JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Short-Term Consultant (Three Months)



International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

Location: Brussels, Belgium or Western Europe

February 2021

The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is an international, human rights capacity-building organization that works side by side with activists in Latin America to enhance their ability to promote and protect the human rights of marginalized and vulnerable people who suffer from discrimination based on their national or ethnic origin, their sexual orientation or gender identity. We strengthen grassroots organizations, helping them to become political actors able to promote structural changes in the countries where we work. Our methodology consists in providing technical assistance in order to help our partners monitor and document human rights abuses and increase their advocacy capacity at the national, regional and international levels.

Race and Equality has a dynamic capacity-building approach to promote the rights of Afro-Latinos, LGBTI 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. We work with our partners in the region to combat racial discrimination and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) through a holistic multi-faceted approach. Critical to this work is expanding the role of NGOs representing marginalized communities at the regional or international 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 United Nations (UN); litigation within the Inter-American and Universal Human Rights Systems, in coordination with domestic litigation, policy advocacy and community mobilization; and strategic advocacy before the OAS and UN human rights mechanisms.

Job Description:  Working in close partnership with the Executive Director, and Director of Programs in Washington, DC, the Consultant will: Conduct an assessment on how an organization like ours can support our partners in Latin America to better conduct advocacy before the European Union, including the European Parliament. The Consultant will find the best entry points to advance democracy and human rights in Latin America within the European Institutions. The Consultant will propose how to implement innovative programs to increase the advocacy skills of human rights activists from Latin America so they can effectively do advocacy before the European institutions based in Brussels.

Qualifications: Advanced university degree in Law or related field – specialized studies in human rights preferred; 3 to 5 years of experience working in human rights or related field with focus on Latin America; knowledge/experience on the EU System REQUIRED; 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 preferred; demonstrated capacity to understand and work on sexuality and gender-related issues preferred.

Consultant fee: Commensurate with experience and scale in non-governmental organizations in Brussels.

Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and writing samples in English and Spanish to 

Afro-descendants, women, and LGBTI persons are encouraged to apply.

Race and Equality is an equal opportunity employer.

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