HRCnet seeks Geneva based coordinator

April 11, 2017

The Human Rights Council Network (HRCnet) is seeking a Coordinator based at the International Service of Human Rights in Geneva. For details on the post see below:
HRCnet is a 10-year old coalition of national, regional and international NGOs engaging with the UN Human Rights Council. Its current members are:
in Africa: African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (The Gambia), DefendDefenders (East and Horn of African Human Rights Defenders Network) (Uganda), Southern African Human Rights Defenders Network (Zimbabwe), West African Human Rights Defenders Network (Togo),
in Asia: Asian Legal Resource Centre (Hong Kong, China), Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM ASIA) (Thailand), Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (India),
in Latin America: Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS) (Argentina), Conectas Direitos Humanos (Brazil),
in the Middle East and North Africa: Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (Egypt), Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (Egypt),
and the following  International NGOs: Human Rights Watch (USA), International Service for Human Rights (Switzerland), Open Society Foundations (USA).

It was established in 2006 to enhance NGO engagement with the Council and to strengthen the Council’s impact and influence on the ground, including by:
  • Enhancing access for rights holders from the Global South and their organisations and representatives;
  • Facilitating coordination and collaboration between international and regional NGOs;
  • Strengthening capacity to access and influence States, and harness
  • Civil society from all regions;
  • Supporting the advocacy objectives of individual members or groups of members; and
  • Pursuing collective advocacy objectives and priorities, according to specific demands and consensus.
Over the last ten years, HRCnet members working in coordination and solidarity, or as a network, have contributed significantly to some of the most important initiatives and outputs of the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms, including through promoting accountability for gross human rights violations, strengthening protection of victims and rights holders, and safeguarding space for civil society at the UN.  HRCnet members have substantially shaped debates and made influential policy proposals on both thematic and institutional issues.
The new position – to be filled as soon as possible –  is hosted by ISHR in its Geneva Office but working with and for the network as a whole. The Coordinator will be supervised on a day-to-day basis by ISHR’s Human Rights Council Advocacy Director, but will be responsible and report to the membership of HRCnet as a whole or a sub-committee established for that purpose.
The position will involve the following responsibilities:
  • Regularly consult with and report to the membership, with a view to refine and further develop vision, objectives and strategies for the network;
  • Facilitate coordination, information sharing and strategising among members and assist to identify and pursue opportunities for collaboration and joint advocacy between members;
  • Facilitate the planning and convening of an annual strategic retreat and periodic videoconferences of members;
  • Provide some secretariat support to network members for activities in Geneva, such as the planning of side events, with priority given to those members without permanent representation in Geneva;
  • Collect and share information and intelligence regarding key Human Rights Council issues, debates and opportunities of interest or concern to HRCnet and its members;
  • Facilitate the identification of, and strategisation on, network priorities or joint activities and support and where relevant undertake advocacy on such priorities;
  • Explore, in consultation with network members, the expansion of HRCnet to close coverage gap in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and develop other ways of expanding the reach or HRCnet; and
  • With the assistance of network members, seek additional funds and other forms of support to sustain and strengthen the network.
It is highly desirable that the successful applicant has or can demonstrate:
  • A degree or relevant qualifications in one of the following areas: law, international relations, journalism, politics or social science.
  • At least 5 years’ professional experience working to influence human rights laws, policies and institutions, preferably with NGOs, intergovernmental organisations, diplomatic missions or governments, including at least part at the national or regional levels in the Global South, preferably with an NGO;
  • Substantial experience engaging with the Human Rights Council or related international human rights mechanisms;
  •  Proven track record in designing and implementing successful human rights programs, campaigns and initiatives, including experience in developing project applications and fundraising proposals to secure necessary resources;
  • Experience in leading or contributing to successful networks or coalitions;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively, flexibly and effectively in a small, dynamic team;
  • Ability to work autonomously and with limited supervision;
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English with proficiency in a second UN language, particularly Spanish, Arabic or French being a strong advantage; and
  • Capacity to travel overseas, sometimes at short notice.
Salary: ISHR seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive salaries and benefits. A salary in the order of CHF 6,000-6,500 per month (CHF 72,000 to 78,000 per year) is envisaged, prorated for an 80% position.

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact details for two recent professional referees by online application form at https://www.ishr.ch/HRCnetCoordinator by 9 May 2017.

A first round of interviews is likely to take place in the week of 15 or 23 May. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.For questions on the position or the process contact Michael Ineichen, at m.ineichen@ishr.ch.

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