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OPERATIONS MANAGER
DATA ANALYST (CONSULTANT)
SENIOR DATA ANALYST (CONSULTANT)
PSYCHOSOCIAL & RESILIENCY EXPERT (CONSULTANT)

Internship (Paid)

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is continuously looking for motivated interns with an interest in transitional justice and the conflict in Syria. Interns are responsible for communicating SJAC’s message to Syrians and the international community. Interns also have the opportunity to pursue their own research, as long as it contributes to SJAC’s mission to prevent impunity, promote redress for victims, and facilitate principled institution reform in Syria’s post-conflict period.

The Internship rotates approximately every four months. The schedule and application due dates are as follows:

Fall Internship: August 25 – December 23 (due by June 15)
Spring Internship: January 15 – May 15 (due by November 15)
Summer Internship: May 15 – August 25 (due by March 15)

Tasks of a SJAC intern include:

    • The production of communications materials, including blog posts, reports, factsheets, infographics, social media content, and talking points.
    • Contribution to and maintenance of the SJAC website, including updating and promoting the Transitional Justice Library, event listings, the blog, and other content as needed.
    • Regular updates to the data for SJAC’s monitoring and evaluation plan. This requires working closely with SJAC staff to gather necessary information and create visualizations of the data.
    • 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 $12/hour. Internships are typically 20-30 hours per week.

To apply:

Please send an email to hiring@syriaaccountability.org 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, explaining the connection between a current event and a justice/accountability topic relevant for Syria. 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].

 

 

Operations Manager

 

STATUS:                    Exempt

REPORTS TO:          Executive Director

LOCATION:               Washington, DC

 

 

About the Position:

The Syria Justice & Accountability Centre (SJAC) is seeking a professional with USG grant and finance experience to act as Operations Manager, responsible for coordinating and overseeing SJAC’s financial, compliance, human resources, and operational processes. Founded in 2012, SJAC promotes justice and accountability in Syria by ensuring that human rights violations are comprehensively documented, and that documentation data is securely preserved, catalogued, and analyzed to advance transitional justice and peace-building. The Operations Manager enables SJAC to achieve its mission by managing its internal systems to run efficiently and effectively.

 

SJAC recently transitioned from being part of a larger parent organization in April 2017. The Operations Manager will oversee SJAC operations as an independent organization in compliance with organizational policies, donor regulations (such as 2 CFR 200), and local laws. The Manager will work across the SJAC team, with donors, and the SJAC Board of Directors. The Manager is not expected to be equally experienced in each aspect of the position’s responsibilities, and will receive training and support from SJAC’s parent organization and external consultants as necessary. Additionally, the Operations Manager will contribute to SJAC management decisions about resource allocation and how to position SJAC to be more operationally efficient.

 

General Duties and Responsibilities:

 

SJAC Finances (Approximately 50%)

The Operations Manager will be responsible for overseeing all of SJAC’s accounting and financial systems. They will manage a part-time accountant to fulfill SJAC’s accounts receivable, accounts payable, and recordkeeping needs. The Operations Manager will lead SJAC’s financial reporting and forecasting, and coordinate with an experienced CFO consultant 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;
  • Monitor allocation of shared costs to ensure that allocations are in compliance with accounting policies, donor requirements, and align with SJAC’s long-term financial wellbeing;
  • Analyze SJAC spending on a monthly, quarterly, and annual 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 and coordinate support for the audit process at the end of each fiscal year.

 

SJAC Grants and Compliance (Approximately 40%)

The Operations Manager will be responsible for ensuring that SJAC’s systems facilitate compliance with best business practices, donors rules and regulations, and local laws. The Operations Manager will monitor the organization’s compliance with internal policies and procedures.

  • Work with program staff in conducting procurements and preparing consulting agreements, purchase orders, contract modifications, and subgrants in compliance with SJAC’s policies, 2CFR200, and vetting standards;
  • Train and mentor program staff in compliance considerations, conducting procurement, drafting agreements, and monitoring work performed;
  • Review all new awards to SJAC and negotiate on SJAC’s behalf, including engaging an external compliance consultant as appropriate.

SJAC Human Resources (Approximately 10%)
The Operations Manager will oversee SJAC’s human resources functions and serve as staff’s primary point of contact for all human resources matters.

  • 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.

 

 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • A minimum of four years supporting operational aspects of an organization, with varied experience in finance, grants and contracts, compliance, and human resources. (Note: These four years do not need to be in a strictly operational role);
  • Working knowledge of USG regulations and compliance issues. Preferred experience with U.S. Department of State and European bilateral donors;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage budgets and experience in forecasting;
  • Expertise in MS Excel required. Experience with Quickbooks desirable;
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with a high attention to detail;
  • Excited to join a growing organization and apply a constant-eye to improving processes and procedures;
  • Committed to anticipating and overcoming obstacles in order to support the independence and sustainable future of SJAC;
  • Not intimidated by new experiences. Independently driven to research and seek outside expertise in order to accomplish job needs.

 

Please send an email with the subject “SJAC Operations Manager” to aross@syriaaccountability.org, providing a cover letter and resume as attachments. Cover letters should include your salary range requirements and availability. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

 

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Data Analyst (Consultant)

 

CONSULTANCY TITLE: Data Analyst

LOCATION: Global

COMPENSATION: Based on location and commensurate with experience

 

Organization Profile:

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC with the mission of promoting transitional justice and accountability processes in Syria. To this end, SJAC implements activities in three main areas. First, SJAC collects documentation of violations by all sides of the conflict, regardless of affiliation, and from all geographic areas in Syria. SJAC retrieves documentation through its team of Documentation Coordinators in Syria and neighboring countries, Syrian and international partners, and public sources. Second, SJAC’s Data Analysis team processes and analyzes documentation in a Syria-specific database, using a methodology developed to reflect international legal principles. Third, SJAC drives discourse on transitional justice with the goal of amplifying Syrian perspectives, and bridging the gap between Syrians’ justice interests and international discussions on appropriate accountability measures.

 

About the Consultancy:

SJAC is seeking consultants to join its Data Analysis team to process and analyze documentation of violations by all sides of the conflict. The Data Analyst will use his or her expertise to watch, organize, and analyze documentation of human rights violations in Syria (such as videos, photographs, written documents, etc.). Documentation will be labeled and stored within a special database using SJAC’s methodology.

Data Analysts may work hours on their own schedule and work with SJAC to determine target numbers of hours each quarter. Data Analysts, however, should be available for pre-scheduled meetings on a weekly basis. SJAC prefers consultants who are available to work a minimum of 25-35 hours per month. SJAC anticipates awarding up to 10 consultancy agreements for Data Analysts.  Agreements will be made for a base period of one year with two option periods of one year each. Option years will be exercised based on satisfactory performance.

 

General Duties

  • Process pieces of documentation into the SJAC database;
  • 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 team-work tools;
  • Perform other tasks as needed.

 

Deliverables

  • Monthly timesheets.

 

Qualifications

  • High school diploma;
  • Proficiency in Arabic (spoken and written) and English (especially written);
  • Knowledge of Syria and the Syrian conflict is a plus (including Syrian Arabic dialects);
  • Willingness to watch and handle very graphic content;
  • Previous data entry experience preferred;
  • Basic proficiency with software and online user interfaces;
  • 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.

Please send a Curriculum Vitae with cover letter by email to hiring@syriaaccountability.org. Please state which consultant position you are applying for in the subject line. In the cover letter please describe your interest in the position, relevant background, and your availability.  Applicants are encouraged to submit before April 24, 2017, but applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. This posting will remain on SJAC’s website until all consultancies are filled.

 

 

Senior Data Analyst (Consultant)

 

CONSULTANCY TITLE: Senior Data Analyst

LOCATION: Global

COMPENSATION: Based on location and commensurate with experience

Organization Profile:

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC with the mission of promoting transitional justice and accountability processes in Syria. To this end, SJAC implements activities in three main areas. First, SJAC collects documentation of violations by all sides of the conflict, regardless of affiliation, and from all geographic areas in Syria. SJAC retrieves documentation through its team of Documentation Coordinators in Syria and neighboring countries, Syrian and international partners, and public sources. Second, SJAC’s Data Analysis team processes and analyzes documentation in a Syria-specific database, using a methodology developed to reflect international legal principles. Third, SJAC drives discourse on transitional justice with the goal of amplifying Syrian perspectives, and bridging the gap between Syrians’ justice interests and international discussions on appropriate accountability measures.

About the Consultancy:

SJAC is seeking consultants to manage its Data Analysis team working to process and analyze documentation of violations by all sides of the conflict. The Senior Data Analyst will supervise the activities of the Data Analysis Team, provide feedback for data analysis strategy and efforts, and assign monthly tasks to each team member. He or she will also use their expertise to view, organize, and analyze documentation of human rights violations in Syria (such as videos, photographs, written documents, etc.). Documentation will be labeled and stored within a special database using SJAC’s methodology.

Senior Data Analysts may work hours on their own schedule and work with SJAC to determine target numbers of hours each quarter. SJAC prefers consultants who are available to work a minimum of 25-35 hours per month. SJAC anticipates awarding up to two agreements for Senior Data Analysts.  Agreements will be made for a base period of one year with two option periods of one year each. Option years will be exercised based on satisfactory performance.

 

General Duties

  • Supervise the activities of data analysts, provide feedback for data analysis strategy and efforts, and assign monthly tasks to each team member.
  • Process pieces of documentation into the SJAC database.
  • Collaborate directly with SJAC’s Technology Officer 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.
  • 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 team-work tools.
  • Contribute monthly to SJAC’s Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plan.
  • Perform other tasks as needed.

 

Deliverables

  • Monthly timesheets.

 

Qualifications

  • High school diploma.
  • One or more years analyzing and cataloguing human rights documentation highly desired.
  • One or more years of experience managing a team of data analysts or researchers
  • Proficiency in Arabic (spoken and written) and English (especially written).
  • Knowledge of Syria and the Syrian conflict is a plus (including Syrian Arabic dialects).
  • Willingness to watch and handle very graphic content.
  • Previous data entry experience preferred.
  • Basic proficiency with software and online user interfaces.
  • Strong work ethic, commitment to accuracy and detail.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to function professionally and effectively with co-workers and supervisors.

Please send a Curriculum Vitae with cover letter by email to hiring@syriaaccountability.org. Please state which consultant position you are applying for in the subject line. In the cover letter please describe your interest in the position, relevant background, and your availability. Applicants are encouraged to submit before April 24, 2017, but applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. This posting will remain on SJAC’s website until all consultancies are filled.

 

 

Pyschosocial & Resiliency Expert (Consultant)

 

ABOUT SJAC

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving meaningful justice and accountability for Syria which holds perpetrators accountable and addresses grievances, leading to lasting peace and respect for human rights. To contribute to this goal, SJAC activities are designed to produce a complete repository of comprehensive, high-quality, and usable documentation that is prepared to feed into justice mechanisms, but also used to drive justice discourse among Syrians and the international community.

POSITION SUMMARY

Most of SJAC’s staff and consultants are exposed to the primary trauma of victims through their work documenting and analyzing atrocities in Syria, which makes them susceptible to secondary trauma and, in turn, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). SJAC seeks to avoid the harmful effects of secondary trauma and to implement internal practices for supporting the mental well-being of its team by hiring a consultant to conduct an organizational-wide assessment of SJAC’s needs and provide recommendations for a holistic organizational approach towards resiliency. Depending on the results of the assessment and recommendations as well as the qualifications of the consultant, SJAC may request follow-up assistance with implementation of the recommendations. The consultant should have experience with providing similar support to other humanitarian and/or human rights organizations.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Conduct an organizational assessment of SJAC’s psychosocial needs, both on an organizational level and for individual staff and consultants.

• Provide specific recommendations tailored to the findings of the assessment that are logistically and financially feasible for SJAC to undertake.

• Advise SJAC on how to integrate psychosocial support into its holistic security approach to human rights documentation and analysis based on best practices of similar organizations.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES

• BS in Psychology, BA in Counseling, or other relevant educational background;

• Experience working with organizations to improve resiliency or to provide holistic mental care;

• Knowledge of the cultural attitudes regarding mental health in the Middle East, including a demonstrated ability to address this context appropriately and sensitively;

• Strong written and oral communication skills;

• English fluency; proficiency in Arabic preferred but not required.

DELIVERABLES

• Outline of assessment methodology and timeline;

• Debrief meeting (in person or virtually) to discuss assessment findings and plans for final report;

• A report summarizing assessment findings, an overview of relevant best practices for supporting psychosocial wellness, and tailored implementable recommendations for SJAC to undertake.

APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

SJAC will equally consider applications from individual consultants and organizations, however all proposals from organizations must identify specific individual(s) who will perform the scope of work. Interested consultants and/or organizations are invited to submit an application that includes a proposal that includes the following:

Applicant’s qualifications and proven experience, in the form of a CV and/or other supporting documentation. Supporting documentation can include examples of past deliverables or reports.

Proposal, outlining the methodology for conducting the SJAC assessment and potential practices that will be considered when developing recommendations for SJAC. The proposal should describe the applicant’s plan for the process of achieving the final deliverables.

Cost Estimate, specifying the total amount for the assessment with a detailed breakdown of estimate costs. The cost estimate should be all-inclusive and take into account any expenses incurred during the contract period.

Final applicants will be required to do an interview and to supply professional references. Selection criteria will be:

• Quality of relevant skills, experience, and demonstrated and verified past performance;

• Quality of technical proposal;

• Competitive value for services offered.

The exact statement of work and price will be negotiated prior to contract signing. The contract may be in the form of a daily rate plus incurred costs, or fixed price per deliverable. It is anticipated that this scope may include between 15 and 30 consulting hours per month for two months, subject to negotiation. SJAC would like the work to be completed between July to September. The selected individual/organization may be eligible to receive additional follow-up work without further competition based on the quality of the assessment and ability to support the implementation of recommendations.

Questions regarding this opportunity should be submitted in writing no later than May 20, 2017 to the contact information listed below. Applications must be submitted electronically by June 10, 2017. SJAC reserves the right to accept late submissions if in the best interest of competition. Submit questions and applications to: Shabnam Mojtahedi, Legal and Strategy Analyst – smojtahedi@syriaaccountability.org

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