26 March 2013

International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), Copenhagen (Denmark)
Programme Coordinator on forensic documentation of torture
Deadline for application: 10 April 2013

The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) is a health-based umbrella organisation that supports the rehabilitation of torture victims and the prevention of torture worldwide. Its members comprise more than 140 independent organisations in over 70 countries. It is the largest membership-based civil society organisation to work in the field of torture rehabilitation and prevention.

IRCT is currently recruiting a
Programme Coordinator on forensic documentation of torture for itsLegal and Advocacy Team.

The position
The position is a permanent one, starting as soon as possible. The position is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Programme Coordinator on forensic documentation of torture is responsible for all aspects of IRCT's work relating to the promotion of the use of forensic medical documentation of torture for the prevention of torture. This includes carrying forward and expanding IRCT’s core activities and projects on promoting the Manual on Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, commonly known as the Istanbul Protocol (IP), and forensic medical documentation in legal proceedings at a global level. Over the past decade the IRCT has developed into a global focal point on the promotion of forensic documentation and support to torture survivors on legal proceedings. The Programme Coordinator is as part of the Legal and Advocacy Team the focal point for coordinating and leading the further development of IRCT's work in this field, drawing on the resources and supporting the International Forensic Expert Group (IFEG), member centres and partner organisations in close collaboration with the other teams in the Secretariat.

Key responsibilities
Leading IRCT's work on promoting the Istanbul Protocol and medical documentation
• Lead all projects and activities of the IRCT relating to the Istanbul Protocol in close coordination with the other IRCT teams.
• Coordinate the work of a group of international forensic experts specialised in torture documentation.
• Coordinate interventions for strategic litigation of torture and ill-treatment cases and capacity building request on IP related issues.
• Develop and coordinate advocacy and communication activities on IP related issues.
• Represent the IRCT and give presentations at relevant meetings.

Strategy, project and programme planning and implementation
Develop and update the IRCT overall strategy on promoting the IP in consultation with relevant stakeholders.
• Conceptualise, plan and develop programmes and specific project proposals on promoting the IP at national, regional and international level where relevant.
• Support fundraising activities where relevant.
• Develop work plans and budgets and monitor the progress of project implementation and budget expenses.
• Report and update on the project implementation.

Partnership outreach
Identify and respond to the needs/requests for support by IRCT members and other stakeholders in relation to IP work.
• Identify and coordinate interventions at relevant scientific conferences and other meetings.
• Maintain and strengthen IRCT's role as global focal point on medical documentation of torture.

Knowledge and experience
At least 3 years of relevant work experience.
• Experience in human rights advocacy or torture litigation.
• Experience in applying or otherwise using the IP or using medical expertise in legal proceedings.
• Experience in managing projects and budgets of significant amounts.
• Knowledge of project planning processes and tools.
• Eperience in working in a multi-disciplinary, cross cultural team, especially with health and legal professionals.

Personal and communication skills
• Cultural empathy and adaptive to cultural differences.
• Open and winning personal style.
• Strong planning and prioritising skills and ability to multi-task.
• Excellent verbal communicational skills, ability to listen, analyse, consult and negotiate with confidence.
• Strong networking skills.
• Public speaking experience.
• Excellent drafting skills.
• Fluency in written and spoken English.
• Knowledge of Spanish is an advantage.

Academic prerequisites
University degree (with a strong affinity to law, human rights, international development, torture rehabilitation or prevention).

Technology and software
• Knowledge and ability to use all relevant IT tools (i.e. Word, Excel).
• Efficient use of modern software and technology.

Representation and travel
Frequent international travel.

The Programme Coordinator on forensic documentation of torture will be offered a competitive salary commensurate with the nature of the post.

You can apply by sending a letter of application and CV (format available here) by email to hu-res@irct.org. Please make sure that in your letter of application (of no more than 2 pages) you clearly state how your experience relates to the responsibilities, knowledge and personal skills that are key to the position. Only candidates who meet these formal requirements will be considered.
The deadline for application is 10 April 2013.
Interviews are expected to take place on 2May 2013 and may be conducted via Skype.
The detailed job description can be found here.

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