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Human Rights Researcher

Responsibilities

  1. Research, monitor, and document human rights abuses by collecting and analysing information from a wide variety of sources including government officials, local media, NGOs, victims, witnesses, journalists, activists and others in the field;
  2. Translate evidence and testimonies from Persian to English;
  3. Write and publicise accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, and timely reports and other advocacy documents (often including images, audio, video, data analysis, and/or online tools) that include policy recommendations intended to contribute to ending the culture of impunity experienced by Iranian individuals who have been subjected to human right abuses;
  4. Write op-eds, press releases, briefing memos, submissions to international bodies, statements, testimony, impact reports and other materials in order to disseminate our research findings and policy recommendations;
  5. Respond promptly to queries from the media, public, colleagues in the human rights community and the international organisations and take initiative to project human rights concerns in public debate;
  6. Assist the Executive Director in conducting strategic planning and fundraising;
  7. Work closely with partner organisations to develop opportunities for joint initiatives;
  8. Be prepared and willing to work flexible hours to accommodate developing and urgent events;
  9. Travel domestically and overseas, as and when required, to conduct fact-finding missions and advocacy;
  10. Deliver outputs in a timely manner and be consistent with the agreed strategy and priorities of Justice for Iran; and
  11. Carry out any other duties as required.

Qualifications

Education:

A degree in law, international relations, journalism, social sciences, or commensurate experience is required.

Experience: Minimum three years of relevant experience is required. Relevant experience may include among others, work as an investigative reporter or attorney on issues related to state violence; research and advocacy for non-profit or community-based organisations; or work in academia.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

  1. Ability to identify, research, analyse, and effectively communicate important human rights developments in the area of speciality.
  2. Ability and sensitivity to conduct interviews with a wide range of people, including victims and witnesses.
  3. Exceptional knowledge of the context of Iran.
  4. Ability to identify and advise the Executive Director in developing and implementing advocacy strategies in order to seize advocacy opportunities.
  5. Knowledge and experience of working in international human rights and familiarity with international human rights law.
  6. Proven track record of producing timely first-rate written products and editing experience with exceptionally strong research, analytical, writing, and editing skills.
  7. Demonstrable experience in conducting challenging investigative research is highly desirable.
  8. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and proficiency in Farsi.
  9. Familiarity with relevant research technology is highly desirable.
  10. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within Justice for Iran, as well as external partners.
  11. Ability to multi-task effectively, including good planning and organisational skills and ability to work under pressure.
  12. Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions.
  13. Ability to demonstrate strategical thought process on global and local media environments and how to utilise  print and electronic media to further advocacy goals.

Remuneration

The position is full-time and preferably based in London, but other locations may be considered for the right candidate.

Justice for Iran seeks a highly skilled individual and offers competitive remuneration for NGO/Charity sector. The successful applicant will enjoy a one-year contract which may be extended, 28 days paid holiday annually and Workplace pension. Justice for Iran will assist the successful candidate in obtaining necessary work permit, if required.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, CV, salary requirements, a brief writing sample (unedited by others), and contact information for two referees who are able to offer first-hand knowledge of the applicant’s professional conduct and work. Ideal referees will be from the Persian-speaking community.
Application must be submitted by email to: [email protected].
Please use “Researcher Application” as subject of your email.

Only complete applications from appropriately qualified applicants will be considered.

Applications close on 24th June.

About Justice for Iran (JFI)

Justice for Iran (JFI) is a UK-based non-governmental, not-for-profit human rights organization and a member of International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). It aims to address and eradicate the practice of impunity that empowers officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran to perpetrate widespread human right violations against their citizens, and to hold them accountable for their actions.

Justice for Iran unravels the truth and seeks justice for ethnic and religious minorities, LGBTIs, women, and those who are persecuted because of their political beliefs.

To achieve its mission, Justice for Iran researches, documents, validates, and litigates individual cases. It further raises public awareness and participates in human rights advocacy through the international human rights mechanisms.