Executive Officer – Legal affairs and human rights in the EU

Amnesty-InternationalPurpose of Job: Responsibility for the implementation of Amnesty International EIO’s strategic plans in the field of justice, home affairs and EU internal human rights policy.

Reports to: Director, Amnesty International EIO

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Policy

Work with all other parts of Amnesty International (AI) and the EIO team to implement a targeted strategy aimed at promoting a strong and coherent human rights policy at EU level and at protecting human rights in the field of justice and home affairs in particular. This will involve:

  • Monitoring and defining opportunities for influencing action and specific policies within the EU institutions
  • Developing and drafting positions on EU legislative and policy initiatives in the field of fundamental rights, justice, non-discrimination and security
  • Transmitting and promoting AI’s related research, campaign and policy work to EU decision-makers
  • Supporting and coordinating EU advocacy work with AI’s national offices
  • Coordinating policy work with colleagues in charge of advocacy in the Council of Europe, campaigners and other executive officers dealing with EU internal policies
  • Developing proposals for new strategic targets for AI and its different entities

2. Management

  • Successful delivery of EIO commitments as per the EIO’s annual strategic and operational plans
  • Maintain relations and strategic coherence with EIO team, staff in national offices and the international secretariat, as well as with partner organisations and EU and member states’ officials
  • Supervise trainees
  • Contribute to strategic planning of EU work
  • Prepare and run training sessions
  • Contribute to administration tasks in the EIO

3. Implementation

(a) Co-ordination, Monitoring and Advocacy

  • Monitor and analyse EU developments in the field of human rights in the EU
  • Research, write and edit substantive analytical papers such as briefings, policy papers and other advocacy documents, for internal and external use.

This includes:

  • Commenting on EU legislative and policy proposals and carrying out the advocacy at EU-level
  • Reviewing and advising AI colleagues on EU-relevant issues and recommendations to the EU

(b) Networking

  • Continue and expand the work with key contacts in EU institutions and agencies, as well as with EU representatives of the Council of Europe or other international, regional or national human rights body
  • Represent AI and act as a spokesperson for AI’s concerns at relevant conferences, seminars and other meetings
  • Network with other civil society representatives working in the areas of interest to establish and maintain collaborative activities and strategic alliances for the implementation of activities

(c) Media

  • Support the Head of Media and Communications in the area of work (press releases, social media)
  • Respond to media inquiries in areas of work under the guidance of the Head of Media and Communications
  • Notify communications team in advance of any relevant EU developments which would require a media response

Skill requirements

1. Experience and knowledge

  • At least five years’ relevant work experience
  • Degree and/or MA or equivalent in a relevant field (human rights, law, politics, European studies, etc.)
  • In-depth knowledge of EU law, fundamental rights, justice and home affairs. A degree in law and specialisation or training in one of the areas of EU justice and home affairs would be an advantage
  • Excellent understanding of the institutional framework of the EU. Experience in conducting advocacy at the EU level would be an asset

2. Skills

  • Strong analytical skills in the legal and policy field
  • Strong ability in strategic planning, including priority setting in the context of advocacy carried out on a wide range of issues
  • Proven record in writing and editing in English. Command of at least one other EU language would be an asset
  • Strong communication, networking, and inter-personal skills within an international work environment
  • Ability to explain complex legal contexts so they can be translated into campaigning action within Amnesty
  • Politically savvy and able to engage professionally with a range of actors
  • Good computer skills

3. Personal qualities

  • Ability to take initiative and responsibility for own work area
  • Ability to work in a team, share information, support colleagues
  • Ability to manage relations inside and outside the EIO constructively, diplomatically and with discretion
  • Capacity to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to meet deadlines under pressure
  • Willingness to travel

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Application deadline: Tuesday 17 March 2015 COB

Read more and apply here.

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