ESCR-Net - International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) is seeking a Program Coordinator to facilitate its Women and ESCR Working Group.
ESCR-Net connects over 280 NGOs, social movements and advocates across more than 75 countries to build a global movement to make human rights and social justice a reality for all. Through ESCR-Net, members exchange information, build solidarity across regions, develop new tools and strategies, and advance collective actions to secure economic and social justice through the human rights framework, with a special focus on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR). The member-led, collective work of ESCR-Net is guided by core principles of gender and regional balance in leadership and participation, intersectional analysis, and centrality of grassroots groups and social movements.
ESCR-Net is looking for a new member of our program team, with primary responsibility for coordinating ESCR-Net’s Women and ESCR Working Group, as well as supporting related cross-working group and networkwide actions. This working group offers a platform for members to deepen shared systemic analysis, build solidarity and unity across struggles, and undertake collective action to advance substantive equality and the realization of women’s ESCR, drawing on an intersectional analysis and grounded in the experiences and visions of grassroots women leaders. The Working Group is advocating for a new social pact on care, as well as advancing wider advocacy related to women and work, including an active role in the Women’s Global Strike (every 8 March). In addition, the Working Group has a long trajectory of collective work on land, housing and environment, facilitating regular exchanges of grassroots women leaders, related movement-led advocacy in global spaces (i.e. for a UN Committee on ESCR General Comment on Land and for a UN treaty on human rights and business), and a recent online strategic litigation workshop; in the second half of this year, members envision convening to assess and discuss next steps in this work. In the near future, the Working Group will co-publish a report on issues facing women human rights defenders in order to further strengthen our System of Solidarity and shape ongoing exchanges between defenders. Evolving priorities of this and other working groups are determined with members via annual planning and evaluation processes. The Women and ESCR Working Group involves approximately 80 organizational members across all regions, including some 20 social movements, and several individual members, and is guided by a steering committee of nine elected members, including a minimum of three movement leaders and representation from each region. For a complete overview of ESCR-Net’s work, please visit our website at www.escr-net.org.
The ideal candidate is someone who has substantial experience in and knowledge of the field of human rights, with a focus on gender and ESCR, and a strong grounding in feminist political economy and related issues of economic, social and climate justice. The candidate should have strong interpersonal and coordination skills; work well in collaborative processes with diverse organizations; and be eager to engage with a wide range of issues.
Candidates should have the following qualifications (required):
In addition to the qualifications noted above, the following skills and experiences are highly desirable:
Compensation and Location
This position is a full-time, exempt position with benefits, including medical coverage and vacation and paid leave. Starting salary will be discussed during first interviews, as it is calculated using a cost-of-living index. The primary location of the ESCR-Net secretariat is in New York City, where this position would ideally be located; however, in certain circumstances, we will consider a remote working arrangement.
As soon as possible, and ideally by 11 July.
Inclusive Hiring and Workplace
ESCR-Net is committed to inclusive hiring practices and strives for a secretariat staff that represents the diversity of its members. ESCR-Net is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, persons with disabilities and people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record, ethnicity, gender identity, medical condition (cancer-related), the conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS Related Conditions or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified persons with disabilities may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.
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