Physical Security Trainer

Research Fellowship



Location:  Remotely-based

Position: Consultant

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.

Position Summary

Through a capacity-building project, SJAC supports four Syrian human rights organizations focused on documentation and advocacy. SJAC provides capacity building across a wide range of skills. Under the supervision of the SJAC Legal Director, the Physical Security Trainer will provide online support to four victim-led human rights organization in the development of physical security policies. These organizations are based in Syria, Turkey, and Europe. Both individuals and companies are encouraged to apply.

General duties and responsibilities

  • Train (remotely) victims’ groups on organizational and personal safety and security
  • Work with victims’ groups to create physical security policies that reflect the reality on the ground and their activities
  • Work with each victims group to map the risks associated with their activities and develop risk assessment tools
  • Train victims’ groups on developing a crisis management policy

Skills and Experience

  • Relevant postgraduate university degree or equivalent with relevant work experience
  • Strong communication skills
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in NGO safety and training
  • Professional fluency in written and spoken Arabic
  • Experience working directly with victims of human rights violations
  • Knowledge, experience and understanding of working in the Syria/Middle Eastern context is essential
  • Sensitivities to the needs and dynamics of families and survivors.

To apply, please send an email with the subject line “Physical Security Trainer” to [email protected], providing a cover letter including a daily rate, draft work plan, resume, and a sample of relevant training work by July 8, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Research Fellowship

LOCATION: Washington, DC (or remotely based)

Position Summary

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is seeking a graduate student, or recent graduate, for a paid research fellowship for the summer and upcoming 2022-2023 academic year. Applicants interested in a fellowship for only the summer and fall semester will also be considered. The Research Fellow will provide research assistance and draft articles and reports on human rights in Syria and related justice processes. Successful applicants will be passionate about human rights and have the ability to research and write on assigned topics as well as identify and pitch new areas of research relevant to SJAC’s mission.

The Research Fellow will work 15-20 hours per week beginning June 2022 and be paid at the rate of $20.00/hour. SJAC is accepting remote applications for this position. Applicants based in the Washington, DC area will have the option of working from SJAC’s DC office.

General Duties and Responsibilities

· Conduct research concerning transitional justice and human rights. Research topics may include housing, land, and property rights, enforced disappearance, and Syrian perspectives on justice.

· Support the writing of SJAC’s human rights and transitional justice reports and short-form analysis.

Skills and Experience

· Current student in, or recent graduate of, an MA or PhD program focused on international affairs, Middle East studies, conflict resolution, or related fields. Current law students in, or recent graduate of, a legal studies program will also be considered.

· Recent graduates holding a BA who have significant research experience may also be considered.

· Experience working in or knowledge of the Middle East and the Syrian context.

· Strong written and oral communication skills.

· Professional proficiency in Arabic preferred.

How to apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample to [email protected] with “Research Fellow” in the subject line. Please suggest at least one topic you would be interested in researching while at SJAC within your cover letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning Tuesday May 31st. No phone calls.