CIHRS was established in 1993 as a regional NGO dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights. Its mission is to promote and protect human rights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. CIHRS works to protect civil society, sustain and revive the human rights movement in the MENA region, and to counter anti-democratic forces that undermine human rights at the local, regional and international levels. For more than 25 years, CIHRS has played a unique and central role in identifying and responding to the challenges and needs of this movement and helping to shape its development. CIHRS enjoys consultative status with the United Nations ECOSOC and observer status with the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights. CIHRS has received numerous awards for its work including the French Republic Award for Human Rights in December 2007, and an award from the Library of Alexandria (2010). The Director of its Egypt Office was recognized as the laureate of the 2017 Martin Ennals Award.
CIHRS’s Arab Regional Advocacy Program (ARAP) is designed to increase the ability of human rights actors in the Arab region to achieve positive change by building and sustaining cooperative platforms of solidarity and action, with a specific emphasis on creating synergy between national, regional and international advocacy and influence. This is achieved through a partner based process that involves research, capacity-building, network creation and sustained, targeted advocacy initiatives. To achieve this the ARAP is currently expanding its advocacy operations in multiple locations, and regularly engages with international partners to influence advocacy targets including the United Nations, African Union, European Union, other multilateral forums, as well as in capitals in the Arab region and around the world.
Position purpose and description:
As International Advocacy Officer for the ARAP you will become a leading international campaigner on human rights in the Arab region, and work full time through both advocacy, and conducting outreach and liaison with the media to advance the human rights goals of CIHRS and its partners. This will require you to help build capacities and assist partner organizations and human rights defenders from throughout the Arab region, to achieve outcomes from international advocacy and add in-house expertise to CIHRS on how to effectively influence and engage with international media targets.
The International Advocacy Officer performs advocacy, outreach, and research duties in the context of the European Union, national capitals, the United Nations and other advocacy targets, as well as other tasks, according to the needs of the organization and its partners. The International Advocacy Officer will also focus on expanding CIHRS’ outreach and impact with international media outlets and online. As the International Advocacy Officer, you will be working as part of a team of co-workers located in multiple countries. You will be working with partner organizations and human rights activists from the Arab region and around the world to carry out national, regional and global human rights advocacy campaigns and initiatives.
Duties and responsibilities:
The IAO reports to the Senior EU Advocacy Representative of the Brussels Office of CIHRS (BO-CIHRS) and the Director for Europe, under the overall direction of the Senior Director for Advocacy. Tasks and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Perform media outreach, including the regular use of online media platforms, the production of press releases, the building of working relations with media outlets and individuals;
- Build and maintain an up-to-date network and database of relevant journalists, media professionals and media outlets;
- Assist and/or help train relevant CIHRS staff and partners to build their capacities within the areas of media strategy and outreach;
Competitive salary rate for non-governmental organizations located in Brussels, dependent on qualifications and experience.
The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) is seeking well-qualified applicants for the position of an International Advocacy Officer (IAO) for the Arab Regional Advocacy Program (ARAP). This position will entail performing regular, high-level advocacy directed towards EU bodies and EU member state governments in Brussels and national capitals. The position will have a particular focus on expanding CIHRS’ advocacy outreach within media outlets and online, targeting global, European and Arab media. Candidates with a background and strong networks in the field of journalism, and/or with a proven record of accessing traditional and new media, are encouraged to apply.
All applicants must submit:
Please submit your full application to [email protected] and indicate which position is being applied for in the subject line of the email.
All applications must be submitted by: 9 January 2019.
Only applicants who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
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