Careers

INTERNSHIP
LEGAL FELLOWSHIP
FINANCE AND GRANTS OFFICER
FINANCE CONSULTANT
PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

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INTERNSHIP

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 application 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 $14/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].

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

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Legal Fellowship

LOCATION: Washington, DC (or remotely based)

Position Summary

SJAC is seeking a second- or third-year law student, or recent law graduate, for a paid legal fellowship for the 2020-2021 school year. 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 15-20 hours per week beginning September 2020 and be paid at the rate of $15.00/hour. NOTE: SJAC staff, including Legal Fellows, are currently working remotely for purposes of social-distancing. Should such measures be lifted, Legal Fellows will have the option of working in SJAC’s Washington DC office.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal research concerning crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide and terrorism
  • Research and write legal memoranda concerning issues surrounding documentation, national and international prosecutions of atrocity crimes in Syria
  • 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

How to apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample to [email protected] Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls.

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Finance and Grants Officer

ORGANIZATION: Syria Justice and Accountability Centre

FLSA CLASSIFICATION: Exempt- Full Time

LOCATION: Washington, DC (currently remote due to COVID-19)

REPORTS TO: Executive 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. SJAC currently has an annual budget around $1.5 million and 9 staff members.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

The Finance and Grants Officer will oversee SJAC operations in compliance with organizational policies, donor regulations (such as 2 CFR 200), and local laws. The Officer will work across SJAC team, with donors, and the SJAC Board of Directors. SJAC is seeking an early to mid-career professional eager to take on a role in a growing organization

Duties and Responsibilities

SJAC Finances (Approximately 40%)

The Finance and Grants Officer is responsible for overseeing all of SJAC’s accounting and financial systems. S/he will manage a part-time accountant to fulfill SJAC’s accounts receivable, accounts payable, and recordkeeping needs. The Finance and Grants Officer will lead SJAC’s financial reporting and forecasting, and coordinate with an external operations consultant(s) as needed.

  • Oversee SJAC’s Quickbooks accounting, including the appropriate coding and backup of expenses;
  • Work with the accountant to conduct cash forecasting and drawdown of funds;
  • Design and manage systems for tracking annual spending and projections at project and organizational levels. Analyze SJAC spending on a monthly basis and work with the SJAC Executive Director to update and make decisions regarding SJAC’s operating budget;
  • With the accountant, produce financial reporting for SJAC grants and Board of Directors. Liaise with donors and the Board of Directors regarding financial questions as needed;
  • With input from program staff, prepare proposal budgets for submission and budget amendments for current agreements;
  • Support SJAC program staff in understanding their activity budgets and spending;
  • Lead monthly, quarterly, and yearly close processes;
  • Lead and coordinate support for the audit process at the end of each fiscal

SJAC Grants and Compliance (Approximately 25%)

The Finance and Grants Officer will be responsible for ensuring that SJAC’s systems facilitate compliance with best business practices, donors’ rules and regulations, and local laws. S/he will monitor the organization’s compliance with internal policies and procedures.

  • Advise program staff on conducting procurements and preparing consulting agreements, purchase orders, contract modifications, and subgrants in compliance with SJAC’s policies, 2 CFR 200, and vetting standards;
  • Train and mentor program staff in compliance considerations, conducting procurement, drafting agreements, and monitoring work performed;
  • Ensure that existing policies are pertinent and updated and draft new policies as
  • Review all new awards to SJAC and negotiate on SJAC’s behalf, including engaging an external compliance consultant as appropriate.

SJAC Human Resources and General Operations (Approximately 20%)

The Finance and Grants Officer will oversee SJAC’s human resources functions and serve as staff’s primary point of contact for all human resources matters. S/he will also provide support on matters related to SJAC’s general operations

  • Facilitate and document recruitment, new hires, separations, and other changes in employment status;
  • Manage payroll processing with SJAC’s external payroll provider and oversee timekeeping system;
  • Oversee annual performance review process;
  • Respond to employee questions about HR concerns; consult with external HR consultant as
  • Ensure that staff have the information and office resources they need to execute their job
  • Liaise with the Board on issues of finance, compliance or general operations
  • Ensure that adequate psychosocial support services are available to both staff and consultants
  • Other operational support as needed

SJAC Office Management (Approximately 15%)

  • Keep all business insurances update.
  • Support SJAC donations/fundraising events as needed
  • Maintain and update an office inventory in accordance of SJAC policies.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge on communication tools and apps that might facilitate the work of the organization
  • Work with Tech consultant to ensure tech licenses inventory are up to date and all tech office needs are met

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; Master’s degree preferred
  • A minimum of four years supporting operational aspects of an organization, with varied experience in finance, grants, compliance, and/or human resources, and preferably with components of internal financial control, financial reporting, and budget management.
  • Knowledge of USG regulations and compliance issues. Preferred experience with U.S. Department of State and European bilateral
  • Expertise in MS Excel required. Experience with QuickBooks desirable
  • Audit experience preferred.
  • Accounting experience not required, but the understanding of key accounting concepts is necessary.
  • Demonstrated organization skills with high attention to detail
  • Excited to join a growing organization and apply a constant-eye to improving processes and procedures
  • Independently driven to research and seek outside expertise in order to accomplish job needs
  • Happy taking initiative and working independently.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills

Please send an email with the subject “Finance and Grants Officer” to [email protected], providing a cover letter and resume. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE AA/EOE/m/f/Vet/Disabled.

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Finance Consultant

FLSA CLASSIFICATION: Consultant

LOCATION: Washington, DC (currently remote due to COVID-19)

REPORTS TO: Executive 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. SJAC currently has an annual budget around $1.5 million and 9 staff members.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

The Finance Consultant will oversee SJAC financial analysis in compliance with organizational policies, donor regulations (such as 2 CFR 200), and local laws. The Consultant will work across SJAC team, with donors, and the SJAC Board of Directors. The Consultant will work an average of 15- 20 hours a week.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Finance Consultant is responsible for overseeing all of SJAC’s accounting and financial systems. S/he will manage a part-time accountant to fulfill SJAC’s accounts receivable, accounts payable, and recordkeeping needs. The Finance Consultant will lead SJAC’s financial reporting and forecasting, and coordinate with an external operations consultant(s) as needed.

  • Oversee SJAC’s Quickbooks accounting, including the appropriate coding and backup of expenses;
  • Work with the accountant to conduct cash forecasting and drawdown of funds;
  • Design and manage systems for tracking annual spending and projections at project and organizational levels. Analyze SJAC spending on a monthly basis and work with the SJAC Executive Director to update and make decisions regarding SJAC’s operating budget;
  • With the accountant, produce financial reporting for SJAC grants and Board of Directors. Liaise with donors and the Board of Directors regarding financial questions as needed;
  • With input from program staff, prepare proposal budgets for submission and budget amendments for current agreements;
  • Support SJAC program staff in understanding their activity budgets and spending;
  • Lead monthly, quarterly, and yearly close processes;
  • Lead and coordinate support for the audit process at the end of each fiscal

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; Master’s degree
  • A minimum of two years supporting financial aspects of an organization, preferably with components of internal financial control, financial reporting, and budget management.
  • Experience creating project budgets required; experience with organizational-level budgeting preferred.
  • Knowledge of USG regulations and compliance issues strongly preferred.
  • Expertise in MS Excel required. Experience with QuickBooks
  • Audit experience preferred.
  • Accounting experience not required, but the understanding of key accounting concepts is necessary.
  • Demonstrated organization skills with high attention to
  • Happy taking initiative and working independently.
  • Willing to work on a part-time basis.

Compensation

This position is estimated at $50/hour, commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions

Please send an email with the subject “Finance Consultant” to [email protected], providing a cover letter and resume. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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Program Associate

Location: Washington, DC (remote until further notice)

Reports To: Legal Director

About SJAC

SJAC is a leading Syrian transitional justice organization striving to prevent impunity, promote redress, and facilitate principled reform by documenting violations, processing and preserving data, and collaborating directly with policymakers, justice mechanisms, and victims to lay the groundwork for holistic justice.

Position Summary

SJAC is seeking a Program Associate to provide programmatic and administrative support in the day-to-day administration of SJAC activities.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the direction of the Legal Director, provide administrative, logistical, and communications support for the SJAC team.
  • Support the research and writing of SJAC human rights and transitional justice reports and blog articles.
  • Support senior staff in researching and developing proposals and other tasks as deemed necessary for new business development.
  • Assist in project implementation, including in partnership coordination, drafting of donor reports, monitoring and evaluation, and work-plan management.
  • Coordinate online and in-person events for policy-makers, experts, and Syrian audiences.
  • Act as primary liaison with the SJAC Board of Directors and Advisory Board; draft monthly internal updates for the Board.
  • Provide logistics and operations support including purchasing items for SJAC and arranging travel accommodations for SJAC staff and Board members
  • Draft and monitor consulting agreements, contracts, and subgrants.
  • Provide administrative support to the Executive Director.
  • Develop, track, and analyze the Executive Director budget and support with development of other budgets as needed.
  • Support the drafting of financial reports to funding agencies, SJAC Board of Directors, and others as needed.
  • Other administrative and programmatic duties, as needed.

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Middle East Studies, Political Science, or related field. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum one year of professional administrative experience (including internships) in an international organization or similar institution.
  • 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.
  • Experience working in or knowledge of the Middle East.
  • Interest in the field of human rights and transitional justice.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in a non-profit setting, working on programs that receive government grants preferred.
  • Experience using Excel and familiarity with WordPress, Google Analytics and Google Forms.
  • Experience with InDesign, Tableau and other data visualization software an advantage.
  • Knowledge of Arabic preferred, but not required.

To apply, please send an email with the subject line “Program Associate” to [email protected], providing a cover letter, resume, and writing sample of less than 10 pages. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting August 17, 2020 and until the position is filled.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE AA/EOE/m/f/Vet/Disabled.