Advisor on National Human Rights Institutions
Deadline for application: 2 March 2014
The Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) is a Geneva-based non-governmental organisation that works for a world free from torture, where the rights and dignity of all persons deprived of liberty are respected. Its mission is to enable actors worldwide to effectively prevent torture and ill-treatment.
APT is seeking an experienced and dynamic Advisor for its work with National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI).
This is a new position to complement the APT's team of thematic advisors and to act as an internal and external focal point on NHRIs. The APT is the leading NGO on torture prevention and is at the origin of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT). The APT has been actively engaged with NHRIs and their networks over the past 10 years, as part of its work on the OPCAT implementation as well as part of a more global torture prevention strategy. NHRIs are key partners to achieve the APT's vision of a world free of torture.
This is a full time permanent position based in Geneva, which involves regular in-country travel.
• Develop and implement the APT policy and work with NHRIs on torture prevention in the context of the APT Strategic Plan.
• Manage the implementation of a multi-year capacity strengthening the project for African NHRIs, in coordination with the Secretariat of the network (NANHRI), including online courses and in-region workshops.
• In the context of the OPCAT implementation and in coordination with the OPCAT Advisor, advise on NHRIs' contribution to the OPCAT implementation.
• Conduct analysis and produce briefing papers on the role of NHRIs in promoting the effective prohibition and prevention of torture and other ill treatment.
• Develop and nurture contacts and cooperation with NHRIs and their networks, in particular the International Coordination Committee (ICC).
Minimum skills and qualifications
• A minimum of five years progressive work experience in the field of human rights, including project management, preferably with NHRIs.
• Very good verbal and written communication skills in French and English.
• Strong analytical and drafting skills.
• Training and public speaking experience.
• Strong organisational skills and ability to work effectively with external partners.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently as well as part of a multi-cultural team.
• Ability to represent the APT, which may require travel to different regions.
• University degree in a relevant discipline.
Additional skills and qualifications (desired but not essential)
• Experience in online courses.
• Experience in visiting places of detention.
• Proficiency in Spanish and/or other UN languages.
What APT offers
• Great working environment with a multicultural team operating globally.
• Average international NGO salary, Geneva rates over 12 months.
• Standard Swiss pension scheme, accident and travel insurance.
• Total of 25 holidays per year.
How to apply
Applications should be sent by 2 March 2014 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications should contain:
• A motivation letter
• Short writing sample
• Contact details of two recent professional references.
All details can be found here.