Status: Consultancy

Reports to: Legal Director

Location: Remote

SJAC is seeking a Human Rights Trainer who will adapt training materials and conduct trainings in-person and/or by video-conference on human rights and transitional justice. He or she will support SJAC’s capacity-building efforts and work to prepare training work plans and materials for use by local human rights organizations. The consultant will use his or her unique experience in transitional justice and international human rights law to contribute expertise to training courses that will cover topics, including but not limited to the international human rights system, truth and reconciliation, reparations, and memorialization. The consultancy will be up to 30 working days over the course of 3 months. Fluency in Arabic is essential.

General Duties 

  • Adapt and prepare training materials on international human rights law and transitional justice with a particular focus on non-criminal transitional justice and truth and reconciliation;
  • Conduct trainings in-person and/or by video-conference in Arabic for local Human Rights groups;
  • Contribute to SJAC’s (online training platform) and produce materials for training;
  • Provide support to the rest of team as needed (particularly in the areas of International Human Rights Law, transitional justice, and networking etc.);
  • Perform other tasks as needed.

Work Products/Deliverables 

  • Specific work plan for training courses and production of new and updated training materials;
  • Descriptions of the course content and pedagogical approach and materials including the module title, key learning objectives, description of the content being taught (why, what) in each module;
  • Associated teaching notes, reading and/or preparatory materials (power points, etc.), handouts, etc., and any other tool needed for the effective delivery of the exercises and overall training workshops;
  • Exercise(s) for course participants to illustrate key course concepts; and
  • A list of reading materials for each module and exercise(s), as relevant.


  • Law degree
  • Fluency in Arabic (spoken and written) and conversational English are required
  • Knowledge of Syria and the Syrian conflict (including Syrian Arabic dialects), an advantage
  • Experience conducting legal training in human rights and transitional justice
  • Expert knowledge of international human rights law, transitional justice, and truth and reconciliation as well as some or all of the following subjects: historical development of human rights; human rights principles; human rights mechanisms in Syria; history of transitional justice; comparative transitional justice; truth commissions; and the role of civil society/victim groups in transitional justice processes
  • 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 for this position, please email a Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter to [email protected]. In the cover letter please describe your interest in the position, relevant background, and availability. Also please include a list of trainings you have designed or provided in the last 2-3 years. Applicants are encouraged to submit before April 15, 2021, but applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Compensation is dependent upon background and experience. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. This posting will remain on SJAC’s website until filled.





The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is continuously looking for motivated interns 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.

The Internship rotates approximately every four months. The schedule for the Internship is as follows:

Fall Internship: August 25 – December 23
Spring Internship: January 15 – May 15
Summer Internship: May 15 – August 25

Tasks of an SJAC intern include:

    • Maintaining SJAC’s social media accounts and promoting new analysis and events
    • Designing relevant communications materials, including infographics and factsheets
    • Contribution to and maintenance of the SJAC website, including updating the Transitional Justice Library
    • Providing research support for SJAC articles and reports
    • 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 $15/hour. Internships are typically 15-20 hours per week.

To apply:

Please send an email to [email protected] with your resume, a cover letter, 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].