Location: Remote, Europe
Reports To: Legal Director
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.
About the Position
SJAC is leading a project to promote awareness of survivors’ rights and increase participation of Syrians in European national justice mechanisms through universal jurisdiction. It seeks a remote consultant to fulfill several roles including (1) to manage a team of community advocates conducting documentation, data collection, outreach and organizing events with Syrian communities in Europe (2) to review data collection and interviews for quality control, provide the team guidance on investigations including on legal matters, and (3) to support the project manager on programmatic and administrative tasks related to the project activities. SJAC anticipates needing a consultant to work approximately 19 days/month on this project.
- Supervise the work of up to 5 Syrian Community Advocates, coordinating outreach activities, event planning and follow-up to ensure that activities are performed consistently and professionally, providing support as needed.
- Compile evidence obtained by SJAC’s documentation teams, including Community Advocates for sharing with war crimes units conducting investigations in Europe.
- Act as a focal point between SJAC documentation and investigation units and Europe-based community advocates.
- Support the Project Manager, by providing relevant inputs for M&E and completing certain administrative tasks required for compliance purposes.
- Support the project manager in drafting timely, accurate and comprehensive quarterly reports for the donor.
- Manage relations between SJAC and legal service organizations representing Syrian victims and witnesses in national proceedings.
- Manage support provided by PSS organizations to Syrian survivors.
- Support SJAC’s trial monitoring by reviewing reports and ensuring timely production of high-quality materials
- Research and write legal memoranda concerning issues surrounding national and international prosecutions of atrocity crimes in Syria.
- Engage in SJAC’s activities in documentation, data analysis, and transitional justice discourse, drafting short-form and long-form analysis, as needed.
Skills and Experience
- University degree in law with coursework in international law, human rights law, international criminal law, and/or evidence required; Advanced degree is preferred
- 3+ years of relevant experience to include international law, human rights, and/or humanitarian law in an international organization, government, or non-profit
- Project management experience in an NGO or INGO setting, with some supervisory experience
- A passion for human rights advocacy and transitional justice
- Experience working on the Middle East, with a deep understanding of 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
- Understanding and experience in gender mainstreaming or gender-sensitive programming
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Professional proficiency in Arabic required.
SJAC is a diverse organization made up of 40+ team members around the globe. We pride ourselves in our ability to implement programming that is inclusive and responsive to the needs of all Syrians, and believe that our own team’s diversity of viewpoints and experiences helps us to achieve that goal. We encourage all interested applicants to apply, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or age.
To apply, please send an email with the subject line “Team Lead: Case Building” to [email protected], providing a cover letter, resume, and daily rate. Applications will be reviewed on October 31, 2023.