Human Rights Jobs: Programme Officer on International Justice, The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

Human Rights Jobs: Programme Officer on International Justice, The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

Human Rights Jobs: Programme Officer on International Justice, The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)


About FIDH:

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) composed of 188 national human rights organisations from 116 countries. FIDH is a non partisan, non sectarian, apolitical and not for profit organisation. Since 1922, FIDH has been defending all human rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural – as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Job Title: Programme Officer on International Justice

Role and main responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the International Justice Desk (IJD), based in Paris, you will be part of FIDH’s International Justice Desk, within the Programmes and Operations department, and will have the following main responsibilities:

A – Contribution to the consolidation of the link with internal and external actors on international justice (about 15%):
• Facilitate a good communication from and to FIDH member and partner (national and international) organisations in contact with the desk to reinforce a collaborative relationship;
• In coordination with the Head of the Desk, ensure a fluid flow of timely information towards members of the FIDH International Bureau (IB), Executive Board (EB), FIDH mission delegates concerned by activities of the desk, and the Presidency when necessary;
• Contribute to the cooperation and communication with the permanent representation of FIDH to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, and FIDH’s Litigation Action Group (LAG) coordinating lawyers, with other thematic and geographical desks – in particular the Africa and Latin America desks -, FIDH delegations, as well as the communications, fundraising and finance departments.

B – Implementation of FIDH’s international justice strategy and of the International Justice Desk’s activities (about 55%):
• Organise, prepare, contribute to the coordination (incl. elaborate the terms of reference, agenda, budget, and organise/ensure their follow-up), and participate in:
in-person or online country-specific or cross-regional strategic exchange sessions on justice avenues for the most serious crimes;
advocacy activities, such as in-country advocacy missions, advocacy missions to the Hague, and towards relevant regional or international organisations;
capacity building activities around the documentation of international crimes, victims’ rights, access to various justice avenues and accountability mechanisms;
documentation missions on international crimes.
• Conduct research, draft, review and coordinate the translation of a variety of substantive written outputs on international justice:
research and analysis of institutional developments, on case-law and practice relating to international criminal law, as well as transitional justice mechanisms;
legal submissions;
position papers and policy submissions;
thematic and country reports.
• Contribute and implement the external communication strategy for IJD activities and outputs:
propose and give input to the communication plans;
draft, review, ensure validation for, coordinate the translation and ensure the dissemination of press releases, public statements, open letters, op-eds, social media posts;
participate in the implementation of other communication activities of the desk.
• Implement, on delegation of the Head of the Desk, activities of representation before donors, States, media and other NGOs.

C – Contribution to fundraising for, programming of and reporting on the International Justice Desk’s activities (about 15%):
• Participate in the programming and reporting of the International Justice Desk’s activities, including regularly updating the annual monitoring table of activities, and elaborate internal minutes and activity reports;
• Contribute to requests for funding to donors;
• Participate in the financial monitoring and evaluation of the desk’s programmes.

D – Participation in the coordination of consultants and training of interns (about 5%)

E – Contribution to logistical and administrative tasks of the Desk (about 10%).

The ideal candidate

Experience and key skills:
• At least 5 years of professional experience in a similar position.
• Very good drafting skills, and proven experience in writing and editing of written materials for a variety of audiences, from advocacy papers, press releases, speeches and social media posts, to legal documents, funding requests and reports to donors.
• Proven experience in coordination work, facilitating exchanges and consultations with various stakeholders for the organisation of activities, validation of positions and key messages, exchange of experiences and lessons learned. Experience in organising and delivering participative capacity-building workshops relating to accountability for crimes under international law, both in-person and online, for civil society organisations and practitioners would be an asset.
• Track record in organising and conducting documentation and advocacy activities, and demonstrable ability to interact with NGOs, government officials and intergovernmental organisations from around the world with tact, diplomacy and cultural sensitivity.
• Experience working on issues related to transitional justice, universal jurisdiction, strategic litigation, and/or victims’ rights.
• Experience working closely with NGOs and victims’ organisations around the world would be an asset.
• Interest and experience in the development of innovative and impactful – internal and external – communication tools.
• Strong interpersonal skills and aptitude for cross-cultural communication.
• Ability to work efficiently under time pressure, skilled at prioritising and completing multiple tasks with autonomy and team spirit.
• Energetic, resourceful, and innovative thinker.

• Master’s Degree in Law, with specialisation in international criminal or human rights or humanitarian law.
• Very good knowledge of the different pillars of transitional justice, and – relating to international criminal law – in particular of the universal jurisdiction mechanism, the International Criminal Court and international investigative mechanisms, and strategic litigation for international crimes.
• Background in human rights.

Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English and French (level C1/C2) and very good knowledge of Spanish is required (level B2/C1). To be noted that English and French are the most used working languages within FIDH International Secretariat. Language skills in Arabic or Russian would be an asset.

• The position is based in Paris, France, and you will need to relocate as soon as possible if not already based there.
• While you would be based in FIDH’s office in Paris, FIDH offers the possibility of at-home work the modalities of which are to be agreed upon with your supervisor.
• While most of the work will be undertaken from Paris, you will have to be ready to travel internationally.

Values: You are in total agreement with the values at work in the FIDH International Secretariat (professionalism, respect, commitment, equality, integrity, participation, audacity), as well as with the struggles led by FIDH for the defence of human rights everywhere in the world, as explained in its statutes and through its publications accessible on its website :

FIDH seeks diversity and is committed to equality by not discriminating in its hiring practices on the basis of race, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, health status or any other situation protected by French and international human rights law.

For people with disabilities, we ask you to indicate in your cover letter any adaptations that would be useful to enable you to participate in the recruitment process in an optimal way.

Envisaged starting date: 1 September 2023

Compensation and benefits
Contract based in Paris 11e
• Contract: Long term contract, governed by French law (CDI), with a two months trial period. Full time position (39 hours worked per week).
• Gross salary: annual gross salary from 34K (over 13 months), based on experience.
• Supplementary health insurance: employer’s contribution of €85 per month.
• Restaurant vouchers with a face value of €9, paid 60% by the FIDH.
• Sustainable mobility package or 50% of the cost of public transport passes.
• Remote at-home work: You will work from FIDH’s office in Paris, France. FIDH recognizes that flexible working arrangements are important for work-life balance, and offers the possibility of at-home work with a minimum of 4 face-to-face days per month. Please note that a laptop and basic accessories are provided to all employees at the time of hire.
• Paid time off:
25 days of paid vacation per full year worked.
24 compensation days per full year worked (given the basis of 39 hours worked per week).
Work / Life Balance: FIDH believes in creating a healthy work environment in which flexible schedules are available. Time to time adjustments of the employee’s hours are possible. These arrangements will be agreed upon beforehand with the supervisors.

How to apply

Send your CV and a cover letter in English (describing why you are interested in FIDH and summarising your suitability for the position) to dcarlens[at] indicating the reference ProgOfficer-IJD in the subject line of the email by 20 July 2023 at the latest, for the attention of Delphine CARLENS, Head of the International Justice Desk.


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