We’re Hiring! Program Coordinator and Legal Officers in Ethiopia

Terms of Reference

Position:Programme Coordinator
Location :Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Duration:12 months, 3 month probation period. Possibility of renewal after 12 months.
Contract Type:Consultancy Contract

About Project Expedite Justice

Founded in 2016, Project Expedite Justice (PEJ) assists survivors of atrocities and serious human rights abuses in seeking justice through all available legal mechanisms. Our three-step model consists of (1) training local organizations in internationally recognized standards of evidence collection, (2) action learning through peer mentoring, and (3) providing independent legal consulting. This model is adaptable and can be applied in conflict and post-conflict situations and to a range of criminal matters and serious human rights abuses. We partner with local organizations that share our mission and goals, and we work side by side with them to empower local communities, identify and link the perpetrators to the crimes or human rights violations, and ultimately, dismantle criminal networks.

Program Description

Launched in 2020, PEJ’s project “Protecting Human Rights and Promoting Justice in Ethiopia through Evidence Collection and Documentation” aims to increase justice and accountability for serious human rights abuses in Ethiopia and improve human rights protection and observation over the next three-years. Specifically, PEJ will work closely with civil society organizations, lawyer associations, human rights defenders, and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission to build capacity on evidence collection and preservation, as well as case strategy and advocacy. Specific program objectives are:  1) Increased capacity of these groups to investigate, document, and report serious human rights abuses in line with international standards for evidence collection and preservation; 2) increased capacity of groups to pursue accountability measures for serious human rights abuses in relevant legal and non-legal fora; 3) increased coordination and cooperation between civil society organizations and the Human Rights Commission to monitor, document, and report on serious human rights abuses.

Duties and deliverables

The Programme Coordinator will be in charge of overseeing the daily administrative operations of PEJ’s field office, while also coordinating with staff in PEJ’s Hawaii office. The Programme Coordinator will maintain the program’s financial records and budgets. The Programme Coordinator will also assist in the logistics surround human resources, staff travel, procurement, and office safety as needed. The following duties will be expected of the Programme Coordinator:

  • Financial record keeping and bookkeeping for the program
  • Human resources support as needed
  • Logistics support for travel arrangements and trainings
  • Procurement support, including preparing procurement processes, keeping and managing records and documents
  • Ensuring office safety protocols are implemented
  • Other administrative tasks as necessary

Qualifications

  • University degree in administration, accounting education experience preferred
  • Accounting experience and familiarity with Ethiopian accounting standards
  • At least 2 years of experience working with an NGO or legal office in a similar capacity
  • Experience handling and implementing grant guidelines
  • Strong organization skills and attention to details
  • Motivated and independent, demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment

Applications accepted on a rolling basis, please send your application to sophia@projectexpeditejustice.org, with your name and the position you are applying to in the subject line.


Terms of Reference

Position:Legal Officer, Human Rights Commission
Location :Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Duration:18 months, 3 months probation period
Contract Type:Consultancy Contract
Compensation:Commensurate with experience

About Project Expedite Justice

Founded in 2016, Project Expedite Justice (PEJ) assists survivors of atrocities and serious human rights abuses in seeking justice through all available legal mechanisms. Our three-step model consists of (1) training local organizations in internationally recognized standards of evidence collection, (2) action learning through peer mentoring, and (3) providing independent legal consulting. This model is adaptable and can be applied in conflict and post-conflict situations and to a range of criminal matters and serious human rights abuses. We partner with local organizations that share our mission and goals, and we work side by side with them to empower local communities, identify and link the perpetrators to the crimes or human rights violations, and ultimately, dismantle criminal networks.

Program Description

Launched in 2020, PEJ’s project “Protecting Human Rights and Promoting Justice in Ethiopia through Evidence Collection and Documentation” aims to increase justice and accountability for serious human rights abuses in Ethiopia and improve human rights protection and observation over the next three-years. Specifically, PEJ will work closely with civil society organizations, lawyer associations, human rights defenders, and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission to build capacity on evidence collection and preservation, as well as case strategy and advocacy. Specific program objectives are:  1) Increased capacity of these groups to investigate, document, and report serious human rights abuses in line with international standards for evidence collection and preservation; 2) increased capacity of groups to pursue accountability measures for serious human rights abuses in relevant legal and non-legal fora; 3) increased coordination and cooperation between civil society organizations and the Human Rights Commission to monitor, document, and report on serious human rights abuses.

Duties and deliverables

The Legal Officer will work closely with the Senior Investigator Lawyer in the Human Rights Commission to provide support on case development and strategy. The Legal Officer will also support the Senior Investigator Lawyer in developing training materials and conducting trainings. Finally, the Legal Officer will also provide support to the Senior Investigator Lawyer on mentoring and advising investigators in the Human Rights Commission. The Legal Officer will also coordinate with the PEJ Ethiopia field office to provide updates on cases and discuss strategy. The Legal Officer will also be responsible for the following duties:

  • Conducting research and drafting legal analysis memoranda on a variety of issues
  • Conducting legal analysis and drafting legal documents
  • Work closely with Human Rights Commission investigators to map evidence and develop case strategies 
  • Develop training materials and implement trainings to Human Rights Commission investigators. 
  • Provide mentoring and advising support to Human Rights Commission investigators.
  • Providing assistance with case management and document review.

Qualifications

  • Law degree and currently a qualified lawyer
  • A minimum of 3-4 years of legal experience in public international law, including international criminal law and human rights law. Human rights litigation experience considered a plus.
  • Experience in developing and implementing advocacy strategies on human rights issues
  • Experience working in an NGO
  • Experience in drafting legal memoranda and legal documents
  • Experience in evidence analysis and preserving evidence
  • Experience assisting in advising and mentoring investigators and lawyers
  • Experience assisting in conducting and delivering trainings on human rights law
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work in high pressure or complicated work environments

Applications accepted on a rolling basis, please send your application to sophia@projectexpeditejustice.org, with your name and the position you are applying to in the subject line.


Terms of Reference

Position:Legal Officer, PEJ
Location :Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Duration:18 months, 3 months probation period
Contract Type:Consultancy Contract

About Project Expedite Justice

Founded in 2016, Project Expedite Justice (PEJ) assists survivors of atrocities and serious human rights abuses in seeking justice through all available legal mechanisms. Our three-step model consists of (1) training local organizations in internationally recognized standards of evidence collection, (2) action learning through peer mentoring, and (3) providing independent legal consulting. This model is adaptable and can be applied in conflict and post-conflict situations and to a range of criminal matters and serious human rights abuses. We partner with local organizations that share our mission and goals, and we work side by side with them to empower local communities, identify and link the perpetrators to the crimes or human rights violations, and ultimately, dismantle criminal networks.

Program Description

Launched in 2020, PEJ’s project “Protecting Human Rights and Promoting Justice in Ethiopia through Evidence Collection and Documentation” aims to increase justice and accountability for serious human rights abuses in Ethiopia and improve human rights protection and observation over the next three-years. Specifically, PEJ will work closely with civil society organizations, lawyer associations, human rights defenders, and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission to build capacity on evidence collection and preservation, as well as case strategy and advocacy. Specific program objectives are:  1) Increased capacity of these groups to investigate, document, and report serious human rights abuses in line with international standards for evidence collection and preservation; 2) increased capacity of groups to pursue accountability measures for serious human rights abuses in relevant legal and non-legal fora; 3) increased coordination and cooperation between civil society organizations and the Human Rights Commission to monitor, document, and report on serious human rights abuses.

Duties and deliverables

The Legal Officer will work closely with the Country Director in the PEJ office to provide support on case development and strategy. The Legal Officer will also support the Country Director in developing training materials and conducting trainings for CSOs, lawyer associations, and other partners. Finally, the Legal Officer will also provide support to the Country Director on mentoring and advising partners, including CSOs, lawyer associations and other partners. Specifically, the Legal Officer will also be responsible for the following duties:

  • Conduct research and draft legal analysis memoranda on a variety of issues
  • Conduct legal analysis and draft legal documents
  • Develop and advise partners on case strategies
  • Work closely with partner organizations, including CSOs and Lawyer Associations to provide mentoring and advisory services and coordination
  • Develop training materials and implement trainings to partners
  • Providing assistance with case management and document review 

Qualifications

  • Law degree and currently a qualified lawyer
  • A minimum of 2 years of legal experience in public international law, including international criminal law and human rights law. Human rights litigation considered a plus.
  • Experience working in an NGO
  • Experience in drafting legal memoranda and legal documents
  • Experience in developing and implementing advocacy strategies
  • Experience in evidence analysis and preserving evidence
  • Experience assisting in advising and mentoring
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work in high pressure or complicated work environments

Applications accepted on a rolling basis, please send your application to sophia@projectexpeditejustice.org, with your name and the position you are applying to in the subject line.