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Ratification Adviser
Convention against torture initiative (CTI)
Domain Droits de l'homme
Type Contrat à durée indéterminée
Location Geneva
Rate 100 %

Ratification Adviser

Purpose of the post

To promote and facilitate ratification of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT), in line with CTI’s strategic vision of achieving universal ratification by 2024.

 About the CTI and the CTI Secretariat

The CTI is an inter-governmental initiative being spearheaded by the Governments of Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco, with the vision that by 2024, every State in the world will have ratified the UNCAT and be working towards its active implementation. The CTI is supported by an independent Secretariat, based in Geneva, composed of the Head of the Secretariat and a small team of professional staff and an office administrator. CTI’s Group of Friends, which is open to all UN Member States, as well as international and regional organisations, NGOs, and independent experts, is active in Geneva and New York. The CTI works through confidential government dialogues, often on a regional basis and provides technical and other support to States. The CTI’s approach is constructive (“no name, no shame”) and is based on equality between States. Each year the CTI Secretariat, oftentimes together with partners, organizes a number of global and regional events, seminars and visits. More information about the CTI and the Group of Friends is available here: http://www.cti2024.org/.

Key responsibilities:

In supporting the programme of CTI activities towards universal ratification of UNCAT, the Ratification Adviser will

  • Build relationships and grow existing contacts with States that are considering ratification or those that have recently ratified (in Geneva, New York and in-country), and keep them updated on latest CTI and other developments,
  • Keep abreast of  latest developments in  priority States,  prepare and  update country or  regional briefing notes, talking points and action plans/strategies, and share information as appropriate,
  • Maintain a database of contacts and keep updated,
  • Keep the  CTI  Secretariat and  core States and  Friends updated on  new ratifications and  related developments, follow and make recommendations on ratification in relation to the UPR sessions to be shared with CTI core States and Friends of the CTI, and otherwise keep track of developments on ratification globally,
  • Prepare and design programmes for any visiting inter-ministerial delegations to Geneva (including as part of CTI Study visits), and follow-up on such visits
  • Prepare and support in-country CTI diplomatic and technical delegation visits, participate in such visits as required, and follow-up on such visits
  • Take advantage of presence in Geneva or New York of visiting State delegations and arrange bilateral and multilateral meetings with visiting delegations (e.g. in Geneva, during the Human Rights Council or Universal Periodic Review)
  • Undertake technical visits to support States in preparing for ratification and/or provide technical advice and support as a “remote help desk” in response to specific requests from States considering or in the process of ratifying UNCAT (or identify specialists who can assist)
  • Keep the CTI Ratification Tool and the CTI’s “10 good reasons to ratify” and other relevant documents updated, and prepare other tools to support ratification
  • Be responsible for the CTI blog series, profiling States parties to UNCAT and OPCAT and the benefits they have obtained from ratification
  • Prepare  speeches  and  presentations  for  senior  staff  of  the  CTI  Secretariat  and  core  States’ Ambassadors (as required).
  • Work closely with others in the CTI Secretariat in preparations for the CTI’s annual high level side event at the Human Rights Council, and any similar events in New York, as well as regional events, such as recommending candidates for participation in particular events, feed in latest information from countries in those regions, and contribute to briefing packages and information for relevant activities and events.
  • Other activities that may be assigned.

Qualifications/experience required:

  •  A degree at masters’ level in a field such as public international law, human rights, political science, international relations, criminal justice, criminology, or related field. In lieu of a master’s degree, admission to practice as a lawyer in a national jurisdiction is accepted.
  • Minimum 5 years’ work experience in the human rights, criminal justice, diplomatic or related fields, with preference for persons with some experience working with or in Government in a positive and constructive manner.
  • Strong knowledge of  the  international and  regional international human  rights  frameworks and systems, with particular focus on UNCAT.
  • Applied knowledge of one or more of the regions of particular focus to the CTI (Africa, Asia, the Caribbean), or experience with working with Small Island Developing States.
  • Outstanding English drafting skills, excellent organizational skills, and effective communication skills.
  • A second language (Arabic, French, Portuguese) an advantage.

Key competencies required:

  • Building and sustaining positive relationships
  • Understanding country and regional sensitivities and priorities
  • Delivering a quality and timely service
  • Adapting to unforeseen changes
  • Willing to learn and to take on responsibilities
  • A good team player, as well as at ease working independently (looking for a “self-starter” who shows initiative)
  • Communicating effectively, openly and regularly
  • Willing to travel extensively to diverse countries in all regions of the world including periods of time in New York
  • Understand and respect the confidentiality of the CTI’s work
  • Support an ethical, diverse and collegial work environment

Applications from persons from Africa, Asia or the Caribbean or who have experience in one  or  more  of  these  regions,  or  with  Small  Island  Developing  States  (SIDS),  are particularly encouraged to apply.

This is a full-time position based in Geneva, Switzerland. Salary is based on Swiss NGO scales commensurate with experience.

 HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit with subject line, “Ratification Adviser” the following documents in ENGLISH to recruit2@cti2024.org by 1 March 2018:

  1. Cover letter indicating why you are interested in the position and how you fulfil the position criteria
  2. Resume or CV of no more than 2 pages, including the names of two referees at least one from recent employment. You may indicate if you do not wish us to contact your referees unless you are offered the position.

Please do NOT include certificates or other documentation.

No late applications will be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

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Send your application by e-mail to the attention of:
Ratification Adviser (recruit2@cti2024.org)
Convention against torture initiative (CTI)
c/o Association pour la prévention de la torture
10 route de Ferney
1202 Geneva (Geneva)
www.cti2024.org/