After the massive success of Phase I of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Legal Development Programme on Road Safety (LDP), Lawxy is pleased to continue the project and partner with WHO for Phase II of the project.
We are inviting applications for the LDP which will be conducted from June to December 2018. It is time to pull up your socks and champion the cause of road safety. Read on to find out how you can get involved.
Is Road Safety Critical?
Road traffic injuries claim more than 1.24 million lives each year and have a huge impact on health and development. They are the leading cause of death among young people aged between 15 and 29 years, and cost governments approximately 3% of GDP.
Despite this massive – and largely preventable – human and economic toll, action to combat this global challenge has been insufficient.
Road accidents also cause anywhere between 20 and 50 million injuries every year. We need to address the cause of road safety urgently. After all, it is one of the most common causes of death in the world.
How Can You Help?
Although road traffic injuries have been a leading cause of mortality for many years, most traffic crashes are both predictable and preventable.
There is considerable evidence of interventions that are effective at making roads safer and numerous countries have implemented some proven measures that have reduced road traffic deaths.
Lawxy aims to implement some of these proven measures in India with your assistance. Rolling out these interventions in India will offer huge potential to mitigate future damage and save lives.
About the LDP Project
To combat the ever-growing menace of traffic accidents, WHO has launched LDP in India in 2017. Lawxy implemented it last year and is continuing to partner with WHO in 2018.
The focus of this project is to change how traffic safety is viewed by all stakeholders (the Government, the media, the courts and by the common man).
Under this project, Lawxy aims to create a pool of highly skilled and motivated professionals specialising in road safety and motor vehicle policy.
Through a series of workshops, classroom style lessons, interactive sessions and research assignments, we aim to improve the knowledge and skills of a pool of policy professionals, lawyers, academicians, engineers (specially automobile specialists) and doctors (specially doctors dealing with road accident victims) and support them in advising and advocating for improved road safety laws and regulations.
There would be opportunities to engage with journalists interested in road safety and developing normative documents on road safety.
How Can You Apply?
Do you want to be trained by leading WHO officials, Government officials, Judges, senior advocates, journalists and public policy professionals?
If so, we encourage you to apply. We assure world-class training, cutting-edge experience, interesting conversations and the opportunity to save lives and make a difference!
We are looking for dedicated, motivated and smart professionals capable of working in a charged environment driven by the need to mitigate the catastrophe of traffic disasters.
We prefer to have lawyers, public policy professionals, engineers (specially automobile specialists) and doctors (specially doctors dealing with road accident victims). We encourage social sector employees to apply as well. However, if you do anything else for a living, please do apply (we love a mix bag).
Some basic (non-negotiable) criteria:
- You’re an Indian citizen and living in India.
- You’re fluent in both English and Hindi. We value additional regional languages.
- You’re dedicated to the cause of road safety.
Here is a quick run-down on the qualities we are looking for:
- Work experience of at least two years.
- Some experience in writing research papers.
- Analytical and good communication (both verbal and written) skills.
- Some prior contact with regulation/ law and government authorities.
- You’re not employed in the tobacco, alcohol or arms sector.
- Experience in road safety and motor accident laws (Optional but preferable).
What do we need from you?
- Availability to attend:
- A one-day induction workshop tentatively towards the end of July 2018 in New Delhi; and
- A two-day classroom workshop tentatively towards the end of August 2018 in New Delhi.
- A two-day classroom workshop tentatively in November 2018 in New Delhi.
- Commitment to doing research and writing articles, research papers and blog posts on a regular basis from June to December 2018.
- Commitment to identify opportunities for your own involvement in road safety projects in India.
- Be actively engaged in road safety activities in your community.
- Participation in the WHO country partner meetings (as needed).
- Ability to travel abroad to attend international WHO seminars and workshops.
- Be a team player and adhere to timelines.
What Will Lawxy Provide You?
Lawxy assures you:
- Boarding and Lodging arrangements from your city of residence to New Delhi (and return) for participating in the workshops.
- Boarding and Lodging arrangements from your city of residence to Beijing where WHO is conducting their annual workshop in September 2018 (if selected);
- Certificates from WHO and Lawxy acknowledging your contribution;
- Opportunity to interact with key decision makers and stakeholders at various levels;
- Access to experts on various subjects connected with the WHO Legal Development Programme;
- Mentorship opportunities with leading professionals and road safety experts;
- Ability to work with Government departments in drafting the policies on road safety and motor vehicle law; and
- Much more…
Selection process and timeline
If you are eligible and can commit to the project, then please complete the application form accessible HERE.
The deadline for completing the application is 18 June 2018 though we are selecting our members on a rolling basis, so don’t be surprised if you get your acceptance letter even prior to 18 June. We appreciate early applications and would be calling you for a telephonic interview.
Once you have been accepted in the application and interview stage, we will send you some materials on Road Safety by email (all in English language). You would be required to go through these materials and take an online test (comprising questions from the materials provided to you).
The preparatory material and test questions will depend on your qualifications and professional background, for example, lawyers and policy professionals would receive a copy of the Motor Vehicle Act whereas doctors and engineers would receive documents on motor vehicle safety features (like ABS, airbags and emergency road medical aid).