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Investigative Assistant

Midterm Evaluator

Program Officer (International Justice)

Legal Fellowship (Summer)

Full Stack Web Developer

Human Rights Analyst

Internship

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Investigative Assistant (1 position - 50%)

Reports to: Legal Director

Location: Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, or Belgium

About the Consultancy:

The Investigative Assistant will facilitate SJAC’s investigative work by gathering information on ISIS-related crimes from individuals in Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium. The position requires the consultant to network with the Syrian communities in these countries to identify and interview survivors and witnesses with knowledge of crimes committed by perpetrators currently in Europe. It also requires the consultant to communicate with SJAC’s legal and psychosocial support partners, and Swedish authorities. They will collaborate with the Legal and Human Rights Advisor and the Community Advocates in Germany and the Netherlands. The candidate must be located in Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, or Belgium. This position is for 11 days per month.

General Duties:

  • Identify individuals with knowledge of ISIS-related crimes committed in Syria by perpetrators currently in Europe.
  • Conduct interviews with the aforementioned individuals in accordance with SJAC’s policies and procedures, in addition to collecting other forms of documentation when appropriate.
  • Coordinate SJAC’s dual referral program through which survivors and witness are provided legal and psychosocial support via SJAC’s partners.
  • Communicate with Swedish authorities who investigate and prosecute ISIS affiliates to relay information.
  • Track ISIS-related cases in Sweden and perform open-source investigations.
  • Liaison with civil society organizations working with Syrians to increase awareness of SJAC’s dual referral program and widen SJAC’s network in Sweden.

Work Products/Deliverables:

  • Monthly M&E indicators
  • Interviews
  • Weekly updates

Qualifications:

  • University degree required. A degree in law, human rights, or similar field is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Syria and the Syrian conflict.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), and the ability to network and liaise effectively with a wide range of potential stakeholders at all levels both within local and national groups and with the Syrian community.
  • Ability to discuss sensitive topics in an open, respectful, and effective way.
  • Understanding or lived experience of the gender dynamics of the Syrian conflict is a plus.
  • Experience conducting documentation interviews preferred.
  • Fluency in Arabic and proficiency in Swedish is required. Knowledge of English is an advantage.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to function professionally and effectively with co-workers and supervisors.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.

To apply for this position, please email a Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter to [email protected].  In the subject line, please put “Investigative Assistant”. In the cover letter, please describe your interest in the position, relevant background, and availability. Applicants are encouraged to submit before March 1, 2023, but applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

SJAC is a diverse organization made up of 40+ team members around the globe. We pride ourselves in our ability to implement programming that is inclusive and responsive to the needs of all Syrians, and believe that our own team’s diversity of viewpoints and experiences helps us to achieve that goal. SJAC implements policies to support and protect all team members, including a strict sexual harassment policy, peer support sessions, and professional psychosocial support. We encourage all interested applicants to apply, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

This posting will remain on SJAC’s website until filled.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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Midterm Evaluator

Summary

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is seeking qualified applicants to conduct a midterm evaluation of its core activities over the past two years (January 2021 – Dec 31 2022). SJAC anticipates receiving a final evaluation by April 30, 2023. This consultancy can be completed remotely. The purpose of this Terms of Reference is to solicit proposals and budget quotations from qualified sources for this evaluation service. SJAC intends to award a fixed-price deliverable contract. Individual consultants and firms are eligible to apply

Syria Justice and Accountability Centre Overview

SJAC is a Syrian civil society organization with a mission to prevent impunity, promote redress, facilitate principled reform, and work towards a Syria defined by justice, respect for human rights, and rule of law. Since 2012, SJAC has been implementing programs to collect and analyze documentation from Syria, using the findings to promote informed discourse on human rights and transitional justice.

Project Background

Since 2011, Syrians have witnessed civilian attacks, detention and torture, chemical warfare, substantial property damage, and the massive displacement of over half the population. Widespread atrocities have led to deep grievances, trauma and a growing sectarian divide. As the Assad government consolidates territory, the international community has begun sidelining accountability in favor of short-term stability. But without a justice process that addresses the realities of the conflict, Syria risks spiraling into cycles of revenge attacks, where perpetrators continue to commit crimes with impunity.

SJAC’s core work aims to collect high quality evidence, records, and witness testimony, process that data, and utilize it to promote justice and accountability processes, all while engaging Syrian communities in the process. The range of activities include ethically conducting interviews with survivors of gross human rights violations, responding to requests for information from legal authorizes in order to support ongoing criminal cases, and conducting qualitative research on relevant accountability topics. The goal of this project is to support meaningful justice processes for crimes committed in Syria.

Evaluation Overview

SJAC is planning on conducting an interim evaluation in order to understand the successes and failures of its program to date, and make necessary adjustments for the remainder of the grant. SJAC anticipates asking evaluative questions regarding a variety of program activities, including, documentation of violations, capacity building efforts, collaboration with prosecutors working on extraterritorial cases, and tech and human rights work. The primary users of the evaluation report will be SJAC staff, who will use the findings and recommendations to inform future programming of a similar nature. The report will also be shared with SJAC’s core donors. SJAC is primarily concerned with assessing the project’s effectiveness. The evaluator will be expected to propose appropriate evaluation methods, which will be reviewed and approved by SJAC’s Senior Program Officer. The evaluator may interview staff from SJAC, and other key stakeholders.

Evaluation Implementation

The evaluation should take place in February and March 2023. SJAC’s target timeline is for final deliverables to be due by April 30, 2023.

The selected consultant will be responsible for:

  • Evaluation preparation (including finalizing the evaluation design and work plan, performing the initial desk review of project materials, and creating and testing data collection instruments);
  • Data collection (including conducting interviews with partners and reviewing all relevant policies, documentation etc.)
  • Data analysis and synthesis (including transcription, data aggregation, writing a draft report, presenting findings to SJAC, and incorporating feedback from SJAC staff and partners into a final report).

SJAC staff will provide logistical and technical support as needed throughout the evaluation process. The Senior Program Officer will provide guidance during the evaluation preparation and reporting phases, and project staff will be available to compile project documents, provide administrative support, and assist with scheduling meetings with partners (if desired).

Deliverables

The evaluator will be expected to produce the following deliverables:

  1. Evaluation Design and Work Plan (10-15 pages): The work plan should include the following sections:

a.  Data collection methods and analysis of activities

b.  Outline for the development of at least two data collection instruments

2. One oral presentation of findings by video call with relevant SJAC staff upon completion of data collection, but before submitting the draft report

3. Draft of Evaluation Report (no more than 40 pages, not including annexes)

4. Final report incorporating all relevant feedback from SJAC and including an executive summary to be distributed with additional stakeholders (due by April 30, 2023)

5. Final oral presentation of findings to donor (no later than May 31, 2023).

Skills and Experience

The selected consultant should have demonstrated expertise in results-based project evaluation and familiarity with justice and human rights programming and previous regional experience in Syria or the Middle East. Arabic language skills looked upon favorably but not required. Additional information about desired qualifications is listed below:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in designing, overseeing, implementing and evaluating human rights programs;
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative M&E data collection and analysis methods;
  • Multidisciplinary individual with knowledge of and expertise in justice, accountability, and human rights issues. Preference is given to individual with specific experience evaluating documentation or criminal accountability programs.
  • Strong facilitation, presentation, and communication skills;
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing; and
  • Team player with the ability to closely collaborate with SJAC staff, local partners, and stakeholders.

How to apply

Interested applicants must send all materials outlined below to [email protected] by 2/15/2023. Any questions regarding this opportunity should also be directed to [email protected]

Interested applicants should provide a current CV and a cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in the project. Candidates who meet SJAC’s basic requirements will be provided with a draft list of evaluation questions, and be asked to provide a 2-3 page statement of interest and abridged proposal. These materials should clearly outline the candidate’s key skills and experience that are relevant to this evaluation, as well as any key standards or principles that inform his or her work. For the proposal, please include a concise description of the desired evaluation approach and an identification of possible data limitations and ways to mitigate them (recognizing that the applicant is operating with only the limited information provided herein.) Please also provide a proposed budget. The projected budget should include all costs relevant to the deliverables, including the consultant’s time, travel and communications, interpretation and translation, and other materials and software as needed. Additionally, provide the names and contact information for 2 recent references (preferably previous M&E contract work). Cost-saving will be a consideration in the review process.

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Program Officer (International Justice)


FLSA Classification: Exempt
Location: Washington, DC
Reports To: Legal Director

About SJAC

Founded in 2012, The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting meaningful justice for Syria that holds perpetrators accountable and addresses the grievances of victims, leading to lasting peace and respect for human rights.

About the Position: SJAC is leading a U.S. government-funded project to promote awareness of survivors’ rights and increase participation of Syrians in European national justice mechanisms through universal jurisdiction. It seeks a Program Officer to fulfill several roles including (1) to serve as a project manager, including programmatic, administrative and legal tasks (75%) and (2) to research and draft legal memoranda, public facing reports and, where possible, legal submissions concerning transitional justice issues in Syria (25%).

General Duties:

Serve as the Project Manager of a U.S. government funded project, coordinating project activities such as awareness-raising events, and ensuring that they are undertaken on time and within the project budget

  • Draft timely, accurate and comprehensive quarterly reports for the donor
  • Compile evidence obtained by SJAC’s documentation teams for sharing with war crimes units conducting investigations in Europe
  • In collaboration with SJAC’s Program Coordinator, collect and report on M&E indicators, adjusting as necessary to new developments
  • Manage relations between SJAC and legal service organizations representing Syrian victims and witnesses in national proceedings
  • Manage support provided by PSS organizations to Syrian survivors
  • Support SJAC’s trial monitoring by drafting reports, reviewing publications, and ensuring timely production of high-quality materials
  • Research and write legal memoranda concerning issues surrounding national and international prosecutions of atrocity crimes in Syria
  • Engage in SJAC’s activities in documentation, data analysis, and transitional justice discourse, drafting short-form and long-form analysis
  • Perform other tasks as needed

Skills and Experience

Advanced university degree in law with coursework in international law, human rights law, international criminal law, and/or evidence preferred

  • 1-3 years of relevant experience to include international law, human rights, and/or humanitarian law in an international organization, government, or non-profit
  • Project management experience in an NGO or INGO setting
  • A passion for human rights advocacy and transitional justice
  • Experience working on the Middle East, specifically the Syrian conflict. Familiarity or experience with the European justice space is a plus
  • Excellent organizational skills, including attention to detail, ability to prioritize and multi-task, and ability to work under and adhere to tight deadlines
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team; must be a team player and demonstrate a sense of responsibility and sensitivity in dealing with diverse audiences
  • Understanding and experience in gender mainstreaming or gender-sensitive programming
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of Arabic preferred

Work Eligibility Requirements

Candidates should have legal work authorization and be eligible to work in the United States and willing to relocate to the Washington Metropolitan area. SJAC is unable to provide any Visa sponsorship.

Pay and Benefits:

Starting salary is dependent on education and experience within established bands of compensation. Current salary bands for Program Officers, $65-80k.

Other Benefits and/or Policies include:

  • SJAC has a hybrid work policy. While employees are occasionally expected to report to the office for in person events or meetings, they are otherwise free to split their working time between our DC office and their home within the Washington metropolitan area according to their preferences
  • Vacation Leave: 10 days in the 1st year; 15 days in years 1-2 and 20 days in years 3+; Flex Fridays, every other Friday
  • Family and Sick Leave: 10 days/year
  • Annual Holidays: At least 13 holidays including the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Savings and Retirement Plans: 2% employer contribution and up to 7% matching contributions
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Short-term disability and life insurance
  • Worker’s compensation insurance and unemployment insurance

SJAC is a diverse organization made up of 40+ team members around the globe. We pride ourselves in our ability to implement programming that is inclusive and responsive to the needs of all Syrians, and believe that our own team’s diversity of viewpoints and experiences helps us to achieve that goal. We encourage all interested applicants to apply, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

To apply, please send an email with the subject line “Program Officer – International Justice” to [email protected], providing a cover letter and resume. Applications will be reviewed on February 10, 2023.

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LOCATION: Washington, DC

Position Summary

SJAC is seeking a rising second- or third-year law student, or recent law graduate, for a paid legal fellowship for Summer (May to August) 2023. Fellows will work with SJAC’s team from at its headquarters in Washington, DC.* The Legal Fellow will provide legal research and writing assistance to the Legal Director and assist with SJAC’s activities in documentation, data analysis and transitional justice discourse. The Legal Fellow will work up to 40 hours per week and be paid at the rate of $20.00/hour.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal research concerning atrocity crimes, terrorism and reparations frameworks for victims/survivors
  • Research and write legal memoranda concerning issues surrounding documentation, national and international prosecutions of atrocity crimes
  • Support the research and writing of SJAC’s human rights and transitional justice reports and short-form analysis

Skills and Experience

  • Current law student in, or recent graduate of, a J.D. or L.L.M. program
  • Coursework in international law, human rights law, international criminal law, and/or evidence preferred
  • Experience working in or knowledge of the Middle East
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of Arabic an asset

SJAC is a diverse organization made up of 40+ team members around the globe. We pride ourselves in our ability to implement programming that is inclusive and responsive to the needs of all Syrians, and believe that our own team’s diversity of viewpoints and experiences helps us to achieve that goal. We encourage all interested applicants to apply, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

*SJAC has a hybrid work policy. While employees are occasionally expected to report to the office for in person events or meetings, they are otherwise free to split their working time between our DC office and their home within the Washington metropolitan area according to their preferences

To apply, please send an email with the subject line “Legal Fellow – Summer 2023” to [email protected], providing a cover letter and resume. Applications are due by February 28, 2023 and will be considered on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.

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Consultancy Title: Full Stack Web Developer

Location: Remote
Reports To: Legal Director

About Solicitation

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is soliciting applications for a Web Developer position.

SJAC will evaluate applications based on best overall value and establish a framework consulting agreement for a probationary period of three months. The consulting agreement can be extended beyond the probationary period based on satisfactory performance and funding availability for up to three years.

Consultancy Summary

Developers are key contributors to our Bayanat development team. We use open-source technologies (Linux, PostgreSQL, Python, Nginx, JavaScript). We use modern technologies but with an emphasis on reliability, scaling, and maintainability. We function as an agile, mission-driven team with a focus on close collaboration with our users.

The applicants should be available for 20-25 hours/week to fulfill SJAC’s web development needs. The position is remote and with flexible hours.

Scope of Work

  • Build, debug and maintain user interfaces using modern front-end technologies.
  • Develop web backends using a Flask-based web framework.
  • Troubleshoot and work on deployment tasks.
  • Integrate with APIs and code created by other team members.
  • Participate in code reviews and agile, test-driven processes.
  • Participate in weekly team calls.
  • Perform other technical tasks as directed.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field. Significant work experience in web development may be acceptable in lieu of a formal degree in these areas.
  • 1.5 years web development experience, Python (Django/Flask) and JavaScript/HTML/CSS (Vue/React) development experience. Optionally Nodejs.
  • Experience with technologies such as PostgreSQL, Nginx, and Git.
  • Comfortable working on Linux.
  • Strong understanding of web architecture, OOP, REST, and Agile.
  • Excellent team communication and collaboration skills. Capable of working independently and adapting to existing processes and methodologies. Fast learner and is comfortable with deadlines.
  • Experience working with mission-oriented non-governmental organizations similar to SJAC or open-source projects similar to Bayanat.
  • Ability to function professionally and effectively in verbal and written English.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with database systems and optimizations.
  • Experience with optimizing application performance and scaling techniques.
  • Experience with testing frameworks or developing automated tests.
  • Working knowledge of Arabic.
  • Exposure to human rights work.

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter by email to [email protected] using the subject line “Full Stack Web Developer – [your name]”. Included in your cover letter must be a proposed hourly rate for your services. Applications without cover letters will be disregarded. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a Preferred Vendor list is established.

Candidates on the list will be sent a short hiring exercise that will attempt to simulate the work a successful candidate will be doing. The exercise would take an ideal candidate 1-2 hours and would entail making a change to Bayanat’s code.

SJAC is a diverse organization made up of 40+ team members around the globe. We pride ourselves in our ability to implement programming that is inclusive and responsive to the needs of all Syrians, and believe that our own team’s diversity of viewpoints and experiences helps us to achieve that goal. SJAC implements policies to support and protect all team members, including a strict sexual harassment policy, peer support sessions, and professional psychosocial support. We encourage all interested applicants to apply, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

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Human Rights Analyst

Employment type: Consultancy

Location: Remote

Compensation: Starting from $15/hour

About the Consultancy:

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is seeking consultants to support our justice efforts by processing documentation of violations by all sides of the conflict. Analysts will review, organize, and analyze documentation of human rights violations in Syria (such as videos, photographs, written documents, etc.) within a special database using SJAC’s methodology. Analyst’ efforts directly support criminal accountability for Syrian perpetrators in Europe, the search for missing persons, and advocacy efforts. No former experience in data analysis is required.

Successful applicants will be passionate about human rights, have a deep understanding of the Syrian context, and a strong attention to detail. Analysts are expected to work approximately 120 hours per month, but may work hours on their own schedule, as long as they are available for pre- scheduled meetings on a weekly basis. All analysts are eligible to participate in SJAC’s support programs, including confidential psychosocial support and a women-only peer support group for female team members. SJAC anticipates awarding up to 3 consultancy agreements for Analysts. Agreements will be made for one year, with an option for renewal.

General Duties

  • Process pieces of documentation into the SJAC data management system: Bayanat
  • Collaborate with team members to address issues and report on system bugs;
  • Review content (videos, pictures, reports, sound files, etc.) and extract information for use in analysis;
  • Accurately tag and label different pieces of information in the database according to SJAC’s guidelines, methodology, and standards;
  • Identify problematic areas and gaps in data and report to supervisors;
  • Perform data entry in Arabic and English;
  • Understand the context and background in which the content was created;
  • Be able to aggregate different pieces of information into groups and categories;
  • Work with other team members to address and resolve complex issues encountered during analysis;
  • Participate in regular team calls, and collaborate using online teamwork tools; Perform other tasks as needed;
  • Available to work 120 hours per month.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma;
  • Proficiency in Arabic (spoken and written) and English (especially written) are required;
  • Knowledge of Syria and the Syrian conflict (including Syrian Arabic dialects);
  • Willingness to watch and handle very graphic content;
  • Understanding or lived experience of the gender dynamics of the Syrian conflict is a plus;
  • Previous data entry experience preferred;
  • Basic proficiency using online forms and tools;
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to accuracy and detail;
  • Ability to handle confidential information;
  • Ability to function professionally and effectively with co-workers and supervisors.

To apply to this position, please fill and submit this form. Attached to your form submission should be a Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter. In the cover letter please describe your interest in the position, relevant background, and your availability.

Applicants are encouraged to submit before January 13, 2023, but applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Women are encouraged to apply.

SJAC is a diverse organization made up of 40+ team members around the globe. We pride ourselves in our ability to implement programming that is inclusive and responsive to the needs of all Syrians, and believe that our own team’s diversity of viewpoints and experiences helps us to achieve that goal. SJAC implements policies to support and protect all team members, including a strict sexual harassment policy, peer support sessions, and professional psychosocial support. We encourage all interested applicants to apply, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

AA/EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled

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Internship

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is looking for a motivated intern with an interest in transitional justice and the conflict in Syria. SJAC accepts applications from current undergraduate, graduate and law students, as well as recent graduates. Interns are responsible for communicating SJAC’s message to Syrians and the international community as well as supporting SJAC’s analysis and research. They are encouraged to pursue their own research, as long as it contributes to SJAC’s mission to prevent impunity, promote redress for victims, and facilitate principled institutional reform in Syria’s post-conflict period.

SJAC offers internships for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Applicants must be based in DC, Maryland, or Virginia during the internship.

Tasks of an SJAC intern include:

  • Maintain SJAC’s social media accounts and promoting new analysis and events
  • Design relevant communications materials, including infographics and factsheets
  • Assist in maintaining the SJAC website, including updating the Transitional Justice Library
  • Provide research support for SJAC articles and reports
  • Write blog posts on issues related to Syria and transitional justice
  • Assist in editing SJAC reports
  • Create administrative materials such as spreadsheets, media trackers, polls, etc
  • Other duties as assigned

Strong English proficiency is required. Arabic proficiency is preferred, but not required. Knowledge of WordPress, MailChimp, Google Analytics, Excel, and Adobe Suites is strongly desired. Interns must be able to work from the SJAC office in Washington, DC and are paid at the rate of $16.10/hour. Internships are typically 15 hours per week.

To apply:

Please send an email to hiring(at)syriaaccountability.org with your resume, a cover letter, three professional or academic references, and a writing sample not to exceed 800 words. The writing sample should be an example blog post that demonstrates your knowledge of transitional justice and the Syrian conflict. Please see SJAC’s website for recent examples. In the subject line of your email and in your cover letter, please be sure to include the term for which you are applying [Fall, Spring, Summer].

Number of Positions: 1

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

AA/EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled

Job Types: Part-time, Internship

Job Type: Internship

Salary: $16.10 per hour

Work Location: One location

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