|Job Title||Director - Joining Forces Initiative|
|Location||Washington, DC 20005|
|Other Location||New York, NY 10001|
The task of the Director will be to implement the Joining Forces Initiative––cultivate and grow an international group of retired senior military, law enforcement and security sector leaders to work with Human Rights First in engaging in national security policy discourse at the national, regional, and global levels. Beginning with the issue of ending torture and cruel treatment, we will build on the expertise we have developed as a leading advocate for human rights in the national security context in the United States and scale this model to the international level for greater and more systemic impact.
Human Rights First seeks to disrupt the prevailing convention that respect for human rights weakens security and build in its place a broad, pro-security consensus that defends human rights. The director will build the international group; deploy it effectively to accomplish concrete objectives; integrate it with existing anti-torture initiatives at the national, regional and global levels and, where appropriate, with U.S. policies in such fields as promoting security sector reform and counterterrorism cooperation.
Over the last decade, Human Rights First has gained prominence for our work to establish a powerful coalition of U.S. retired generals and admirals—including a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former Commandant of the Marine Corps—who, in the wake of the egregious abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, argued publicly that torture was illegal, immoral, and undermined our national security. Working together, we challenged the misguided notion that human rights and security are opposing values in a zero-sum game and changed the nature of the debate about torture in the United States.
Building on this experience, Human Rights First is implementing the Joining Forces Initiative, developing a unique new resource to increase the capacity of human rights organizations to engage effectively in policy debates in the field of national security, an international group of distinguished retired senior military, intelligence and law enforcement leaders. Members of the group publicly endorse the absolute prohibition of torture and endorse the view that torture is counterproductive in protecting security. The initiative will strengthen the fight against torture by building a prevailing anti-torture consensus among security practitioners at the national, regional and international levels.
Leadership and Strategic Direction
ANNUAL SALARY: Competitive with comprehensive benefits package
START DATE: Immediately
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 24, 2013. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Please complete the online application found at our website www.humanrightsfirst.org under ABOUT US / JOB OPPORTUNITIES links.
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·Writing sample (secondary upload*)
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Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York and Washington DC. We build respect for human rights and the rule of law to help ensure the dignity to which everyone is entitled and to stem intolerance, tyranny, and violence.
Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting staff across all programs and departments from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTI people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.
|Required Skills||•Significant knowledge of and leadership experience on national security, counterterrorism or security sector reform policy, including advancing human rights protections as part of those policies.
•Strong professional profile, credibility, and experience in making or influencing government policies and practices in the areas of national security and human rights.
•Demonstrated commitment to human rights promotion and protection.
•Excellent communication skills; demonstrated abilities to translate highly technical material for a variety of audiences and effectively write and edit the written work of others.
•Proven ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure; to work successfully across organization lines and with a diverse team of colleagues; to work in a variety of national and international settings (including governmental, legal, advocacy, and the media).
•Strong leadership, strategic, organizational and analytical skills; good judgment; a high degree of initiative; and the desire and ability to thrive and multitask in a demanding, fast-paced, professional environment.
•Excellent interpersonal skills.
•Experience working with the press to achieve advocacy goals.
•Strong public speaking skills.
BENEFICIAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
•Familiarity with or experience of service in the military, law enforcement or security sector.
•Experience of working in the Global South and of working in cooperation with human rights defenders and other stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
•Knowledge of and experience in U.S. government and legislative policy development and decision making, and in the workings of one or more branches of the federal government, in relation to national security, counterterrorism, and human rights.
•Knowledge of languages other than English, especially Spanish, French or Arabic.
•Familiarity with global anti-torture mechanisms and other relevant international human rights mechanisms.
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