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International Commission of Jurists Legal Adviser, Africa Regional Programme Vacancies in South Africa


The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is a worldwide network of judges and lawyers united in affirming international law and rule of law principles that advance human rights.
We are recruiting an experienced, committed human rights lawyer as Legal Advisor (LA) to assist the ICJ improve the ability of African lawyer and civil society to advocate for the rule of law and application of international human rights standards, with an emphasis on African human rights mechanisms and instruments. The legal advisor will work with our three other partner organisations based in the Gambia, Kenya and Ethiopia, and will be based in the regional office in Johannesburg or, if agreed upon, another country and will be working with a team of international staff.
The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of African human rights mechanisms and instruments and practical experience of legal advocacy using those mechanisms through litigation, training or oversight and will have a well-developed network of contacts in African countries, including those hosting human rights mechanisms such as Ethiopia, the Gambia, and Tanzania. The ideal candidate will have expertise of working with civil society groups, lawyers, judges, human rights defenders, media and academia.

Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Director of Africa Regional Programme, the Legal Adviser holds the following responsibilities:
Develop and execute capacity building interventions for HRDs, civil society, media, lawyers and judges on use of African regional mechanisms and standards;
· Carry out fact finding missions, and field research missions, especially in targeted countries, on key issues such as the rule of law, independence of the judiciary, situation of human rights defenders and use of regional mechanisms;
· Ensure that data for results monitoring and evaluation is collected and processed;
· Assist in strategic planning and
preparing work plans and activity reports for the Africa Programme;
· Represent the ICJ externally and develop and maintain relations with relevant agencies, inter-governmental organizations, NGOs and the judicial, legal, academic and human rights communities;

· Supervise the work of relevant interns of the Africa Programme as designated; and
· Carry out other appropriate responsibilities as requested.

Qualifications Education & Experience

· University education at Masters Degree level in Law, Human Rights Law or other related disciplines, or equivalent;
· 8-10 years of experience in the field of Human Rights at regional level, preferably in an African context;
· Experience in the field of referrals, case preparation, litigation, shadow reporting, use of special mechanisms;
· Experience in planning and implementing effective collaborative interaction between various civil society organizations and inter-governmental institutions;
· Past experience as a key expert or technical advisor in related or similar projects relating to the operations of African regional mechanisms or to regional economic communities (RECs) focusing on human rights or courts;

· Experience with the linkages and joint human rights African Peace and Security Architecture, and African Governance Architecture and frameworks would be an asset.

Essential Skills

· Excellent political judgment and the proven ability to network with a wide array of organizations and role players;
· Excellent knowledge of African human rights and advocacy work
· Proficiency in English. Knowledge of another African Union operating language
· such as French, Arabic or Portuguese will be an asset;
· Excellent presentation, writing and communication skills;
· Good management and negotiation skills;
· Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in multi-cultural environments including remotely with limited daily oversight or supervision.

How to Apply:

For more information and job application details, see; International Commission of Jurists Legal Adviser, Africa Regional Programme Vacancies in South Africa

Closing date: 21 May 2017

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