Organization: Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)
Location: Tunis, Tunisia
Position: Yemen Researcher, Arab Regional Advocacy Program
Starting Date: Immediate
Job Type: Full time
Salary: Competitive salary rate for Tunis non-governmental organizations, dependent on experience.
Are you seeking to support a dynamic, regional NGO in empowering human rights defenders in Yemen through research; networking and outreach to local, regional, and international actors; and capacity-building for local organizations and activists? Do you have experience in conducting national, regional and global human rights advocacy campaigns and initiatives, and an in-depth understanding of international politics and international human rights mechanisms? Have you always wanted to use your professional assets to defend and promote human rights through a respected, principled and impactful organization?
This offer will be of interest to you. Please find a description of the position and its requirements below:
Who we are
CIHRS is a unique organization that has demonstrated its credibility in the field of human rights and democracy since its inception in 1993. During the many political storms that have come, passed and remain throughout the MENA region, CIHRS has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to stand above the politics of interest groups. As a growing and increasingly influential organization, CIHRS remains resolutely committed to its core principles of respect for universal human rights and justice.
CIHRS and its partners from across the MENA region have contributed to numerous successful international advocacy initiatives. Among many achievements, these advocacy efforts have succeeded in pressuring national governments to modify or halt legislation that threatens freedom of assembly and association, and in mobilizing multilateral organizations such as the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to take strong stances to oppose repressive governments violating the basic rights of their citizens.
As a regional organization deeply embedded within the human rights movement in MENA, CIHRS both fosters strong connections with civil society organizations on the ground and engages with major players in the international community. Through decades of activism, engagement and monitoring of regional and global politics, CIHRS has gradually increased its institutional capacity and international reach, largely through the establishment of CIHRS offices in Europe and North Africa. Given its distinctive operational setup and broad range of partnerships across the world, CIHRS has a particular ability to connect local human rights violations in MENA to global security and stability concerns.
CIHRS advocates for human rights and democracy across the MENA region. Through the elevation of local voices, CIHRS contributes to the building of sustainable, stable, and peaceful societies.
To protect public space and advocate for democratic practices across the MENA region, CIHRS aims to engage and encourage interest-driven actors to respect human rights, justice and accountability.
The Arab Regional Advocacy Program (ARAP)
ARAP is designed to increase the ability of human rights actors in the Arab region to achieve positive change by enhancing their campaigning tactics, with a specific emphasis on creating synergy between national, regional and international advocacy and influence. This is achieved through a partner-based process that involves research, capacity-building, network creation and joint advocacy initiatives. ARAP is currently expanding its regional research capacity, and regularly engages with partners at international human rights mechanisms and in approaching other international advocacy targets, including the United Nations, African Union, European Union, and other multilateral forums, as well as in strategic capitals in Europe and around the world.
The mission of ARAP is to identify, protect and empower human rights defenders and strengthen the human rights movement in the Middle East and North Africa region in order to defend and expand the enjoyment of universal human rights by all people of the region. Empowering human rights defenders requires a particular focus on freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and freedom of association.
The researcher is responsible for developing a program of research; network creation and advocacy to achieve positive human rights change in Yemen, taking into consideration the influence of neighboring states and other regional and global powers on human rights conditions. The Yemen Researcher carries out research and analysis on human rights conditions; outreach to local, independent civil society organizations; support and capacity building for local partners and coordination with colleagues in other human rights organizations focused on similar issues.
A central part of the job is to build a network of human rights activists from Yemen, and other relevant countries, to partner with CIHRS in coordinated advocacy with international organizations to achieve human rights objectives. The Yemen Researcher works with partner organizations and human rights activists from the Arab region and around the world to carry out national, regional and global human rights advocacy campaigns and initiatives. In coordination with CIHRS’ advocacy offices in Brussels and Geneva, and with CIHRS staff members and partners in the United States, the researcher implements advocacy to achieve specific human rights policy objectives targeting international organizations and influential governments. The researcher serves as an in-house expert at CIHRS on the political, legal and social contexts shaping human rights conditions in Yemen.
The researcher will join a small but expanding team of ARAP researchers based in the Tunis office, as well as with a larger team of ARAP and CIHRS staff located in multiple countries.
While this position will have primary responsibility for developing an advocacy program for Yemen, all researchers are expected to be flexible and able to respond to human rights developments in the Arab region according to expertise and availability.
Duties and Responsibilities
Tasks and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Follow and monitor developments that impact human rights conditions in Yemen.
- Develop advocacy goals for CIHRS and its partners at the United Nations and other international advocacy targets.
- Produce research and analysis on human rights conditions in the target country.
- Provide training, support and assistance to partner organizations focused on Yemen in their work and relations with international mechanisms and officials throughout the year.
- Represent CIHRS in high-level international meetings, strategy sessions, events, trainings, etc.
- Articulate clear and measurable advocacy objectives, and establish coherent strategies, plans and activities to achieve them.
- Perform media outreach, the production of press releases, the building of working relations with media outlets and individuals.
- Regularly consult and strategize with CIHRS staff and partner organizations to formulate international and national advocacy strategies and goals that reflect the mission of ARAP.
- Participate in CIHRS and program meetings to assist in the formulation and creation of organizational and program specific goals, plans and strategies.
- In consultation with the Senior Director for Advocacy and other ARAP staff as appropriate, contribute to developing CIHRS’ region-wide focus on human rights promotion depending on expertise, regional developments and availability.
Essential qualifications, knowledge & experience and skills:
- A Master’s degree in a relevant social science field (e.g. Political Science, International Relations, Law etc.) desirable, an academic background in human rights is an asset. Relevant experience in the human rights or international civil society area will also be taken into consideration.
- Minimum 3 years (full-time) working in the human rights field on the MENA region, previous experience in international advocacy is a strong asset.
- Strong understanding of international politics and international human rights mechanisms, experience engaging with and building advocacy campaigns directed at the UN and national capitals is strongly preferred.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Arabic required.
- Excellent analytical skills and a strong understanding of the political and social context in the region and of the human rights field is expected.
- Strong public speaking and presentation skills.
- Ability to formulate and carry out successful human rights advocacy campaigns.
- Previous experience in capacity building with local activists is preferred.
- Demonstrated commitment to universal human rights.
- Willingness and ability to travel regularly, work extra hours (sometimes during weekends), work well under pressure and adapt to emerging issues and changing priorities.
- The ability to work both as part of a team and to be individually motivated and organized
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
- Willingness to take on new and challenging tasks and goals.
- Open ended contract subjected to 3 months’ probation period.
- Commencement: Immediate
- Working hours: Full time – 40 hours/week
- Based: Tunis, Tunisia
Commitment to Equality
CIHRS is committed to ensuring equality and non-discrimination on grounds of sex, race, religion or belief in its hiring process. CIHRS is a multicultural environment that celebrates diversity. All employees are expected to promote and act in a manner that ensures a non-discriminatory, open and sensitive approach to others from different backgrounds and cultures.
How to Apply
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- Please indicate clearly your availability in the motivation letter.
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- Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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- Note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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- The deadline for applications is the 20th of September 2019 at 23:59 Tunisia time.
Photo: Despite UN chief’s urging and this popular graffiti, fighting in Yemen continues unabated (AFP)