REDRESS seeks legal officer for Dutch Office

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Founded in 1992, REDRESS is a small, specialised and widely respected human rights organisation that works internationally to obtain justice for survivors of torture and end impunity for governments and the individuals who perpetrate it, and to develop and ensure compliance with international standards. The organisation provides specialised legal assistance to individuals and communities in securing their rights, conducts advocacy with governments, parliaments, international organisations and the media and works in partnership with like-minded organisations around the world. More information on REDRESS’ work can be found on its website: www.redress.org.

THE LEGAL OFFICER

REDRESS is seeking to appoint a legal officer to contribute to REDRESS’ casework programme and to advance research, advocacy and partnerships with a range of stakeholders worldwide. Key tasks include:

CASEWORK
a. Conducting legal research and drafting in respect of ongoing cases;
b. Conducting outreach to extend REDRESS’ client base;
c. Explaining REDRESS’ casework programme to interested parties (oral and in writing) including victims, civil society groups and lawyers;
d. Evidence collection;
e. Preparing articles and statements for the media;
f. Organising informal and formal briefing sessions with supporters as above;
g. Assisting with the administration of the casework programme, e.g. by keeping electronic and paper filing and carry forward systems up to date and maintaining casework statistics.

RESEARCH, ADVOCACY AND POLICY WORK
a. Carrying out research and drafting on a variety of international law themes relevant to
REDRESS’ mandate;
b. Organising meetings and conferences with national and international stakeholders;
c. Carrying out field work including research and capacity building in countries in which
REDRESS is active.
The legal officer is also expected to carry out such further duties as may reasonably be requested from
time to time by REDRESS.

IDEAL PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
– 3+ years directly relevant professional experience;
– Proficiency in international law and human rights (ideally an advanced degree specialised
in international law);
– Legal Qualification (ability to practice);
– Experience working with NGOs in developing countries;
– Excellent written drafting and oral presentation skills;
– Experience working with spreadsheets, databases and related IT programmes;
– Fluent in English and French is essential; additional language skills (spanish, arabic)
highly desirable.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
– Comfortable working with victims of human rights abuse with a range of special needs;
– Comfortable to work with a wide range of personalities;
– 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;
– Ability to understand and support the aims, objectives and values of REDRESS and reflect them in all aspects of work;
– Ability to think and work strategically;
– Ability to work under pressure;
– Ability to think creatively;
– Ability to work as part of a team as well as on own initiative;
– A genuine interest in victims’ rights;
– Willingness to undertake frequent travel, including to countries and regions which have experienced severe and systematic human rights abuses.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS
The Legal Officer will work with all legal staff at REDRESS, with formal reporting lines to REDRESS’ Head of Law and Policy.

SALARY AND TERMS
– This is a full time position.
– Salary commensurate with experience, with a three month probationary term.
– Generous holiday and other benefits apply, and after successful completion of the probationary term, the incumbent will be eligible for a 10% pension contribution.
The successful candidate should be prepared to take up the position on or about 1 March 2018.
The position is based at the REDRESS office in The Hague and only candidates that have the right to work in The Netherlands (including EU nationals) should apply.
The employee will be required to travel, including to countries and regions which have experienced severe and systematic human rights abuses.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send to info@redress.org: Cover letter expressing interest; Curriculum vitae; The names and contact details of 2 references (these will only be approached in final short-listing process).

Deadline: 15 January 2018
Envisioned start date: 1 March 2018.