- Legal and Policy Officer/Senior Legal and Policy Officer, UK (password)
Rights Watch (UK)
Job Title: Legal and Policy Officer/Senior Legal and Policy Officer (position will depend on the experience of the person appointed)
Salary: Up to £30,000 p.a. (salary will be commensurate with experience)
Reports to: Executive Director; Supervised by Legal and Policy Director
Responsible for: Interns
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours a week, Monday – Friday
Location: Based in Central London (Soho) with travel within the UK and abroad
Contract: Permanent contract (subject to funding) with 3 month probationary period
Leave: 28 days of annual leave (this does not include bank and other public holidays)
Interview dates: Likley to be in the second and third week of August 2017 (it is possible to facilitate skype interviews if necessary)
Start date: As soon as possible
Application due: COP Wed 26 July 2017
The Organisation and What We Do:
Rights Watch (UK) is a leading NGO in the fields of national security and human rights, use of force and international law, and transitional justice. We ensure that measures taken in pursuit of national security and in the context of transitional justice are compliant with human rights and international law. We have close to 30 years of experience of working in these fields: initially in Northern Ireland, and, since 9/11, in Great Britain and abroad. The organisation is working at the forefront of cutting edge contemporary issues including exceptional counter terrorism laws, counter extremism programmes, extrajudicial killings, state complicity at international law in unlawful activities and transitional justice. We mainstream gender throughout all of our programmes of work.
We are a small and dynamic team of committed human rights experts and international law professionals and have a demonstrated track record of effecting meaningful change through rigorous research and strategic advocacy and litigation. We approach our work with rigor and ingenuity. As a member of our team, you will be exposed to, and part of, our dynamic work in the field of national security and transitional justice and have the opportunity to travel and engage with a range of stakeholders.
The work of Rights Watch (UK) has received wide acclaim. The organization has received the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Human Rights Prize for ‘outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe’, the Irish World Damien Gaffney Award and the Beacon Prize for Human Rights.
Who we are looking for:
Rights Watch (UK) is looking for a passionate human rights/international law professional who has expertise and a minimum of 2-3 years’ experience, ideally in national security and/or post conflict justice (or demonstrable aptitude to successfully deliver in the role). You will preferably have a post-graduate qualification in international human rights or international law or applicable qualifications or experience.
You should be highly self-motivated, a strategic thinker and committed to producing rigorous research. You should be confident in producing in-depth legal research, drafting comprehensive parliamentary submissions, blog posts and assisting with the drafting of in-depth human rights reports. You should appreciate the wider political context within which we work, and be committed to keeping abreast of relevant developments and thinking innovatively and strategically about how we can best address new challenges. You should be a confident communicator and comfortable with persuasively engaging stakeholders at the national and international level. Experience in domestic and/or international advocacy would be an asset. You should have an interest in, and possibly some experience of, strategic litigation. You should be committed to incorporating a gender perspective in your work.
You should be a team player, able to handle a high volume of work across a number of different areas, and committed to working in this dynamic and, at times, challenging field.
You must have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom.
Application details: If you are interested in this position please send the following material by COP Wednesday 26 July 2017 to Rosalind Comyn (please go to application details/apply for Rosalind's email details):
A cover letter which describes how you fulfil the person specification and any other relevant information – maximum 2 pages
A piece of work that provides an example of your research and writing in the area of human rights/international law
The client is happy to conduct telephone interviews for overseas candidates.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
Job posted on 12 July 2017.
Please mention Human Rights Jobs while applying for this position.