Vacancies

OPEN VACANCIES

Positions: Legal Interns / Fellows

Overview

Within the context of its project to support the documentation of human rights violations committed by the Yahya Jammeh regime in The Gambia, and to facilitate advocacy for accountability and redress to survivors, the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) seeks to recruit two (2) legal interns/fellows who will be based at the Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations to provide support to the Centre.

IHRDA is a pan-African non-governmental organization created in 1998 and based in Banjul (The Gambia), working to promote and defend human rights across Africa.

On its part, the Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations was launched in May 2017. In addition to providing psychosocial support to survivors, the Centre seeks to ensure that justice is done to survivors, and to serve as a resource center for survivors and their families. The Centre also seeks to be a liaison between victims of human rights violations and various arms of government during the transitional justice phase of national reconciliation.

Duties

Specifically, the Interns/Fellows will:

  • Assist in the reception and registration of victims at the Centre;
  • Assist in collecting affidavits and other information from victims seeking to register with the Centre, and ensure proper filing of all documents collected;
  • Develop and maintain an electronic database of victims’ stories/experiences;
  • Assist with organizing sensitization and advocacy activities of the Centre;
  • Perform other cognate duties assigned by supervisors.

 Qualifications

The ideal candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Have a degree in law (LLB and BL);
  • Be based in The Gambia;
  • Conversant with The Gambia legal system, as well as international law;
  • Have experience interviewing complainants and collecting information on their cases;
  • Have good legal research and writing skills;
  • Have good proficiency in English;
  • Knowledge of one or more of the local languages spoken in The Gambia is desirable;
  • Have basic computer skills, notably Microsoft Office pack;
  • Experience developing and/or managing electronic databases will be an added advantage;
  • Ability to exercise high sense of professionalism and ethics in dealing with victims of human rights violations;
  • Willingness to learn and work in a team.

Duration

The internship/fellowship is a period of 18 months, to begin as soon as possible.

Remuneration

The interns/fellows will be given a modest monthly stipend.

Submission of Application

To apply, please submit your motivation letter, curriculum vitae and academic records by Friday, 5 January 2018 to ihrda@ihrda.org and pchabane@ihrda.org.

 

 

CLOSED VACANCIES

  1. Legal Intern Banjul, 20 November 2017In the context of its ‘Mainstreaming Transitional Justice into the work of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR)’ project, supported by the John T. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation, IHRDA is seeking to recruit a legal intern to join its team for a period of 3 months, from January to March 2018. The intern will be responsible for supporting the communications department on the expansion of the IHRDA case-law analyser to include cases and search methods for easily locating decisions by African human rights mechanisms and courts pertaining to violations arising from transitional justice contexts, which are typically characterized by serious and widespread, or gross human rights violations that have taken place in situations of armed conflict, political crisis or authoritarian regimes in Africa; all of which are similarly characterized by widespread violations and impunity. This activity falls within the project’s objective to encourage human rights practitioners to use the ACHPR as a viable option for the adjudication of transitional justice related violations. Enhancing the case-law analyser to include transitional justice related terms and cases will facilitate litigants’ efforts in identifying thematic related precedents, thus contributing to their overall effectiveness as advocates in the area.The African Human Rights Case Law Analyser (CLA) is online database of jurisprudence on the African human rights system published in 2010 by IHRDA. It is a free, multilingual online resource and contains human rights decisions from six African regional and sub-regional treaty bodies, available at http://caselaw.ihrda.org/. It is known to be the first reference resource for jurisprudence to actors and stakeholders in the African human rights system.

    IHRDA is a pan-African non-governmental organization based in Banjul (The Gambia), and seeks to promote the use and effectiveness of the African human rights system. IHRDA was created in 1998 and has Observer Status before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, which are both African Union organs.

    The ideal candidate will be a degree holder in law preferably from the Africa region who fulfills the following:

    • Familiarity with international law, in particular, African human rights protection laws/systems;
    • Knowledge of, or Interest in, transitional justice issues in Africa;
    • Good research and writing skills;
    • Bilingual (French-English) or fluent in one, with proficiency in the other language;
    • Willingness to learn and work in a team; and
    • Willingness to move to Banjul, The Gambia for the entire duration of the internship

    The internship is for 3 months starting in January 2018. IHRDA will cover the return airfare to and from Banjul, and a modest stipend for living expenses during the period.

    To apply, please submit your motivation letter no more than 2 A4 pages long, curriculum vitae and academic records by 7 December 2017 to ihrda@ihrda.org and pchabane@ihrda.org.

  2. Director Programs
  3. The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) is seeking to recruit a Director of Programs with significant litigation experience, along with knowledge of and familiarity with the African human rights system.IHRDA is a pan-African human rights organisation, based in Banjul, The Gambia, promoting the effective use of African human rights instruments to protect rights in Africa. Our work entails offering pro bono legal counsel for victims of human right abuses; conducting capacity building initiatives with actors in the promotion of human rights on the use of regional human rights instruments and mechanisms; and disseminating information on the African Human Rights System.IHRDA is looking for a highly motivated individual who demonstrates professional competence and mastery of the subject matter, while taking pride in work and in achievements, both at personal and organizational levels.

    Minimum Requirements

    • A legal degree and admission to legal practice with 7+ years of experience as legal practitioner;
    • Experience managing lawyers and senior staff in a fast-paced, challenging environment;
    • An in-depth understanding of the African human rights system and of comparative or international human rights law;
    • Significant experience with human rights litigation at the national, regional or international level;
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
    • Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a multi-cultural and multi-lingual team;
    • Previous experience with human rights training and/or public speaking;
    • Experience with fundraising and report writing.

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    Location: Banjul, The Gambia, with regular travels, mainly in Africa

    Salary: The position will offer a competitive salary (commensurate with experience)

    Other benefits: Medical insurance; travel insurance; pension.

    HOW TO APPLY

    Please send (in English or French) a Curriculum Vitae; a motivation letter, an unedited writing sample of 5 to 20 pages and a list three references who are not related to the candidate, with their full contact details.

    Closing date for applications is 7th April 2017

    Kindly send your application and all relevant documents to recruitment@ihrda.org

    For additional information, please contact Fatmata Jangana at fjangana@ihrda.org.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    IHRDA is committed to equal opportunities. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

     

    3. LEGAL OFFICER – THE GAMBIA/TANZANIA

The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) is seeking to recruit a legal officer with litigation experience, as well as knowledge of and familiarity with the African human rights system.

IHRDA is a pan-African human rights organisation, based in Banjul, The Gambia, promoting the effective use of African human rights instruments to protect rights in Africa. Our work entails offering pro bono legal counsel for victims of human rights abuses; conducting capacity building initiatives with actors in the promotion of human rights on the use of regional human rights instruments and mechanisms; and disseminating information on the African Human Rights System.

IHRDA is looking for a highly motivated individual who demonstrates professional competence and mastery of the subject matter, while taking pride in work and in achievements, both at personal and organizational levels.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • A legal degree; LLM (preferred); and admission to legal practice with 4+ years of experience as a legal practitioner;
  • An in-depth understanding the African human rights system and of comparative or international human rights law;
  • Significant experience with human rights litigation at the national, regional or international levels;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a multi-cultural and multi-lingual team;
  • Previous experience with human rights training and/or public speaking;
  • Fluent in French/English with working knowledge of the other;
  • Experience with project design, implementation and donor reporting, preferred.
  • Residency in Tanzania / EAC Member State, preferred.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Location: The Gambia or Tanzania, with regular travels, mainly in Africa

Salary: The position will offer a competitive salary (commensurate with experience)

Other benefits: Medical insurance; travel insurance; pension.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send (in English or French) a Curriculum Vitae; a motivation letter, an unedited writing sample of 5 to 20 pages and a list of three references who are not related to the candidate, with their full contact details.

Please send applications to recruitment@IHRDA.org. Closing date for applications is 5 December 2016.

3. Senior Program Officer in IHRDA

The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) is seeking to recruit a senior program officer with significant litigation experience, along with knowledge of and familiarity with the African human rights system.

IHRDA is a pan-African human rights organisation, based in Banjul, The Gambia, promoting the effective use of African human rights instruments to protect rights in Africa. Our work entails offering pro bono legal counsel for victims of human right abuses; conducting capacity building initiatives with actors in the promotion of human rights on the use of regional human rights instruments and mechanisms; and disseminating information on the African Human Rights System.

IHRDA is looking for a highly motivated individual who demonstrates professional competence and mastery of the subject matter, while taking pride in work and in achievements, both at personal and organizational levels.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

A legal degree and admission to legal practice with 7+ years of experience as legal practitioner;
Experience managing lawyers and senior staff in a fast-paced, challenging environment;
An in-depth understanding the African human rights system and of comparative or international human rights law;
Significant experience with human rights litigation at the national, regional or international level;
Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a multi-cultural and multi-lingual team;
Previous experience with human rights training and/or public speaking;
Experience with fundraising and report writing.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Location: Banjul, The Gambia, with regular travels, mainly in Africa

Salary: The position will offer a competitive salary (commensurate with experience)

Other benefits: Medical insurance; travel insurance; pension.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send (in English or French) a Curriculum Vitae; a motivation letter, an unedited writing sample of 5 to 20 pages and a list three references who are not related to the candidate, with their full contact details.

Closing date for applications is 7th September 2015

Kindly send your application and all relevant documents to recruitment@IHRDA.org

For additional information, please contact Mr. Henry Annoh at hannoh@ihrda.org.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

IHRDA is committed to equal opportunities. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.