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Senior Advocate, Foreign Policy

ORGANIZATION: Human Fights 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 Fights 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.

 

 Deputy Legal Advisor

ORGANIZATION: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

DEPARTMENT: International Humanitarian Law (IHL)

LOCATION: Washington, DC

DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Legal Advisor

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 1, 2014

FUNCTION DESCRIPTION:

The Deputy Legal Advisor provides legal and policy advice to the ICRC Regional Delegation for the US and Canada in Washington DC, and contributes to the implementation of its objectives, including by supporting its humanitarian operations and by advancing the organization’s positions in the field of IHL.

Minimum required knowledge, experience and personal skills:

  • J.D. from accredited US law school
  • Expertise in IHL (in particular detention, conduct of hostilities and weapons regulation)
  • At least 5 years post-J.D. experience
  • Legal experience within the US defense or national security sector
  • Good knowledge of International Human Rights Law
  • Commitment to neutral and independent humanitarian action
  • Excellent representation skills and at ease in negotiations
  • Team player with an enthusiasm for working in a multicultural environment
  • French and/or Spanish as a working language desirable
  • US person (US National or Green card holder)

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • provides legal advice to all the Departments of the Regional Delegation on matters of domestic law, IHL and other relevant international standards (in particular International Human Rights Law)
  • provides legal support to ICRC detention visits and other field operations
  • monitors, analyses and comments on developments of US law and policy pertaining to national security and other relevant areas of humanitarian concern
  • contributes to the drafting of the reporting of the ICRC and conveys its institutional positions in bilateral meetings with Government representatives
  • provides legal input to the public communication of the Regional Delegation; drafts and edits articles on IHL issues
  • teaches IHL to various audiences and represents the ICRC in conferences and public events
  • maintains and expands the network of contacts of the Regional delegation in the legal community, notably in the executive (including the military)and legislative branches, civil society and academia
  • some domestic and international travel required

Contractual Status and Reporting line:

The contractual status is locally hired staff under Washington contract.

The Deputy Legal Advisor works under the supervision of the Legal Advisor of the Delegation.

Work environment:

Thirty staff members work in the ICRC Regional Delegation. Its IHL Department comprises a Legal Advisor, two Deputies, a part time legal intern and an assistant.

General Duties

  •  Be aware of the delegation’s objectives and activities
  • ŸUnderstand the three components of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, humanitarian principles and basic international humanitarian law
  • ŸRespect and observe the staff regulations of the ICRC in Washington
  • May be asked to perform duties and tasks not covered in this job description as well as to provide support to other departments when necessary

ICRC is a humanitarian organization, which works to protect and assist victims of armed conflicts and other situations of violence. The position within the institution requires to convey/respect the humanitarian principles of the ICRC. ICRC expects its employees to behave in an appropriate manner at all times and in all places. All members of staff should ensure their attitudes correspond to ICRC principles both during and after working hours.

Further information about this post can be obtained by contacting Gary Brown ([email protected]) or Andrea Harrison ([email protected])

If you are interested in applying for this post and meet the requirements set out above, please send your application (CV and letter) to [email protected]by August 1, 2014.

 

Associate General Counsel

ORGANIZATION: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: PE886

SALARY RANGE: $75,621 – 116,901 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: July 2, 2014 to July 30, 2014
POSITION INFORMATION: Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS: McLean, VA
WHO MAY APPLY: US Citizens
SECURITY CLEARANCE: Top Secret/SCI with CI Polygraph
SUPERVISORY STATUS: No

JOB SUMMARY:

The Office of General Counsel (OSG) of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence provides legal advice and counsel to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and other ODNI officials on a wide range of legal issues to include intelligence and national security law, procurement and acquisition law, personnel law, government ethics, budget and fiscal law, general administrative law, legislative support, government information practices, and intellectual property law.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide preliminary legal advice to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence leadership on areas of law affecting ODNI’s duties and responsibilities under the National Security Act, Presidential directives, Executive Orders, and other related laws and policies.
  • Provide recommendations to senior attorneys to support the development, review, and preparation of United States Government-wide and IC-wide policies, procedures, guidelines, rules, and standards.
  • Counsel clients, including ODNI leaders, on legal issues and provide effective guidance on possible courses of action; prepare documents on legal issues for a variety or internal and external recipients.
  • Conduct research and analysis on complex or sensitive legal issues as well as on laws, regulations, and policies that have an impact on ODNI and IC interests and brief senior attorneys on issues and findings.
  • Provide initial reviews of planned ODNI and IC activities for compliance with the US Constitution and laws of the US, Executive Orders, and other applicable regulations and policies affecting ODNI and the IC and brief senior attorneys on potential legal and policy issues, and recommend solutions to address legal problems having potential impact on the ODNI’s or the IC missions or activities.
  • Perform initial analyses of statutes, bills, reports, and Congressional materials, as well as proposed Executive Branch orders, directives, regulations, and policies, to determine their effect on the ODNI and the IC; provide advice and counsel to senior attorneys on legislative proposals, Congressional testimony, and related documents.

 

Zeichner Risk Analytics

Zeichner Risk Analytics seek a full time employee with a security clearance to help consult and provide research on a range of security and legal/policy issues. There is also a wide range of support needed to help manage and maintain administrative activities, which includes updating company websites and managing the Twitter accounts and other social media. Work may also include engaging in the final steps of the publication and subsequent marketing for the text and e-book Cybersecurity Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Introduction. Some travel may be required.  Send resume to Alexis – [email protected]

 

Intern, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security seeks an intern for the Fall semester 2014.  Unpaid internship will include research and writing in preparation for the 24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference in Washington, DC.  Intern will also have the opportunity to attend and provide summaries of pertinent Congressional hearings, and participate in monthly breakfast programs featuring prominent speakers in the area of national security law. Fall applicants may be undergraduates or currently in law school. (full or part time)   Deadline for submission: September 10, 2014.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: 

Holly McMahon, Staff Director
ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security
1050 Connecticut Avenue N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
[email protected]

CC: [email protected]

 

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]

 

Legal Intern, International Committee of the Red Cross

FUNCTION: Legal Intern

DEPARTMENT: International Humanitarian Law (IHL)

PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT: WASHINGTON

DIRECT SUPERIOR: Legal Advisor

FUNCTION DESCRIPTION Intern – International Humanitarian Law

OBJECTIVE:

The Intern in the IHL Department at the Washington Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provides research and writing on topics of IHL, other branches of international law, and U.S. law as needed, thus contributing to the thematic and operational priorities of the legal team. Minimum required knowledge & experience:

  • Basic knowledge of IHL and a related legal field (e.g. National Security or Human Rights Law).
  • Excellent oral and written English skills, good understanding of French an asset
  • Currently pursuing a U.S. J.D. or LLM degree or a U.S. J.D. graduate enrolled in a graduate-level program.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Work with the IHL team to provide legal advice to the delegation in Washington, and to the ICRC as a whole on matters of IHL, human rights law, national security law, or other U.S. legal issues.

  1. Research and Writing. Research such topics as scope of application of IHL, detention, conduct of hostilities, cyber/new technology and weapons, and other related topics. Possibility of authoring articles or other short pieces for the ICRC’s U.S. blog (intercrossblog.icrc.org).
  2. Monitor Legal Developments Regular monitoring of legal blogs and news coverage to identify significant legal developments of interest to the delegation. In addition to research, the intern will attend conferences and meetings in order to monitor developments on specific legal issues on behalf of the legal team.
  3. Reporting. Regular and timely reporting and analysis on meetings and events attended, as well as a weekly report on any relevant legal developments reported in external sources such as legal blogs. Reports are written for the purpose of ensuring the institution is informed of developments in U.S. policy, as well as to advance its thinking on key issues.

Management and Reporting Line. The IHL Intern reports directly to the IHL Legal Advisor. He/she is expected to collaborate with colleagues throughout the delegation in order to carry out these and other reasonably related duties. The intern will be expected to work 20 hours a week for the Fall Semester, starting at the beginning of September. This is a paid internship. For information about the position, please contact Andrea Harrison at [email protected] To apply, please contact Laure Macabrey at [email protected] Applications are due August 1st, 2014. The position will start on September 2 and go until December 31. It is 20 hours per week, and is a paid internship.

 

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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