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This position is responsible for managing the content and ensuring the quality control of the Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PacLII) website. PacLII collects legal materials from 20 Pacific Islands jurisdictions - American Samoa, Cook Islands, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Island, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. PacLII provides free access to Pacific laws to students and academic staff of the University of the South Pacific and other regional stakeholders with the purpose of supporting quality legal education, strengthening the rule of law and governance in the Pacific, and ultimately developing a Pacific jurisprudence.
This section is used to describe the context in which the incumbent is expected to operate describing te working relationships with both internal and external contacts. A description of the working environment and expected pressures the incumbent will encounter as well as types of competencies he/she must have to perform the responsibilities of the position successfully.
Currently the main PacLII website hosts a total of over 109,000 documents collected into 187 separate databases. Through means of processing each document into an html file, individual court judgments and legislation items can be hyperlinked to each other and subjected to the full search functionality provided by the SINO search engine permitting searches across each individual database, a combination of databases selected by the user or all databases simultaneously.
The role of the Project Officer (Regional Content) is primarily to expand and manage the flow of, and prioritisation of the publication of, legal materials from the member jurisdictions on the website. S/he will also undertake research to update the information pages on the website and will work closely with Editors to ensure a high degree of quality control over published documents.
The website has been unchanged since its launch in 2003. Feedback and surveys conducted support the undertaking of a review and revamp of the website. Although this will be a team effort, the post-holder will take the lead responsibility.
The post-holder will have the responsibility of working closely with key stakeholders to develop their capacity to take ownership of, and establish processes for, online publication of the legal materials which they produce. The post-holder will additionally have responsibility for the maintenance of the PacLII sister site 'The Pacific Legal Gateway' and will develop partnerships with regional bodies and law agencies for the publication of their legal materials on the Gateway.
The post holder must be able to converse with a range of legal professionals at a high level across the 20 member jurisdictions of PacLII (for example members of the Judiciary, Court Personnel, Parliamentary staff, Attorney General Departments, other relevant Government Departments and legal professionals)
PacLII operates within a specialised IT environment and the post-holder will need to be able to communicate with PacLII IT staff with regard to technical problems and publishing processes, which require understanding how the internet works and related protocols to online publishing.
The post-holder will also be required to assist USP students, academic staff, stakeholders and the general public with questions relating to the content and the accessing of materials on PacLII. S/he will also be called upon to represent the Institute at both regional and international conferences, meetings and workshops as assigned. The post-holder will be required to submit monthly and bi-annual reports to the PacLII Director outlining all aspects of work during the period specified.
The Pacific Islands Treaty Series databases are currently suspended and the post-holder will review and research the re-activation of these.
A degree in Law or Law Librarian Studies OR equivalent level of expertise gained from a combination of experience, training or professional accreditation.
The contract will extend a period of six months renewable by mutual agreement.
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. July 9, 2010 (Vanuatu local time).
Applicants must submit their applications through USP's electronic application system, located at http://www.usprecruits.usp.ac.fj/. If you experience any difficulties whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact PacLII:
Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PacLII)
School of Law
University of the South Pacific
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Telephone: (678) 24525
Fax: (678) 22274