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Vacancies at the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, Belgium

Vacancies at the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network
EMHRN Project Assistant
EMHRN Project Assistant for the project called 'Palestine, Israel and Palestinians'.
The position is based in Brussels, Belgium. The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) invites candidates to apply for the post of project assistant for its work on Palestine, Israel and Palestinians.
Background: The EMHRN is a network of more than 70 human rights organisations in 30 countries. Its mission is to promote and strengthen human rights and democratic reform within the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP)/Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and other EU- Arab cooperation frameworks. The Network seeks to develop and strengthen partnerships between NGOs in the EuroMed region, disseminate human rights values and increase members’ capacity in this regard.
EMHRN’s project on Palestine, Israel and Palestinians aims at setting human rights and International Humanitarian Law at the heart of the Middle East Peace Process by raising awareness in Europe, Israel, the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) and the Arab region on the EU’s human rights commitments and actions in its relations with Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Through its Working Group on Palestine, Israel and Palestinians (PIP), the EMHRN has for the past 6 years engaged in a project that reviews the obligations, commitments and actions of the EU and its Member States under International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in relation to Israel and advocates for changes in EU’s policies and actions accordingly. The PIP WG also monitors EU human rights commitments and actions in its relation with the Palestinian Authority. The PIP working group is a unique group of 15 representatives of Israeli, Palestinian, European and Arab human rights organizations who advocate with one voice in Europe.
The project assistant will assist the project coordinator in the implementation of EMHRN activities under its project on Palestine, Israel and Palestinians. The project assistant will be under the supervision of the project coordinator.
The project assistant main tasks will be to:
· Support the coordinator in the organization of the activities of the PIP Working group, including meetings of the Working group, advocacy missions and trainings. This includes sending invitation letters, setting up meetings, booking hotels, prepare budgets, accounting, logistics, etc. ;
· Monitor the activities and the calendar of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership /Union for the Mediterranean, the European Neighbourhood Policy, the EU and international organisations, such as the UN, related to Palestine, Israel and the Palestinians;
· Actively research, update and distribute information on Palestine, Israel and the Palestinians (and linked to the European Union and other international organisations) to the members of the Working group and to the partners;
· Maintain and update the PIP Working group’s database;
· Participate in various meetings, notes taking and preparation of meeting reports;
· Assist in the coordination with the members of the PIP Working group during the drafting of reports, statements, press releases and other documents published by the EMHRN on Palestine, Israel and the Palestinians;
· Ensure the printing, translation, publishing and promotion of the materials and reports produced by the PIP Working group;
· Support the drafting of narrative and financial reports, as well as of reports evaluating the activities of the PIP Working group;
· In charge of the administrative aspects of the PIP project
· Participating in PIP activities on an ad hoc basis in Europe, Israel and the OPT.
· Represent the EMHRN upon delegation of the PIP Coordinator as far as Palestine, Israel and the Palestinians are concerned;
Principal qualifications and core competences:
· University degree in law, political or social science. Other similar qualifications may also be considered.
Practical knowledge of the functioning of the EU institutions. Knowledge of UN mechanisms an asset.
Knowledge of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Knowledge about the role of the EU in the conflict will be considered as an asset.
Knowledge of human rights standards.
Proven track record with civil society work.
Languages: Excellent written and spoken English. Very Good written and spoken French.
Computer literacy (Word and Excel required).
Other competences: good communication skills (oral and written) and ability to draft clearly and succinctly; Ability to keep strict deadlines and deal with several projects simultaneously.
Terms and Conditions:
Duty station: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 1 year contract. Possible extension after one year.
Trial period: 3-month
Work: 36 hours per week (lunch not included)
Salary: The salary is based on the EMHRN internal salary scale
Start of the assignment: as soon as possible
To apply: interested persons should submit their resume and application, in English only, by email to M. Alessandro Storer,, by 10 April 2011. Interviews will take place the week of 18 April 2011. Further information: you are welcome to contact Ms Nathalie Stanus, PIP project coordinator, at for further information on the position.
For information on the EMHRN PIP project: Please click here to read more