Policy and Research Officer, Civicus

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Policy and Research Officer

Overall purpose of the role: 
Support to various members of the CIVICUS alliance in respect of CIVICUS’ key mandate to strengthen civil society around the globe especially in areas where civic space is threatened. Analyse global trends with regard to the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly as well as persecution of human rights defenders. In particular s/he will lead CIVICUS’ activities with regard to the Lifeline Embattled CSOs Fund.
Specific tasks and responsibilities
•Carry out critical research and analysis of policy debates and political developments at the global, regional and national levels on civic space issues with a view to crafting organisational positions, advocacy strategies, briefing papers, statements, opinion pieces and editorials; 
•Coordinate CIVICUS’ Lifeline Embattled CSO Fund activities which provide strategic advocacy assistance and solidarity to civil society organisations and human rights defenders operating in highly restrictive environments;
•Engage with CIVICUS’ external stakeholders on advocacy strategies to protect and expand civic space in multi-lateral institutions and intergovernmental bodies;
•Contribute to the development of CIVICUS’ lobbying and campaigning strategies and ensure their implementation at international, regional and national levels;
•Facilitate and support CIVICUS’ members and partners in their policy making and lobbying activities; 
•Engage with policy makers and other stakeholders on CIVICUS’ strategic priorities and represent the organisation in external forums. 

Required qualifications and competencies:
•Masters degree in international human rights law, development or social science.
•Minimum of 5 years work experience in the civil society sector on human rights issues.
•Demonstrated work experience, pertaining to research, analysis and advocacy on human rights issue.
•Demonstrated work experience in project coordination in the civil society sector
•Sound understanding of international affairs, development and civil society matters.
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills, esp in English and one other UN language.
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to work under pressure and in a multi cultural setting.

  Anywhere in the world, Johannesburg preferred or with regular travel to Johannesburg
Start date: As soon as possible
Salary: USD 42 867 -45 225 annually, commensurate with experience.
Submit a motivational letter and detailed CV with contact details of three current referees to jobs@civicus.org by 13 November 2015.

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