Head of the CTI Secretariat

Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)
  • Location
    Genève, Switzerland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Aug 23

Position description

Key responsibilities:

  • Develops policy and strategy proposals for the CTI to reach its overall objectives of universal ratification and improved implementation of UNCAT, and plans, oversees and monitors the delivery of CTI multi-year strategies and the annual programme of events and activities;
  • Takes action to make the CTI the primary facilitator of support for Governments, shepherds government-to-government exchanges and builds alliances with stakeholders including through the ‘Group of Friends’ of the CTI;
  • Organises and facilitates governance meetings of the six core States, and keeps the core States up-to-date on latest developments and upcoming activities and events;
  • Oversees an annual programme of events and activities at international, regional and country levels, to raise awareness and to advance knowledge acquisition, and provide technical advice, support and tools to governments on ratification and implementation, as well as engaging on a bilateral and multilateral level;
  • Represents the CTI Secretariat at external events and with external interlocutors;
  • Manages staff of the CTI Secretariat, including recruitment, induction, assignment of tasks and responsibilities, supervision, staff development and annual appraisals;
  • Manages the overall annual budget, including preparing the budget, reviewing and approving financial expenditures of the CTI Secretariat;
  • Liaises with the APT on human resource and financial accounting matters.


Candidates for the position of Head of Secretariat of the CTI should be strategic and able to act proactively and effectively to steer the CTI towards its goal of universal ratification and active implementation of the UNCAT by 2024. The nature of the CTI requires the Head of Secretariat to be diplomatic and innovative and to be able to navigate in a global working environment with a great variety of stakeholders.


  • Minimum 10 years experience in the human rights, international relations or related fields, with preference for persons with experience working with or in Government;
  • Solid experience as manager;
  • A degree at masters’ level in a field such as public international law, human rights, political science, international relations, or related field;
  • Strong knowledge of the international and regional international human rights frameworks and systems relating to torture and ill-treatment, with particular focus on UNCAT;
  • Applied knowledge of one or more of the regions of particular focus to the CTI (Africa, Asia, the Caribbean), or experience with working with Small Island Developing States, would be a distinct advantage;
  • Outstanding English drafting skills, excellent organizational skills, and effective communication skills. A second language (Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish) a distinct advantage.

Key competencies required: 

  • Possesses a good understanding of diplomacy, including country and regional sensitivities and priorities, and are able to build and sustain positive relationships;
  • Able to drive and initiate processes independently, and to determine strategies, set priorities and implement action plans;
  • Delivers a quality and timely service and are able to adapt to unforeseen changes;
  • Willing to take on responsibilities of administrative and practical nature to make things happen;
  • Comfortable with team work and working cooperatively and effectively with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Communicates effectively, openly and regularly;
  • Willing to travel extensively to diverse countries in all regions of the world;
  • Supports an ethical, diverse and collegial work environment.

Application instructions

1.     Cover letter indicating why you are interested in the position and how you fulfil the position criteria.

2.     Resume or CV of no more than 2 pages, including the names and contact details of at least two referees from recent employment. You may indicate if you do not wish us to contact your referees unless you are offered the position.

3.     A writing sample (must not be co-authored).

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