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Researcher

Protection International

Brussels, Belgium

Job Purpose:

PI is looking for a motivated professional who can join our PRTU team in a starting position based in Brussels (Belgium). The key purpose and function of this role will be to provide general support the Head of PRTU in developing and undertaking policy analysis, research, as well as developing of capacity building and training tools for HRDs. The post holder will also have a key role in monitoring duty bearer countries and key stakeholders adoption and implementation of public policies for the protection of HRDs while liaising with colleagues in Brussels and field offices on a number of HRD security and protection issues. The post holder will contribute to PI’s overall effort to advice civil society actors and government agencies on matters concerning the security and protection of HRDs.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In close collaboration with the Head of PRTU, senior advisors and field staff, provide general support in implementing research activities on thematic priorities (i.e. national public policies for the protection of HRDs, criminalisation and community protection networks) and in developing capacity-building and training tools for HRD protection;
  • Provide administrative support to the Head of PRTU in the coordination of PI elearning activities and consultancy services, as well as support on administrative tasks to other colleagues in the Head Office team, when required;
  • Engage with PI staff worldwide as well as HRDs from different countries in order to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the current issues which impact on the security of HRDs;
  • Elaborate and review contents of PI’s web and printed publications and key outreach tools;
  • When required, provide support to the members of the Management Team in the preparation of briefings, policy papers, consultation responses and other papers on key policy issues relating to the work of PI;
  • Represent PI in conferences and fora. Moreover, the position may involve some travel abroad.

Skills & Experience:

  • Previous work experience: not an essential requirement;
  • Relevant university degree – preferably a Masters’ degree – in Social Sciences (political science, law, sociology, international relations, anthropology);
  • Knowledge and experience in social/anthropological research (qualitative methodologies);
  • Experience and familiarity with human rights standards and mechanisms desirable;
  • Field experience in human rights, and particularly direct experience engaging with HRDs, is a strong asset;
  • Proven interest in carrying out research and policy analysis relating to human rights, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, or similar topics, to support and inform strategic organisational objectives;
  • Excellent writing skills in English is an asset and demonstrated capacity to orally communicate clearly and effectively o a wide range of – expert and non-expert – audiences;
  • Enthusiastic, self-starter who is able to work autonomously, under pressure, in decentralised teams, and think outside the box;
  • Fluency in English (written and oral) is essential. Capacity to work and communicate (orally and in written) in Spanish and/or French are asset.

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