Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Advocacy Officer at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights

Progressive human rights organization is accepting applications for a 3-month appointment of an Advocacy Officer with potential for permanent position for one of its core program areas, focused on domestic and international human rights advocacy, in its Washington, D.C., office.

Founded in 1968, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center), formerly Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, works to realize Robert Kennedy’s vision of social justice. The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award was established in 1984 to honor courageous leaders and activists from around the world who dedicate their lives to overcoming serious human rights violations, often at great personal risk. Each year, after a thorough nomination process, a human rights defender is named the recipient of the RFK Human Rights Award. Through its RFK Partners for Human Rights, the RFK Center forges multi-year partnerships with RFK Human Rights Award recipients (Laureates) and joins their struggle, developing long-term strategies using cutting-edge human rights advocacy tools and sustained advocacy support to effect real change in their communities. RFK Partners for Human Rights provides programmatic, legal, and technical assistance; increases public awareness of Laureates’ work; and generates domestic and international political support for the growing ranks of Laureates. The RFK Center engages a Global Advocacy Team of pro-bono experts, professional human rights staff, and the Kennedy family and their networks to advocate for the change its Laureates seek; these include changing policies and actions of governments, intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions (IFIs), and corporations. The RFK Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization established to carry forward RFK’s legacy of justice and tolerance.

The Advocacy Officer will work with RFK Human Rights Award Laureates to develop and implement joint domestic and international legal and advocacy strategies to achieve laureates’ social change goals. S/he will develop coalitions and enhance their effectiveness; produce campaign, advocacy, and legal strategies; raise public awareness, while expanding the tool set already used by the laureates; and contributing to the capacity of the RFK Human Rights Award Laureates. The Advocacy Officer will also initiate and lead comprehensive government advocacy strategies to support the Laureates’ strategies. S/he will act as the main interface between the RFK Center and its Laureates. The Advocacy Officer will provide additional support, as requested by the Director of the RFK Partners for Human Rights.

The ideal candidate will have experience with domestic and international human rights mechanisms; strong familiarity with the U.S. Congressional legislative process and experience with Congressional advocacy; a working knowledge of the United Nations system, regional human rights systems and multi-lateral institutions; ability to maintain active contacts with key stakeholders in the aforementioned systems and their staff to support the goals and objectives of the RFK Human Rights Award Laureates; and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience working on Capitol Hill is strongly preferred.

A Juris Doctor’s degree or equivalent with at least 2 years of experience in the human rights field and/or legislative arena is required. Fluency in Arabic, French, or Spanish is strongly preferred. Salary commensurate with experience.

We are receiving applications on a rolling basis. Please submit your application as soon as possible.
Start date: Immediate

If interested please e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and 3 references to:
Subject: Advocacy Officer Position
No calls please.

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