ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Center FAQ
What is the difference between the ILRC and the UNDP Human Resources Office and other legal employment agencies?
The ILRC serves as a bridge for transferring legal expertise from members of the ABA and other legal institutions to UNDP program countries. ILRC helps UNDP country offices identify legal experts required by UNDP-sponsored projects worldwide. However, unlike the UNDP Human Resources Office, the ILRC does not assist in recruiting UNDP staff. And unlike employment agencies, the Center serves specifically to recommend legal experts to work for UNDP projects primarily on a pro bono basis, as part of a public service, either as resident advisor, non-resident advisor, or workshop speaker. In addition, ILRC serves as a legal research center with a depository of relevant rule of law and governance documents and other materials which are available to legal experts, UNDP staff, government officials, and others involved in UNDP supported programs.
What do you mean by "pro bono"?
Remuneration for legal experts recommended by ILRC is based upon the reimbursement of incurred business expenses, rather than upon consultation fees attorneys normally charge their clients. Under "pro bono," a legal expert is typically paid by UNDP the following: travel (air and ground); per diem allowance to cover basic needs, including housing, meals, and incidentals; and travel and life insurance. For long-term positions (those with a duration of three months or longer), legal experts may be entitled to additional compensation, such as a monthly stipend. The additional compensation amount depends upon UNDP project budget.
How can I be considered for a UNDP project position?
- Complete a registration form which can be found on the ILRC website and
- Submit an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV), preferably by email.
The ILRC Registration Form provides a standardized tool by which selection of legal experts can be performed efficiently and judiciously.
What follows the submission of my Registration Form and CV?
- An individual file is created for each registrant;
- Professional experience data is entered in the ILRC Legal Expert Database; and
- Registrant is added to the "ILRC-Update" listserv-the email distribution list for notifications regarding UNDP projects.
- I am a non-US citizen. Can I still register with the ILRC?
Yes. Currently, the ILRC Legal Expert Database boasts a large international component: more than forty-five percent of the legal experts registered are non-US attorneys originating from Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and North and South America.
What is the selection process and who makes the final decision on selection of legal experts for UNDP projects?
When a UNDP position becomes available through the ILRC, the ILRC staff will
- Review the Expert Database to find the most qualified experts for that position;
- Notify registered experts and various ABA entities and affiliates;
- Select a minimum of three qualified candidates, where appropriate, with consultation and guidance from ILRC Steering Committee and/or ABA Section of International Law and Practice leadership;
- Contact selected candidates to inform them of the ILRC's recommendation; and
- Forward to UNDP Country Office each candidate's credentials.
As always, UNDP and its national counterparts will make the final selection decision. Once the final decision is reached, ILRC staff will contact all recommendees with an update.
Can I get more information about a particular position?
All the information available to ILRC about specific UNDP projects can be found on the Terms of Reference (TOR), which are emailed to registrants and posted on the ILRC website under "Positions Available." Pending details not included in the TOR will be determined when UNDP enters into a formal service contract with the selected expert.
What are the specific entitlements/compensation for a particular project?
As mentioned in question number two, selected experts will receive travel and per diem allowances as well as travel and life insurance. Detailed information concerning entitlements/compensation will be made available upon entry into formal service contract.
What kind of support is available to legal experts from the UNDP in-country office?
Once in country, legal experts can expect to receive administrative and logistical support from the UNDP Country Office. Additionally, ILRC will continue to provide them with substantive support through the UNDP Country Office.
Can I schedule an informational meeting with you?
Yes. ILRC welcomes the opportunity to meet with interested legal experts. Please call the ILRC at least two weeks in advance to schedule such a meeting.
Will there be any positions available that do not require a JD?
Yes. Not all positions require a JD. Some may require a Ph.D., an LL.M., or an equivalent advanced degree. However, it is necessary to have a post graduate degree.
How can I apply for staff positions at the ILRC and/or the UNDP?
The ILRC serves only the UNDP and thus will post and announce on its webpage and listservs only the positions made available through the UNDP Country Offices. For ILRC staff positions, contact ABA Human Resources. For UNDP staff positions, contact the UNDP Human Resources Office.
Does the ILRC offer internships?
Currently, the ILRC offers four unpaid internships per year. Please visit americanbar.org/groups/law_students.html#intern for more information.