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Job title: Legal Research & Advocacy Officer


For Immediate Release

No. (E/08/08) 1 May 2008




Job location: Bethlehem, West Bank

Scope: Full-time

Available by: May/June 2008

Applications requested immediately


BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights takes a rights-based approach to the Palestinian refugee question and ongoing forced displacement of Palestinians through research, advocacy and support of community participation in the search for durable solutions and reparations. BADIL promotes accountability of duty holders through a global civil society campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it abides with international law. BADIL was established in 1998; its offices are located in Bethlehem, Palestine (see also


The Legal Research & Advocacy Officer is responsible for planning, implementation and reporting of designated activities, including legal research, advocacy and lobbying in the UN human rights system and with international organizations based in the OPT, and coordination of the BADIL Legal Support Network in accordance with the vision, mission and strategy of BADIL.


BADIL is looking for dynamic candidates with a track record of skills and previous experience in legal research and advocacy related to the Palestinian people. On-the job training will be provided in May-June 2008 for this position which will become vacant in July.





Key responsibilities:


- Conduct research and write BADIL studies, reports and submissions to UN- and other humanitarian/human rights fora;

- Write articles for BADIL information tools (magazines, press releases, a.o.) and participate in editorial meetings and quality control;

- Ensure active involvement of experts, members of the BADIL Legal Support Network, in BADIL program implementation and develop new expert contacts;

- Coordinate and contribute to the work of human rights/humanitarian working groups and coalitions in the OPT;

- Implement advocacy and lobby assignments abroad (academic conferences, United Nations);

- Serve as a legal resource person to BADIL community-based activities;

- Assist with development of the BADIL research library;

- Manage the department program plan and ensure timely implementation.


Required Skills, Qualifications and Experience


Formal education:

- M.A. in international human rights or humanitarian law;

Work experience:

- At least 3 years of experience with similar work with local or international organizations in the Palestinian context;

- Documented track record of successful academic research and advocacy;

Sound knowledge of:

- Public international law, in particular humanitarian, human rights and refugee law, and law on state responsibility;

- History and current context of the Palestinian/Arab – Zionist conflict, in particular the Palestinian refugee issue;

- Mandates, policies and practice of national and international NGOs and the UN system;

- Program management and planning;

- Excellent writing and editing skills in English (additional working knowledge in Arabic preferred), as well as in computer-based research;

In addition:

- Sound understanding and commitment to a rights-based approach;

- Flexibility, team work skills, ability to work under pressure; ability to travel abroad;

- Readiness, in principle, for a long-term commitment to work with BADIL.


Preference will be given to Palestinian/female applicants pending equal qualifications and skills.





- Full time position at the BADIL offices in Bethlehem. Candidates must be ready to live the Bethlehem area to ensure regular access to their place of work;

- Benefits according to local BADIL salary policy;

- Initial recruitment and on-the-job training based on a three-month contract and 75% salary;

- Long-term employment and career advancement options available.





Karine Mac Allister, coordinator, BADIL legal advocacy: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Please attach your CV, at least two references and a writing sample.


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.