Associate Advocacy Officer

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 December 2019

Job Description

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your expertise in designing, supporting, and conducting advocacy with states, ICC officials, and others? We are seeking a 12 months Fixed Term Associate Advocacy Officer (AAO) based in Brussels or Berlin to support on the review process at the International Criminal court (ICC).

The Open Society Foundations works to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.

The Open Society Justice Initiative uses strategic litigation and other kinds of legal advocacy to defend and promote the rule of law and to advance human rights. We employ litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance across a range of issues.

As an Associate Advocacy Officer (AAO) at Open Society, you will:

Design, support, and conduct advocacy with states, ICC officials, and others Monitor developments on ICC issues and evaluate them for potential Justice Initiative involvement; Liaise with other civil society organizations and stakeholders and attending meetings; Conduct research and documentation on a variety of substantive topics relevant to the project with a view to producing concept notes, briefing papers, blogs, and other Justice Initiative publications; Collaborate and coordinate with the project teams, keeping them informed of developments as well as Identify relevant experts and liaising with contracted experts; Provide subject-matter knowledge to team members and partners within and outside OSF; Manage project activities, including administrative tasks related to planning, developing, budgeting, executing, monitoring and reporting on project-related activities and contracts; Contribute to strategic planning at the team and organizational level.

What we are looking for:

Law degree or qualification preferred; three to five years’ experience undertaking advocacy focused on legal issues related to accountability for grave crimes.

Excellent political judgment, strategic thinking, and the proven ability to develop and carry out innovative advocacy strategies.

Persuasive oral and written communicator in English, including ability to write and edit a range of different materials including reports, briefing papers, blogs, and submissions for different audiences.

Knowledge of international justice institutions, including the ICC, and practical experience in the field of international justice;

Project management, including the ability to gather evidence and research to inform strategies, work plans, activities and internal results assessment, and to effectively manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

Ability to travel as part of the work.

Desirable (but not required):

Experience working in or around complex institutions and established contacts in The Hague highly desired.

Proficiency in at least one additional language highly desirable.

What we offer:

Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts.

Top-notch benefits and perks designed for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance (30 vacation days, flexible work arrangements, private medical coverage, a generous retirement savings plan, six months paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, sabbatical opportunities, and much more).

A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

About the Organization

Our Mission

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.

We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.

We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.

We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.

Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

Our Values

We believe in fundamental human rights, dignity, and the rule of law.

We believe in a society where all people are free to participate fully in civic, economic, and cultural life.

We believe in addressing inequalities that cut across multiple lines, including race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and citizenship.

We believe in holding those in power accountable for their actions and in increasing the power of historically excluded groups.

We believe in helping people and communities press for change on their own behalf.

We believe in responding quickly and flexibly to the most critical threats to open society.

We believe in taking on controversial issues and supporting bold, innovative solutions that address root causes and advance systemic change.

We believe in encouraging critical debate and respecting diverse opinions.

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