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Helena Manuela Igreja
INTERNATIONAL ELECTORAL LEGAL AND POLICY ADVISOR , Elections, Government agencies, international non-profit
Dili, East Timor
Multilingual (Portuguese and English)electoral policy and legal adviser with 10 years of experience in public policy reform, institutional design and legal adviser services in Timor-Leste. Seeking challenging opportunities. Can relocate immediately.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Government, Governance, Reforms
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
A legal advisor and policymaker with over 10 years of experience, offering expertise in driving legal and policy reforms, drafting policies and legislation, and implementing developmental programmes to improve democratic culture and government functioning.

Proven record of collaborating with and engaging Ministries, the public, stakeholders, and internal staff to gather inputs, undertake research and provide evidence-based recommendations to deploy policies/legislation.

Demonstrated sound understanding of diverse legislative/policy frameworks and cultural environments to deliver successful results.

Long-term interest in leading electoral policy and legal reforms across Africa collaborating with international agencies.
Master of Electoral Policy and Administration / The Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies

Masters degree in Public
Administration/ The Australian National University

Licentiate Degree in Law / The Polytechnic and University Higher Institute / Mozambique
Affiliations and Achievements:
Drafted the Timor-Leste Electoral Code which inter alias enfranchises vulnerable groups participation by legislating on the need to provide adequate voting materials for people living with disability and with mobility restrictions. These provisions are a milestone because Timor-Leste is yet to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The Electoral Code established rules to consolidate the National Elections Commission independence while providing an institutional blueprint for the election management bodies for the next 10 years.

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    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Portuguese, English
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