Accountability Counsel is seeking an experienced professional to join us as a full-time Policy Associate to be based in Washington, D.C. We envision this as a one-year position with the possibility for extension. This is an unusual opportunity to be part of a growing, fast-paced, leading organization that works to achieve greater accountability for human rights and environmental abuses caused by development finance. We seek a world where communities harmed by abuses can secure remedy to realize rights. We are creating a system where effective and robust accountability systems deter abuses. The position reports to Accountability Counsel’s Policy Director.
About Accountability Counsel
Accountability Counsel amplifies the voices of communities around the world to protect their human rights and environment. As advocates for people harmed by internationally-financed projects, we employ community driven and policy level strategies to access justice.
We specialize in non-judicial accountability offices (or “complaint offices”) established to receive community grievances. We accomplish our mission through our work in three program areas: (1) Policy Advocacy, ensuring that accountability offices are accessible, transparent, and fair tools for justice; (2) Communities, providing grassroots legal support and assisting communities to use accountability offices effectively; and (3) our Research program, providing concrete research and tools for the movement for accountability more broadly. We work closely with civil society partners and community members to help voice their complaints. Our work pays particular attention to women, girls, and other marginalized groups, who are often the most deeply harmed by abuses.
Founded in 2009, Accountability Counsel is an award-winning non-profit organization with headquarters in San Francisco, a Washington D.C. office, and a presence in South Asia and Africa.
A. Policy Advocacy (80%)
The Policy Associate is responsible for working closely with Accountability Counsel’s Policy Director on the design and implementation of Accountability Counsel’s strategies to increase public and private sector accountability and access to redress for environmental and human rights abuses. This includes strengthening the independence, fairness, transparency, professionalism, accessibility, and effectiveness at existing accountability offices. The Policy Associate will also join our work on the creation of new accountability offices.
Main responsibilities include:
B. Other (20%)
As requested by the Policy Director, additional duties include assisting with hiring and supervision of policy fellows and interns, as well as the work of pro bono attorneys; supporting Accountability Counsel’s knowledge- and capacity-building efforts; communications; and logistical support to the program.
The Policy Associate must have the following qualifications:
The following qualifications are highly valued:
Compensation and Benefits
Accountability Counsel offers competitive compensation and benefits packages commensurate with experience. Benefits include full health, vision, and dental coverage and other benefits.
Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible.
Accountability Counsel is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other prohibited category. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.
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