Application Deadline: 1 April 2021
Salary: £45,000 p.a.
Location: Remote until office re-opens. Candidates must have a right to work in the UK.
Start date: 1 June 2021 or as soon as possible after this date
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 mobilise our knowledge and expertise to address cutting-edge contemporary issues, such as racial and gender biases in counter-extremism programmes, the overuse of emergency laws and the impact of national security measures on children and vulnerable adults. In 2020, we began an international expansion that will ultimately bring our work to countries across the globe where governments misuse security laws and programmes.
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 becoming increasingly relevant given the stark rise globally in ‘security’ measures that silence human rights defenders, disproportionately impact vulnerable and marginalised communities, and hinder peaceful activism. 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 systematically dismantle legal protections.
As RSI’s Legal and Advocacy Director, you will help lead the organization and make an impact worldwide as we strengthen our rights advocacy both within the UK and internationally. You will supervise our UK legal and policy work; draft and review analyses under international human rights law, international humanitarian law and (where possible) foreign law; and help us develop international advocacy strategies to advance rights around the world.
This position reports to the Executive Director. It may entail personnel management responsibilities.
You must have a right to work in the United Kingdom and plan to be based here.
RSI is looking for a passionate and experienced human rights professional who has:
Other desirable but optional qualifications include:
Application details: If you are interested in this position, please send the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org:
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