Programme Associate of the International Law and Human Rights Programme

Parliamentarians for Global Action is a recruiting a Programme Associate for its Hague office. The Programme Associate will work under the supervision of the Legal Advisor and Officer-in-charge of The Hague office of the International Law and Human Rights Programme, who in turn reports to the Secretary-General of PGA, and in close collaboration with other Programme officers in the implementation of the Campaign in specific target-countries and regarding thematic objectives. The Programme Associate will be based in PGA’s office in The Hague. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
(1) generally assist in the implementation of specific components of the PGA ICC and death penalty Campaigns, including the monitoring of country situations, advocacy with parliament and government officials, drafting of relevant documents, memoranda, and legal commentaries and the organisation of activities to facilitate the advocacy for the Campaign;
(2) Assist in the preparation of PGA Seminars, Workshops and side events; Opening International Law and Human Rights Programme (Programme Associate) The Hague Office February 2016 www.pgaction.org
(3) Assist in maintaining the PGA membership generally informed on matters of interest to them within the scope of the International Law and Human Rights Programme and in cooperation and coordination with other Programmes of PGA, including the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Campaign;
(4) Attending meetings at the International Criminal Court headquarters. Organizing, in cooperation with the relevant PGA staff, briefings for parliamentarians visiting The Hague.
(5) Assist in the drafting of reports and other documents as necessary for donors and partners of the PGA ICC and death penalty Campaigns
(6) Implement communication activities, including the updating of the website, preparation of press releases and social media, to give visibility to the results and activities of the parliamentary mobilisation in the targetcountries that the programme officer will cover;
(7) Monitor processes in international organisations, including but not limited to the UN Human Rights Council and others;
(8) Assist treaty-ratification and implementation campaigns of the Organization, as required and needed, including the Peace & Democracy Programme’s BWC Campaign (e.g. analysis of existing legislative frameworks and drafting of legal assistance, which may include commentaries to criminal laws and special laws, elaboration of draft parliamentary motions and /or parliamentary questions, elaboration of draft articles for effective domestic implementation);
(9) Support the work of other programme officers or programmes in PGA. This appointment will be subject to a probation period of 3 months, and will be made initially until the end of the year 2016, with possibility of renewal and subsequent extension depending on funding availability of the programme and the performance of the applicant.
The selected candidate is expected to be available for this position as early as possible, ideally from 1 March 2016.
  • Graduate studies in law and/or equivalent professional experience with proven track of exposure to international criminal law, human rights, disarmament and/or international legal and political issues; - Proficiency in French and/or Spanish AND English is required. - Proficiency in the three above-mentioned languages is an asset. - Knowledge of Dutch will be considered an additional asset, alongside knowledge of Arabic, Russian or Ukrainian
  • Basic experience in planning and organizing events;
  • Good written and oral communication skills, including public speaking;
  • Proven research capacity;
  • Self-reliance and creativity;
  • Motivation conducting or devising advocacy in political and diplomatic settings;
  • Proven capacity to work in a team and in horizontal structures;
  • Political awareness and sensitivity, and inter-personal skills; - Computer skills notably in database management; and
  • Commitment to human rights and the rule of law.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Competitive salary to other human rights NGOs based in The Hague Medical and dental insurance 20 days annual leave plus official holidays and, as applicable, religious holidays

Qualified applicants should submit in a single file named with their Last Name that should include:
  1. A Cover Letter indicating their motivation, concrete competencies and confirming availability to commence as early as possible in 2016, if possible by 1 March 2016.
  2. Resume/CV, including a section with the name and relation to three professional References. Please apply by Monday, 15 February 2016, 9.am GMT+1.
Applications received after this deadline may NOT be reviewed. Short-listed candidates will receive as early as possible an invitation for a written “test” of competencies and a phone call interview. We regret that we will not be able to contact unsuccessful applicants.
Applications should be e-mailed to: International Law & Human Rights Programme,
PGA E-mail: denhaag@pgaction.org
Fax. +31.70.364.2255 No phone inquiries, please.
In order to provide equal employment and advance opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at PGA will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. PGA does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation and gender identity, political affiliation, pregnancy, military status, veteran status, disability, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristic, domestic violence victim status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy governs all aspects of employment including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination and access to benefits and training.
On the basis of the Host Agreement between the ICC and the Netherlands provisions for the work of civil society organizations in relation to the ICC, there is no restriction to nationality or residence status in relation to The Netherlands to apply for this position.