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Legal Adviser

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)
Location: Geneva , Switzerland
Last Date: August 31, 2011
Email: (Reference:

P.O. Box 91, 33, rue des Bains, 1211 Geneva 8, Switzerland
Tel: +41(0) 22 979 3800 – Fax: +41(0) 22 979 3801 – Website: - E-mail:
Commission internationale de juristes - Comisiσn Internacional de Juristas
" dedicated since 1952 to the primacy, coherence and implementation of international law and principles that advance human rights "
August 2011
Legal Adviser
Middle East and North Africa Programme
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is a worldwide network of judges and lawyers
united in affirming international law and rule of law principles that advance human rights.
We are recruiting a Legal Adviser to work on our Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
Programme from our International Secretariat in Geneva. The MENA programme aims to support
the development of independent and impartial judiciaries and legal professions in the region, as a
mean to protect and consolidate the Rule of Law and human rights. The programme uses its
expertise in international human rights law and standards to influence the development of law
and policy in the region, in particular through the inclusion of human rights standards in national
legislation. The programme also aims to ensure accountability in cases of gross human rights
The ideal candidate will be an individual with knowledge and experience of international human
rights and humanitarian law with high interest in human rights legal research and advocacy as
well as a sound understanding of the history, politics and legal framework of the MENA region.
Under the supervision of the Senior Legal Adviser for the MENA Programme, and in coordination
with other ICJ legal and administrative staff, the Legal Adviser will contribute to
implementing the ICJ’s programme of work in the MENA region, in particular by:
• Providing sound and timely legal advice on specific regional and country human rights
and Rule of Law issues;
• Actively contributing to the development and shaping of ICJ MENA strategies at the
regional and country level;
• Monitoring relevant legal and policy developments in the MENA region, and carrying out
legal advocacy to strengthen the Rule of Law and human rights in the region;
• Representing the ICJ at the external level, including in the field, with international
organisations and other actors;
• Organising ICJ missions, trial observations and seminars in the region, including managing
practical arrangements with local partners;
• Researching and writing background briefings for missions and seminars, including
analysis of relevant national and international law;
• Drafting ICJ reports, submissions to UN bodies, press releases and advocacy papers;
• Review and editing of papers prepared by ICJ consultants on national law and practice
relevant to human rights protection in the region;
• Ensure close internal coordination between the MENA programme and other ICJ regional
and thematic programmes and act as a source of expertise to other ICJ thematic and
regional programmes on issues related to the MENA region;
• Inform and mobilise the ICJ Network in support of the work of the MENA programme;
• Contributing to fundraising for the programme;
• Assist in managing the aspects of the project’s resources and budget.
P.O. Box 91, 33, rue des Bains, 1211 Geneva 8, Switzerland
Tel: +41(0) 22 979 3800 – Fax: +41(0) 22 979 3801 – Website: - E-mail:
The successful candidate will have:
Education & Experience
• A degree in law. Further academic studies in international human rights law and international
humanitarian law highly desirable;
• Minimum of 7 years of legal experience at the national and international levels, including with
non-governmental organisations or inter-governmental organisations in the region;
• In-depth experience of research for advocacy purposes, including field research;
• First-hand expertise and demonstrated commitment to human rights and the rule of law in the
MENA region;
Essential Skills
• Excellent legal and political judgment and proven ability to develop and carry out innovative
legal advocacy strategies;
• Excellent and practical knowledge of human rights and related advocacy work, including at
the international level;
• Strong research, writing, analytical and organisational skills;
• Ability to effectively manage conflicting demands, meeting deadlines and adjusting priorities;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a multi-cultural team;
• At ease with fundraising and outreach;
• Excellent oral and written English with a very good working knowledge of Arabic.
Knowledge of French an asset.
The ICJ is an equal opportunities employer.
APPLICATIONS close on 31st August and should be addressed with your resume, a cover letter
and the names of at least 2 references to: Ref: Legal Adviser, MENA Programme
By email:
Or by post: International Commission of Jurists, P.O. Box 91, 1211 Geneva 8, Switzerland
Please appreciate that due to the volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be
contacted. We cannot answer phone enquiries, thank you for your understanding.


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