Location: Flexible – Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
Salary: US$30k – US$35k (equivalent) p.a. dependent
Basis: 12-month contract
Eligibility: you must be eligible
to work in the relevant jurisdiction.
The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), a program of the World
Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP), is seeking an
outstanding candidate to fill the role of Research and Advocacy Coordinator – Africa (RAC-Afr). Dynamic individuals with excellent legal research and international criminal justice advocacy
skills; experience of collaborating with African civil society; and sound
knowledge of the functioning of African Union (AU) institutions and
sub-regional economic communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The ideal candidate will have at least seven years’ post-qualification experience
of which two or more years should have been in private legal practice,
prosecution or the Judiciary. They should also possess excellent knowledge of
the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Rome Statute System (RSS) and
relevant rules of international human rights law and public international law. In
addition, they should have practical and demonstrable experience of using diverse and effective change-influencing techniques to advocate for justice for victims of serious crimes under
The ideal candidate will also possess excellent research, advocacy and analytical skills; excellent interpersonal and organisational skills; excellent communication and capacity-building skills; excellent media and external representational skills; and experience of planning, organising and prioritising work under pressure and meeting deadlines.
Senior Programs Officer or nominee.
Other key relationships:
CICC’s Management Team; CICC Team; CICC – Steering Committee; Member organisations
of the CICC.
The responsibilities of the RAC-Afr include but are not restricted to:
Strategy development and implementation
Develop and implement relevant anti-impunity Goals, Strategies and Projects
focusing on: (i) legal, policy and practice reforms that will enable the
strengthening of the ICC’s effectiveness, independence and integrity; (ii) increasing Rome Statute
membership in Africa; (iii) the domestication of the Rome Statute and related
instruments by all African States Parties to the Rome Statute; (iv) influencing
the development of progressive norms of public international law, international
criminal justice and international human rights law; and (v) strengthening the
African Union’s (AU) engagement with the ICC and its support for the RSS.
Develop and implement – in consultation with key stakeholders –
change-influencing strategies targeting key change-influencing targets in
Africa such as the African Union (AU), sub-regional economic communities, and key
ICC platforms such as the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) Meetings and the
ICC-NGO Roundtables Meetings.
Facilitate the harnessing by CICC member organisations based in Africa
of strategic litigation targeting the ICC, treaty-based dispute resolution
mechanisms and select domestic jurisdictions with the objective of advancing
the cause of (i) an effective RSS; and (ii) ending impunity for serious crimes
under international law.
Strategic outreach and Africa CICC-membership growth
Develop and maintain a comprehensive database and mapping of key
stakeholders in Africa (including key states, regional economic bodies,
decision-makers, opinion-makers) and use such information to influence the
realisation of the organisation’s Africa and global anti-impunity Goals.
Represent the organisation at relevant and appropriate fora in Africa
Ensure effective information-sharing and timely coordination with CICC
members, the CICC – Steering Committee and
other key stakeholders.
Develop and implement strategies to grow the number and effectiveness of
the CICC network in Africa.
Research, advocacy and strategic communications
Monitor key developments and undertake strategic advocacy to advance the
organisation’s anti-impunity Goals.
Engage the AU and the continent’s various sub-regional economic
communities and influence the adoption by the respective bodies of pro-RSS and
other anti-impunity rules, policies and practices.
Undertake and publish relevant and compelling research outputs that
advance the organisation’s anti-impunity Goals.
Ensure the effective and strategic use of traditional and new media and
other communications to advance the organisation’s Strategic Goals regarding
the ICC, the RSS and International Justice more broadly.
Oversee the strategic harnessing of the organisation’s websites,
including through posting articles, commentaries, blogs and publication of
Develop and implement a CICC “International Criminal Justice in Africa Seminar
Series” addressing topical international criminal justice issues to enhance the
organisation’s convening and change-influencing capacity and to influence the
realisation of the organisation’s anti-impunity Goals in Africa.
Legal and Policy advice &
Provide timely and relevant legal and policy advice on key Rome Statute,
international criminal justice, international human rights, and public
international law issues.
Use project-based strategic planning processes to realise the
organisation’s substantive and operational Goals.
Undertake project activities, including administrative tasks related to
planning, budgeting, executing, monitoring, and reporting on project-related
activities and contracts.
Develop and draft project funding proposals and progress reports.
Supervise staff and interns.
Demonstrated knowledge of the RSS, international criminal justice,
public international law and international human rights law.
Demonstrated ability to think analytically and strategically, including
the ability to advocate and defend complex issues as appropriate to different
types of audiences, including key interlocuters at the ICC, the legal sector
and the public.
Excellent legal research, writing and editing skills and experience of
producing a wide range of communications, including research reports, journal
and blog articles, legal correspondence, and pleadings.
Excellent political judgment and proven ability to develop and carry out
innovative advocacy strategies.
Experience in developing strong relationships with a wide range of
actors from diverse cultural, geographic, economic, political and social
Experience with developing and administering efficient processes,
systems, and workflows to ensure impact-driven projects and operations.
Experience with record keeping, project and program-based budget
management and reporting.
Fluency in either English or French, with high
proficiency of the other required.
BEHAVIOUR AND COMPETENCIES
The RAC-Afr will be required to evidence that they can meet the qualities
associated with the following behavioural competencies.
Managing self and
personal skills: Being aware of own behaviour and
mindful of how it impacts on others, enhancing personal skills to adapt to
professional practice accordingly.
service: Providing the best quality service to enhance organisational
impact. Building genuine and open long-term relationships in order to achieve the
Finding solutions: Taking a
holistic view and working enthusiastically to analyse problems and to develop
workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation.
Embracing change: Being open to
and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar
situations, shifting demands and changing roles.
effectively: Identifying and making the most productive use of resources, including
people, time, information, networks and budgets.
Engaging with the wider
Enhancing your contribution to the organisation through an understanding of the
bigger picture and showing commitment to organisational values.
Developing self and
Showing commitment to own ongoing professional development. Supporting and
encouraging others to develop their professional knowledge, skills and
behaviours to enable them to reach their full potential.
Working together: Working
collaboratively with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and
valuing the different contributions people bring to this process.
Achieving results: Consistently
meeting agreed objectives and success criteria. Taking personal responsibility
for getting things done.
Please apply by 20 November by sending a cover letter not exceeding two (2)
pages, a Curriculum Vitae not exceeding (2) two pages and contact information
of three (3) professional references by email to [email protected] with the subject header:
[First and last name] – Research and Advocacy Coordinator – Africa
Please indicate your earliest possible start date in your cover letter. Applications
will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Consequently, you are advised to submit
your applications as early as possible. Short-listed candidates will be invited
for a telephone/Skype or an in-person interview if conditions permit no later
than 20 November. Due to the anticipated number of applications, only
short-listed candidates will be contacted.
NO phone inquiries please.
must already possess the right to live and work in the relevant jurisdictions.
The CICC is an equal opportunity employer strongly committed to hiring and
retaining diverse and internationally representative employees. Women and those of minority backgrounds
are strongly encouraged to apply.
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