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International Expert-Researcher

Mongolia (Mongolia) | Home Based - May require travel

  • Organization: IDLO - International Development Law Organization
  • Location: Mongolia (Mongolia) | Home Based - May require travel
  • Grade: Single Engagement Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Legal - International Law
    • Gender-based violence
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-11

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IDLO in Mongolia

IDLO has been contributing to enhancing the rule of law and improving the investment climate in Mongolia since 2012. Recent IDLO projects have focused on addressing the widespread prevalence of domestic violence (DV) by building capacity of the justice sector to implement domestic violence legislation using a victim-centered approach.der a three-year project supported by Global Affairs Canada, IDLO is now expanding these capacity building efforts to increase access to justice for victims with government and civil society. A public awareness campaign and research on implementation of the laws related to DV will complement these activities.

An International Expert-Researcher is currently being recruited to guide and provide technical support to  a team of national researchers to assess the implementation of current law on domestic violence and application of victim-centered approaches.


The main objective of this assignment is to produce a set of recommendations on enhancing the ability of justice sector actors to respond to domestic violence claims and apply a victim-centered approach; thus, enabling the victim/survivor to access and achieve justice in domestic violence cases.

Recommendations will be informed by data collected under this research component with additional findings from the trial monitoring research that will be conducted separately. 


The International Expert-Researcher will report directly to the IDLO Mongolia Country Manager and work in close coordination with the IDLO Mongolia Field Program Manager (assigned to this project), the Gender and Civil Society Advisor, the Hague-based Gender Unit and the Research and Learning Department to perform the following duties and produce a series of staged deliverables:

  • Develop a research methodology including all necessary research tools in line with international standards adjusted to the Mongolian context and work with a team of national researchers to finalize the methodology and research plan including, piloting, data entry, quality control, and analysis;
  • Provide technical support to the Lead National Researcher and the Project Team to enable them to supervise and oversee the collection of data using the identified research tools and methodology;
  • Ensure that international standards for conducting interviews with victims/survivors of domestic violence are upheld;
  • Identify gaps and challenges in applying a victim-centered approach in DV cases, incorporating findings of this research and those of the trial monitoring research;
  • Assess the feasibility of establishing specialized courts and/or processes for DV, family and/or juvenile cases by reviewing the relevant legislative and regulatory framework, incorporating findings of this research and those of the trial monitoring research;
  • Prepare a draft report with preliminary findings, conclusions and recommendations and validate with the IDLO Country Team and Reference Group. Feedback received is expected to feed into the development of the final report.
  • Prepare a final report on the content indicated in the Objectives above, and according to the following proposed format:
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction and background, including the objectives of the research and the methodology and process followed
  • Major findings (results achieved so far, constraints, lessons learned)
  • Conclusions and recommendations
  • Annexes, including terms of reference, assessment questions and data collection tools, documents reviewed, list of stakeholders/partners consulted.


Throughout this assignment, it will be necessary to:  

  • Emphasize peer exchange and review, responding collaboratively to feedback and input, under the guidance of the IDLO Mongolia Country Manager and work in close coordination with the IDLO Mongolia Field Program Manager (assigned to this project), the Gender and Civil Society Advisor, the Hague-based Gender Unit and the Research and Learning Department;  
  • Participate in regular meetings with IDLO’s Department of Research and Learning; 
  • Adhere to and incorporate relevant international and national standards for conducting research ethically and to high standards of quality, including data storage and removal; 
  • Make available all data collection undertaken to IDLO’s Department of Research & Learning, in line with relevant methodological and privacy considerations as requested; 
  • Undertake duty travel to Mongolia (subject to security and other factors) for which round trip airfare, visa fees, accommodation, food, transportation, and insurance will be provided according to standard donor and IDLO specifications; 
  • Deliver written work in American English;  
  • Deliver written work that is of publishable quality and adopts a consistent footnote/endnote citation and reference style (to be agreed regionally as needed [e.g. MLA, AP,]) or that of the United Nations Editorial Manual, available online: []; and 
  • Perform related duties as requested in the context of adaptive/flexible project implementation.  



  •  Advanced University degree in law, social sciences and/or gender studies.

 Work experience

  • At least 10 years of progressive work experience in the field of gender-based violence, domestic violence, child protection, and/or family and juvenile justice;
  • Strong research background and experience;
  • Technical knowledge and expertise in designing a research methodology, including development of research tools, data collection, quality control, data processing and data analysis, as well as training and working with national teams;   
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills;
  • Experience conducting research in developing countries preferred;

Technical competencies

  • Ability to conduct research of publishable quality.
  • Knowledge of relevant human rights principles, ethical standards and international/national best practices in the field of domestic violence, family and juvenile justice with the focus on a victim-centered approach.
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office Suite. Proficient use of other ICT software and internet programs.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English.


Services will be performed over a 6-month period remotely and during two missions to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Remuneration for the assignment will be 15,000.00 CAD (Canadian Dollars), travel costs, and mission per diem. Payment will be made upon satisfactory submission of deliverables as identified in the consultancy terms of reference.


All interested applicants are encouraged to apply via our website and submit the completed IDLO Personal History Form (PHF), resume and cover letter.

IDLO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in all areas of its operations. We welcome and encourage diverse applications.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Contractor assigned to this work. This may not be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.

The Director-General of IDLO reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities or even to cancel the recruitment to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

Applications will be reviewed an ongoing basis and the recruitment process may be concluded before the deadline. All eligible candidates are advised to send in their applications as soon as possible.




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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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