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Programme Director-IHL Resource Centre in Jerusalem

We are looking for a Programme Director for Diakonia´s IHL Recource Center in Jerusalem. Interested candidates are invited to apply no later than March 31st, 2017

Since 2004, Diakonia has run an International Humanitarian Law Resource Center (IHLRC) with the aim of increasing respect for international law, specifically IHL and IHRL, in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The IHLRC focuses on legal research and analysis, report production, advocacy and outreach, specifically addressing third State responsibility and accountability among the humanitarian and development communities. See website.

Diakonia is a Swedish civil society organization working with a long-term and rights-based perspective to advance democracy and human rights, social and economic justice, gender equality, peace and justice in developing and crisis-ridden countries. Our mission is to change inequity, discrimination, unfair political, economic and social structures that generate poverty, oppression and violence.

Type of employment: Temporary for 3 years (with possibility for extension) this position will be expatriate / international employment.
Planned starting time: June 1, 2017
Work place: Diakonia Country office for Israel/Palestine in Jerusalem

Main Responsibilities

The IHLRC Programme Director will manage a team of legal, policy, advocacy, resource mobilization and programme management professionals. The Programme Director will lead the IHLRC in line with the 2016-2018 Diakonia IHLRC Strategy, mentor staff, conduct strategic communications with stakeholders at the senior level, oversee production and implementation of annual work-plans, supervise legal research, publications and legal reports, and will oversee IHL/IHRL trainings, especially as relates to mainstreaming IHL into programming for donors, local and international humanitarian and development actors.

Management Responsibilities

In collaboration with the Deputy Director, Program Manager, Senior Program Officer, and Legal Advisors, the Programme Director will:

Distribute and delegate the workflow efficiently and effectively.

Provide legal and related policy support and guidance.

Lead the development of strategic plans, manage IHLRC work processes and operations.

Oversee the overall IHLRC budget and operations.

Develop and maintain relations with the IHLRC Review Committee/Advisory Council on issues relating to the programme/consultancies/capacity-building.

Liaison and IHLRC Representation

Represent the IHLRC at senior levels in the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and AIDA, including with heads of UN agencies and NGOs, as well as diplomatic community representatives engaged on IHL.

Maintain and develop strategic contacts with relevant actors, including existing and potential back-donors, networks, partner organizations and like-minded organizations.

Develop network of strategic resources and policy makers; build strategic relations and conduct policy dialogue with policy makers, senior diplomatic, humanitarian and development community representatives, including EU and UN in oPt/Israel, to work toward increased third-country responsibility and accountability in respective policies and operations;

Coordinate advocacy and external communications with Diakonia HQ, as well as with other strategic actors and collaborators locally and in Europe.

Represent and promote IHLRC locally within UN system and donor community, in working groups and coordination mechanisms as well as in identified international forums.

Resource Mobilization

Build strategic relationships with existing donors and coordinates drafting of proposals/applications to expand programming and funding in cooperation with new donors and partners.

Network, liaise and communicate with present and potential donors and partner organizations on issues relevant to legal aspects; including strategic priorities.

Employer Representation

Mentor and assist IHLRC personnel by holding regular personal development talks, identifying competence and development needs, developing work plans and structuring workflow.

Requirements

Law degree with specialization in International Law (e.g., IHL, IHRL, ICL)

Five years of combined management, legal, advocacy and diplomatic experience.

Solid experience of working at the field-level in crisis/post-crisis countries.

Solid record of experience in organizational structuring, management and human resource management.

A proven record of resource mobilization and strategic engagement with donors.

Expertise in strategy and programme development.

Excellent communications and people skills.

Excellent analytical and drafting skills.

Extensive experience of oPt and Israel-Palestinian conflict, preferably including legal analysis, advocacy and humanitarian/development issues preferable.

For information please contact

Deputy Regional Manager: Ghada Harami: ghada.harami@diakonia.se
IHLRC Director: Ms. Grazia Careccia; grazia.careccia@diakonia.se

Application

Interested candidates are invited to apply by sending an updated CV and a cover letter explaining their interest in the position to the following address: vacancies.jerusalem@diakonia.se no later than March 31st, 2017.