Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 April 2009

Job Opportunity




Job Opportunity


CAIRO, Egypt, April 30, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Job Opportunity

Organization: Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies CIHRS

Location: Cairo, Egypt

Position: Program Officer

Organizational Unit: International Advocacy Program

Starting Date: June 2009

Contract Duration: Two years with possible extension (with 3 month probation period)

Salary: the remuneration will be commensurate with the experience of the applicant and competitive rates in Egyptian NGOs   

Background about CIHRS

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) is an independent regional non-governmental organization founded in 1994. It aims at promoting respect for the principles of human rights and democracy, analyzing the difficulties facing the application of International Human Rights Law and disseminating Human Rights Culture in the Arab Region as well as engaging in dialogue between cultures. A key part of CIHRS’ mandate is to help shape the understanding of the most pressing human rights issues within the region and then to coordinate and mobilize the key players and NGOs from across the Arab world to work together towards solutions. CIHRS enjoys consultative status in the United Nations ECOSOC, and observer status in the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. CIHRS is also a member of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) and is an Observer Member of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). CIHRS has its main offices in Cairo, an institutional presence in Paris and will be opening an office in Geneva for its work at UN human rights mechanisms this summer. CIHRS was awarded the French Republic Award for Human Rights in December 2007.


Background about the International Advocacy Program

CIHRS has a long term strategic plan concerning Arab civil society participation in international human rights mechanisms with two primary objectives. The first is to contribute to the process of using the international and regional human rights mechanism such as the UN Human Rights Council, The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, UN Treaty Bodies, Special Rapporteurs and other relevant institutions. The second is to contribute to protecting and supporting the development of international human rights mechanisms, this will be achieved by regular and systematic participation of Arab NGOs in the ongoing work of international human rights mechanisms, and by CIHRS coordinating a response to the problematic position of major regional actors. The program is responsible on developing and delivering a number of submissions and interventions to the UN and AU human rights protection mechanisms, developing policy papers and producing an annual report on the human rights situation in the Arab region.


Major responsibilities of the position

The program officer is responsible for producing, under the direct supervision of the CIHRS Executive Director, short reports and studies, country reports, background papers, policy briefs, press releases, newspaper articles, submissions to regional and international bodies and other written material to support the CIHRS’ advocacy goals. These documents will be based on quality research, including interviews with partners and stakeholders as well as library and internet research. The program officer will plan, coordinate and implement advocacy and lobbying campaigns based on the CIHRS’s direction expectations as well as engaging with regional and international human rights mechanisms. S/he will work with Egyptian, Arab, and international NGOs, to coordinate regional and international actions. The Program Officer will also keep abreast of developments at the international human rights mechanisms level and analyze laws and the main patterns and trends negatively affecting the human rights situation in the Arab region and outline, together with the research unit, the organization’s response to these developments and policies. He will participate in program and staff meetings; report his work directly to CIHRS administration as head of a team that includes other researchers, consultants and interns with diverse backgrounds and experience.



An advanced university degree in law or relevant social science field (e.g. Human Rights, Political science, international relations) or equivalent professional experience in the same field.

Excellent analytical skills and a deep understanding of the sociopolitical context in the Arab region.

Outstanding research and writing skills in both Arabic and English. Knowledge of French is an extra asset.

A minimum of 3 years of professional experience working with human rights civil society organizations and/or international organizations as a researcher or program officer.

Advanced practical and theoretical knowledge about the Regional and International Human Rights Mechanisms.

Demonstrated commitment to universal human rights standards.

Willingness and ability to travel abroad, work for extra hours and sometimes during weekends, function quickly and well under pressure, both independently and as a member of a team, and juggle multiple tasks.

excellent written, spoken and presentational communication skills;

Ability for planning and organization of own work, people management, to manage the performance of his/her team and to motivate colleagues and ability to lead a team with vision.

Ability to work independently and to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with appreciation of diversity.

Good interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people and NGOs of different national and cultural backgrounds with respect for diversity.



Deadline before 20 May 2009.

Applicants should send a CV, cover letter and, preferably, an unedited writing sample(s) in Arabic and/or English to or through mail to P. O. Box 117 (Maglis El Shaab), Cairo, Egypt. Or fax: +202792 1913. No telephone call is needed. Only successful candidates will be shortly contacted for an interview. . Women are highly encouraged to apply.



The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)


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