The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative is looking for a Programme Officer for the International Advocacy and Programming (IAP) team. IAP team at Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative monitors Commonwealth states’ compliance with civil, political and human rights obligations, and advocates for their strengthening. IAP strategically engages with regional and global human rights mechanisms, including the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) and the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).
IAP regularly advocates for reform within the Commonwealth and stronger response mechanisms to stem human rights violations. IAP reviews Commonwealth members’ human rights commitments at UN forums; monitors the performance of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in the Commonwealth while advocating for their strengthening. It presses for the protection of human rights defenders, journalists, freedom of speech and expression, assembly and civil society space.
As a trusted partner, CHRI has conducted fact finding missions in Nigeria, Zambia, Fiji, Sierra Leone, the Gambia, Fiji and the Maldives. This is a full-time position based at CHRI’s headquarters in New Delhi.
Monitor and research human rights issues in Commonwealth countries and draft reports for publication
Prepare effective and targeted advocacy documents
Draft submissions, oral and written statements, as applicable to various international mechanisms and forums and letters to governments
Write articles for CHRI’s newsletter, and newspapers across the Commonwealth
Develop and strengthen diverse international networks, particularly with diplomats, government officials and civil society groups
Assist with the CHRI’s periodic reports on the performance of Commonwealth countries at the UNHCR
Organise consultations / events around CHRI’s areas of focus
Assist with CHRI’s work with the Commonwealth, the United Nations Human Rights Council and other international bodies
Represent CHRI at official meetings, as required
Prepare work plan and report on progress
Other tasks as necessary
Minimum of 2-3 years professional work experience
Master’s Degree in Law, International Relations, Political Science or a related field
Very good research and analytical skills, and familiarity with web-based research.
Exceptional ability to communicate in English, verbal and written
Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative
Ability to network with a wide variety of actors
Experience of working at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
Experience of working in a South-based human rights organization
Remuneration will be commensurate with knowledge and experience levels.
How to apply
Please apply with
a cover letter;
two writing samples (no longer than four pages); and
contact details of two referees
Applications should be sent only by email to [email protected] latest by 15th January 2019. Please mention in the subject line: Programme Officer, International Advocacy and Programming. Please ensure you send all essential documents mentioned.
Note: Candidates would be required to commit to a minimum of two years to the position.
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