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Adviser: Rights and Rule of Law International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Location: United Kingdom (London)
Closing date: 13 Dec 2006
Job Description

BACKGROUND:

IRCís Governance and Rights (G&R) Unit is seeking an adviser with Rights and Rule of Law expertise.

The work of the G&R unit is currently evolving in a number of ways. Much of IRCís rights work originated as protection work in acute emergency and camp settings, whereas now we have extended our role to also work with displaced people as they return home, and with the communities where they settle in order to promote the continued enjoyment of human rights.

The G&R unit addresses structural and capacity issues that impact on the ability of people affected by conflict to enjoy their basic rights and take control over their future, and works with communities in a post conflict setting to build peace and reduce the likelihood of a return to violent conflict.

The unit also works with local organisations to provide legal counsel and to carry out civic education and awareness raising on human rights. Alongside this, we are increasingly finding a need to develop programs that strengthen the rule of law and support access to formal and informal justice mechanisms for people affected by conflict, particularly the most marginalised and vulnerable members of society.

Advisers within the unit provide direct technical support to field programmes, develop policy and practice, commission or carry out research, promote institutional learning, and support the field and the HR department in recruiting, retaining and developing skilled staff.

SCOPE OF WORK

The Adviser: Rights and Rule of Law is responsible for providing technical assistance to IRC field programs and assisting IRC in the development of strategies for protection and rule of law programming in close collaboration with other IRC governance and rights staff.

Estimated time of travel: 25%

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Develop and manage a portfolio of protection and rule of law related programs in the field. This includes desk based support, providing advice and assistance by email and phone/skype as well as field visits. Assistance covers assessments, programme design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, proposal and report writing and staffing.
Contribute to and lead on aspects of the G&R unitís development of new program areas, particularly in the areas of access to justice, rule of law and promoting peace-building and social cohesion at community level.
Provide support to other members of the G&R unit and other technical units to incorporate, where appropriate, protection and rule of law activities into their work e.g. in providing human rights training to community development committees.
Ensure protection principles are mainstreamed in all IRC country programs.
Assist with recruitment, retention and development of protection and rule of law staff in the field.
Cultivate and maintain partnerships for joint programming, research and funding purposes. This includes particularly developing partnerships with and building capacity of local CSOs, as well as working with donors, UN agencies, INGOs and academics to develop innovative programming responses in the field and to support where possible collaborative and joint efforts.
Develop and refine protection and rule of law programming tools and guidebooks for field staff.
Participate in working groups and other inter-agency task forces that focus on protection, human rights and/or advocacy on relevant issues including at the UN, InterAction, Bond, ALNAP and other inter-agency organizations.

REQUIREMENTS:

Post-graduate degree in international studies, human rights, law or other relevant subject;
Experience of working with INGOs and UN in humanitarian and development field including relevant international work experience in conflict and/or post conflict countries with a focus on working among displaced and/or recently returnee populations. Headquarters experience is also helpful;
Comprehensive understanding of protection principles and human rights law;
Good understanding of access to justice and rule of law issues, particularly in relation to access to formal and informal justice at community level;
Demonstrated experience in design, management and evaluation of programs, policy development, analysis of data and report writing;
Prior work experience with coordinating and undertaking independent field travel to conduct assessments, provide technical advisory support and review programs;
Proven familiarity with international UN and donor processes;
Excellent writing skills;
Strong organizational skills: Ability to coordinate and manage a diverse array of responsibilities;
Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive situations diplomatically and possess strong communication skills;
UK work permit;
Previous Training experience a plus;
French fluency preferred.

Salary: £29,849 - £32,834
Vacancies Contact
To apply, please send CV (3 page max.) and cover letter (3 page max.) to applications@ircuk.org
Please state clearly in the cover letter:
- Your reason for applying
- The skills and experience you possess relevant to this post, and how you meet the requisite roles specified above
Deadline for applications: 5pm, Wednesday 13th December 2006.
In order to minimise administrative costs, IRC-UK will only contact shortlisted candidates.

Reference Code: RW_6V7HU4-71

from: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/res.nsf/doc212?OpenForm
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