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Associate, Americas Division
Human Rights Watch
Washington, DC Office
Application Deadline: March 2, 2010
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Associate with the Americas Division.
Description: The Associate will provide administrative and clerical assistance including, but not limited to, drafting and translating documents and responding to inquiries in both English and Spanish; coordinating the activities of the Americas Division; maintaining extensive files, contact lists, and databases; maintaining communication among HRW’s domestic and international offices and providing substantive, logistical and administrative assistance to field offices; retrieving and responding to requests for information; preparing, formatting and distributing documents such as news releases, reports, tables, charts, briefing papers, op-eds, publications and web content; assisting with research, electronic clipping, wires, and translations; preparing for and taking minutes at meetings; assisting with advisory committee matters; assisting with special events, hiring, and training; drafting and editing correspondence and other documents; liaising with NGO partners; assisting with travel arrangements and follow-up; recruiting and coordinating interns; recording departmental finances; word processing; photocopying; filing; faxing; answering phones; processing incoming mail; and other assigned tasks.
Qualifications: The applicant must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, extremely well-organized, collegial, able to function under pressure and meet strict deadlines while handling numerous tasks simultaneously. S/he must be able to take initiative, prioritize with minimal supervision, and work independently as well as function as a member of a team. The candidate must be fluent in written and oral English and Spanish and have office/administration experience and strong computer skills (including Windows, Word, HTML, databases and the Internet). Strong interest in international human rights, as well as a degree in International Relations, Journalism and/or relevant regional or thematic study or experience, is highly desirable. Applicants for this position must possess current U.S. work authorization valid for a minimum of two years from start date.
Salary and Benefits: Salary range starts at US$36,800. Human Rights Watch offers excellent employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, an outstanding pension plan and twenty (20) days vacation per year.
PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY (no calls or email inquiries, please) by emailing in a single submission: a letter of interest describing your experience, your resume, names or letters of reference, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) no later than March 2, 2010 to americasjobs@hrw.org. Please use “Americas Associate Ref AME-10-1004-B” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to:
Human Rights Watch
Attn: Search Committee (Americas Associate Ref AME-10-1004-B)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Fax: (212) 736-1300

UN Advocacy Directory
Advocacy Department
(New York Office)
Deadline for applications: March 22, 2010
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of United Nations (“UN”) Advocacy Director.
Description: The United Nations Advocacy Director is the principal spokesperson and advocate for Human Rights Watch at the UN and on UN-related issues in New York. S/he is responsible for working with HRW’s programmatic staff to develop and implement advocacy strategies on the full range of countries and issues addressed by HRW. HRW’s UN work focuses on the UN Security Council, as well as the Secretariat and UN agencies, and involves regular meetings with UN officials and diplomats from member states. In addition, the UN Advocacy Director engages frequently with the UN press corps, and with the media more broadly on UN-related issues.
The UN Advocacy Director is based in New York, although periodic travel to Geneva and other locations is required. The UN Advocacy Director is a member of HRW’s Advocacy department and reports to the Global Advocacy Director. The UN Advocacy Director works closely with the Geneva Advocacy Director, HRW’s principal advocate liaising with the Geneva-based UN institutions.
Qualifications: Applicants should possess at least 5 to 10 years of international advocacy experience. Substantial knowledge of the United Nations, including an understanding of its principal institutions and inter-governmental bodies, is required. Direct experience working with or at the United Nations is strongly desired. Candidates must have significant human rights experience and expertise and demonstrated commitment to human rights. In addition, the successful applicant must be an effective public speaker and possess excellent writing and editing skills in English: fluency in one or more additional UN language(s) is advantageous. The ideal candidate will be collegial and have good judgment and excellent analytical and strategic-thinking capabilities; the ability to work quickly and effectively under pressure; the capacity to pay close attention to detail while working in a fast-paced environment and juggling multiple tasks; strong organization and coordination skills; and the ability to work effectively independently, as part of a team, and in partnership with other organizations.
Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY by emailing in a single submission: a letter of interest describing your experience, your resume, names or letters of references, salary requirements, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) no later than March 22, 2010 to advocacy.hire@hrw.org. Please use “UN Advocacy Director Ref ADV-10-1007-B” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post and/or fax) to:
Human Rights Watch
Attn: Search Committee (UN Advocacy Director Ref ADV-10-1007-B)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118
Fax: (212) 736-1300

Office Administrator
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is seeking an Office Administrator to be responsible for providing a high level of professional day-to-day support to ensure the smooth and efficient running of two of HRW’s offices in Europe (Geneva and Zurich). The position reports mainly to the London based Deputy Director of European Operations, and also to the Geneva Advocacy Director.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have excellent academic credentials and a minimum of 3-5 years of operations or administrative experience in a demanding and fast-paced environment. S/he must demonstrate excellent organizational, administrative and financial skills, a proven history of taking initiative and solving problems, superb interpersonal skills, high energy and attention to detail. S/he will have excellent leadership and management skills, including the demonstrated ability to work successfully with a team of talented professionals in multiple global locations. This position would be an excellent steppingstone for candidates interested in developing their skills and experience in non-profit or charitable management and leadership. The candidate must have excellent written and spoken skills in English and French.
Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience and education. Human Rights Watch offers excellent employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, a pension plan and 22 days vacation per year. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY by emailing in a single submission in English: a letter of interest describing your experience, your resume, salary requirements, names or letters of reference, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) no later than March 24, 2010 to opsjobs@hrw.org. Please use “Geneva Office Administrator Reference: 10-1006-B” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to:
Human Rights Watch
Attn: Search Committee (Geneva Office Administrator Reference: 10-1006-B)
64-66, rue de Lausanne
1202 Geneva, Switzerland
Fax: +41-22-738-1791

Program Officer
Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP)
Law and Health Initiative (LAHI)
The Open Society Institute’s Public Health Program (PHP) aims to promote health policies based on scientific evidence, social inclusion, human rights, and justice. Broadly, the program works with civil society organizations within two fields: promoting the participation of socially marginalized groups in public health policy and fostering greater government accountability and transparency through civil society monitoring efforts. Program areas focus on addressing the human rights and health needs of marginalized groups, facilitating citizen access to health information, and advocating for a strong civil society role in public health policy and practice. For further information on the Public Health Program, please visit our website: http://www.soros.org/health.
The Open Society Institute (OSI), www.soros.org seeks a full-time Program Officer in its New York office to work jointly with the Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP) and the Law and Health Initiative (LAHI). The Program Officer will undertake joint work with the Law and Health Initiative (LAHI) and the Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP), reporting to the LAHI and SHARP Project Directors in New York. Some time may be devoted to supporting general LAHI or SHARP activities.
To learn more about this position, please visit: http://www.soros.org/about/offices/newyork/prog-off-20100129

Clinical Lecturer
University of Texas at Austin School of Law, National Security Clinic
Austin, TX
Overview: The University of Texas School of Law (http://www.utexas.edu/law/) invites applications for the position of Clinical Lecturer for the National Security Clinic (NSC), a full-time, one-year position for the 2010-11 academic year.
Established in fall 2007, the National Security Clinic provides students the opportunity to work on cases and projects relating to terrorism and national security, under the supervision of a Clinical Professor. The semester-long Clinic’s docket has included criminal cases involving material support of terrorism, habeas corpus cases on behalf of persons detained at Guantanamo Bay, damages cases relating to treatment while in detention, and military commission cases against unprivileged enemy belligerents. Research and advocacy projects have addressed terrorism surveillance and financial privacy, international human rights and humanitarian law, laws relating to the treatment of soldiers and civilian military contractors, and charitable financing of terrorism. For more information on UT Law’s Clinics, see http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/clinics/.
Qualifications: J.D. degree, with 3-5 years experience of litigation in federal court; Admitted to state bar of Texas or another state; admitted to, or willingness to seek admission to, D.C. federal district and circuit courts; Experience or familiarity with national security law, constitutional law, human rights law, and/ or humanitarian law; Excellent written and oral communication skills; Experience supervising law students, law student interns, or lawyers; Secret government security clearance or willingness to apply for one; Clinical law teaching or other teaching experience a plus.
Duties: Responsibilities of the Lecturer will include: teaching topics relating to national security law in the clinic seminar, which meets twice a week and includes simulations, discussions, and case rounds; supervising law students and collaborating with co-counsel and clients on Clinic cases and projects; and collaborating with the Clinic Administrator and others on management and administration of the Clinic. This is a non-tenure track, one-year position for the 2010-11 academic year. The Lecturer likely will have primary responsibility for teaching in the fall semester, with some casework supervision, and primary responsibility for casework supervision in the spring semester, with some teaching.
Salary: Will be competitive and commensurate with experience. The University of Texas School of Law is an equal opportunity employer and provides health, dental, vision and other benefits.
To apply: Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and a list of three references to Sonja Hartley, Clinic Administrator, National Security Clinic, University of Texas School of Law, 727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705, at shartley@law.utexas.edu.
Deadline: March 3, 2010

Executive Director
Northeastern University School of Law, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy
Boston, MA
Overview: The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (“PHRGE”) of Northeastern University School of Law (“NUSL”) was founded in 2005 as a law school-based program to engage in the study, promotion, implementation and constructive critique of rights-based approaches to economic development and social transformation, with particular attention to economic, social, and cultural (ESC) rights. PHRGE’s mission is threefold: (1) to encourage and deepen scholarship on economic, social and cultural rights and the global economy; (2) to work to implement human rights norms and sound economic development approaches worldwide; and (3) to train the human rights lawyers of the 21st century. To those ends, PHRGE sponsors an on-line ESC rights journal with an international circulation; develops human rights analyses, reports and briefs to support litigation and other advocacy efforts domestically and internationally; convenes scholars and activists engaged with ESC rights issues for discussion and exchanges; sponsors human rights programming at NUSL; and sponsors several funded human rights cooperative education placements for NUSL law students.
For more information: http://www.universityjobs.com/jobs/jobdetail.php?jobid=1033300

Evaluation Officer
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
UNRWA is the United Nations agency responsible for the protection, care and human development of a population of some 4.7 million Palestine refugees living in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic. UNRWA is committed to assisting Palestine refugees in maintaining a decent standard of living, acquiring appropriate knowledge and skills, enjoying the fullest possible extent of human rights, and leading a long and healthy life. UNRWA is the largest UN operation in the Middle East with more than 29,000 staff. Most of these staff are refugees themselves, working directly to benefit their communities – as teachers, doctors, nurses or social workers.
Closing date: 11 Mar 2010
Location: Jordan – Amman
Under the overall supervision and guidance of Director of the Department of Internal Oversight Services (D/DIOS), the incumbent is responsible for providing advice and assistance to D/DIOS on issues directly connected to evaluations. The incumbent of this post will supervise one support staff.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Is responsible for administration of the evaluation processes/projects management, including developing a plan and schedule, assigning tasks, ensuring milestones are met on a timely basis, ensuring project costs are within approved budget and ensuring evaluation objectives are adequately addressed;
- Prepare an annual survey of the evaluation studies executed Agency-wide;
- Contribute in the development of well-focused Terms of Reference that include a complete background, identify and address salient issues, and identify potential impact with moderate guidance;
- Participate in internally and externally planned evaluations;
- Is responsible for professional relations with all departments involved in the evaluation tasks;
- Analyse and evaluate documents and other pertinent information produced and make recommendations for policies and strategies related to programmes and operational direction Agency-wide.
Professional Knowledge and Experience
- A university degree in economics, development studies, international relations, public/business administration, management, political or social science or other related field;
- Six years of progressively responsible experience in research and evaluation, exposed to the management of large programmes in sectors such as emergency operation, relief, education or health, three years of which must have been at an international level. Extent and relevance of experience and skills should include programme/project monitoring, analysis, evaluation and planning;
- Excellent command of written and spoken English.
- Ability to develop clear goals and identify priority activities and assignments;
- Ability to research and produce clear and concise reports, excellent writing/drafting skills;
- Demonstrated critical thinking, creativity, innovative and analytical skills;
- Proficiency in computer applications including internet, word processing, statistical analysis, spreadsheets and database;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others in a team environment and with people of diverse backgrounds, culture and nationalities.
Desirable Qualifications
- Advanced university degree in economics, development studies, international relations, public/business administration, management, political or social science or other related field;
- Knowledge of Arabic;
- In-depth knowledge of Middle East and global issues, including an understanding of political, social and economic issues in the region, trends and constraints related to human development and poverty reduction;
- Knowledge in Israeli-Palestinian issues and the Palestine refugee situation;
- Knowledge of the UN structure and processes.
Additional Information
The incumbent will be required to reside at the duty station and to travel regularly throughout the areas of operations, as well as to possess a valid driving license.
Conditions of Service
UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $ 59,200 net tax free with dependants or $ 55,259 single, plus post adjustment of 40.6 %. Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include education grant, dependency allowance, home leave, pension fund, health insurance and 6 weeks annual leave. All UNRWA duty stations (with the exception of Gaza) are family duty stations.
How to apply
To start the application process, applicants are required to register at http://jobs.unrwa.org by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Please note that UNRWA only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. Only applications received through http://jobs.unrwa.org will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted.

Program Policy Advisor (Oxfam GB)
Oxfam Great Britain
Closing date: 08 Mar 2010
Location: Yemen – Sana?a
£21,990 – £28,821 net p.a. + benefits including housing and education allowances
Sana?a, Yemen
As one of the world?s developing countries, our ongoing relief and development programmes are integral to helping the people of Yemen establish a better way of life. We have been working hard to promote gender equality, provide health care, and to strengthen communities? abilities to respond to humanitarian crises, such as the Sa?ada conflict. This role will be key to taking that work forward.
The role
Our work in Yemen needs to adapt constantly to be relevant to the changing needs of the local people. So it will be down to you to provide regular and in-depth analysis of the country?s changing social, economic and humanitarian situations and to use that insight to determine the strategic direction for programme policy objectives and activities. You?ll act as Oxfam?s representative on these positions at a local, national and international level. You?ll also work with senior management and programme staff, integrating advocacy into programme planning, supporting the advocacy training needs of staff and partners, and making sure the decisions and actions we take address issues that really matter. This is an excellent opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills that will provide the platform for moves into senior regional or global policy, advocacy and campaigning roles within Oxfam.
What we?re looking for
You?ll have proven expertise in policy analysis or advocacy work and that will show your ability to deliver persuasive lobbying and communications that influence governments, donors and global institutions. Committed to promoting basic human rights, you?ll know what levels of negotiation, diplomacy and tact are needed to influence individuals with strongly-held beliefs. In particular, you?ll have experience of using evidence-based policy research, media and lobbying to influence governments and donors. Added to that, you will be a natural leader and an excellent communicator, ideally fluent in Arabic as well as English.
About Oxfam
To find out more about this role and to apply, visit www.oxfam.org.uk/jobs and quote ref: INT3667.
Closing date: 8 March 2010.
How to apply
To find out more about this role and to apply, visit www.oxfam.org.uk/jobs and quote ref: INT3667.

Research Fellow Water Policy
For other research fellow positions, please see ODI website
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
International Think Tank
Closing date: 12 Mar 2010
Location: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Contract: Full-time
Salary: Research Fellow 1: £36,736 – £45,155pa
Research Fellow 2: £46,509 – £57,201pa
Location: London
Ref: RPGG/02/10
The UK?s leading independent think tank on international development.
About us
ODI (www.odi.org.uk) aims to inspire and inform policy and practice to reduce poverty by locking together high-quality applied research and practical policy advice.
We are looking for a Research Fellow with world class knowledge of water, sanitation and the management of water resources.
Our Water Policy Programme (WPP) links high quality research to practical policy advice on water and sanitation issues that have an impact on poverty. The goal is to ensure that policies in this area benefit the world?s poorest people.
Recent highlights include:
? Leadership of a major research consortium in Ethiopia and the Nile region ? RiPPLE (www.rippleethiopia.org)
? New work on the impacts of climate change on water services and resources, and on climate adaptation planning in the water sector
? Evaluations of pro-poor service delivery in urban areas, and of the political economy of sector reform.
The Research Fellow will join a dynamic team in WPP, part of the Rural Policy and Governance Group. You will support the Programme Leader in strategy development, fundraising, research and public affairs, helping to drive a multidisciplinary and innovative programme.
About you
Above all, you have a passionate commitment to the environment and development, backed by in-depth experience and skills:
? Proven capacity for first-class research, policy advisory and public affairs work;
? Extensive knowledge of key issues and organisations in international development and water policy;
? Demonstrated ability to win work and attract funds, including the development of large, multi-partner and multi-country proposals; and
? The ability to work as part of a team and support the Programme Leader in people and project management.
How to apply
For more information, please download an application pack from our website at www.odi.org.uk/jobs
If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 7922 0349 or you can send an email to recruitment@odi.org.uk

Child Rights Researcher
Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
The Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) is a small and flexible organisation with a long established international reputation. KHRG has worked with villagers in rural Burma since 1992 to strengthen their claims on human rights, document their human rights situation and conduct international advocacy.
Closing date: 28 Feb 2010
Location: Thailand – Nothern Thailand/Thai-Burma border

*Human Rights Clinical Teaching Fellow
Fordham Law School
New York, NY
Overview: The Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic is part of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. The Clinic aims to train a new generation of human rights lawyers and contribute to inspiring, results-oriented, practical human rights work throughout the world. The Clinic partners with NGOs and foreign law schools on human rights projects ranging from legislative reform, legal and policy analysis, fact-finding and report writing, human rights training and capacity-building, and public interest litigation. Fieldwork abroad is a component of a number of projects each semester. Students enrolled in the Clinic also participate in a seminar course that provides training in human rights advocacy skills and encourages critical reflection regarding the theory and practice of human rights. In the past three years the Clinic has worked on projects focusing on HIV/AIDS and prisoners rights in Malawi; sex workers rights in India; female genital mutilation and child maintenance in Sierra Leone; constitutional reform and reproductive rights in Ethiopia; land rights and returnee rights in Cambodia; access to justice in Liberia; fair trade in Lebanon; and Native American women’s reproductive rights in South Dakota. Future projects will continue to engage human rights issues in the Clinic’s focus countries of Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Liberia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, and the United States. During the 2010 – 2011 term, the Clinic will also focus on projects in Latin America. The Leitner Clinic seeks to hire a full-time human rights clinical teaching fellow for the 2010 – 2011 academic year.
Qualifications: Candidate must have: 1) J.D. degree or equivalent (no 2010 J.D. Candidates, please); 2) strong academic background in international human rights law; 3) strong experience in international human rights advocacy as exhibited by post-graduate human rights work; 3) experience and/or interest in teaching or supervising law students. Although all applications are welcome, applicants with background or interest in Latin America and Spanish language ability are strongly encouraged to apply.
Duties: The Human Rights Clinical Teaching Fellow will develop Clinic projects in partnership with human rights organizations; supervise student work on Clinic projects, including fieldwork abroad; and co-teach the companion human rights advocacy course. The Leitner Clinic faculty director will supervise the fellow.
Salary: The salary is $55,000 and includes health benefits. The fellowship term will begin in August 2010.
To apply: Interested applicants should email a statement of interest (including a detailed description of your international human rights experience, teaching/mentoring/advising experience, and how the fellowship will advance your professional goals), a résumé/CV, an official law school transcript, and a list of three references to mgbako@law.fordham.edu.
Deadline: Monday, April 19th.

Program Director
Rutgers University, Center for Women’s Global Leadership
Overview: The Center for Women’s Global Leadership seeks a full time director to oversee the Center’s programs and projects. Applicants should have significant experience in social justice advocacy and activism.
The Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) is an international advocacy organization for women’s human rights based at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, and USA. CWGL develops and facilitates women’s global leadership toward a human rights vision that will yield social justice worldwide.
CWGL’s projects seek to promote the leadership of women and to advance feminist perspectives in policy-making processes in local, national and international arenas. The Center pursues these objectives through initiatives that foster women’s leadership in human rights including strategic planning activities, international mobilization campaigns, global education endeavors, publications, and a resource center. The Center’s human rights work will incorporate a growing area in economic and social rights while maintaining core programs including the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. For more information, look at http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu
Duties: The Program Director, in partnership with the Executive Director and other senior management, will be responsible for the development, implementation and/or maintenance of the programs. Extensive domestic and foreign travel will be required. The Program Director will be responsible for projects and assigned staff that further the integration of human rights into the work of international institutions like the United Nations, that coordinate annual international campaigns addressing violence against women, and that support leadership development and human rights advocacy. Through collaboration with academics, activists, organizers, lawyers, and advocates for human rights around the world, the Program Director will likely participate in meetings and events at the UN, including the Human Rights Council, and other international fora. The Program Director will oversee international mobilization campaigns to connect the voices and leadership of women at all levels to the formulation of international public policy.
In collaboration with partner groups and associates of CWGL, the Program Director will be expected to research and recommend initiatives that further the efforts of the Women’s Global Leadership Institutes and related projects (1991-2002), helping to maintain strong links to the broader international women’s human rights network. The Program Director will also participate in the Center’s human rights education programming and events.
Qualifications: A masters degree is required (PhD preferred) in the social sciences, humanities or law, with an emphasis on gender analysis and expertise in areas such as human rights, economics, public policy and international affairs, familiarity with the UN system and 5 + years organizational experience working in social justice issues, domestically and/or internationally. Demonstrated capacity to manage and supervise staff, and to exercise independent judgment, decision-making and cooperative work style, and the ability to work effectively in multi-cultural and international settings. Excellent writing and communications skills are required. Fluency in English is required, and familiarity with a second major international language is an asset.
Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience. Excellent Rutgers University benefits package, including medical, dental, pension, tuition reimbursement, and other University opportunities.
To apply: Applications are accepted ONLY via the online system at Rutgers University. Please do not send materials via email, surface mail, fax or other delivery systems. These will not be considered.
Please link to this site to apply for the position listed as Senior Program Administrator: http://uhr.rutgers.edu/jobpostings/aps/Detail.asp?id=10-000037 and follow the instructions for submission of resume and cover letter.
CWGL will not be able to communicate with applicants to acknowledge receipt of materials; only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
The position will remain open until a candidate is hired.

Advocacy Officer
Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights
Overview: Founded in 1968, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center), formerly Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, works to realize Robert F. Kennedy’s vision of social justice. The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award was established in 1984 to honor courageous leaders and activists from around the world who dedicate their lives to overcoming serious human rights violations, often at great personal risk. Each year, after a thorough nomination process, a human rights defender is named the recipient of the RFK Human Rights Award. The RFK Center engages in long-term partnerships with RFK Human Rights Award recipients (laureates) to concretely contribute to their social justice goals and make an impact on the global human rights movement. The RFK Center combines innovative human rights tools and advocacy campaigns with a rights based approach driven by our grassroots partners around the world. It provides legal and technical assistance, marshals resources, increases public awareness, and generates domestic and international political support for the growing ranks of laureates. The RFK Center engages a Global Advocacy Team of pro-bono experts, professional human rights staff, the Kennedy family, and their networks to advocate for the change its laureates seek; these include changing policies and actions of governments, intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions (IFIs), and corporations. The RFK Center is a 501©(3) nonprofit charitable organization established to carry forward RFK’s legacy of justice and tolerance.
Duties: The Advocacy Officer will work with RFK Human Rights Award laureates to develop and implement joint domestic and international legal and advocacy strategies to achieve laureates’ social change goals. S/he will develop coalitions and enhance their effectiveness, produce campaign, advocacy, and legal strategies, raise public awareness, while expanding the tool set already used by the laureates and contributing to the capacity of the RFK laureates. The Advocacy Officer will also initiate and lead comprehensive government advocacy strategies to support the laureates’ strategies. S/he will act as the main interface between the RFK Center and its laureates. The Advocacy Officer will provide additional support, as requested by the Director of the RFK Center for Human Rights.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have experience with domestic and international human rights mechanisms; strong familiarity with the U.S. Congressional legislative process and experience with Congressional advocacy; a working knowledge of the United Nations system, regional human rights systems and multi-lateral institutions; ability to maintain active contacts with key stakeholders in the aforementioned systems and their staff to support the goals and objectives of the RFK Human Rights Award laureates; and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience working on Capitol Hill is strongly preferred. A Juris Doctor’s degree or equivalent with at least 3 years of experience in the human rights field and/or legislative arena is required. Fluency in Arabic, French or Spanish is strongly preferred. Salary commensurate with experience.
To apply: If interested please e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3 references to:
Christine Hart
Subject: Advocacy Officer Position
We are receiving applications on a rolling basis. Please submit your application as soon as possible.
Start date: Immediate

Legal Director (Death Penalty)
Overview: Reprieve is a UK charity founded in 1999 by Clive Stafford Smith. Reprieve uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. We investigate, we litigate and we educate; working on the frontline, we provide legal support to prisoners unable to pay for it themselves. We promote the rule of law around the world and secure each person’s right to a fair trial. In doing so, we save lives.
Reprieve prioritizes the cases of prisoners accused of the most extreme crimes, such as acts of murder or terrorism, as it is in such cases that human rights are most likely to be jettisoned or eroded. The prisoners that we assist typically cannot find advocates elsewhere. Reprieve focuses on cases involving the world’s most powerful governments, especially those that should be upholding the highest standards when it comes to fair trials.
Deadline: February 26
For more information: http://www.reprieve.org.uk/workforreprieve

Child Research Coordinator
The Karen Human Rights Group
KHRG is a small and flexible organisation with a long established international reputation. KHRG works with villagers in rural Burma to strengthen their claims on human rights, document their human rights situation and conduct international advocacy. More information about us and our work is available online at www.khrg.org. This full time position is based in KHRG?s information processing office in northern Thailand and the post holder should be prepared to commit at least one year to human rights work on Burma. The successful applicant will have an opportunity to be involved in all aspects of human rights work and make a large contribution to the struggle for human rights in Burma.
The position involves planning, strategising and coordinating KHRG?s various child research activities to supplement the organisation?s advocacy, lobbying, networking and campaigning at regional and international levels. These activities primarily consist of KHRG?s involvement in strengthening civil society networks on monitoring, reporting and responding to violations against children?s rights including the 6 grave violations through the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) established by UN Security Council Resolution 1612 and KHRG?s ongoing child-participative research regarding children?s experiences in eastern Burma. Research will also be related to the general human rights situation in Burma, the SPDC and its actions, Karen IDP and human rights situations, forced labour, forced migration, women, deserters, prisons and convicts and landmines, among other topics.
KHRG operates on a consensus basis with all office-based staff taking part in decision-making within the organisation. The position holder will largely work as part of small teams for each project, thus team-working skills are important. They should also be highly motivated, able to work with little supervision, and should have experience researching or working on human rights and/or children?s issues, preferably in the region. A strong commitment to helping rural people claim their human rights is essential.
Main Responsibilities
1. Coordinate KHRG?s involvement in strengthening civil society networks on monitoring, reporting and responding to violations against children?s rights including the 6 grave violations through the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) established by UN Security Council Resolution 1612.
2. Coordinate development and implementation of strategies for ethically conducting child participative research practices. Write human rights reports, including using information gathered using these child-specific research strategies.
3. Provide on the job training for Karen office staff so that they can assume responsibilities for coordinating KHRG?s child research projects, particularly involvement in processes established by UNSCR 1612.
Additional Responsibilities
1. Identify and implement research priorities identified during management meetings.
2. Participate in management meetings and play an active role in KHRG?s inclusive management decision-making process.
3. Edit and proofread reports and responses to enquiries written by other KHRG staff members; work with Karen office staff to help them through the process of outlining, drafting, and editing human rights reports to produce final versions ready for publication.
Knowledge and Experience
1. Knowledge of international human rights standards, mechanisms and practices, particularly those pertaining to children, as well as ongoing debates on internal displacement, Burmese politics, human rights, development issues, etc.
2. Experience conducting research with children, including an understanding of ethical research practices
3. Knowledge of the human rights situation in Burma, with specific knowledge of the situation as it affects the Karen population.
Note: candidates lacking prior knowledge in some of the areas described above will still be carefully considered. Such a candidate must be willing to commit to preparatory research to build familiarity with basic concepts before beginning work with KHRG. Reading lists and support will be provided by KHRG.
1. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
2. Expertise in writing human rights reports, or similar writing projects.
3. Self-motivated, self-disciplined, well organised, and able to function under pressure and handle numerous tasks simultaneously.
4. Good knowledge of popular computer applications, such as, Microsoft Office, (MS Word, Excel, etc.), Internet and email applications.
1. Some knowledge of Karen, Burmese, and/or Thai.
2. Experience with database management and statistical analysis using SPSS or other equivalent software.
3. Knowledge of computer applications such as PhotoShop, PageMaker, Power Point etc; knowledge of website design and maintenance (HTML, FTP) and other IT functions such as networking and general computer maintenance.
1. Ability to work independently and in teams in a multicultural working environment.
2. Ability to meet deadlines and respond promptly as necessary.
KHRG is a local NGO with salaried staff. It is not a community-based organisation staffed with volunteers. KHRG operates on a consensus basis, with all staff in our office taking part in management decision-making, and has an egalitarian salary system that does not discriminate between local and expatriate staff.
The salary for this position starts at 10,000 baht per month, but will increase with experience and responsibilities. This reflects the cost of living in Thailand and the fact that staff members are expected to work full time for KHRG. Salary rises are subject to performance, length of tenure and management meeting decisions. The position includes 4 weeks of paid vacation leave. Visa costs will also be covered. Other benefits can be discussed with applicants who are shortlisted for the position.
How to apply
While we understand that the position is being posted on short notice, we would like this position to begin as soon as possible.
There is no formal closing date, but KHRG cannot guarantee review of applications received after February 25th. Applications for the position should include a cover letter stating, among others, why the applicant is interested in the position, a detailed CV with references and at least one writing sample.
Referees will not be contacted without notifying the applicant in advance.
Please send a CV, cover letter and writing sample to applications@khrg.org.

Legal Director
European Roma Rights Centre
Budapest, Hungary
Overview: The European Roma Rights Centre (“ERRC”) seeks a Legal Director to lead the team of lawyers for its legal department to litigate Roma rights, ethnic/race discrimination and related cases in domestic, European and international courts and to devise and conduct training sessions for Central and East European lawyers in public interest litigation strategies and techniques.
The ERRC is an international public interest law organization engaged in a range of activities aimed at combating anti-Romani racism and human rights abuse of Roma. The approach of the ERRC involves strategic litigation, international advocacy, research and policy development, and training of Romani activists.
Deadline: March 18, 2010
For more information: http://www.errc.org/cikk.php?cikk=3063


2010 Women’s Human Rights Education Institutes (WHRI):
July 19-August 26, 2010
Directed by: Alda Facio, LLP
with Angela Miles, PhD, Angela Lytle MEd, and Mary Eberts LLB, LSM, LLM
Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Offered in Association with Fundación Justicia y Género, Costa Rica
CEDAW for Change
August 16-20, 2010
Directed by Alda Facio, LLP and Shanthi Dairiam MA
Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Offered in Association with IWRAW-AP
Synopsis follows—-for full information, see our website at: www.learnwhr.org
For inquiries, contact WHRI Program Director Angela Lytle at info@learnwhr.org
Women’s Human Rights: Building a Peaceful World in an Era of Globalization 6 Week Institute
Facilitators: Alda Facio, Shanthi Dairiam, Angela Miles, Angela Lytle, Mary Eberts
Offered in Partnership with Fundación Justicia y Género, Costa Rica
July 19-August 26, 2010
Limited to twenty Canadian and international participants, so apply early to ensure consideration.
Final Application deadline May 15th, 2010.
Late applications may be considered if there is space.
This unique educational institute brings feminist perspectives and an activist orientation to the inextricably related issues of peace, human rights and life-sustaining development. Participants will develop a practical understanding of the UN Human Rights system and how to apply a women?s human rights framework to a multiplicity of issues.
The six-week WHRI brings together a balance of academic/theoretical inquiry and engaged, activist praxis. Human rights, peace, and emerging alternatives to globalization are examined both as interconnected elements of a socially just and sustainable world and as alternative ways of knowing, acting, being, and interacting. Women’s human rights are both the subject and the guiding framework of the institute. This is reflected in the teaching principles and methodology. The WHRI aims to create a safe, supportive, and celebratory space that allows for collective sharing and knowledge-building alongside skills training. Classes are participatory, incorporate a broad variety of readings, videos, and activities, and in an effort to promote integration and well-being, participants are offered gentle yoga classes twice a week.
All instructors have extensive activist experience at local, national and international levels and are known for their theoretical, academic and policy contributions in these areas. To maximize each individual’s learning opportunity, participants are limited to TWENTY and come from all regions of the world, many with a great deal of experience in the field of women?s human rights.
CEDAW For Change -1 Week Intensive Institute
Facilitators: Alda Facio and Shanthi Dairiam, with Angela Lytle and Martha Morgan
Offered in Partnership with International Women?s Human Rights Action Watch-Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP)
August 16-20, 2010
Final Application deadline: July 16th, 2010
The CEDAW for Change module within the six-week WHRI is open for additional enrollment as a one-week intensive for those who cannot attend the full course. One-week participants will join the six-week programme participants in this one-week module designed to cultivate a better understanding of the principles of non discrimination and equality as enshrined in CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women) and each State?s obligation to respect, protect and fulfill women’s human rights. Participants will be helped to frame whatever issues they are working on within a human rights framework from a gender perspective.
This session stresses the multiplicity of forms of discrimination women from diverse situations experience. During the week we will learn through activities focused around identity and interconnectedness, the complex nature of discrimination, the impact of culture and religion on women’s rights, and activism against discrimination. We will examine case studies that have come before the CEDAW committee and will explore ways in which CEDAW can be used to support local and national level activism through the submission of Shadow Reports by NGOs and through the CEDAW Optional Protocol.
For full details, see our website at: www.learnwhr.org
For inquiries, contact WHRI Program Director Angela Lytle at: info@learnwhr.org

Peace and Security Fellowships for African women – 2010-2011
Please see attachment to this message.

Impact of International Criminal Procedures on Domestic Criminal Procedures in Mass Atrocity Cases
A Conference Organized by DOMAC
Thursday 30 September and Friday 1 October 2010
University of Amsterdam
THE DOMAC PROJECT is hosting a Conference on the Impact of International Criminal Procedures on Domestic Criminal Procedures in Mass Atrocity Cases at the University of Amsterdam. The Conference is organized by DOMAC, in cooperation with the Project on International Courts and Tribunals (PICT) and the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL). The Conference is free and open to academics and practitioners in various fields, including international law and international relations.
In addition to invited speakers, the Conference has slots for presentations, which are selected from proposals. Please find attached a Call for Papers. Deadline for abstracts is 20 March 2010.
For more information on DOMAC, please visit www.domac.is.
Abstract submissions and inquires should be directed to:
Thordis Ingadottir, DOMAC Director
Email: thi@ru.is

The programme for the forthcoming conference on Fratricide at the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London, is now online at www.sas.ac.uk/fratricide.html
The conference takes place 25 – 26 February in the Beveridge Hall, Senate House, University of London. This is is the opening conference of an interdisciplinary Mellon Sawyer series: ‘Fratricide and Fraternite: Understanding and Repairing Neighbourly Atrocity’ exploring the causes and consequences of neighbourly violence across history, cultures, and continents. The conference is open to all and free to attend, however advanced registration is required. The deadline has been extended until Tuesday 23 February.
For further information and details on how to register please visit www.sas.ac.uk/fratricide.html or email kirrily.pells@sas.ac.uk

Global Security and Human Rights Conference
March 11-12
World Affairs Council
WorldAffairs 2010 conference for a day and a half of incisive analysis on four key global issues: the economy, climate change and the environment, development and poverty, and global security and human rights.

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