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Africa Program Officer

Job Description

Child Soldiers International is seeking to recruit a human rights researcher and advocate, to support the organisation’s work in Africa to end the military recruitment and use of children. This is initially a one year fixed term post. 

Full time fixed-term contract:  June 2015 – May 2016

Salary: From £34,633 to £40,603 per annum, depending on experience.

Benefits:  From 1 June 2016 eligible for a pension contribution by Child Soldiers International equal to 3% of salary.

Location:  The post is based at Child Soldiers International’s office in London Bridge. Overseas travel will be required.

Essential requirements:  Fluency in English and French, and the right to work in the UK. (Please do not apply if you do not meet these requirements.)

Responsibilities:

  • Under the supervision of the Africa Program Manager, support the development and implementation of Child Soldiers International’s work in Africa. This will include the strengthening of existing work in Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the development of new work in Central African Republic.
  • Monitor, document and analyse developments concerning child soldier issues and related human rights concerns in Child Soldiers International’s focus countries and across the Africa region; monitor relevant political, security and human rights developments, analysing information from UN agencies, national and international NGOs, governments, media and civil society.
  • Work closely with expert consultants who will support the acquisition of country-specific expertise on child rights and child protection issues to feed into Child Soldiers International’s strategies.
  • Organise and conduct regular travel to Africa and conduct regular advocacy missions to Geneva and New York.
  • Identify, develop and mobilise strategic partnerships and constituencies to support Child Soldiers International’s work in specific countries and at the international level. Develop and maintain strategic contacts with NGOs, UN agencies, governments and think tanks.
  • Research, draft and edit reports, briefings, press releases, and other advocacy and awareness-raising materials.
  • Work with Child Soldiers International’s fundraising team to secure funding for regional program activities and to support donor reporting requirements.
  • Perform all necessary administrative tasks to ensure effective self-servicing and the organizational development of Child Soldiers International as appropriate.

Essential criteria:

  • Permission to work in the UK
  • Fluency in both French and English
  • Demonstrable experience in human rights research and advocacy
  • In-country experience of human rights and/or humanitarian work
  • Degree in a relevant subject (international relations, law, human rights) and demonstrable understanding of the international human rights framework
  • Excellent oral and written language and communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work in a team, to support colleagues and work with partner organizations
  • Willingness to show initiative, and to undertake administrative and support tasks

Desirable criteria:

  • Knowledge of the children and armed conflict legal framework and mechanisms
  • In-country work experience in the Africa region
  • Ability to use print and broadcast media for advocacy purposes
  • Arabic language skills

Application process:

To apply for this post please send a covering letter and CV to info@child-soldiers.org.  In your covering letter you should describe how you meet the criteria for the role.  Please include two references, and state in your covering letter how you meet the essential requirement of the right to work in the UK.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and required to complete a written test using both French and English.

Closing date for applications: 13 April 2015 

 

Asia Program Officer

Job Description

Child Soldiers International is seeking to recruit a human rights researcher and advocate, to support the organisation’s work in Asia to end the military recruitment and use of children. This is initially a one year fixed term post. 

Full time fixed-term contract:  July 2015 – June 2016

Salary: From £34,633 to £40,603 per annum, depending on experience.

Benefits:  From 1 June 2016 eligible for a pension contribution by Child Soldiers International equal to 3% of salary.

Location:  The post is based at Child Soldiers International’s office in London Bridge.  Overseas travel will be required.

Essential requirements:  Fluency in English and the right to work in the UK. (Please do not apply if you do not meet these requirements.)

Responsibilities:

  • Under the supervision of the Policy and Advocacy Director, support the development and implementation of Child Soldiers International’s work in Asia, including by strengthening existing work in Myanmar, India, Afghanistan and Thailand and developing new work in Pakistan.
  • Document and monitor developments concerning child soldiers issues and related human rights  concerns in Asia; and monitor relevant political, security and human rights developments across the region analysing information from government agencies, media, civil society and national and international humanitarian actors.
  • Organise, coordinate and conduct regular advocacy and research travel to relevant countries in Asia; conduct advocacy missions to Geneva and New York as required.
  • Identify, mobilize and develop strategic partnerships and constituencies for Child Soldiers International’s work in specific countries and at the international level. Develop and maintain strategic contacts with NGOs, UN agencies, governments and think tanks.
  • Research, draft and edit reports, briefings, press releases, and other advocacy and awareness-raising materials.
  • Work with Child Soldiers International’s fundraising team to secure funding for regional program activities and to support donor reporting requirements.
  • Perform all necessary administrative tasks to ensure effective self-servicing and the organizational development of Child Soldiers International as appropriate.

Essential criteria:

  • Permission to work in the UK.
  • In-country experience of working on human rights or humanitarian issues in Asia.  
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.  
  • A degree in international relations, law, Asian regional studies, social sciences and demonstrable understanding of the international human rights framework.
  • Creative and strategic thinker with an understanding of political realities and demonstrable links with media and civil society in designated countries in Asia.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work cohesively in a small team, as well as with national partners
  • Willingness to show initiative, and to undertake administrative and support tasks.

Desirable criteria:

  • Knowledge of the children and armed conflict legal framework and mechanisms and experience of working on these issues.  
  • Effective communicator with the ability to use print and broadcast media for advocacy purposes.  

Application process:

To apply for this post please send a covering letter and CV to info@child-soldiers.org.  In your covering letter you should describe how you meet the criteria for the role.  Please include two references, and state in your covering letter how you meet the essential requirement of the right to work in the UK.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and required to complete a written test.

Closing date for applications: 19 April 2015