MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that partners with community-based women's groups worldwide facing war and disaster. MADRE works towards a world in which all people enjoy the fullest range of individual and collective human rights; resources are shared equitably and sustainably; women participate effectively in all aspects of society; and people have a meaningful say in decisions that affect their lives.
MADRE is seeking a dynamic, creative international human rights advocate, with advanced policy and legal analytical capacity and experience, as well as leadership experience in campaigns for social justice that have local impacts. The Americas Region Associate Director of Advocacy will develop and implement creative strategies for achieving policy recommendations across a spectrum of MADRE’s program areas, internationally, regionally and in the Americas region countries in which MADRE works. Reporting to MADRE’s Advocacy Director, the Americas Region Associate Director will also be charged with leading the Americas Region team toward shared directions and priorities, while contributing to overall organizational priorities and strategies and ensuring those are applied across the region.
- In partnership with MADRE’s Human Rights Advocacy team, develop and implement appropriate human rights advocacy strategies that further MADRE’s Americas region grassroots women partners’ social justice agendas; including advancing the rights of Afro-descendant and Indigenous women and their communities, and advancing migrant and refugee rights for women, girls and LGBTIQ people;
- Develop and implement domestic and international strategies to advance the human rights of other marginalized and at-risk communities within countries in the Americas that MADRE works, including women with disabilities;
- Build and maintain relationships with partners and key stakeholders both through consistent electronic communication and face-to-face in-country workshops, trainings, meetings, and documentation settings;
- Conduct human rights trainings with partner organizations and allies;
- Represent and speak on behalf of MADRE at panel events, presentations and high-level government or key stakeholder meetings;
- Identify, inspire, and support partner members to become better advocates, with a goal of creating more visible and highly powerful voices for gender justice and human rights;
- Collaborate with organizational networks to further human rights aims of MADRE’s partners in the Americas region, including those focused on migrant and refugee rights;
- Conduct financial stewardship and resource acquisition; and ensure programmatic focus and quality;
- Investigate alleged gender-based violations and abuses of international human rights law committed by armed groups, government security forces, and private actors while ensuring thorough implementation of witness and victim protection and confidentiality measures;
- Draft reports, submissions and other legal advocacy documents for international and regional human rights mechanisms;
- Draft press releases and other relevant communications materials to advance MADRE’s and its partners advocacy aims;
- Other duties as assigned
- Demonstrated commitment to women’s human rights and MADRE’s mission;
- Juris Doctorate, or Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in law, human rights or a related field;
- Demonstrated professional competence and expert knowledge of UN human rights mechanisms and/or Inter-American human rights mechanisms, international accountability mechanisms, and other pertinent substantive areas of work;
- Proven ability to conduct complex human rights investigations, including expertise in monitoring and documenting sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and understanding of gender-specific protection concerns;
- Understanding of migration and gender concerns in an Americas context;
- Excellent communication and written skills, including complex research skills;
- Excellent 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 of witness and victim protection and data protection;
- Ability to travel internationally;
- Minimum of 5-7 years of experience in the area of gender justice, international justice or criminal processes, and experience in investigation of SGBV human rights violations;
- Experience in a conflict- or disaster-affected setting is preferred;
- Fluency in English and Spanish required;
Salary commensurate with skills and experience.
Flexible start date.
Flexible start date. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and 2-3 references. Include “Americas Assoc. Director” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
MADRE is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. People of color, people with disabilities, LGBTIQ people, and women are all especially encouraged to apply. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion.
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