(12 July 2018) Vacancy Announcement and Call for Applications: Legal Researcher and Advocacy Officer




Vacancy Announcement and Call for Applications

BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights is a Palestinian human rights organization established in 1998 and based in Bethlehem. BADIL is dedicated to defending and promoting the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people in general and the rights of the displaced in particular. BADIL utilizes a rigorous rights and evidence based legal analysis established within the frameworks of international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law to further advance Palestinian rights.
Position: Legal Researcher and Advocacy Officer
Location: Bethlehem, Palestine
Scope: Full-time
Availability: Immediately

Deadline for applications: 31 July 2018, by 16:00 pm and sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Application must include: CV/Resume, Letter of interest/personal statement in English, a sample of applicant’s research and 2 references. Only complete applications will be considered by the selection committee. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by BADIL.

Role Purpose:
The Legal Researcher and Advocacy Officer contributes to implementation of BADIL's research and advocacy action plan, including compilation and analysis of field data, legal and political resources, as well as initiating, drafting, compiling of articles, briefs, studies and UN submissions (UNHRC, treaty bodies and special procedures) that support BADIL's evidence–based legal analysis and advocacy initiatives.

Key responsibilities:
  • Initiate, conduct and produce research for BADIL legal studies, fact sheets and briefs, position and policy papers;
  • Initiate, conduct and produce legal submissions, statements and reports for the various mechanisms of the UN;
  • Draft and submit individual complaints to the various UN Special Rapporteurs and other international human rights mechanisms;
  • Draft alternative and shadow NGO reports in cooperation with other Palestinian human rights NGOs;
  • Monitor UN treaty bodies and special procedures mechanisms in order to identify advocacy opportunities and drive initiatives related to these opportunities;
  • Analyze new violation incidents within their legal and political context and with reference to previously recorded incidents in order to identify trends;
  • Network with UN mandate holders and their staff in order to create working relationships with BADIL;
  • Represent BADIL before UN and other international bodies when appropriate;
  • Represent BADIL at conferences, workshops relevant to research and advocacy initiatives;
  • Participate in the overall review and editing of research and advocacy products;
  • Serve as resource person for BADIL, in particular being responsible for responding to written information requests and legal solicitations made to BADIL;
  • Contribute to developing BADIL’s overall research and international advocacy strategies.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Relevant law degree and academic coursework in international human rights and humanitarian law;
  • A minimum of two years of relevant work experience in human rights monitoring, research and/or advocacy;
  • Ability to conduct advocacy and lobbying at regional and international levels;
  • Familiarity with UN human rights mechanisms;
  • Excellent English speaking, writing and editing skills: ability to write clear, concise and well-structured reports and other publications on human rights issues in English;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills;
  • Strong interest and sound understanding of current international affairs; good understanding of international policies towards Israel/Palestine and the Arab Region in general;
  • Knowledge of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and an understanding of local and regional politics;
  • Working knowledge of Arabic (reading and speaking);
  • Strong commitment to human rights and social justice principles;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Good organizational skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure and as part of a team; willingness to work long hours if required; and,
  • Ability to work in an intercultural environment.
Preference shall be given to candidates that: are residents of the Bethlehem governorate; Arabic natives and female candidates with equal or higher qualifications.