Staff Associate

Columbia University
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Dec 28

Position description

The Gender and Public Policy Program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) seeks a Staff Associate, Officer of Research, to support research on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes (SGBV). The position will report to the Director of the Gender and Public Policy Specialization and, as assigned by the Director, will assist Gender & Public Policy faculty directly engaged in this project. In collaboration with MADRE, an international human rights organization, and Iraqi women's organizations, the Fellow will conduct research into the alleged sexual and gender-based violations and abuses of international human rights law committed by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), other militias and armed groups, other non-state actors, and government actors, and help to prepare documentation and other materials required in order to ensure full accountability in the International Criminal Court and possible future tribunals and transitional justice processes. 

Primary responsibilities will include: 
- Analyze existing documentation. 
- Help to develop gender-sensitive investigation methods in accordance with international standards and protocols.  
- Assist in formulating concrete recommendations for eliminating impunity and ensuring survivors' access to adequate redress. 
- Contribute to the drafting of an outcome report 
- Assist in the development and implementation of strategies to advance the human rights of marginalized and at-risk Iraqis at domestic and international levels. 
- Assist in drafting reports and UN Submissions 
- Assist in logistics related to foregoing.  


Master's Degree in relevant field required (e.g., master's degree in gender studies, public policy or international affairs) -- degree should include substantial focus on gender and public policy.  

Preferred Qualifications:One year of professional work experience is preferred but not required. 
- Studies in human rights and/or experience in human rights organizations preferred 
- Demonstrated professional competence and knowledge of UN human rights mechanisms, international accountability mechanisms, and other pertinent substantive areas of work; 
- Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds; 
- Good analytical capacity; solid knowledge in witness and victim protection and data protection; 
- Experience in a conflict-affected setting and proven ability to conduct complex human rights investigations, including expertise in monitoring and documenting SGBV and understanding of gender-specific protection concerns.  

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