Saturday, May 28, 2011

Justice, Human Rights & Natural Resources Program Officer at the Due Process of Law Foundation

The Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) seeks a Program Officer for our Justice, Human Rights, and Natural Resources projects. Under the direct supervision of the Senior Program Officer, and in close coordination with the Executive Director, the Program Officer will provide technical assistance to civil society groups in Latin America, produce and disseminate information produced within the projects and carry out educational and advocacy activities both in the region as well as the United States. The position is based in Washington D.C.
DPLF’s Justice, Human Rights and Natural Resources projects seek to promote a higher use of the legal and institutional mechanisms available at the national and international levels to address conflicts related to extractive industries in Latin America and to promote State and corporate legal accountability.
About DPLF: DPLF is a regional non-profit organization devoted to promoting the rule of law and human rights in Latin America. DPLF was founded by Professor Thomas Buergenthal, retired judge at the International Court of Justice (The Hague), and his former colleagues from the UN Truth Commission for El Salvador. Today, DPLF promotes the reform and modernization of Latin America’s national justice systems to ensure that the rule of law and respect for human rights are the hallmarks of justice systems throughout the Americas. This work is carried out through academic research, events, training, and technical assistance of civil society groups in Latin America.
The Program Officer responsibilities include, but are not necessarily limited to:
• Coordinate and give technical assistance to our partner organizations in Latin America on legal and institutional strategies to address the impact of natural resources extraction 
• Work closely with our partner organizations on issues related to institutional strengthening including, if necessary, fundraising.
• Plan, organize, and carry out seminars, conferences, workshops and meetings in Latin America.
• Vet, hire, and oversee project consultants based in Latin America.
• Carry out and coordinate research and political analysis on the issues addressed in the program.
• In coordination with other DPLF staff, develop and maintain the program’s Web site.
• Manage media relations, including writing opinion and informational pieces for the media in the U.S. and in Latin America.
• Identify and carrying out other educational and advocacy activities at a regional and/or country level as well as in the United States.
• Edit publications produced within the program.
• Assist the Executive Director and Senior Program Officer in researching, developing, vetting ideas and writing new concept papers and project proposals for the program area.
• Frequent travel to Latin America is required.
• Law degree;
• At least three years experience working on human rights issues in Latin America from an international law perspective. Experience with Indigenous People’s rights and Inter-American law is desirable.
• Fluency in written and spoken Spanish and English;
• Excellent research and writing skills;
• Strong ability to organize work, time and set priorities;
• High degree of personal initiative to propose and carry out activities; 
• Ability to work independently with little supervision;
• Sensitivity and criteria in facing a multicultural work environment;
• Excellent interpersonal skills with people from different backgrounds and positions;
• Special sensitivity for working with small civil society groups based in remote areas;
• Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure;
• Availability for frequent and remote travel.
Please send a cover letter, resume/CV, 2 writing samples, and the names of 3 references with contact information to: (subject line: JHR&NR Program Officer application), or
via Fax 202-462-7703, or to
Laura Park, Operations & Outreach Director, Due Process of Law Foundation, 1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW, #510A, Washington, DC 20036.

Attorney for the Religious Immigration Section of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network

Attorney (Religious Immigration Section): The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) has an immediate opening at its headquarters in Washington, DC for an immigration attorney to provide legal services to Roman Catholic arch/dioceses and religious institutes bringing foreign-born religious workers to the United States.

The applicant must be admitted to the bar and licensed to practice law and will be responsible for carrying a substantial caseload. The attorney must have immigration law experience and a strong commitment to public interest law. Experience in religious immigration work is helpful. Fluency in a foreign language is also helpful. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. The position will begin on or before July 15, 2011. Interested applicants should submit resume, writing sample, and references by June 17, 2011 to: RIS Attorney Search, Human Resources, CLINIC, 415 Michigan Avenue, NE, Room 200, Washington, DC 20017. Fax: (202) 635-2649. E-mail: No telephone calls please. Visit our website at CLINIC is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, immigrants are encouraged to apply.

Program Manager at the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies

The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is a global open network of 5,000+ members working together within a humanitarian and development framework to ensure all persons the right to quality and safe education in emergencies and post-crisis recovery.
The Minimum Standards Program Manager for Trainings and Capacity Development is responsible for organizing and facilitating INEE Minimum Standards trainings and TOTs and serves as a technical advisor on the INEE Minimum Standards, promoting the resources, tools and materials generated by the Working Group on the Minimum Standards and the INEE Secretariat.
INEE Minimum Standards Trainings and Training of Trainers (TOTs)
• Organize and facilitate INEE Minimum Standards trainings and TOTs, as needed.
• Develop and adapt INEE Minimum Standards training materials, exercises, modules etc.
• Coordinate activities related to the organization of and inputs into application visits, training and capacity development activities, and other conferences, meetings as prioritised by the Working Group on Minimum Standards to promote resources, tools and other materials.
• Support the activities of the Applications SubGroup of the INEE Working Group on Minimum Standards and work closely with the SubGroup Chair to coordinate and implement SubGroup activities.
• Promote the INEE Minimum Standards training materials, the harmonized training package and the INEE E-learning module ( )
• Track trainings and TOTs on the INEE Minimum Standards around the world and collect and archive INEE Minimum Standards training adaptations.
• Maintain regularly the INEE Minimum Standards training webpage ( )
• Share information on INEE Minimum Standards trainings and training materials through the INEE listserv.
• Contribute to Minimum Standards fundraising efforts, as needed, and explore opportunities for income generation through trainings and capacity development initiatives.
INEE Minimum Standards Application Visits and Technical Support:
• Organize and carry out INEE Minimum Standards application visits
• Provide technical support to INEE members and partners for the application of the INEE Minimum Standards
• Solicit and develop case studies on the use of the INEE Minimum Standards.
• Provide technical inputs to and review Working Group products and deliverables, including resources, tools and other materials generated by the Working Group.
• Liaise with the IASC Education Cluster Capacity Development Task Team to ensure complementarity and avoid duplication of efforts.
• Provide support to and collaborate within the INEE Secretariat on issues related to the INEE Minimum Standards and related tools, inputting this work into other INEE core initiatives (where appropriate).
Other Tasks
• Manage the Minimum Standards budget spending for trainings and capacity development.
• Assist with outreach and coordination efforts with members of the INEE Working Group on Minimum Standards and INEE members in Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, Latin America, Europe and North America. Draft updates on the INEE Minimum Standards for the wider INEE membership, highlighting new capacity development tools, initiatives and opportunities for engagement. Analyse feedback and findings and develop materials to share this information.
• Facilitate the production, translation, dissemination and use of the INEE Minimum Standards and related materials, liaising with INEE members to identify and fill gaps as needed.
• Provide administrative support for the INEE Minimum Standards initiatives, as needed.
• Supervise INEE Minimum Standards interns.
• An advanced university degree (Masters) in a relevant field required: education, international affairs or political science.
• Minimum three years relevant work experience required.
• Previous experience conducting INEE Minimum Standards trainings or other trainings required.
• Excellent inter-personal and communication skills and proven networking and facilitation skills working with multiple stakeholders, including UN agencies, donors, local communities, NGOs and governments.
• Strong knowledge and solid understanding of the INEE Minimum Standards (process and product), Sphere Standards, and the humanitarian community.
• Willingness to travel to conduct INEE Minimum Standards trainings or to provide technical support on the application of the INEE Minimum Standards and other INEE tools, up to 35%-40% of the time, as requested.
• Demonstrated strong writing skills.
• Field experience in a developing country or emergency situations strongly desired.
• Fluent (writing, reading and speaking) in English required and fluency in one additional UN language (French, Spanish, Arabic) strongly desired.
• Excellent organizational and coordination skills, including experience managing multiple complex projects and deadlines involving different partners.
• Ability to be flexible and work well in a fast-paced environment with limited daily supervision.
• Experience in budgeting, financial reporting and fundraising desired.
• Include a detailed list of trainings that you have facilitated in your application
The Minimum Standards Program Manager is a full-time position for 6 months, with possible extension after Dec 2011 based upon performance. He/she will be based in New York, working 2 days/week from home and 3 days from the office.
The Minimum Standards Program Manager reports to the INEE Coordinator for Minimum Standards and work closely with the INEE Working Group on Minimum Standards and the INEE Secretariat.
To Apply:

Human Rights Officer at Vital Voices Global Partnership

Position Title: Program Officer, Human Rights
Status: Exempt Employee
Position Overview:
The Human Rights Program Officer is responsible for managing, developing, designing and implementing projects on violence against women, specifically domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, and harmful traditional practices.
The Program Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Vice President of Human Rights, Vital Voices Global Partnership and will collaborate with Economic Development and regional Program Staff.
Specific Responsibilities
• Provide programmatic support for the development, execution and follow-up of Vital Voices' Human Rights programs in Washington, D.C. and internationally.
• Actively seek grant funding and fundraising to support the costs of operating Vital Voices’
• Perform proposal and budget writing, monitoring and evaluation, reporting and stewardship of funders.
• Manage grants, with close cooperation of the Finance Department ensuring that projects reflect high performance standards and bring meaningful impact for participants. Work with the Vital Voices Finance team to create and track budgets.
• Speak on the topics of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual violence at
conferences, trainings, and other events. Deliver seminars and briefings as part of Vital Voices
human rights trainings. Write speeches and articles on the issues for Vital Voices.
• Support advocacy on human trafficking, sexual violence, and domestic violence including
authorizing legislation and appropriations.
• Assist with the research writing of country reports, program summaries and overviews, website and newsletter content.
• Work with existing US and international partners.
• Represent Vital Voices at high-level meetings and conferences with government officials and
the NGO community in the United States and internationally.
• Monitor and support the Vital Voices Global Network members who are working on Human
Rights and conducting meetings with international visitors.
• Measure and evaluate program outcomes and goals and carry out assessment of partners
including regional partners.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Five years experience directing advocacy and/or service programs on international women’s
issues related to human rights, specifically, domestic violence, sexual violence, and slavery and human trafficking.
• Bachelors Degree required / Law Degree preferred
• Five to seven years successful experience developing and growing programs, and designing fundable projects.
• Demonstrated interest and substantive knowledge of women’s issues in the international
• Strong communications skills, both oral and written. Good editing skills a plus.
• Sensitivity and respect for differing views, and a commitment to advancing women’s lives in
their political, economic, and social worlds at home and in partnership with other women
• Track record as curriculum or content developer and speaker or trainer.
• Ability to prioritize tasks and work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.
• Strong research and analytical skills.
• Self-motivated with proven strong and effective organizational skills. Flexibility and adaptability to a fast pace, and ability to manage multiple assignments.
• Ability to work independently and with a team. Strong problem solving skills and ability to
• Computer literacy (MS Word, Excel required). Salesforce experience a plus.
Travel Requirements:
This position will include up to 30% travel.
• Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing samples, with the position title in the subject line.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
• Deadline for submission: Position open until filled.
• The duties and responsibilities listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed in this position. The mission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to or extension of the position described.
• This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee. The description, duties and responsibilities are subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.

Legal Internship at the Universal Periodic Review

UPR Info is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland, entirely dedicated to the Universal Periodic Review. Its aim is to both raise awareness and provide capacity-building tools to the different actors of the UPR process, such as UN Member States, non-governmental organisations, National Human Rights Institutions and civil society in general.

Created on 7 February 2008, UPR Info is currently composed of two staff members.
As a result of its deep involvement in the UPR since its inception in April 2008, the organisation has developed a unique expertise on the UPR process itself and has an extensive record of each State's UPR sessions. It website is, besides the OHCHR website, the first source of information on the UPR and is a valuable resource providing useful tools to UPR actors.

Internship description
The intern will manage the website (no IT skills needed) in English, French and Spanish, upload text and documents, translate documents from English to Spanish and produce analysis on the UPR to be published on the website.

The intern will also follow parts of the Human Rights Council session and the UPR session at the United Nations as well as participate in several meetings on the UPR with NGOs and diplomats.

Finally, he/she will be deeply involved in the UPR process and experience a first-hand insight into the work and functioning of a small NGO.

Profile needed
  • Degree in international relations, international law or human rights
  • Interest in international human rights mechanisms and the United Nations system
  • Particular interest in the
  • Strong analytical skills and dedication
  • Fluent in English and Spanish
  • Knowledge of French highly recommended
Internship conditions
The internship is unpaid and full time (40 hours/week) for 3 months from September 5 2011 to November 25 2011

How to apply
Send your CV and Cover letter to by June 10 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Labor Law and Research Intern at Verite

About Verité
Verité is an Amherst-based nonprofit and award-winning pioneer in the social auditing, training, research and consulting field. The organization has over a decade of experience working with Fortune 500 corporations and their local suppliers through our global network of NGO partners. Verité works in over 60 countries to empower companies, factories, NGOs, governments, and workers to create sustainable workplace practices in the factories and communities where our consumer goods are made. Verité was named winner of the 2007 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. For more information on Verité please visit
The intern is likely to work on one or more of the following projects. However, other projects may also be available.

Project One: To review updates in a wide variety of international labor standards publications for the Emerging Markets Research Project; a multi-year initiative to research relevant information on labor standards compliance in 25 emerging market countries around the world.

Types of publications to be reviewed:
• U.S. State Department Human Rights Reports ; U.S. Department of Labor “Foreign Labor Trends” Country Reports ; “Worst Forms of Child Labor”; “Advancing the Campaign Against Child Labor: The Resource Allocations of National Governments and International Financial Institutions”; 2010 Human Rights Watch World Reports; 2010 Amnesty International reports, International Trade Union Confederation Annual Report, etc.

Research Tasks
• Update existing country reports (from 2010) based on any new information in the most recent versions of the above publications. Tasks include review of publications, insertion of new information, updating bibliographies, formatting; provide brief analysis of countries’ performance based on the updated information–are labor rights conditions getting better or worse?

Project Two: To assist in the development and research of Verité’s International Labor Law
Digest Series. Verité’s Labor Law Digests are detailed references for key aspects of country labor law related to standard corporate codes of conduct including:
• Child Labor
• Special Provisions for Women Workers
• Freedom of Association & Collective Bargaining
• Employment Practices and Personnel Policies
• Wages
• Benefits
• Hours of Work
• Contract Labor
• Health and Safety

The primary target audience for these Digests is compliance officers of retail and sourcing companies in the garment industry, although the Digests can be a reference for anyone interested in information on worker protections in global supply chain production.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and academic writing sample of 3 pages or more to
In the subject line, please enter the following:
INTERN: Last Name, First Name - Fall 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Labor & Housing Legal Intern at MinKwon Center for Community Action

The MinKwon Center for Community Action (formerly YKASEC) was established in 1984 to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American community through our five program areas: Community Organizing and Advocacy, Social and Legal Services, Civic Participation, Youth Empowerment, and Culture. Since our founding, we have made a profound presence in the Korean American community through various grassroots organizing, education, and advocacy initiatives that address important community issues, including immigration policies at the national, state and city levels, voter rights, and culture awareness. The MinKwon Center places a special emphasis on meeting the needs of our marginalized community members, including youth, elderly, recent immigrants, low-income residents, and limited-English-proficient residents.

The MinKwon Center’s comprehensive Immigrant Rights Legal Clinic provides free legal services to the Asian American community members in both the Flushing, Queens area and throughout the metropolitan New York area. The Immigrants Rights Legal Clinic seeks to protect the rights of community members by providing free legal assistance in the areas of labor, immigration, housing, and civil rights law. We provide direct legal representation and work closely with other legal groups and pro bono lawyers to help these community members achieve social and economic justice.

Internship Description
• Engage in direct contact with clients – participate in initial intakes to assess client cases, and act as a liaison for clients.
• Work on active litigation – ranging from small claims court, Queens housing court, and Federal District Court – in all phases of litigation, such as drafting litigation documents/briefs, fact research, attending court conferences, preparing clients for depositions, and trial preparation. Possibility of directly representing clients in small claims court.
• Coordinate advocacy efforts, such as drafting letters advocating the increase of government services for LEP clients, meeting with government officials, and writing op-ed pieces in local newspapers.
• Conduct educational activities for community members on relevant housing, immigration, labor, and other important legal issues.
• Perform legal research and write memoranda/briefs on related legal issues.

Details of Internship
• Supervision: Intern is supervised by the Staff Attorney of labor and housing cases.
• Compensation: While internships are not paid positions, academic credit has been arranged in the past.
• Hours: Interns are expected to work part-time for a minimum of 10 hours a week.
• Duration: The internship runs from September to December 2011. Specific internship dates will be discussed in person.
• Korean-language or Mandarin-language proficiency is required.

Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Due to a high number of applications, only the applicants who are granted an interview will be contacted. Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to:

Grace Cho, Esq.
Staff Attorney

Policy Analyst - International Program at the Migration Policy Institute

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of national and international migration policies, seeks an exceptional analyst to help anchor the Mexico-and-Central-America-related activities of the Institute’s International Program. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a passion for and nuanced understanding of migration in North and Central America as well as related or derivative policy issues. These issues might include, for instance, border security and the security implications of the international narcotics trade in the region, the economic and labor market consequences of migration for sending societies, the economic and demographic drivers of migration, and education and workforce training systems throughout the region. In addition, the successful candidate must possess practical knowledge about the political and administrative relationships that shape migration and integration policies and processes. As a result, the ideal candidate will be completely bilingual (and preferably bicultural) and able to move fluidly between professional environments in the United States, Mexico and Central America. Demonstrated familiarity with key research literature is essential. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

  • Master’s degree or higher with substantial practical experience in a policy setting. Exceptional candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and extensive (7 plus years of) experience will also be considered.
  • Deep understanding of Mexican and Central American social and political systems, and migration policies and associated policy issues, as well as a nuanced understanding of US immigration issues related to nationals from the region.
  • Full appreciation of key bilateral and regional policy differences and similarities.
  • Capacity to think both analytically and conceptually; write concisely, lucidly, and effectively; and ability to skillfully edit the writing of others for clarity and coherence.
  • Proven ability to carry out projects from conceptualization through development and completion; experience communicating and interacting with high level officials.
  • Exceptional judgment; excellent and mature team playing/building.
  • Bilingual speaking, writing, and reading abilities.
  • Familiarity with labor market, education and workforce issues in Mexico and Central America.
  • Broad knowledge of the sociology, politics, and economics of human mobility and its impact on labor markets and the broader society.
  • Substantial contracts with North and Central American analytical and policy communities.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Please reference “Analyst – Mexico and Central America” in the subject line. Electronic submissions are strongly preferred; however, hard copies may be sent to:

Human Resources
Migration Policy Institute
1400 16th Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

Due to the large number of applicants, only those candidates being considered for the position will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package offered. The Migration Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion or physical ability.

Program Officer at the Council for a Community of Democracies

The Council for a Community of Democracies (CCD) seeks a Program Officer to provide administrative and program support for its activities promoting multilateral support for democracy, human rights, and rule of law. CCD works with civil society leaders from all over the world to identify threats to democracy and opportunities for democratic consolidation and encourage action by governments of the Community of Democracies. More information on CCD can be viewed at
Primary activities of the Program Officer may include planning and logistical support for a series of international roundtable meetings of civil society; identifying relevant current events items and working with staff to maintain the news section of the CCD website; drafting press releases and other correspondence on issues of democracy and human rights; working with partners in the NGO community, US Department of State, and foreign embassies to coordinate meetings and other activities; assisting in the preparation of grant proposals to private and government funding sources; hiring and managing interns; the organization of quarterly board meetings; the management of content for the CCD and Diplomat’s Handbook websites and additional administrative support as needed.
  • Undergraduate degree in a related field (International Relations, Comparative Politics, etc.) required; relevant work/internship experience or a graduate degree preferred.
  • Website maintenance experience desired, preferably in Dreamweaver.
  • Prior experience in conference planning desired.
  • Prior experience with democracy and human rights activities preferred.
  • Ability to work comfortably with partners from a variety of countries and backgrounds.
  • Strong interpersonal and writing skills.
Interested individuals should submit a résumé, cover letter, and short writing sample to:
Please include “Program Officer Application” in the subject of your email.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Legal Intern at Rights for All

Rights for All is a non for profit grassroot NGO committed to the promotion and protection of human rights in the CEMAC zone.
We are currently looking for a legal intern from July onwards for a period of two to six months.
Job Summary
One of the main aims is to help raise awareness so that ordinary Cameroonian people understand their rights and what protection they are legally entitled to in certain situations. Your role in this will involve various activities as follows:
1. Raising awareness in rural communities
2. Preparing leaflets, posters or educational tools
3. Running training programs
4. Planning promotional campaigns
5. Legal assistance to victims of human rights abuses
6. Assist and cooperate with pro bono lawyers
Your work will be important for the growth of human rights in Central Africa.
In addition, you will be required to undertake other administrative duties as required by the post and any task that may be assigned to you from time to time by the Executive Director or the Programme Director.
The successful candidate will have significant, hands-on experience in legal assistance and/or human rights. Opportunities to learn other skills necessary for non-profit work exist for the right candidate.
Place and Hours of Work: The position will be at the Rights for All office in Yaoundé, Cameroon on a full-time basis throughout the duration of the internship.
Required Skills/Experience:
1. Applicants should have a strong interest in human rights and its related issues
2. A legal background is an advantage
3. English mandatory, French and other languages are an advantage
4. Demonstrate strong interest in human rights and its related issues
5. IT proficiency
Desired Skills/Experience:
1. Fluent French
2. Prior experience in a similar position
Services we offer:
1. Accommodation
2. French (or English) language courses
3. Career advice
4. Support in the visa application process
5. Airport pickup
6. Advice on cultural behaviours and how to get integrated in the community. Also insurance, banking and telephone/Internet counselling.
There is a small internship fee. For more information, please visit our internship page.
Please send your application letter and CV to Please also include the period you will be available to intern with Rights For All.