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Legal and Public Policy Expert

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Company name

Politas Consulting, LLC

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Attorney

Practice Area

International Law

Location

Los Angeles, CA

Posted on

Feb 12,2018

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Description of Firm:

Politas Consulting is a new international development social enterprise whose mission is to provide legal and policy assistance to help cities and special-status jurisdictions achieve inclusive social and economic growth. Cities and special jurisdictions are increasingly the world’s driving innovators and incubators of good policy. We help them orient the future of governance toward prosperity and inclusion.

More specifically, Politas assists with the development and implementation of laws, policies, and administrative frameworks for special economic zones, free trade zones, cities, and semi-autonomous jurisdictions. It also advises on national or regional decentralization strategies and strategies for addressing national or international issues through urban areas and special zones. It currently has projects in Latin America, Northern Africa, and South Asia for clients in the United States and Europe.

The Legal and Policy expert’s work would involve varied, complex, and intellectually stimulating subjects that can have a major impact on the world over the next several decades. If you are someone who loves developing creative approaches to intellectual legal and policy questions, is efficient and output oriented, and wants to have a meaningful influence on the world, this should be the perfect job for you.

Politas also closely collaborates with Refugee Cities, a non-profit organization that uses special development zones to help integrate migrants in countries hosting refugees. Refugee Cities promotes the use of such zones, some of which Politas is helping implement.

Read more at our website.

Responsibilities:

The Legal and Policy Expert will work under the CEO on a range of projects for clients. Work will primarily be local/desk work, especially in the short term, but may involve field work over time. Initial responsibilities will include:

  • Drafting regulations covering a wide variety of topics, such as customs/trade, immigration, environment, and security.
  • Researching laws or administrative frameworks covering the above topics at the international level or in foreign countries.
  • Analyzing and advising on proposed policies, laws, and regulations.
  • Helping develop international investment protections for foreign investors in developing and post-conflict countries.
  • Helping develop proposals and concept papers for special-status jurisdictions and new policies.
  • Some work would be done through Refugee Cities, primarily on the development of proposals for the use of new special zones.

Nature of Work and Compensation:

In the near term, the Legal and Policy Associate will be an independent contractor and will be paid on a billed hourly basis at $60/hour. There should be approximately 25-30 billed hours per week during the initial startup phase. The position may become salaried depending on the abilities of the expert and the performance of the business.

Qualifications:

Essential:

Candidates must have:

  • High ethical standards with the ability to maintain clients’ confidentiality. Background checks will be conducted.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills. English writing ability should be at least a native-level. Style must be natural, clear, and direct.

Additional Factors:

Candidates will be evaluated based on the following characteristics. No candidate is expected to have all of these characteristics.  Please reference the characteristics you have in your cover letter and describe how you have them

  • Experience evaluating policies or legislation and drafting written analyses and recommendations
  • Experience drafting legislation or regulations for foreign or domestic jurisdictions
  • Juris Doctor (JD) from a U.S. law school, or LL.M from a U.S. Law School and/or foreign equivalent to a JD from a well-regarded foreign law school. (strongly preferred)
  • Strong knowledge of international investment law and policy (e.g., bilateral / multilateral investment treaty protection, investment arbitration)
  • Experience working in (or strong knowledge of) free trade zone / special economic zone law, policy, and economics
  • Experience drafting contracts and agreements, especially investor-state agreements or memoranda of understanding
  • Strong knowledge of urban planning and management and economic development policy
  • Live in Los Angeles, CA and work from a physical office there
  • If not in LA, live in a time zone that is +/- 3 hours from U.S. Pacific Time
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Women and/or minorities that are underrepresented in U.S. legal or policy professions
  • Experience clerking for a judge at the appellate level

Application Instructions:

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  • Cover letter describing the characteristics you have from the above lists, and any other information you think is relevant
  • Resume or CV

Please reference “Legal and Policy Expert” in the subject line.

Short-listed applicants will be asked for references. Writing sample and interviews may be requested from some applicants.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Ideally, a candidate will be chosen by mid-January, 2018. However, the position may be kept open for longer if necessary.

 

Company info

Politas Consulting, LLC

Company Profile

Description of Firm: Politas Consulting is a new international development social enterprise whose mission is to provide legal and policy assistance to help cities and special-status jurisdictions achieve inclusive social and economic growth. Cities and special jurisdictions are increasingly the world’s driving innovators and incubators of good policy. We help them orient the future of governance toward prosperity and inclusion. More specifically, Politas assists with the development and implementation of laws, policies, and administrative frameworks for special economic zones, free trade zones, cities, and semi-autonomous jurisdictions. It also advises on national or regional decentralization strategies and strategies for addressing national or international issues through urban areas and special zones. It currently has projects in Latin America, Northern Africa, and South Asia for clients in the United States and Europe. The Legal and Policy expert’s work would involve varied, complex, and intellectually stimulating subjects that can have a major impact on the world over the next several decades. If you are someone who loves developing creative approaches to intellectual legal and policy questions, is efficient and output oriented, and wants to have a meaningful influence on the world, this should be the perfect job for you. Politas also closely collaborates with Refugee Cities, a non-profit organization that uses special development zones to help integrate migrants in countries hosting refugees. Refugee Cities promotes the use of such zones, some of which Politas is helping implement. Read more at our website.