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Military and Technical Adviser

ORGANIZATION: International Committee of the Red Cross

LOCATION: Geneva

DEADLINE: September 30, 2014

STARTING DATE: November 1, 2014

The Arms Unit of the Legal Division has an opening for a Military and Technical Adviser in Geneva (male or female) – 100% occupancy rate

Purpose of the post

The Arms Unit of the ICRC’s Legal Division serves the ICRC objectives in the legal, operational and communications fields by the provision of expertise and analysis, from a humanitarian perspective, on arms and weapons-related technology employed in armed conflict and other situations of violence. The unit represents ICRC policy and positions in multilateral for on arms and international humanitarian law. It also supports ICRC operational, legal and communications work by providing or coordinating the provision of technical, legal, medical/health and policy analysis on weapons used in armed conflicts and other situations of violence and on relevant scientific advances.

The Military and Technical Adviser plays a key role in the achievement of institutional objectives in the field of arms and international humanitarian law. The incumbent contributes military and technical expertise to the ICRC’s policy, legal and operational responses to arms issues arising from ICRC field experience and new scientific and technological developments. The incumbent will also have primary responsibility for at least one major file of the Arms Unit. The post reports to the Head of the Arms Unit in the Legal Division of the ICRC.

Main responsibilities

  • Advise and contribute military and technical analysis on a range of arms issues being addressed by the Arms Unit (e.g. use of explosive weapons in populated areas; cluster munitions; anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines; incendiary weapons; operationalization of the Protocol on Explosive Remnants of War; remote-controlled, automated and autonomous weapons) and on issues pertaining to the conduct of hostilities carried out within the Legal Division.
  • Contribute to legal and operational analysis of issues arising from the deployment of specific weapons with armed forces in armed conflict and other situations of violence including peacekeeping and law enforcement.  Provide military and technical analysis to ICRC units and delegations in response to the use of specific weapons and methods of warfare in armed conflicts and law enforcement situations.
  • Maintain and develop links between the ICRC’s arms unit and relevant military and technical experts and organisations.
  • Develop “fact sheets” presenting the military role, technical details and anticipated humanitarian impacts of a range of weapons.
  • Provide additional capacity for research, writing, representation and outreach to internal and external audiences on arms issues.
  • Represent ICRC views and positions in a variety of external fora.
  • Provide expertise on means of identification for medical transports in accordance with the relevant provision of international humanitarian law.
  • Serve as the institutional focal point for the International Telecommunications Union.

Training and experience required

  • Advanced military training and service with in-depth knowledge of targeting procedures and conventional weapons including explosive munitions. Good knowledge of arms control regimes is an advantage.
  • A degree in the physical sciences (e.g. physics, engineering) and/or military disciplines.
  • Knowledge of the general rules of international humanitarian law, in particular in relation to the conduct of hostilities. Specialised training in international humanitarian law and/or international relations is an asset.
  • Professional experience working in multilateral processes, preferably in the arms field is an advantage.
  • Field experience with the ICRC or another humanitarian organisation is an asset.

Skills and qualifications

  • Excellent analytical and political judgement.
  • Excellent oral and written English, the capacity to work in French. Additional languages are an advantage.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Openness to dialogue and good interpersonal skills.
  • Strong motivation and aptitude for work within a highly integrated team.

Minimum length of assignment: 2 years (extendable)

Starting date: 1 November 2014

If this post interests you and you meet the requirements set out above, please send your application by the 30th of September 2014 at the latest, to [email protected] mentioning “DC/JUR/ARMES – Application – Military & Technical Adviser” in the subject of your message.
Only applications via this e-mail will be considered for this campaign. If you don’t receive a reply to your application within one month, please consider that your file has not been shortlisted.

 

Senior Advocate, Foreign Policy

ORGANIZATION: Human Rights First

JOB ID: 806077

SALARY: Competitive with comprehensive benefits package

LOCATION: Washington, DC

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Reporting to the Senior Director of Government Advocacy, the Senior Advocate, Foreign Policy is an integral member of the government advocacy team.  Specializing in human rights advocacy in the defense, national security, and foreign policy communities, the Senior Advocate will devise strategies that frame, elevate, and, ultimately, achieve Human Rights First’s policy objectives by working with the Department of State and the congressional foreign affairs committees. The Senior Advocate, Foreign Policy will work closely with appropriate coalition partners, and coordinate work with Senior Counsel, Defense and Intelligence and Senior Advocate, Defense Policy.   S/He will also provide support to other Human Rights First teams working with these targets, and collaborate closely with Strategic Alliances, Research and Analysis, Communications, and Development departments, as well as other members of the Government Advocacy team, to maximize knowledge, skills, and resources to meet organizational goals.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage Human Rights First advocacy with Department of State and foreign affairs committees, and related advocacy targets :
  • Develop strategies to influence decision makers with a specific focus on Deputy Assistant Secretary level and above and Professional Staff member and above.
  • Identify decision making process on specific objectives, including inter-agency processes.
  • Lead and/or coordinate meetings with Human Rights First experts, leadership, and validators as appropriate.
  • Identify, cultivate, and manage relationships with senior-level policy makers and their staffs.
  • Lead objectives in at least one area of Human Rights First advocacy on the Middle East, Leahy Law, and/or trafficking.
  • Coordinate strategies with other work involving these targets.
  • Track legislation and develop organizational positions and approach, including on appropriations.
  • Lead Human Rights First approach to Congressional hearings in this area and/or involving advocacy targets.  Work with other colleagues to prepare, attend, and follow up hearings, as appropriate.
  • Contribute to projects in the Government Advocacy department, including engagement in major events such as White House initiatives and the Human Rights Summit; mastering advocacy tools such as BGov; studying advocacy campaigns; and cultivating relationships with Washington experts on human rights and U.S. global leadership.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • At least 5 years public affairs experience in a range of settings: government/cabinet agencies, political campaigns, Capitol Hill, or in a leadership role in an advocacy organization, including at least 3 years advising senior-level leaders.
  • Substantive experience in one of the following areas: Middle East, Leahy Law, or trafficking.
  • Sophisticated understanding of the legislative and political process, and experience managing multifaceted advocacy campaigns.
  • Excellent political judgment and a keen strategic thinker.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, prioritize responsibilities, and work independently while functioning as a member of a team. Strong emphasis on follow up and completing work on deadlines.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Please complete the online application found at www.humanrightsfirst.org  under ABOUT US / JOB OPPORTUNITIES links.

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. Over its 35-year history, Human Rights First has earned a reputation for pragmatic, results-oriented advocacy that is politically astute, grounded in facts, and driven by sophisticated legal and policy analysis. Human Rights First is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a track record of success in delivering change that has made a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

 

Senior Advocate, Defense Policy

ORGANIZATION: Human Rights First

JOB ID: 806244

SALARY: Competitive with comprehensive benefits package

LOCATION: Washington, DC

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Reporting to the Senior Director of Government Advocacy, the Senior Advocate, Defense Policy is an integral member of the government advocacy team.  Specializing in human rights advocacy in the defense, national security, and foreign policy communities, the Senior Advocate will devise strategies that frame, elevate, and, ultimately, achieve Human Rights First’s policy objectives by working with the Department of Defense and the congressional armed services committees.   The Senior Advocate, Defense Policy will work closely with appropriate coalition partners, and coordinate work with Senior Counsel, Defense and Intelligence and Senior Advocate, Foreign Policy.   S/He will also provide support to other Human Rights First teams working with these targets, and collaborate closely with Strategic Alliances, Research and Analysis, Communications, and Development departments, as well as other members of the Government Advocacy team, to maximize knowledge, skills, and resources to meet organizational goals.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage Human Rights First advocacy with Department of Defense and armed services committees, and related advocacy targets:
  • Develop strategies to influence decision makers with a specific focus on Deputy Assistant Secretary level and above and Professional Staff member and above.
  • Identify decision making process on specific objectives, including inter-agency processes.
  • Lead and/or cultivate meetings with experts, leadership, and validators as appropriate.
  • Lead objectives in at least one area of Human Rights First advocacy on the Middle East, Leahy Law, and/or trafficking.
  • Track legislation and develop organizational positions and approach, including on appropriations.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • At least 5 years public affairs experience in a range of settings: government/cabinet agencies, political campaigns, Capitol Hill, or in a leadership role in an advocacy organization, including at least 3 years advising senior-level leaders.
  • Substantive experience in one of the following areas: Middle East, Leahy Law, or trafficking.
  • Sophisticated understanding of the legislative and political process, and experience managing multifaceted advocacy campaigns.
  • Excellent political judgment and a keen strategic thinker.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, prioritize responsibilities, and work independently while functioning as a member of a team. Strong emphasis on follow up and completing work on deadlines.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Please complete the online application found at www.humanrightsfirst.org  under ABOUT US / JOB OPPORTUNITIES links.

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. Over its 35-year history, Human Rights First has earned a reputation for pragmatic, results-oriented advocacy that is politically astute, grounded in facts, and driven by sophisticated legal and policy analysis. Human Rights First is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a track record of success in delivering change that has made a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

 

Intern, National War College

The National War College seeks interns to assist in developing a course on Politics and the Law for senior military officers.  Terrific opportunity for an unpaid intern to work directly with the Dean of the College. Send resumes and cover letter of interest to [email protected]

 

Stanton Fellow, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is hiring for a new two-year fellowship recently awarded to us by the Stanton Foundation for a lawyer to spearhead our work in free press, national security, and surveillance policy.  There is much excellent work going on in these subjects around the country, and the Reporters Committee has supported cases in the FISA and federal courts in these areas over the last year.  With the Stanton fellowship, the Reporters Committee hopes to be able to play a larger role in helping the news media develop its own set of priorities and strategic initiatives in these ongoing debates. We anticipate that candidates for the position may be judicial clerks, associates at law firms, fellows or staff attorneys at public interest organizations, or other recent law school graduates.

The fellowship will entail a combination of brief-writing, public advocacy, and freedom of information activity.  The fellow will also respond to requests from reporters, work on special projects, and write for our website and quarterly magazine.  Because it is a two-year program, the fellow is expected to complete a significant research project by the end of the fellowship term. A demonstrated interest or experience in journalism, First Amendment law, or national security issues is preferred.  Post-law school work experience is also preferred, but we will accept applications from third year law students.

The new Stanton fellow will ideally start in the fall and will be paid an annual salary of $68,000 in addition to receiving full health benefits.  Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to Lois Lloyd at [email protected].  For applicants still in law school or out of school fewer than three years, a law school transcript is also required.  We are going to review applicants on a rolling basis, so anyone interested in the position should apply soon. Please address any questions to Lois Lloyd at (571) 481-9321.

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