Working with CLDP

Advisors

CLDP welcomes expressions of interest from experts willing to volunteer their time for legal CLDP programs. CLDP works with experts from U.S. federal agencies, multilateral organizations, members of academia, and private sector firms. Although CLDP provides reimbursement of travel and per diem expenses related to our programs, we have a very limited budget to cover the costs of consulting fees. If you are interested in serving as an advisor for CLDP, please submit an email to cldp@doc.gov detailing your area of expertise. At times, paid advisor opportunities are also advertised on the Federal Business Opportunities web site (www.fbo.gov). These can be found by visiting the site and typing "CLDP" within the search box.

Internships

If you are looking for a legal internship that will allow you to work in an international legal environment and handle a variety of legal issues, then CLDP may be just the place for you. CLDP welcomes legal interns to work alongside our international teams to do research and analysis and write legal reports that identify the current opportunities for CLDP to effect international reforms and document the activities of the CLDP teams around the globe.

Our legal interns work with the respective regional teams that currently focus on improving commercial legal environments worldwide. In order to be an intern with CLDP, you must be a self-motivated individual with strong writing skills. Proficiency in the language of a country in which CLDP presently works is a definite plus. If you are interested in working with CLDP in this capacity, please send a resume via e-mail with a cover letter outlining your interests to cldp@doc.gov. Please be sure to write INTERNSHIP in the subject line.

Career positions

When positions with CLDP become available, they are advertised and posted on the USA Jobs web site. These can be viewed by visiting the site and typing "CLDP" within the search box. In order to apply, an applicant must log into the site and follow the specific instructions outlined there to apply for the position.

Both recent law school graduates and experienced attorneys may apply for our attorney positions when they become available. In order to be eligible, an applicant must provide proof of U.S. citizenship and active bar membership (in any U.S. jurisdiction) in addition to meeting the requirements of the specific position. Fluency in a foreign language that is pertinent to the mission of the particular team gives a strong advantage, as well as having hands-on experience in the particular country or region that the position will handle.

There are also several non-attorney positions that work alongside and support CLDP’s mission. Our International Program Specialists assist the senior counsels and attorney-advisors with the development and implementation of technical assistance activities. This includes identifying and incorporating key strategic, substantive, and procedural considerations into the design and execution of programs and events, researching specific assistance topics, and recruiting, selecting and preparing expert advisors and trainers. Our administrative staff handles all of the logistical needs for each CLDP program. This includes coordinating the travel and event logistics necessary for successful programs.

For information about the current makeup and expertise of the present CLDP staff, please visit our staff bios page.

Upcoming Programs

October 17, 2018 - October 18, 2018

On November 17-18, CLDP, in cooperation with the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), initiated an SCCA-sanctioned alternative dispute resolution (ADR) training course for future female commercial mediation and arbitration lawyers. The ADR course is part of SCCA’s goal to certify up to 60 female mediators and arbitrators to manage cases brought to the SCCA in the coming two years. The ADR Course was envisioned after the successful implementation of a pilot women’s workshop on “Negotiations and Mediation” that was conducted by CLDP in December of 2017. The two-day program engaged participants in a series of intensive ADR simulations guided by an expert from UNCITRAL alongside the region’s top Arab female ADR specialists.

CLDP in Action

September 24, 2018 - September 25, 2018

On September 24-25, in Manama, CLDP led a workshop and focus group on government tendering in cooperation with the Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT), Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain, Bahrain Businesswomen Society and several government contracting agencies. The workshop focused on Bahrain’s recent reforms to promote set-aside programs for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Such programs aim to set aside a set percentage of public contracts to be awarded exclusively to SMEs. The workshop was the fourth meeting led by CLDP and MOICT, and largely focused on electronic procurement mechanisms and online registry to move forward on the pilot program to promote the use of SMEs in public procurement. In implementing the pilot program, MOICT has considered incorporating many of CLDP’s recommendations, including creating a small business oversight body, online registration system, and online advertising platforms that are similar. While the pilot program is expected to be launched in early 2019 for three government agencies, CLDP expects to continue to provide technical assistance on SME procurement reform to help make small business set-aside programs a reality.