Human Rights Officer (Accreditation)

European Network of National Human Rights Institutions
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    May 04

Position description

ENNHRI (European Network of National Human Rights Institutions) brings together 42 National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) from across wider Europe. NHRIs are independent institutions, with a broad legislative or constitutional mandate to promote and protect human rights. They are accredited by reference to the UN Paris Principles to ensure their independence, plurality, impartiality and effectiveness. ENNHRI is one of four regional groups of NHRIs, which together make up GANHRI, the Global Alliance of NHRIs.

In 2013, ENNHRI established a Permanent Secretariat in Brussels The Secretariat supports and facilitates ENNHRI’s work, including: assisting in the establishment and accreditation of NHRIs; facilitating capacity building and training; coordinating exchange of information and best practice between members; engaging with regional mechanisms; and intervening on legal and policy developments at a European level.

ENNHRI seeks a Human Rights Officer (Accreditation) to support ENNHRI’s Secretariat in Brussels.

Responsibilities of the Human Rights Officer (Accreditation) will include:

  • Lead on supporting and coordinating the Asylum and Migration Working Group, CRPD Working Group, and thematic work on Older Persons’ Human Rights, including:
    • Collecting information on members’ needs and expertise;
    • Reviewing developments at European and global level;
    • Preparing common positions, where relevant;
    • External engagement.
  • Liaison with Communications staff;
  • Support on accreditation work, including:
    • Research on status of establishment and accreditation of NHRIs across Europe, including actions on SCA recommendations;
    • Support for European NHRIs through the accreditation process.
  • Support on ENNHRI’s Annual Conference;
  • Other items arising, as reasonable for post, including travel.

Essential Criteria

  • At least two years’ relevant professional experience;
  • Legal academic and/or professional experience;
  • Experience of working with the European human rights and policy framework;
  • Experience of working in Europe on human rights aspects of asylum and migration;
  • Evidenced knowledge of NHRIs, and the Paris Principles;
  • Ability to work both in a team on own initiative.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of working with NHRIs;
  • Professional experience and/or knowledge of human rights of persons with disabilities and/or older persons;
  • Experience of working for a membership organisation;
  • Experience and/or knowledge of the NHRI accreditation system;
  • Additional language skills.

Application instructions

Applications are welcomed through the application form, which can be found at this link: Completed application forms should be sent to ENNHRI’s Secretariat at [email protected]. Please use the subject line ‘Human Rights Officer (Accreditation)’. Please note that we do not accept, and will not read, CVs and covering letters.

The deadline for applications is 24H00 on 27 May 2018. Interviews will be held during the week of 11 June 2018 in Brussels. For further information, please contact: [email protected].

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