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OMCT Libya Programme | Legal Officer

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is seeking to recruit a highly motivated, energetic, and creative individual, with a commitment to human rights to become a Legal Officer for its Libya Programme “RESILIENT – Reinforcing Stakeholders in Libya to Engage against Torture”.

Location: OMCT MENA Office in Tunis

Conditions: Full-time position. 2-year contract. The position may require international travel.

ABOUT THE OMCT

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is an international, independent, non-governmental organisation, founded in Geneva in 1985. Its international secretariat is based in Geneva, with offices in Brussels and Tunisia. The OMCT works with around 200 member organisations, which constitute its SOS-Torture Network, and together we make up the largest global movement actively standing up against torture in more than 90 countries, including in the MENA region. Helping local voices to be heard, we support our vital partners in the field and provide direct assistance to victims.

The OMCT is a member of the European Human Rights Defenders Protection mechanism, ProtectDefenders.EU and has consultative status before the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The mission of the OMCT is to contribute to the eradication of torture, summary executions, disappearances, arbitrary detention and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and to provide protection to victims and potential victims through a global network of civil society organisations working in partnership and solidarity.

About OMCT’s Libya Programme

Since January 2021, the OMCT Libya Programme aims at tackling torture and institutionalized violence by state and non-state actors through capacity-building, empowerment and advocacy with local CSO partners from the Libyan Anti-Torture Network (LAN).

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Legal Officer will work under the supervision of the Head of the OMCT Libya Programme and in close cooperation with colleagues from all three OMCT offices in Tunis, Geneva and Brussels, and will

  • Prepare and facilitate training workshops on documentation and remain a resource person for all technical questions related to documenting torture cases and providing legal assistance;
  • Mentor the members of the Libyan Anti-torture Network (LAN) on legal issues throughout project implementation and also provide input and expertise for advocacy-related issues;
  • Conduct extensive legal research and analysis and prepare studies, comparative studies, briefs, reports and correspondence;
  • Assist in preparation of documents including case studies, success stories, statistics and other topics as agreed with the supervisor;
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders including partner organisations, service providers and colleagues.

Other responsibilities of the Legal Officer include

  • Regularly carrying out comprehensive assessments of the documentation and legal assistance activities of the Libyan Anti-torture Network (LAN): ways of working, strengths, weaknesses, obstacles faced in the course of their actions and training needs;
  • Conceiving a two-year training programme including three trainings on documentation and legal assistance: defining learning objectives and training methodology (in person and online);
  • Delivering the trainings, if necessary, in coordination with subject-matter experts on legal and forensic documentation, international criminal law, etc.;
  • Providing the LAN members with long-term mentoring and technical assistance when working on concrete victims' cases (assistance on documentation, legal characterization of facts according to national and international law, definition of a legal assistance strategy, including strategic litigations, etc.); This will include the organisation of thematic working sessions with LAN members to share good practices and discuss difficulties encountered in the course of documentation and legal assistance;
  • Playing a key role in the drafting of thematic reports and briefing notes on the torture phenomenon in collaboration with the members of the LAN;
  • Participating in advocacy meetings at the international level;
  • Assisting the Head of the Libya Programme with the organisation of advocacy workshops and regular meetings with the LAN members;
  • Participating in other activities led by the OMCT Libya Programme.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

  • University degree in law, international law or other related fields
  • At least five years of recognized practical experience in criminal law, international criminal law and/or international human rights law
  • NGO experience preferred
  • Experience with working on migration issues will be an asset
  • Work experience in the MENA region. Prior work experience on/in Libya will be an asset
  • Excellent oral and written drafting and communication skills in English and Arabic

Competencies expected

  • Ability to provide technical support, trainings and supervision on legal matters
  • Excellent knowledge of international criminal law and international humanitarian law
  • Excellent skills in legal analysis
  • Excellent ability to gather, analyze, and present information in a timely and well-organized manner
  • Strong ability to organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail
  • Good cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision

APPLICATIONS

The OMCT is an equal opportunities employer.

Applications for this position should be sent (by email only) to the OMCT at fas@omct.org

Please send a cover letter and your CV indicating “OMCT Libya Programme, Legal Officer” as subject title.

Deadlines of application is 5 February 2023.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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