04 December 2012

Postgraduate Diploma on Integral Protection for Human Rights Defenders and Social Activists - 2nd Edition
January 2013 - July 2013

The Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Sevilla, Spain) and Protection International jointly organise the online course 'Postgraduate Diploma on Integral Protection for Human Rights Defenders and Social Activists'.
This diploma is the first of its kind, since it is the only international Postgraduate Diploma addressing the need to protect those who work daily to defend human rights and, as a consequence of their work, suffer repression and aggression. The course addresses this protection in a comprehensive way, covering the existing national, international and regional laws and protection mechanisms, whilst studying security management, psychosocial support, the design of protection programmes, etc. The course will also include an introduction to the protection of witnesses and victims (with whom defenders usually work). Distance learning also offers the opportunity to participate from anywhere in the world, without having to leave your usual occupation.

28 November 2012

Human Rights Law Centre, School of Law at the University of Nottingham
Residential Short Course - International Human Rights Law 
10 January 2013 - 22 March 2013

This three-month course is designed to give an in-depth understanding of human rights standards across the world through seminars, guest lectures, workshops, visits, tutorials and conferences. It provides valuable insight and contextual knowledge of the practical operation of human rights law for those interested in human rights protection, from NGOs, international organisations, government, judiciary, police, charity or legal professions, academia, media and business.

Course highlights
• Regular exchanges with senior professionals and experts;
• Full access to world class library, research and training facilities;  
• Certificate of Attendance;
• Attendance at HRLC Conferences, lectures, Film Series and other events.

Details on course content, speakers, training methodology, fees and application deadlines can be found here.

For those who cannot find the time to take a full-time residential course, the Centre offers an online distance learning course. There are seven modules to choose from, including UN Human Rights System, International Criminal Justice and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Each module lasts eight weeks and has both theoretical and practical dimensions, with an emphasis upon current issues.

Course highlights
• Modules focusing on key human rights themes or issues
• Study Guide for each module
• Interactive website for online course discussion
• Essay topics and self-study questions, plus interaction with teachers
• Summer School in Nottingham
• Certificate of successful completion of the course
• Accreditation for continuing professional development for solicitors and barristers pending

Further details can be found here.
IRCT - International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, Copenhagen and Brussels
Regional Coordinator for Europe
Deadline for applications: 27 December 2012

The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) is currently recruiting a Regional Coordinator for Europe to support and build the development of the IRCT members in the region. This post is part of the Membership Team of the IRCT Secretariat and will be based in Brussels after an initial induction period in Copenhagen.
OSCE - Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Warsaw (Poland)
2013 Internship Programme, Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department
Deadline for application: 10 December 2012

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution of the OSCE responsible for the human dimension. ODIHR is active in 56 participating States in the fields of election observations, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination and the rule of law.
ODIHR supports the 56 OSCE participating States and civil society in their efforts to effectively respond to hate-motivated crimes, to promote freedom of religion or belief, and to facilitate mutual respect and understanding. ODIHR’s work is focused on addressing specific forms of intolerance through multi-faceted programmes that address education, law enforcement, legislation, monitoring and the collection and dissemination of information. ODIHR builds the capacity of civil society to recognize and monitor hate crimes and to work on developing effective responses in their communities.
The ODIHR Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department is looking for an intern for a 6 months period starting in February 2013.
Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), Brussels
Paid internship on the project on Palestine, Israel and Palestinians
Deadline for applications: 30 November 2013

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) offers in its EMHRN Brussels office a paid internship ('internship convention' under Belgian Law) from 3 January 2013 until end July 2013 to assist on its project on Palestine, Israel and Palestinians.

The EMHRN was founded in January 1997 in response to the Barcelona Declaration of November 1995 and the establishment of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. It is the coordinating body of about 70 human rights organisations and institutions as well as individuals from over 30 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Rooted in civil society the EMHRN seeks to develop and strengthen partnerships between NGOs in the EuroMed region, i.e. networking aimed at strengthening the capacity of members to act and interact within the context of the region and the Barcelona process and other EU-Arab cooperation frameworks. The EMHRN Brussels’ office advocates for human rights with the EU institutions.
EMHRN’s project on Palestine, Israel and Palestinians aims at setting human rights and international humanitarian law at the heart of the Middle East Peace Process by raising awareness in Europe, Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and the Arab region on the EU’s human rights commitments and actions in its relations with Israel. Through its Working Group on Palestine, Israel and Palestinians (PIP WG), the EMHRN has for the past 11 years engaged in reviewing the obligations, commitments and actions of the EU and its Member States under international human rights and humanitarian law in relation to Israel and advocates for changes in EU’s policies and actions accordingly. The PIP WG also monitors EU’s human rights commitments and actions in its relation with the Palestinian Authority. The PIP WG is a unique group of 15 representatives of Israeli, Palestinian, European and Arab human rights organizations who jointly do advocacy work in Europe.

More about the network
More about the PIP WG

22 November 2012

Law, War and Human Rights
Eight Monday evening classes (28 January - 18 March 2013) - Centre for the Study of Human Rights, London

This eight-week programme, carried out by way of a two-hour seminar each Monday evening, examines the laws of war and international criminal law from the perspective of international human rights law. It confronts the crucial questions: are human rights law, the laws of war and international criminal law three distinct disciplines? Have they now become so entwined that it is not possible fully to understand one without some knowledge of the other?

Humanitarian law, international criminal law and the law of human rights have many features in common. This course will make the links between these different strands of law and show how they work together and complement each other. It will also show where they are distinct and analyse why it is necessary to acknowledge that the three bodies of law are separate, despite the fact that the three strands work towards many of the same goals.

At the course's conclusion, participants will have a real grasp of how human rights law now informs all aspects of conflict and its aftermath, including terrorism and international crimes. A certificate of attendance from the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE will be awarded to all those who have successfully completed the course.

20 November 2012

EFTA Secretariat - Financial Mechanism Office (FMO), Brussels
(Senior) Sector Officer - Roma inclusion
Deadline for applications: 9 December 2012

 The Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) administers the EEA Grants and Norway Grants on behalf of the governments of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The grant schemes aim at reducing economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area (EEA) and strengthening bilateral relations with the 15 EU countries benefiting from the funding. Key areas of support by the Grants include environment and climate, civil society, human and social development, cultural heritage and cultural exchange, research, scholarships, decent work and justice and home affairs.

The FMO is affiliated to the EFTA Secretariat in Brussels and reports to the ministries of foreign affairs of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It serves as a contact point for the donor states, beneficiary states and other stakeholders. The FMO has about 50 employees.

The Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) is recruiting a (Senior) Sector Officer who will provide expertise and guidance to the Donor States on Roma issues in relation to the EEA and Norway Grants during the programme period. S/he will also advise on the inclusion of horizontal concerns including equality, social inclusion, anti-discrimination, and fundamental rights under the EEA and Norway Grants’ Programmes. The Sector Officer will join the FMO Sector Team and report to the Head of Sector. The position will mainly be based in Brussels, with approximately 25% of the time spent at the Roma Initiatives Office of the Open Society Foundations (OSF) in Budapest to ensure the exchange of knowledge and expertise between the OSF and the EEA and Norway Grants.

19 November 2012

United Nations - Rule Of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch, Geneva
Human Rights Officer (P3)
Deadline for applications: 8 December 2012

Organisational setting and reporting
The position is located in the Anti-Discrimination Section; Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch; Research and Rights to Development Division in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Section.

31 October 2012

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Brussels
Deadline for applications: 16 November 2012

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is currently seeking an intern to start by 23 November 2012.

25 October 2012

Council of Europe, Strasbourg
Director of Human Rights and Antidiscrimination (Grade A6) - Directorate General of Democracy (DG II)

Deadline for applications: 15 November 2012

Job mission
Under the authority of the Director General of Democracy, the incumbent will provide leadership to, and ensure efficient management of the Directorate of Human Rights and Antidiscrimination in the Directorate General of Democracy, in compliance with Council of Europe values and priorities.
United Nations - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva
Human Rights Officer (P3)

Deadline for applications: 13 November 2012

Organizational setting and reporting
The position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the incumbent will work in the Human Rights Treaties Division, under the general supervision of the Director of the Human Rights Treaties Division and the direct supervision of Chief of the Groups in Focus Section.

24 October 2012

ICC - International Criminal Court (ICC), The Hague
Associate Investigator (P-2)
Deadline for applications: 7 November 2012
Duties and responsibilities
Under the general supervision of the Head of the Investigation Division and/or Investigation Coordinator and the direct supervision of the Investigation Team Leader, the incumbent is expected to:
• Collect, screen and handle information and evidence in accordance with standard operating procedures;
• Conduct interviews with victims, witnesses and suspects producing written or audio/video-recorded records of interview;
• Undertake the review and analysis of material and make recommendations for the next steps in the investigations including actively contributing to evidence review and the disclosure process;
• Manage contacts with external persons including victims, witnesses and intermediaries;
• Plan and participate in field missions;
• Testify before the Chamber when required;
• Perform other duties as required.

Note: Successful applicant(s) will be required to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability. While ICC investigators can expect to spend extensive time periods working at the Duty Station, they may also be required to undertake repeated and sometimes lengthy deployments to conflict or post-conflict environments; all dependent on the nature and phase of the investigation.
United Nations - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva
Human Rights Officer (P4)
Deadline for applications: 4 November 2012

Organizational setting and reporting: This position is located in the Anti-Discrimination Section; Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch; Research and Rights to Development Division in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Section.

Responsibilities: The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
• Provide expert advice aimed at increasing awareness, knowledge and understanding of the fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance;
• Facilitate and support the mainstreaming of the relevant elements of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) into the work of United Nations agencies, UNCTs and regional organizations;
• Coordinate and prepare research reports, background papers and other documents for the Secretary-General, the High Commissioner, as well as the General Assembly, the Human Rights Council and its subsidiary bodies and mechanisms, particularly those of DDPA follow-up ones;
• Provide substantive and expert support in the organization of meetings, seminars and other consultations related to the follow up to the World Conference  against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance;
• Undertake research studies and pilot projects in cooperation with relevant organizations;
• Promote and manage collaborative activities with UN system organizations, agencies and non-UN entities including governments, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations in the area of the combat against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance;
• Develop proposals aimed at providing advisory services to Member States UN and non-UN partners;
• Provide training, supervision and guidance to junior staff members, as required;
• Perform other related duties as required or directed by the Chief of Branch or the Chief of the Section.

Professionalism: Comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of a broad range of human rights issues, and particularly issues related to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance; very good knowledge of the Durban follow-up mechanisms and processes; demonstrated ability to analyse accurately proposed norms and policies for compliance with international human rights standards; ability to relate human rights issues and perspectives, including gender perspective, to anti-discrimination agenda; experience in project development and implementation.

Communication: Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts, adequately tailored to different audiences, both orally and in writing, and in a clear, concise style; experience to prepare reports to intergovernmental or other UN bodies.

Team work: Ability to interact and to establish and maintain effective working relations both as a team member and as a task manager, with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Judgement/decision-making: Ability to identify the key issues in a complex situation, and propose a course of action or a recommendation based on available information; discretion and sound judgement in applying expertise to resolve complex and/or sensitive issues, particularly in an intergovernmental setting.

Leadership: Ability to empower others to translate vision into results; ability to anticipate and resolve conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drive for change and improvement in developing strategies to accomplish objectives.

Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in law, political science, international relations or other disciplines related to human rights. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work experience: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the human rights field including at the international level. Experience in the promotion of policies of racial equality for the adoption of anti-discrimination legislations and mechanisms is desirable.

Languages: Fluency in oral and written English; working knowledge of French or other UN language highly desirable.

Assessment method: Candidates will be assessed through an eliminatory written test and a competency-based interview.

How to apply: Please use the online recruitment system on the United Nations Careers portal.

16 October 2012

Amnesty International, Brussels
Researcher on Refugee and Migrant's Rights (Europe)
Deadline for applications: 31 October 2012

The European Institutions Office (EIO) of Amnesty International is looking for a refugee
and migration expert with significant research experience to deliver substantive research in the areas of examining migration routes to Europe and of the externalisation of immigration control by the EU and its Member States. This function needs an engaging and independent personality with political savvy and a keen strategic mind.

The researcher will join the team for an initial period of one year (fixed term contract).

Job title: Researcher – Refugee and Migrants Rights (Europe)

Purpose of the job: As Amnesty International’s researcher on refugee and migrants’ rights in Europe, you will take the lead on the development and implementation of research and advocacy strategies to deliver impact in relation to agreed priorities, conducting research, and utilising political judgment and analytical, communication and representational skills. You will provide authoritative advice to country and thematic specialists in the International Secretariat (IS), the European Institutions Office, sections and structures of Amnesty International. You will develop Amnesty International’s policy positions and advocacy strategies, and contribute to the development of the movement’s strategic goals and responses to human rights issues in this field.

Reports to: Director, Amnesty International EIO with functional reporting to the Head of Refugee and Migrants’ Rights, Global Thematic Issues Programme at the Amnesty International International Secretariat.

Other key relationships: The post holder will be part of the IS/EIO refugee and migrants’ rights core team and will work closely with colleagues in the Europe and Central Asia programme at the IS, as well as with relevant staff at sections and structures in Europe and Africa. This post has no line management responsibility. However, the post holder may supervise temporary staff and team volunteers.

Duties and responsibilities:
• To monitor, research, investigate and analyze human rights-related developments in order to provide timely, accurate, independent and impartial assessments and expert advice on the human rights situation of refugees and migrants in Europe.
• To contribute to the development and implementation of overarching research and advocacy strategies, to deliver impact in relation to agreed priorities on refugee and migrants’ rights in Europe, including strategies to identify the most effective ways to address human rights concerns; and to lead on designing specific projects and producing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating plans for both these and initiatives originated by others.
• To organize, take part in and lead, where agreed, field research and other missions, in particular information-gathering, fact-finding, analysis and assessment of human rights concerns, including response to crisis situations; prepare, where necessary, security assessments, political and other briefings related to the mission for International Secretariat management, mission participants and internal or external stakeholders; and represent Amnesty International in the field.
To represent, as mandated by the director, Amnesty International to external stakeholders, including governmental, inter-governmental and various public forums, as well as to all forms of news media, civil society organizations and political, economic and other actors; and to communicate Amnesty International’s concerns, positions and, where relevant, campaign strategies to external and internal stakeholders.
To develop and maintain in liaison with the IS and EIO team effective constituencies of public and confidential contacts and partners in and outside the organization, such as human rights activists, members of legal and other professions, UN agencies, EU institutions and governmental representatives. To optimize information gathering, verification and the development and implementation of effective strategies and plans.
To write reports and other materials for publication and internal use and contribute to and provide expert advice in relation to written and other materials produced by other programmes.
To contribute to the development and maintenance of an effective information management system.
To support, as required by the organization, work on other human rights issues in Europe, through monitoring, research, investigation and analysis.
To contribute to the development of strategies and plans for research and campaigning and provide input to internal discussions on Amnesty International's policy, organizational and other issues in order to increase the effectiveness of Amnesty International’s work.
To participate in the coordination of the work of the team, including preparation of the work plans, monitor their progress and contributing to maintaining budgets.
To perform all necessary administrative tasks to ensure effective self-servicing.

• At least three years of relevant work experience in the field of refugee and migrants rights; demonstrable strong knowledge of refugee and/or migrants’ rights.
• Proven experience of undertaking research on human rights or related issues and an in-depth understanding of the nature of key human rights concerns, as well as political, social, legal, economic, cultural, ethnic, racial and gender issues in the region.
• Excellent understanding of international and European human rights law in this field and good understanding of the European/EU legal and political context.
• Ability to devise and operate planning and monitoring systems.
• Experience in establishing and maintaining systems, enabling efficient coordination and output of work.

• Ability to develop effective strategies to produce positive impact on the rights of refugees and migrants in Europe; excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to represent Amnesty International to external stakeholders, and to communicate Amnesty International’s concerns, positions and, where relevant, strategies to external and internal stakeholders.
• Strong political savvy and ability to be pragmatic and diplomatic in all circumstances.
• Proven experience of writing research materials for a variety of audiences.
• Ability to understand and express ideas in English in a fluent, clear and concise way, both orally and in writing; draft texts in a variety of styles, e.g. documents such as substantive reports, government correspondence and media and action materials.
• Ability to deal in a sensitive and understanding manner with a variety of people, including survivors of human rights violations and others who may be distressed.
• Ability to work in a team and understand the importance of efficient communications for the coordination and effective functioning of teams.
• Demonstrated commitment to human rights, e.g. through previous work, membership of an organization, involvement in advocacy of human rights, etc.
• Excellent ability to set strategic goals in accordance with organisational priorities, monitor plans, and evaluate outcomes.
• Ability to manage conflicting demands, meet deadlines and adjust priorities.
• Ability and willingness to undertake personal administrative tasks in accordance with Amnesty International’s guidelines on self-servicing.
• Understanding of equal opportunities, cultural diversity and gender issues as well as a commitment to apply relevant policies.
• We expect high level fluency in English and at least one other language fluently spoken; we would consider Turkish, Arabic or Greek an additional asset.

Personal qualities:
• Innovative and independent worker who contributes to the team’s overall goals, taking responsibility and demonstrating initiative in own work area.
• Ability to work in a team, share information and contribute to all sorts of minor tasks required in an NGO office.
• Managing all relationships within and outside Amnesty International constructively and diplomatically, maintaining a sense of humour.
• Strong sense of service for other Amnesty International colleagues and the board.
• Capacity to work in a multi-cultural environment.
• Ability to meet deadlines under pressure.
• Skilled at rallying support at moments of high pressure.
• Very strong interest in and commitment to human rights.
• Willingness to travel extensively.

How to apply:
Please fill in the application form on our website and send it by e-mail to arrive no later than 9.00 am on Wednesday, 31 October 2012. Interviews will be held on 20 and 21 November 2012 in Brussels. We do not accept CVs.
Amnesty International is an equal opportunities employer and offers competitive remuneration with benefits under Belgian law.

28 August 2012

European Council on Refugees & Exiles (ECRE), Brussels
Advocacy Internship
Deadline for application: 14 September 2012

The European Council on Refugees & Exiles (ECRE), a pan-European Alliance of refugee-assisting non-governmental organisations concerned with the needs of all individuals who seek refuge and protection within Europe, is offering an 11-month Advocacy internship at its Brussels Office. The main purpose of this position is to assist ECRE in fulfilling its organisational objectives by contributing to the achievement of activities within its Activities Plan, to assist ECRE in undertaking effective advocacy work by supporting the Senior Advocacy Officer in the gathering of information, the formulation of policy and the implementation of projects on specific topics relating to the external dimension of asylum and to monitor general policy developments on subjects relevant to ECRE.

Job title: Advocacy Intern

Reports to: Senior Advocacy Officer – External dimension.

Job purpose: To assist ECRE in fulfilling its organisational objectives by contributing to the achievement of activities within its Activities Plan. To assist ECRE in undertaking effective advocacy work by supporting the Senior Advocacy Officer in the gathering of information, the formulation of policy and the implementation of projects on specific topics relating to the external dimension of asylum. To monitor general policy developments on subjects relevant to ECRE.

Key responsibilities
Assist the Senior Advocacy Officer by contributing to:
• Background research using print and media sources;
• Preparation of policy briefings, guidelines, comments, papers and ECRE publications;
• Design and implementation of projects;
• Supporting documentation for meetings, e.g. background papers, and minutes of the meetings;
• Organising events relating to the external dimension of asylum, together with ECRE staff;
Monitor international, EU and national developments in relevant topics;
Attend internal and external meetings, as requested;
Contribute to the preparation of the ECRE Weekly newsletter, together with ECRE media and press staff.

• University degree in law, political or social sciences, human rights, development studies;
• Proven knowledge of and interest in international and EU migration and asylum, human rights, humanitarian and development issues.

• Fluent written and spoken English;
• Working knowledge of other European languages is an advantage.

• Good interpersonal skills;
• Experience of having lived and/or worked outside the EU, particularly in developing countries is an advantage;
• Good knowledge of EU institutions is an advantage.

• Paid internship for 11 months (bruto 708 €/month) (Belgian Contract–“Contrat belge d’immersion professionelle”);
• The Advocacy Intern will be entitled to 26 days annual leave if he or she has worked for the entire previous year in Belgium. If service during the previous year in Belgium is less than the full year, annual leave will be calculated pro rata. Regardless of the legal entitlement to annual leave in Belgium, ECRE will provide 6 days of extra-legal holidays a year.

Equal opportunity statement: ECRE aims to ensure that no prospective or actual employee is discriminated against on the basis of race, sex, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation, employment status, class, disability, age, religious belief or political persuasion, or is disadvantaged by any condition or requirement, which is not demonstrably justifiable.

Procedure: To apply, please send the completed application form to apapadopoulou@ecre.org.
Interights, London
Internship Trans Rights in Europe
Deadline for applications: 3 September 2012

Interights is pleased to invite applications from lawyers/academics working on Trans Rights in Europe for a three-month funded internship. The internship will begin on 1 October 2012.

Established in 1982, Interights works to promote respect for human rights through the use of law. We achieve this through a range of activities: strategic litigation through co-representation, legal support to applicants and third party interventions before international, regional, and national human rights courts and bodies; advising lawyers on the use of international and comparative human rights law before their domestic courts; building capacity through litigation partnerships, targeted training activities and internships, and through the dissemination of legal information. Thematically, our priorities are equality, security and the rule of law (including counter-terrorism), and economic and social rights (ESR). Interights currently focuses its activities in Africa, the Commonwealth, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia.

The precise nature of activities will depend on organisational and programme priorities at the time of the placement; however, it is likely that the main areas in which experience will be offered will include:
● Legal research on international and comparative human rights law and practice relating to Trans Rights to support the preparation of briefs before domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights;;
● Preparation of materials for Interights’ training workshops on Trans Rights;
Assistance on Interights’ publications on Trans Rights;
● Where possible, attendance at meetings with human rights practitioners, lectures, or visits to other international / national human rights organisations based in London.

Time and place
The three-month internship will begin on 1 October 2012 and will be based in London.

Travel costs and stipend
Interights will arrange and pay for travel. The intern will receive a monthly grant of £1,300. Accommodation is not provided but Interights can advise on finding a suitable place to stay.

How to apply
Before applying, applicants must read the attached terms of reference to ensure that they fit the requirements. Please note: applicants must have the right to work in the UK or be able to successfully obtain a visa before the placement. To apply please send a covering letter, a curriculum vitae indicating two referees, a recent writing sample of no more than two thousand words and a completed equal opportunities and diversity monitoring form.
Applications should be sent to Chloë Marong by email to jobs@interights.org. Please enter the title of the internship you are applying for in the subject heading of your email. Due to the high number of application for the internships Interights is unable to contact applicants that have not been short-listed.

Short-listed candidates may be interviewed by telephone and the interviews will take place on 11 September 2012.

20 August 2012

European Network against Racism (ENAR)
Vacant Position of Policy Officer
Brussels, 2013
The European Network against Racism (ENAR) is recruiting a full-timePolicy Officer for a one-year period which could be extended depending on availability of funds.

Job description
The Policy Officer implements the policy strategy, as developed within ENAR’s annual work plan and as outlined by the Policy Director. The Policy Officer:
● monitors policy developments within the European Institutions and identifies issues of concern for ENAR and its network;
● identifies and assesses new policy initiatives, new draft legislation and any other relevant policy information;
● drafts preliminary policy positions and policy papers;
● develops advocacy initiatives (including policy-related campaigning activities);
● assists the policy unit in promoting the Positive Narrative for Equality and Diversity;
● develops a network with policy makers and politicians and liaises with relevant counterparts, when and where required;
● is involved in the preparation of content for conferences and publications and other ENAR initiatives;
● prepares, drafts and implement special projects such as EU funded ENAR projects and various grant applications;
● supports the Policy Director in the business engagement programme, identifying potential partners, developing project proposals and managing specific business engagement programs;
● works closely with the Policy Director, the other Policy Officer, the Press and Communication Officer and the Networking Officer to ensure consistency in the policy, communication and campaigning work.

Reporting duties
The Policy Officer reports to the Policy Director.

Line management
No line management duties beyond guiding his/her own Intern, if applicable.

Person specification
● Minimum 3 years of proven track record in policy analysis and/or lobbying work at national or international level, of which at least 1 year’s work experience at EU level;
● Extensive knowledge of and at least 1 year’s work experience in an NGO or similar organization;
● Very good understanding of EU legal instruments and EU institutions;
● Good knowledge of human rights, discrimination and/or related issues;
● Outstanding political and analytical skills;
● Good judgment and maturity;
● Strong drafting skills;
● Sound organisational skills;
● Good communication and presentation skills;
● Ability to address a wide range of audiences;
● Ability to prioritise work, to meet deadlines and to work under pressure;
● Good team player;
● Experience of working in a multicultural team;
● Speak and write fluently in English and good knowledge of French;
● Ability and willingness to travel as required;
● Strongly committed to the aims and objectives of ENAR and anti-racism work in general.
ENAR strives for an ethnic and gender balance in its staff and to ensure that opportunities offered are accessible to all regardless of gender, age, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation. ENAR encourages individuals or members of groups which are affected by racial, ethnic or religious discrimination to apply for this post.

The gross salary is 2,980 € per month, plus benefits (lunch vouchers). Conditions are according to Belgian legislation including the legal ability to live and work in Belgium.

A complete application contains:
(1) Application form - Part 1 and Part 2 - Please note that Part 1 of this application form is not shared with the selection committee until the interview. Please make sure that your application (Part 2) is anonymous.
(2) Equal opportunities form - Although we would welcome receipt of this form, it is not mandatory. Please do not put your name on this form.
(3) A writing sample (report, article, etc. – English only) of maximum 1.200 words - Please do not put your name on this report or article.
CVs or any European application forms will not be accepted. You are required to use the ENAR application form.  All information given in the application, including the Equal Opportunity monitoring form, will be treated in a confidential manner.

All applications should be submitted via e-mail to info@enar-eu.org by 10 September 2012 (midnight Belgian time). Please put ‘Application Policy Officer’ in the subject line.
Please save the documents in the following manner to facilitate our internal processes:
- Application form - Part 1: your first name and family name - home page;
- Application form - Part 2: 01-application;
- Equal opportunities form: 02-equal opp;
- Writing sample: 03-writing sample.
Make sure that your application form (except for the homepage), equal opportunities form and writing sample are anonymous.

October 2012. 

Start job
January 2013.

17 August 2012

European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights (EIUC)
Course for International Electoral Observers
Venice, 8–10 November 2012

The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights (EIUC) is organising a Course for International Electoral Observers. The course aims at providing training to civilian staff in election observation missions at the first steps of their career (i.e. short term observers). Selected applicants will be allowed to become aware of the role, the tasks and the status of international observers, and will be given a theoretical and practical training on election observation and election observation missions functioning.

Observing elections
Observing elections is part of the bedrock of a functioning democracy, which is, in turn, a crucial factor in sustainable development. This requires skilled and trained observers. International election observation plays an important role in international relations since almost thirty years. The Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation adopted by the UN in 2005 is one of the first attempts of the international Community to set up standard rules recognized at international level. Within the EU, the adoption of EU guidelines on preconditions for EU observation missions and a code of conduct for EU electoral observers represented an important step towards enhanced co-ordination within the EU.

All courses will be held in English. It is, therefore, essential that all participants understand and speak English fluently.

Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice Lido (Italy)

The course is devoted to those applicants with no experience in election observation or to those observers who have participated to a maximum of two missions as short term observers. The aim of the course is to deepen the theoretical and practical expertise on election observation missions, and aims at providing participants with further skills that will be an asset in case of further applications as international observers.
Lectures are conceived for an audience of young graduates mainly in Law, Political Sciences, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology or similar who want to address international election observation from a multi-disciplinary approach that will be useful in further engagements on the field.

Faculty / Lecturers
All lecturers share more than 10 years professional experience in election observation and/or in their specific field. Most of them have already given availability for the period summer-fall 2012:
● Marco Montanari: over 10 years’ experience in electoral observation activities with internationally recognized institutions. Academic Coordinator of the Winter School on electoral observation for ISPI. Actually working in Kabul.
● Ferdinando Lajolo: lLawyer, expert of EC law, he has conducted several electoral observations missions with the EU and ODIHR.
● Demetrio Lazagna: since 1997 he has worked in international cooperation and has conducted missions in the field for UN, OSCE, EU, ODIHR, USAID and various NGOs. He has conducted several electoral observation missions and he is lecturer at the Winter School of ISPI.

Participants who will attend the course will receive a certificate of attendance.
The course will introduce the students to election observation starting with introductory remarks followed by lectures in plenum on international legal standards, case studies of EU missions that will look closely into all different steps from the exploratory phase to selection procedures through its internal functioning, the relations with national Authorities and security issues. Participants will often be called to participate to debates with lectures and share their experience and expertise in the subject.

Admission requirements
In order to be eligible, applicants shall:
● hold a degree in Law, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology or similar;
● have a good command of English as a foreign language and a good knowledge of at least another foreign language.

Enrolment fees amount to 380 with no accommodation or 540 with accommodation.
If you choose the option with no accommodation, the enrolment fee will include:
● tuition fee
● lunches on class days
● reading materials
If you choose the option with accommodation, the enrolment fee will include:
● tuition fee
● lunches on class days
● reading materials
● accommodation in a single room in a hotel on the Lido for 3 nights (7, 8 and 9 november)
You will be able to choose between these two hotels:
The reservation of the room will be done on a first come first serve basis.
Payment of the enrolment fee has to be made after the reception of an email sent by EIUC confirming the acceptance to the course and indicating the payment details. The registration will only be final with the confirmation that the payment of the full enrolment fee has been received by EIUC.
If no payment is made by the deadline, the application will be dismissed.

Resignation policy:
In case of resignation after payment of the enrolment fee in full, you have to submit your cancellation request in writing and the following refund policy applies:
If the cancellation request is received prior to 30 September 2012, EIUC will refund the complete registration fee but will retain an administrative fee of 50 €; if the cancellation request is received between 30 September and 15 October 2012, EIUC will refund only 50% of the registration fee paid; for all cancellation requests received after 15 October 2012 no refund will be due.
EIUC reserves the right to alter any specifics related to the programme (e.g. duration, topic, lecturer) should any unforeseen event require it.
EIUC reserves the right to cancel the course if it does not receive enough admissible applications. In this case EIUC will reimburse the applicants the full fees already paid.
EIUC does not offer scholarships or waivers of the enrolment fee at this point in time.

EIUC will review applications on an on-going basis. This way, EIUC aims to give participants as much time as possible for the organisation of visa, travelling and accommodation. Only applications submitted with the provided form will be accepted. The entire application, including the motivation and the CV, has to be submitted in English. Please also include a non-certified English translation of the required proofs, if the original certificates were not issued in English, French, Spanish or Italian.
Please visit this website for more information about visa requirements http://www.esteri.it/visti/index_eng.asp.

Deadline for applications
30 September 2012.

For any other query, please contact the Training Seminars Staff: Ms. Alberta Rocca, EIUC External Relations Manager, through training.seminars@eiuc.org. Please use the contact form.