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Vacancy Announcement: OMCT Libya - Legal Officer

OMCT MENA is seeking to recruit a legal officer forits Libya program “RESILIENT – Reinforcing Stakeholders In Libya to Engage against Torture”.

Location: OMCTMENA office in Tunis

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

About OMCT:

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is aninternational, independent, non-governmental organisation, founded in Geneva in1985. Its international secretariat is based in Geneva, with offices inBrussels and Tunisia. The OMCT works with around 200 member organisations,which constitute its SOS-Torture Network, and together we make up the largestglobal movement actively standing up against torture in more than 90 countries,including in the MENA region. Helping local voices to be heard, we support ourvital partners in the field and provide direct assistance to victims. The OMCTis a member of the European Human Rights Defenders Protection mechanism (ProtectDefenders.EU)and has consultative status before the United Nations Economic and SocialCouncil (ECOSOC).

The Mission of the OMCT is to contribute to theeradication of torture, summary executions, disappearances, arbitrary detentionand other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and to provideprotection to victims and potential victims through a global network of civilsociety organisations working in partnership and solidarity.

About OMCT’s program in Libya:

The OMCT is launching a new project in Libya that aims at tacklingtorture and institutionalized violence by state and non-state actors throughcapacity-building, empowerment and advocacy.

Responsibilitiesof the Legal Officer

The OMCT Libya Legal Officer will work under the supervision of the OMCT Libya Program Coordinator and in close cooperation with the Legal Director ofthe OMCT Tunisia and other OMCT staff.

He/she will prepare and facilitate training workshops on documentationand remain a resource person for all technical questions related to documentingtorture cases and providing legal assistance. The Legal Officer will coach themembers of the Libyan Anti-torture Network (LAN) on legal questions throughoutproject implementation and also provide input and expertise foradvocacy-related issues.

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Carrying out a comprehensive assessment of documentation and legal assistanceactivities of CSO members of the Libyan Anti-torture Network (LAN): ways ofwork, strengths, weaknesses, obstacles faced in the course of their actions andneeds in terms of training;
  • Conceiving a two-year training program including three trainings ondocumentation and legal assistance : defining learning objectives and trainingmethodology (in person and online);
  • Delivering the trainings, if necessary, in coordination with experts ondocumentation, international criminal law, forensic or other issues that willbe tackled in the trainings;
  • Providing the LAN members withlong-term technical assistance through working on concrete victims' cases (assistanceon documentation, legal characterization of facts according to national andinternational law, definition of a legal assistance strategy, includingstrategic litigations, etc.);
  • Organizing thematic working sessions with LAN members to sharegood practices and discuss difficulties encountered in the course ofdocumentation and legal assistance;
  • Playing a key role in the drafting of thematic reports and briefingnotes on the torture phenomenon in collaboration with the members of the LAN;
  • Participating in advocacy meetings at an internationallevel;
  • Assisting the Libya ProgramCoordinator with the organization of advocacy workshops and regular meetingswith the LAN members;
  • Participating in other activities lead by OMCT Libya.


  • University law degree.
  • At least five years of recognized practical experience in criminal law, internationalcriminal law and/or international human rights law.
  • Experience with working on migration issues will be an asset.
  • Work experience in the MENA region. Prior work experience on/in Libya willbe an asset.


  • Excellent oral and written drafting and communication skills in Englishand Arabic.
  • Excellent knowledge of international criminal law and internationalhumanitarian law.
  • Excellent skills in legal analysis.
  • Excellent ability to gather, analyze, and present information in atimely and well-organized manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills meeting deadlines andadjusting priorities.


The OMCT is an equal opportunities employer.

Applications for this position should be sent (byemail only) to OMCT at by 25/12/2020.

For consideration, pleasesend a cover letter, a CV and the contact details of two professionalreferences, indicating “OMCT MENA – Legal Officer” as your message subject. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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