SHORT-TERM LEGAL CONSULTANCY
(MATERNITY COVER – 4 MONTHS)
International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights
Location: Washington, D.C.
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is a human rights organization created in 2015 working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grass roots movements that promote and protect the rights of populations marginalized because of gender, ethnicity, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
Race and Equality has a dynamic capacity-building approach to promote the rights of Afro-Latinos, LGBT people, indigenous peoples, women and other marginalized communities. Using a combination of litigation, community mobilization, human rights reporting, research and advocacy methodology at the domestic and international level, we join our partners in developing and implementing strategies for change. Critical to this work is expanding the role of NGOs representing marginalized communities at the regional level. Hence our program includes building the capacity of our partners for advocating for the full incorporation of discrimination issues at the Organization of American States (OAS) and litigation within the Inter-American Human Rights System, in coordination with domestic litigation, policy advocacy and community mobilization. Using the Universal System is also crucial for the advancement of human rights, in particular the Special Procedures and Treaty Bodies, such as the CERD and CEDAW Committees. Race and Equality works extensively with the UN.
Job Description: Working in close partnership with our partners, the Executive Director, and the Legal Team, the Consultant will implement innovative programs to build the capacity of human rights activists in Latin America working in very difficult political environments. Duties include organizing/conducting human rights trainings; facilitating international and domestic advocacy and litigation; research on current trends on racial discrimination and SOGI issues; preparing written reports of program impact and successes, including administrative and logistics aspects; report writing to donors; and keeping our website updated with information.
Qualifications: Advanced university degree in Law. Specialized study of human rights preferred; 3 to 5 years of experience working in human rights or related field in Latin America; mature political judgment and knowledge of Latin American political and legal traditions; knowledge/experience on ethnic and racial discrimination and LGBT issues in the region; demonstrated capacity to understand and work on sexuality and gender-related issues; work experience in capacity building and community mobilization in closed societies/repressive political environments; strong writing and advocacy skills; knowledge/experience in the Inter-American and UN Systems required; ability to work under pressure; ability to travel internationally; ability to administer programs; experience on use of social media; fluency in Spanish and English essential, knowledge of Portuguese and French helpful. Excellent oral/written communication skills in English and Spanish are required. Must be US citizen or legal resident with work permit.
Contract dates: April 1 – July 31, 2020
Salary: Commensurate with experience and scale in non-governmental organizations.
Apply: No calls please. Send cover letter, resume and English and Spanish writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org
Afro-descendants, women and LGBT persons are encouraged to apply.
Race and Equality is an equal opportunity employer.