Application Deadline: 19 April 2021
Salary: £32,000 p.a./p.r., 2 days per week
Location: Fully remote until office re-opens. Candidates must have a right to work in the UK and be based in the UK.
Rights and Security International (RSI), formerly Rights Watch (UK), is a human rights organisation that upholds rights in the national security context. For over three decades, initially in Northern Ireland and now globally, RSI has successfully advocated for a rights-based approach to security and held Governments to account for unlawful actions. Our vision is of a world that recognises that our individual freedoms are essential to our collective safety and well-being.
We have received wide acclaim for our work, including the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Human Rights Prize for ‘outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe’ and the Beacon Prize for Human Rights.
RSI’s work is increasingly urgent given the stark rise globally in ‘security’ measures that silence human rights defenders, racial justice advocates and environmental activists; disproportionately impact vulnerable and marginalised communities; and hinder peaceful protests. At the same time, the obstacles that victims of security-related abuses face in accessing justice have significantly increased as governments hide behind excessive secrecy and dismantle legal protections.
This year, RSI will establish the Rise Coalition, an informal but active, coordinated and effective international network of civil society organisations that promote human rights and advocate against harmful ‘security’ laws and practices.
The Rise Coalition will help human rights groups worldwide coordinate to push back against excessive security laws and norms, while articulating rights-respecting standards and ideas. The group will serve as a forum for sharing information and strategic advice and coordinating joint advocacy at the national, regional and international levels. In 2021, we will prioritise outreach to potential member organisations based in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Tunisia, Morocco, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Honduras.
As our Rise Coalition Leader, you will build the network by identifying potential members, conducting outreach, developing RSI’s knowledge about the relevant national contexts and helping the coalition choose and pursue advocacy priorities. You will also help draft reports on the legal and advocacy environments in several priority countries.
This position reports to the Executive Director.
Other desirable but optional qualifications include:
You must speak and write English fluently.
Application details: If you are interested in this position, please send the following materials to email@example.com with the subject line ‘Rise Coalition Leader’:
(1) Your CV
(2) A cover letter explaining your interest in RSI and how you fulfil the person specification – maximum 2 pages
** You must have a right to work in the UK and plan to be based here**
By submitting your application, you consent to our processing and retention of your personal data to the extent, and for the time period, necessary to consider the application. We will keep your application on file for no more than six months.
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