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Job Location Arusha (Tanzania) or Kampala (Uganda): to be determined • Status Expatriate • Closing date for applications October 31, 2011
• Start Date Immediate
The Organisation
Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) is an international non-governmental organization, whose mission is to contribute towards the development of just and equitable societies in which the law serves the most vulnerable groups and individuals. ASF has permanent missions in Burundi, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Nepal, and is implementing projects in Israel / Palestine, Tunisia and Chad.
ASF works closely with lawyers and civil society to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of its projects. Specifically, ASF’s strategy in East Africa and the Great Lakes region is to gradually strengthen the social role of lawyers, as actors for fundamental change and in the defence of human rights, and to support bar associations in their specific role in protecting their members.
The Project
ASF is launching a multi-country project that aims to contribute to the support and protection of lawyers and human rights defenders (HRDs).
The project activities consist of providing direct financial and material aid to lawyers and HRDs, setting up a protection fund, organising judicial interventions as well as practical training workshops on protection mechanisms for experienced regional lawyers and implementing regional advocacy strategies.
All activities are organized within the framework of a regional strategy, which aims to provide both an emergency response in the short-term and structural and lasting solutions in the long-term. The countries covered by the project are Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. The project will be implemented in partnership with the East Africa Law Society (EALS), based in Arusha, Tanzania or Kampala, Uganda (to be determined).
Duties and responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Emblematic Cases and International Legal Network Coordinator and in close cooperation with ASF Head of Missions in the region as well as EALS team, the Project Coordinator is responsible for the management, monitoring and evaluation of the project. The specific duties and responsibilities include:
Project coordination - Determine, in collaboration with HQ and field teams, the strategy of protection of HRDs in the region - Provide coordination support to ASF headquarters and the field teams in relation to the implementation of protection and related activities
Supervision and implementation of protection and related activities, in collaboration with the field teams - Collection and analysis of information on threats to HRDs - Manage the distribution of financial and material aid and practical implementation of the assistance - Create/manage the organisational structure of the protection fund that is envisioned in the project - Establish and manage a database of local HRD lawyers - Coordinate the practical aspects of litigation interventions - Develop a strategic approach to the interventions - Coordinate the creation of a pool of lawyers and training workshops
Monitoring and Reporting - Draw up activity plans and ensure their proper implementation based on the outputs and indicators identified in the project document in coordination with the field teams - Establish a monitoring and evaluation system that would allow the timely preparation of progress reports and, if necessary, readjustments. - Monitor the financial aspects of the implementation of the project and ensure conformity with the allocated budget - Prepare narrative and financial reports, in coordination with the field teams and ASF’s financial officer, for transmission to donors
Networking, Resource mobilization and Advocacy - Participate in fundraising and prepare funding proposals - Ensure the development and management of communication tools related to the project - Represent ASF internally and externally with respect to all matters falling within the context of the protection of HRDs in the region.
Essential - University degree in a relevant field, a degree in law is a definite asset - At least 5 years of project management experience, preferably with an international legal development organisation or NGO - At least 3 years professional experience in the field of human rights, criminal law or transitional justice - Strong networking skills and ability to engage in consultative and partnership processes with local stakeholders and government officials - Experience of fundraising and establishing/maintaining donor relations - Discipline, rigour, sense of diplomacy and negotiation skills - Ability to juggle multiple tasks and work under pressure - Flexibility to travel frequently in the region of intervention - Ability to work with people of different cultures - Fluency in written and spoken English and French is required - Proficiency in computer skills, including standard office productivity software (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint etc.)
Desirable - Advanced degree in Human Rights and/or international criminal law - Work experience as a lawyer - Experience of post-conflict situations
  • Contract of about 3 years
  • Monthly gross salary: between € 2133 to € 2522 depending on professional experience
  • Per diem, accommodation allowance
  • Repatriation insurance provided by ASF
  • Health, invalidity and medical care insurance at the expatriate’s expense
  • 25 days of paid annual leave
To apply
Please send your application (including CV, motivation letter and date of availability) in English or French by email to no later than October 31, 2011, specifying "Application HRD Coordinator" in the subject line.
Due to limited human resources, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted - thank you for your understanding.

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