CONSULTANCY OPPORTUNITY: LEGAL OFFICER – REPARATION – The Hague

REDRESS is recruiting a Legal Officer on a consultancy basis for a 150 day contract to be delivered by the end of 2021 to support our work and deliver two projects in our Reparation programme relating to anti-torture standards in Africa and reparations structures for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence. The position is integrated with REDRESS’ office in The Hague, and so it would be preferred if the consultant is based in the Hague, but given the current circumstances we will consider a remote engagement.

Who we are

REDRESS is an international human rights organisation based in London and The Hague that represents survivors of torture to obtain justice and reparation. We focus on torture related to dissent and discriminatory torture, and we seek to build solidarity with the anti-torture movement. Through our victim-centred strategic litigation we are able to have an impact beyond the individual case to address the root causes of torture and to challenge impunity.  Our cases respond to torture as an individual crime in national and international law, and as a human rights violation with state responsibility. We deliver advocacy to promote the changes in law, policy and practice that are necessary. We use digital communications and social media to engage with stakeholders and draw attention to our campaigns.

The Role

In 2021 REDRESS will be working on two new projects.

  • We will be working with the Global Survivors Fund to conduct research on opportunities for reparations for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in four countries (Chad, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Cambodia), organise consultations with survivor groups and other stakeholders, advocate on reparations policy to the relevant authorities, and produce a report for each of these countries.
  • We will be working with the Convention against Torture Initiative to undertake research in common law countries in Africa on legal structures for implementation of the Convention against Torture, produce a report, and design a project to promote the findings of the report.

The consultant will be required to:

  1. Undertake comparative legal research in the area of reparations, human rights law, criminal law, and SGBV.
  2. Produce high quality research reports in English and possibly French with detailed legal analysis, and with a clear and persuasive written style.
  3. Deliver survivor consultation workshops and other events as part of the projects.
  4. Actively manage the projects so that the work is delivered on time, on budget, and to a high quality.
  5. Engage with REDRESS staff and partner NGOs as required.

Responsibilities

The position is expected to contribute to the work of REDRESS as follows:

  • Legal Advocacy. Assist in policy analysis and advocacy in support of the strategic objectives of REDRESS. Work with partners to advocate for legal and institutional reforms or to address systemic challenges. Draft reports, prepare submissions, and advocate to relevant stakeholders in national, regional, and international fora.
  • Project Management. Deliver innovative and effective projects that further the strategic objectives of the organization. Contribute to the drafting of funding proposals, financial reports, and donor reports.
  • Professional Responsibility. Maintain the highest ethical standards, including for direct representation of clients, and case management.
  • Work collaboratively with other legal and programme staff. Supervise legal assistants and interns.
  • Assist in the delivery of training programs for specific projects where needed.
  • Foster relations with existing and potential new partners and counterparts around the world on ongoing litigation, advocacy, training, and policy initiatives.

Essential Competencies

The ideal candidate will have the following experience.

  • At least three years relevant experience.
  • Advanced degree specialised in international law or human rights law, or equivalent experience.
  • Proficiency in international law, human rights, or international criminal law.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in legal drafting and editing; demonstrated competence in non-legal drafting.
  • Experience at delivering multi-country projects and managing multiple project budgets.
  • Experience working with NGOs and other stakeholders in developing countries, including working overseas.
  • Experience in public speaking to a variety of audiences.
  • Experience managing interns and fellows.
  • Fluency in written and oral English..

Desirable Competencies

The following competencies are desirable:

  • Fluency or working ability in French.

Attributes

To work for REDRESS, the candidate should have the following personal attributes:

  • Comfortable working with victims of human rights abuse with a range of special needs.
  • Comfortable working with a wide range of personalities and persons from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Energetic, resourceful, good strategic thinker but also willing and ready to take a hands-on role.
  • Highly efficient and organised, with an ability to multi-task.
  • Able to understand and support the aims, objectives and values of REDRESS and reflect them in all aspects of work.
  • Able to think and work strategically, creatively, and under pressure.

Terms

Reporting. The Consultant will report to a Legal Advisor under the overall supervision of the Head of Law.

Hours. The Consultancy is for 150 days to be delivered by the end of 2021. The specific days will be agreed, but should be spread out evenly (i.e. approximately 15 days a month).

Location. The Consultant will be supervised by staff in the Hague office, and there is a preference for them to be based on the Hague. However, as much of the work is likely to be undertaken remotely this is not essential. The consultant will have to engage with partners in Africa and South East Asia, and so will need to be able to operate in those time zones.

Fee. This fee for this work €200 a day, inclusive of VAT and any other chararges. The Consultant will be responsible for any taxes payable. Reasonable costs will be reimbursed.

Travel. There may be some international travel associated with the role, dependent on the progress of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Timeline

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 24 February 2021.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviews conducted when convenient.

How to Apply:

Please send to [email protected]: A cover letter explaining your interest in REDRESS and your qualifications for the consultancy, a curriculum vitae, a two-page writing sample (such as a portion of a legal memo or submission authored by the applicant), and the names and contact details of two references (these will only be approached in the final short-listing process).