Proposal Template: “On the Margins No More”


English/Arabic Interpreter (Consultant)
Location: Global (Remote)
Close Date: August 15, 2021

About the consultancy:
SJAC is seeking an interpreter to provide English to Arabic and Arabic to English simultaneous interpretation services on an ad hoc basis. The consultant will be responsible for interpreting live meetings and events through Zoom or a similar platform. While the service will be ad hoc, candidates who are available September 16, October 14, and November 18 will be given preference. Candidates must have experience interpreting legal, human rights, and transitional justice related events. Knowledge of the Syrian conflict is a plus.

Candidates should have a strong work ethic, commitment to accuracy and detail, and the ability to handle confidential information.

To apply for this position, please send a resume, interpretation/translation sample, and rates and policies to [email protected]


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


About the Position: The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) has initiated a project to promote awareness of victims’ rights and increase participation of Syrians in European national justice mechanisms through universal jurisdiction. It seeks a Legal Officer to support the Legal Director by providing legal analysis and support for the project including outreach activities and work with legal services organizations to support Syrian victims/survivors.

General Duties:

  • Research and write legal memoranda concerning issues surrounding national and international prosecutions of atrocity crimes in Syria, remaining attuned to litigation opportunities for the organization
  • Draft legal submissions in relevant international proceedings in support of Syrian justice, accountability, and human rights
  • Increase awareness of SJAC’s mission and goals by representing SJAC at events with non-governmental, intergovernmental, and national government stakeholders
  • Serve as the primary point of contact between SJAC and legal service organizations representing Syrian victims and witnesses in national proceedings
  • Support SJAC’s trial monitoring of trials impacting Syrian justice by drafting reports, reviewing publications, and ensuring timely production of high-quality materials
  • Support production of SJAC’s podcast by providing background research and technical support to the podcast production team
  • Engage in SJAC’s activities in documentation, data analysis, and transitional justice discourse, e.g. drafting short-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
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in international criminal law, human rights, and/or humanitarian law in an international organization, government, or non-profit
  • 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
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Fluency in Arabic preferred, but not required

Work Eligibility Requirements

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

To apply

Please submit a resumecover letter, and writing sample to [email protected]. Please include “Legal Officer – [Your Name]” in the subject line. Deadline is August 6, 2021. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Position is contingent upon funding.





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].




Syria Justice and Accountability (SJAC)

Call for Proposals

“On the Margins No More: Supporting Victim-led Justice”

Project Length: 8 Months, Non-Renewable

Closing Date: July 29, 2021

Grant Amount: 2 grants up to $50,000 each

About SJAC:

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) has been a leading transitional justice actor since the start of the Syrian conflict, pursuing justice for Syrians through documenting violations, processing and preserving data, and collaborating directly with policymakers, justice mechanisms, and victims to lay the groundwork for holistic justice. SJAC strives to prevent impunity, promote redress, and facilitate principled reform. SJAC works to develop practices and technologies that can be utilized not only by SJAC but also partner organizations in Syria and across the region, including comprehensive Arabic-language training for human rights defenders and a custom relational database. Working with UN mechanisms like the IIIM, SJAC works to connect victims and survivor groups directly with prosecutors and these UN mechanisms.


 Project Background:

With the support of the United States Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), “On the Margins No More: Supporting Victim-led Justice” provides in-depth training and tailored assistance to build the organizational and technical capacity of Syrian victim-led organizations and to enhance their ability to sustain social justice advocacy efforts in Syria. At the conclusion of this project, the Syrian victim-led organizations will be better equipped to effectively fulfill and sustain their missions, access funds directly from multiple sources, and serve as powerful change agents in the Syrian socio-political landscape.


Project Objectives:

Through this project, SJAC seeks to:

  1. Strengthen Syrian victims’ groups institutional capacity and performance
  2. Improve their technical competencies to effectively utilize media, campaigning, and advocacy efforts to publicize their demands
  3. Support and assist the groups to collaborate directly with justice mechanisms in order to set priorities and participate in justice processes

Note: SJAC is committed throughout the duration of the project to provide selected organizations with institutional, technical (advocacy/campaigning and documentation efforts) and psychosocial support, as needed. These capacity building efforts are intended to complement proposed activities to serve the overall goals of the project.

SJAC and its partners will be conducting this capacity building. Applicant victim groups can not apply and use the funds to seek capacity building from other organizations, for the same topics or for any other topic.


Expected Activities:

SJAC welcomes proposals that scale-up existing/pilot activities or support new efforts. Activities should empower and reinforce documentation and advocacy efforts to raise organization’s voices to decision makers and to scale up efforts to contribute to change at the decision-making level.


Proposed activities should fall into the following three categories:

  1. Institutional growth: Activities that aim to strengthen the applicant organization’s institutional capacity and performance: its governance (policies, procedures and systems), its financial management (financial system and internal controls), and its human resources.
  2. Advocacy and campaigning: Activities that aim to support the applicant organization’s capacity in media use, advocacy and campaigning to enable for an effective contribution in shifting policy priorities.
  3. Documentation of human rights violations: Activities that aim to support the applicant organization’s documentation structures, platforms, and efforts.

Activities should reflect gender-sensitivity and complement the project’s objectives, listed above. Within the first three months of the contract, the awarded organizations will work with SJAC on closing operational gaps to ensure financial compliance with the grant.


Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

Applicants can request up to $50,000 for an 8-month grant. SJAC anticipates awarding 2 grants.


  • Syrian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) led by victims and survivors of the Syrian conflict and government and with previous experience in the field of victim rights
  • NGOs should have at least two years of experience in project management in the field of human rights or transitional justice
  • Selected organizations must agree to work towards meeting all US Government financial and administrative regulations, as set forth under the grant regulations. SJAC is committed to helping each recipient meet this requirement.

Selection Criteria

  • The proposed activities are in line with the project’s objectivities and fit under the three activity categories.
  • SJAC welcomes proposals by single organizations or a joint application by two organizations.
  • Organizations must demonstrate experience in victims-rights project implementation and sufficient willingness to work on closing operational gaps and attend the trainings offered by SJAC.
  • Applicant organization expresses need and willingness to undergo capacity-building trainings and guidance issued directly by SJAC and its partner.


Proposal Guidelines

Proposals will be accepted until 5:00 pm EDT July 29, 2021. By downloading the linked template, applicants can submit proposals in English or Arabic and email it to [email protected]. Please also attach the organization’s registration documentation.

If applicants have any questions about whether their activities fit within the project scope or how to fill in the proposal template, please email [email protected] no later than July 25 with the subject line “Request for Q&A” and the organization’s name. The Project Manager will be available to set up a call and answer these questions.

Successful applicants will be invited to a second round of selection, where they will submit a detailed budget with SJAC guidance.


Community Advocate consultant (3 positions- 50%)

Reports to: Project Coordinator

Location(s): Berlin (Germany), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Malmo (Sweden)

About the Consultancy:

The Community Advocate consultant will conduct SJAC’s outreach activities in (Germany, Netherlands and Sweden), including networking with Syrian victims and activists as well as the development of relationships with local and Syrian NGOs and human rights groups. He or she will increase awareness of SJAC’s mission and goals and engage with community leaders to emphasize the importance of participating in the outreach events. The community advocate will work to conduct targeted outreach to marginalized groups in their communities, while also conducting documentation activities through interviews with relevant witnesses.

General Duties:

  • Promote awareness of victims’ rights and the participation of Syrians in national justice mechanisms in his/her country (Germany, Netherlands, or Sweden, respectively).
  • Conduct interviews with witnesses and survivors/victims of violations and collect other first-hand documentation as appropriate.
  • Publicize SJAC’s events through local job centers, places of worship, community centers, libraries and other venues, with attention to the inclusion of marginalized communities. They will also engage with community leaders to emphasize the importance of participating in the outreach events.
  • Increase awareness of universal jurisdiction prosecutions in Germany, Netherlands and Sweden among Syrian communities and contribute to SJAC’s universal jurisdiction publications.
  • Track activities and news for UJ cases and investigations in Germany, Netherlands and Sweden.
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with human rights groups and activists in his/her country (Germany, Netherlands, or Sweden).
  • Maintain close communication with SJAC’s Project Coordinator in order to discuss the project strategy and efforts.
  • Follow SJAC’s ethical standards and SJAC’s security policy, in order to conduct the work with no harm to persons or to data.
  • Refer survivors to other service providers for relevant support (e.g. psychosocial support, legal representation, etc)
  • Perform other tasks as needed.

Work Products/Deliverables:

  • Monthly timesheets;
  • Weekly work report


  • University degree required, a degree in Law, human rights or similar field is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Syria and the Syrian conflict (including Syrian Arabic dialects), an advantage.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), as well as 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.
  • Experience conducting documentation interviews.
  • Ability to discuss sensitive topics in an open, respectful, and effective way. Experience in gender-sensitivity and SGBV-sensitivities preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Fluency in Arabic and proficiency in German, Dutch and Swedish (location dependent) is required. English is an added advantage;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • 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 subject line, please put “Community Advocate consultant” and your location. In the cover letter, please describe your interest in the position, relevant background, and availability. Applicants are encouraged to submit before July 30, 2021, but applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. This posting will remain on SJAC’s website until filled.




­­Podcast Co-Host

Status: Non-exempt

Reports to: Legal Director

Location: Remote

 About the Consultancy:

The Podcast Co-Host will be the face and voice of SJAC’s Arabic-language video-podcast on the application of universal jurisdiction on human rights crimes committed in Syria. The host will be responsible for recording the podcasts, as well as contributing to the content and format of each episode. While SJAC will support background research and topic suggestions, the host will also be responsible for conducting research in order to knowledgeably discuss each episode’s topic. Topics include, but are not limited to, current universal jurisdiction cases in Europe, rights of victims and witnesses, terrorism vs atrocity crimes, and documentation’s role in prosecutions. The biweekly podcast will run for 12 episodes over six months, tentatively starting Fall 2021. Each podcast will also be filmed. There will be one other podcast host and occasional guests. Fluency in Arabic is essential (knowledge of Syrian dialects is preferred).

 General Duties:

  • Co-Host bi-weekly video-podcasts;
  • Contribute to topic-generation and scriptwriting;
  • Conduct background research and follow ongoing universal jurisdiction trials to knowledgeably discuss and analyze concepts;
  • Work with co-host to invite expert guests;
  • Perform other tasks related to podcast production, as needed.

Work Products/Deliverables:

  • Monthly timesheets;
  • Biweekly podcasts.


  • Fluency in Arabic (spoken and written) and conversational English are required;
  • Knowledge of Syria and the Syrian conflict (including Syrian Arabic dialects);
  • Experience hosting a podcast and script-writing;
  • Knowledge of human rights law, universal jurisdiction, and/or European law;
  • Demonstrated commitment/training in gender-sensitivity;
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to accuracy and impartiality;
  • 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. Please submit a sample of your podcast work. Women are encouraged to apply. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials before July 30, 2021, but applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. This posting will remain on SJAC’s website until filled. The successful candidate will be offered a consultancy contract for up to eight work days per month for a six-month contract at a competitive daily rate.

Position is dependent on funding.