Middle East Programme Officer (Palestine, Israel and the Palestinians)

EuroMed Rights
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 08

Position description

Deadline: 25 Nov 2021
Duration: 1 year fixed term contract with possible extension
Starting: January 2022
Reports to: Middle East Team Coordinator
Application deadline: 25 November 2021, midnight CET
Work permit: Position open to EU citizens or applicants with a valid work permit in Belgium

EuroMed Rights is looking to recruit an experienced, dynamic professional as Middle East Programme Officer. S/he will be responsible for implementing and developing EuroMed Rights’ Palestine, Israel and the Palestinians (PIP) Programme and, when relevant, support other Middle East country programmes.

Essential position functions

  • Monitoring and strategy planning on human rights and IHL developments in Israel and Palestine with a specific focus on EuroMed Rights thematic priorities;
  • Advocacy and communication: In close coordination with the Outreach department, propose and implement EuroMed Rights advocacy actions towards the EU, Member States, and the UN, including organising/supporting advocacy missions, media events, capacity-building activities, communication work, research and publication of reports; carry out solidarity activities where EuroMed Rights members or partners and their work are at risk;
  • Representation and alliance-building: Establish new and maintain existing contacts with other nongovernmental organisations on issues pertaining to Palestine, Israel and Palestinians (PIP), including by organising regular NGO coordination meetings at Brussels and Member State levels;
  • Facilitating cooperation and synergies: Organise PIP Working Group (WG) meetings and workshops; ensure contacts between the WG members on a regular basis regarding human rights developments and advocacy/communication opportunities; actively seek and distribute information on PIP to members of the WG; support synergies with other programmes on cross-cutting issues;
  • Grant management and fundraising: Actively engage in fundraising for EuroMed Rights initiatives on Palestine, Israel and the Palestinians; ensure proper financial management of budgets, evaluation of activities, and narrative and financial reporting to donors;
  • Gender mainstreaming: Apply EuroMed Rights gender mainstreaming policy to the above activities;
  • Contributing to the Middle East Team: Assists in the development, implementation and evaluation of the strategic goals of the Middle East Team, supporting colleagues of other Middle East country programmes when relevant.

Profile, Skills and Background

  • University degree in law, political/social science, European studies or similar relevant education background;
  • Profound knowledge of political and human rights issues in the Middle East region, particularly in relation to Israel/Palestine, from a research or advocacy/communication perspective;
  • Minimum 3 years of proven experience in the protection of human rights and/or civil society work; experience with EU institutions or UN mechanisms will be considered a strong asset;
  • Strong negotiation skills and proven ability to communicate with/advocate before international, EU and national-level bodies;
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain contacts with EuroMed Rights partners and members, NGOs and official representatives;
  • Self-motivated, well-organised, able to work strategically, independently and efficiently under pressure, in a fast, flexible and relentless manner; keen attention to detail;
  • Languages: Fluency (spoken and written) in English is imperative, knowledge of French and Arabic is an asset;
  • Computer literacy in Office suite.

EuroMed Rights is a regional non-governmental organisation aiming to promote human rights and democracy for all on both sides of the Mediterranean Sea.

EuroMed Rights is a network representing 68 human rights organisations active in 30 countries. It was founded in 1997, following the 1995 Barcelona Declaration, by civil society organisations dedicated to promoting human rights and democracy within the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.

EuroMed Rights’ mission is to develop and strengthen partnerships, on an equal footing, between civil society organisations at regional and national levels. By creating network opportunities and encouraging such civil society cooperation, EuroMed Rights aims to help them develop joint strategies, convey their shared views and visions to decision-makers and to the broader public, and ultimately increase their influence at home and abroad.

Application instructions

If you believe you qualify for this position, please send your CV and motivation letter (in English) by 25 November 2021, at midnight CET

The position is open solely to persons legally entitled to work in the EU/Belgium.

Interviews will take place online on 10 and 13 December 2021. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

EuroMed Rights aims to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the ground of race, colour, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origins, gender, marital status, caring responsibilities, sexual orientation, disability or chronic illness.

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