviews and evaluations and support due diligence checks before approval of new programmes;


  • Guide the identification and designing of performance questions, key indicators, and targets for each programme component;


  • Coordinate and oversee the preparation and implementation of outcome surveys, other relevant surveys, special studies, and research efforts, providing overall technical guidance and supervision of implementing partners;


  • Determine information needs of partner institutions, grantees and other key stakeholders;


  • Identify and design data collection and reporting systems and set procedures to ensure quality data processing;


  • Identify and develop mitigating actions for the MEAL plan risks and problems;


  • Support programme teams to establish professional linkages with development partners, resource centres, and institutions in monitoring and impact evaluation;


  • Facilitate, act as a resource person, and join if required, any external supervision and evaluation missions;


  • Identify and participate in additional networks, for example, scientific or policy-based networks that may also yield lessons that can benefit IRLI’s programming;


  • Training of IRLI staff and implementing partners on MEAL and results planning and management in simple language;


  • Follow up on implementation of audit and evaluation recommendations; ensure the optimal use of evaluation findings by providing guidance and a clear dissemination plan;


  • Travel around the country to carry out duties; and,


  • Coordinate with affiliated law firms who offer pro bono support to IRLI in the area of data analysis.


Qualifications, skills and personal characteristics

  • Advanced degree and experience in development studies, law or social sciences or related field


  • Documented extensive experience in project monitoring and evaluation, working with rule-of-law programming would be desirable


  • Fluency in the Chichewa language (mandatory)


  • Fluency in the English language (mandatory)


  • Experience and/or knowledge of the socio-cultural, economic, and political context of Malawi (mandatory)


  • Fluency in other local Malawian languages such as (but not exclusive to): Tonga, Tombuka, Yao, Sena (desirable)


  • Knowledge of the criminal justice and legal aid sector (desirable)


  • Knowledge of the document “UN Rule of Law Indicators- Implementation Guide and Project Tools” (desirable)


  • Excellent analytical and report-writing skills


  • Ability to manage time effectively and meet deadlines


  • Ability to use initiative and work independently


  • Strong creativity skills


  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and a strong commitment to contributing to and maintaining a supportive and collegiate work environment, team player.



The successful applicant will receive between €33,000- €43,000 depending on experience. This salary will be inclusive of pension contributions.


How to apply

Applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae and Cover letter by 5 pm Friday 15th December (Central Africa Time) to [email protected].

All candidates will be informed in January 2024 whether their application has been selected for interview or not.

All applicants should ensure their cover letter is tailored to their specific position.

Applications not tailored to these terms of reference will not be considered.