Friday, January 11, 2013

Human Rights Position: Human Rights Defenders Program, Senior Associate (Human Rights First); Deadline: January 25, 2013

Here's something that is non-environmental - human rights related work with Human Rights First, as a Senior Associate.  Application deadline is January 25, 2013.

Here's a link to the position announcement on the Human Rights First website:

Some excerpts from job ad:

The Senior Associate is responsible for devising, planning, coordinating, and executing strategies for influencing U.S. human rights policy on the range of issues covered by Human Rights First’s Human Rights Defenders (HRD) program. He/She also plays a key role in formulating and achieving Human Rights Defenders program goals and objectives; fostering relationships with human rights advocates, nongovernmental organizations, and the U.S. government; conducting advocacy; engaging in research; developing recommendations, reports, website content, press materials, and other documents; developing specific projects; assisting in efforts to raise funds to support the program; and supervising interns.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: Law and/or another advanced degree in a discipline related to international human rights.

ANNUAL SALARY: Competitive with comprehensive benefits package

START DATE: Immediately

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 25, 2013. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Please complete the online application found at our website under ABOUT US / JOB OPPORTUNITIES links.
You will be requested to provide:
· Resume (upload)
· Cover letter (secondary upload*)
· Writing sample (secondary upload*)
· Names and contact details for three (3) references (enter online)

Required Skills·Experience engaging in legislative and/or policy advocacy with the U.S. government;

·Strong understanding of U.S. government decision-making processes, and sound policy judgment;

· A minimum of five years of relevant professional human rights experience;

·Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to foster relationships with human rights advocates, nongovernmental organizations, and the U.S. government;

·Expertise in at least one country or region of the world with an understanding of the human rights issues and political dynamics in that region (regions would include Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, or the former Soviet Union);

·Willingness to travel internationally;

·Excellent written and oral advocacy skills and a demonstrated ability to translate highly technical material for a variety of audiences and effectively edit the work of others;

·Track record of conducting human rights advocacy and achieving clearly defined objectives through the use of both legal and non-legal strategies;

·Understanding of international human rights law and enforcement mechanisms (both regional and international);

·Excellent project management skills, capacity to take initiative, to finish assignments under pressure and to work collegially with others;

·Understanding of international and regional political policy-making structures and institutions; and

·Ability to work comfortably in a variety of settings, including legal, academic, and governmental.

·Experience promoting and protecting human rights in diverse international environments;

·Expertise in issues relating to religious freedom;

·Experience working with U.S. embassies, in-country partners and/or volunteer attorneys;

·Experience working with the press to achieve advocacy goals; and

·Fluency in a language other than English.


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