Coordinator of Research and Advocacy, Budapest

Deadline: 16/08/2010

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) announces open position for Coordinator of Research and Advocacy. The Researcher will be responsible for the development and implementation of research and advocacy work in relation to ERRC strategic priorities, by providing human rights research knowledge and know-how, strong analysis and effective communication skills.

Responsibilities
* Organise and participate in desk and field research on human rights developments pertaining to Roma, consisting of fact-finding and analysis, including in rapid response to emergencies;
* Provide timely, accurate and impartial assessment of the human rights situation of Roma;
* Develop and maintain effective relations with colleagues and external contacts and partners including Romani representatives, other human rights activists and civil society representatives, researchers, governmental and inter-governmental representatives, service providers and lawyers;
* Write reports, advocacy submissions, letters of concern and other materials for internal use and publication and provide input into materials produced by colleagues;
* Effectively store and share information and research works within the programmes and legal departments;
* Stay abreast of international and domestic advocacy opportunities and provide input on which meetings and opportunities the ERRC should seize;
* Represent the ERRC externally with civil society organisations, governmental and inter-governmental bodies, social, political and other actors, and communicate ERRC positions;

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Requirements
* University degree in human rights, gender studies, social sciences or a related field;
* At least two years experience conducting desk and field research on human rights, women’s rights or related issues;
* Experience writing research and advocacy reports and other materials;
* Significant experience living and working in Romani communities is desirable;
* Advocacy or campaigning experience at local level is a plus;
* Strong English language skills required; knowledge of Russian, Italian, Romanian and/or Romani preferred;
* Strong, clear oral communication skills; ability to represent effectively ERRC positions in public;
* Understanding and sensitivity in dealing with different people and groups including survivors of human rights violations;
* Strong team player; ability to work independently;
* Attentive to deadlines, flexible and able to deal with high workload;
* Willingness to travel for work, either alone or with colleagues;
* Demonstrated commitment to the promotion of Roma rights;
* Proven ability to work in a diverse team.

Salary

* ranging between 24,000 – 27,000 EUR gross per year (payable in Hungarian forints);
* ERRC employees are provided fringe benefits and access to a professional development fund.

Application procedure
Interested applicants should submit following documents:
1. letter of interest (max 500 words);
2. CV in English;
3. contact details for two present or former employers (reference should be from immediate supervisor) and one other relevant referee;
4. an unedited English-language writing sample by the applicant (preferably human rights focused).

All the documents need to be submitted by 16th August 2010 16:00 to [email protected]

Applications received after this date will not be considered. Short-listed applicants will be notified within three weeks of the deadline.

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