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4 Exciting Opportunities for Young Professionals to Work in Human Rights Organisations


Legal and Advocacy Officer with the Association for the Prevention of Torture

The Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), based in Geneva Switzerland, is seeking an Advocacy and Legal Advisor on a maternity cover basis, making it perfect for early career human rights advocates. The APT is an independent human rights NGO, and is one of the world’s leading organisations working with the aim of preventing torture globally. The position requires a candidate with valid permission to work in Switzerland for the six month period. The primary responsibilities of the post will include; advocating for torture prevention initiatives on international, national and regional levels, contributing to, and following-up on national legislation processes and representing the Association in meetings and conferences. The selected candidate will possess a law degree as well as a postgraduate or advanced university degree, relevant work experience and human rights advocacy experience, particularly at international and regional levels. Some torture-related experience is required, as are excellent communication skills in French and English, with other languages desirable. Applications should be received by “close of business” on 4 April 2016. Due to this ambiguity, applicants would therefore be advised to send applications before 17:00 on the stated day. No information is provided as regards specific salary. A completed application should consist of the candidate’s cover letter, CV and contact details of two professional referees, sent to jobs@apt.ch.

Advocacy Associate with the Malala Fund

The Malala Fund, inspired by co-founders Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai aims to implement the philosophy of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala in focusing upon and enabling young girls to have full access to safe, quality education. This position, based in London, will primarily involve assisting the Advocacy Team and helping to develop advocacy materials, including papers, reports and digital content in order to support the Fund’s global advocacy goals. The selected candidate will also conduct research and analysis concerning relevant stakeholders, represent the Fund at meetings as well as conducting certain administrative tasks such as coordinating travel and events, and liaising with the organisation’s Director of Operations, based in Washington DC. The successful candidate will possess a relevant undergraduate degree plus at least 2-3 years of related experience, ideally in a fast-paced setting in a similar organisation, as well as a strong commitment to the Malala Fund’s mission, and a good accompanying knowledge of the issues it deals with. Furthermore the candidate will need strong inter-personal skills and inter-cultural sensibilities, organisational skills and experience engaging with high-level processes and individuals, with experience working on similar high-profile advocacy campaigns desirable. No information is given as regards specific salary. To apply, potential candidates should follow the link in the job title above, by 8 April 2016.

Associate Program Officer on West Africa with the Global Fund for Children

The Global Fund for Children focuses upon the world’s most vulnerable children and youth in an attempt to transform their lives, advance their dignity and help them to reach their full potential. The Fund is based in Washington, D.C. but describes itself as a “worldwide grassroots network”. The advertised position is for an Associate Program Officer for West Africa, reporting to the Program Officer for Africa and the Middle East and will, among other things, be responsible for collaboration on grant-making strategies, overseeing grant administration and identifying local and community organisations eligible to receive funding. The successful candidate will possess a master’s degree in a related field, plus at least two years of related working experience. Alternatively, an undergraduate degree in a related field, plus four years of related work experience would be sufficient to meet the specification. Further to this, applicants must be fluent in English and French, have overseas living experience, possess demonstrable experience in a non-profit setting, as well as with grant-making processes. As regards personal attributes, the Global Fund for Children seeks those with excellent communication skills, attention to detail and organisation. Importantly, the position requires a candidate with permanent authorisation to work in the USA. Candidates for the position are being considered on a rolling basis until 15 April 2016. No Information is given as regards specific salary. Candidates wishing to apply should send an email containing a CV and letter of motivation to careers@globalfundforchildren.org, with the subject “Associate Program Officer – West Africa”

Communications Officer with Reprieve

Reprieve is a human rights charity, based in London and specialising in fighting extreme human rights abuses, with a great deal of its focus on civil and political rights, working on issues including freedom from torture and assisting those facing the death penalty. Reprieve has an open opportunity for a communications officer which would be an excellent fit for any candidate with commitment and passion for the goals of the organisation, and experience in media, communications and press affairs. The responsibilities of the communications officer would include assisting in everyday press liaison, identifying advocacy and promotional opportunities, helping to develop stories, and possibly documentaries. Drafting, editing and briefing duties are also included, as are social media duties and a number of further responsibilities.  The salary is listed as 35,763 GBP gross per annum, and the potential candidates will be assessed against a person specification which includes essential criteria relating to media and communications experience in a similar role, high quality writing and editing skills, an excellent understanding of all forms of news-focused media, excellent efficiency and time management and several more. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom. The deadline for applications is 17 April 2016 and candidates should send a CV and letter of motivation, the latter no longer than two pages, to sophie.salvatore@reprieve.org.uk with the subject line “Comms Officer Application”.

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