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Deadline: September 20th, 2019

CIHRS is a unique organization that has demonstrated its credibility in the field of human rights and democracy since its inception in 1993. During the many political storms that have come, passed and remain  throughout the MENA region, CIHRS has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to stand above the politics of  interest groups. As a growing and increasingly influential organization, CIHRS remains resolutely committed to its core principles of respect for universal human rights and justice.

The researcher is responsible for developing a program of research; network creation and advocacy to achieve positive human rights change in Yemen, taking into consideration the influence of neighboring states and other regional and global powers on human rights conditions. The Yemen Researcher carries out research and analysis on human rights conditions; outreach to local, independent civil society organizations; support and capacity building for local partners and coordination with colleagues in other human rights organizations focused on similar issues.

A central part of the job is to build a network of human rights activists from Yemen, and other relevant countries, to partner with CIHRS in coordinated advocacy with international organizations to achieve human rights objectives. The Yemen Researcher works with partner organizations and human rights activists from the Arab region and around the world to carry out national, regional and global human rights advocacy campaigns and initiatives.    In coordination with CIHRS’ advocacy offices in Brussels and Geneva, and with CIHRS staff members and partners in the United States, the researcher implements advocacy to achieve specific human rights policy objectives targeting international organizations and influential governments.  The researcher serves as an in-house expert at CIHRS on the political, legal and social contexts shaping human rights conditions in Yemen.

The researcher will join a small but expanding team of ARAP researchers based in the Tunis office, as well as with a larger team of ARAP and CIHRS staff located in multiple countries.

While this position will have primary responsibility for developing an advocacy program for Yemen, all researchers are expected to be flexible and able to respond to human rights developments in the Arab region according to expertise and availability.

Duties and Responsibilities

Tasks and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Follow and monitor developments that impact human rights conditions in Yemen.
  • Develop advocacy goals for CIHRS and its partners at the United Nations and other international advocacy targets.
  • Produce research and analysis on human rights conditions in the target country.
  • Provide training, support and assistance to partner organizations focused on Yemen in their work and relations with international mechanisms and officials throughout the year.
  • Represent CIHRS in high-level international meetings, strategy sessions, events, trainings, etc.
  • Articulate clear and measurable advocacy objectives, and establish coherent strategies, plans and activities to achieve them.
  • Perform media outreach, the production of press releases, the building of working relations with media outlets and individuals.
  • Regularly consult and strategize with CIHRS staff and partner organizations to formulate international and national advocacy strategies and goals that reflect the mission of ARAP.
  • Participate in CIHRS and program meetings to assist in the formulation and creation of organizational and program specific goals, plans and strategies.
  • In consultation with the Senior Director for Advocacy and other ARAP staff as appropriate, contribute to developing CIHRS’ region-wide focus on human rights promotion depending on expertise, regional developments and availability.

    Eligibility criteria:

Essential qualifications, knowledge & experience and skills:

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant social science field (e.g. Political Science, International Relations, Law etc.) desirable, an academic background in human rights is an asset. Relevant experience in the human rights or international civil society area will also be taken into consideration.
  • Minimum 3 years (full-time) working in the human rights field on the MENA region, previous experience in international advocacy is a strong asset.
  • Strong understanding of international politics and international human rights mechanisms, experience engaging with and building advocacy campaigns directed at the UN and national capitals is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Arabic required.
  • Excellent analytical skills and a strong understanding of the political and social context in the region and of the human rights field is expected.
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Ability to formulate and carry out successful human rights advocacy campaigns.
  • Previous experience in capacity building with local activists is preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to universal human rights.
  • Willingness and ability to travel regularly, work extra hours (sometimes during weekends), work well under pressure and adapt to emerging issues and changing priorities.
  • The ability to work both as part of a team and to be individually motivated and organized
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Willingness to take on new and challenging tasks and goals.


More information and application here.

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