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JUSTICIA European Rights Network Recruiting Programme Director (EU Advocacy)

19 Sep 2016: The JUSTICIA European Rights Network is a pan European Network consisting of 19 Network Member organisations based in 17 Member States, which works on EU criminal justice matters, namely procedural rights and the rights of victims of crime.

As consortium leader, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has received core funding from the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union to coordinate the JUSTICIA network.

Under the overall supervision of the Executive Director of the ICCL, the JUSTICIA Programme Director (EU Advocacy) will be based in Brussels and will oversee the coordination of the network under the current JUSTICIA Strategic Framework. A strategic thinker with a clear understanding of JUSTICIA’s role, the Programme Director (EU Advocacy) will have the skills and experience needed to deliver on the full potential of the network and provide leadership as it enters its next stage of development.

The specific duties of the JUSTICIA Programme Director (EU Advocacy) will include:

- Developing the JUSTICIA network to become a strong and effective stakeholder in EU law and policy development;

- Coordinating collective outputs of thenetwork members, including in relation to the provision of support for members’ strategic objectives at a national level;

- Sustaining effective working relationships with JUSTICIA colleagues to assist them to contribute, in an effective manner, to legal and policy developments at an EU level;

- Engaging in advocacy and representational work in order effectively to promote JUSTICIA’s objectives;

- In conjunction with the ICCL’s Organisational Development Manager, managing the budget of the network; including the execution of robust and accountable expenditure procedures, reporting and identification of new funding streams;

- Managing and leading the external communications systems of the network including the JUSTICIAwebsite and social media channels;

- Maintaining and developing relationships with key stakeholders in civil society, EU institutions, government departments, legal profession and national bodies;

- In conjunction with the JUSTICIA Liaison Officer, providing administrative and logistical support to the Network and its members, as required;

- Ensuring that JUSTICIA activities are carried out in a timely manner and with appropriate attention to quality.

How to apply:

Please see the Person Specification for the role. The application form can be downloaded from the JUSTICIA website ( and is available on request from the ICCL’s Administrator, Jason O’Mara, at 9-13 Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 (, tel. 01 799 4504), to whom further enquiries may also be directed.

Applications by e-mail are encouraged; postal applications should arrive in the ICCL’s offices no later than the closing date for applications.

Please note: this is a Brussels-based role. The successful applicant must have the legal right to live and work in Belgium. The JUSTICIA network has secured office accommodation in a central Brussels location, adjacent to the main EU institutions.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 29 September 2016.

JUSTICIA European Rights Network

Programme Director (EU Advocacy)

Person Specification

The ICCL, as consortium leader of the JUSTICIA network, offers a dynamic and flexible workplace and the chance to use your skills and knowledge to make a genuine difference.

Applicants will be assessed against the following essential / desirable requirements/skills and are encouraged to use their applications to provide examples of the manner in which they meet these criteria.

Please note that this role will involve travel within the EU and potentially to other regions.

Essential requirements:

• Qualification in EU law or politics, human rights, international relations or a related discipline;

• Capacity to work on own initiative and integrate effectively into a small high-performance staff team;

• Demonstrable experience in managing coalitions, networks or other consortium of organisations to achieve a common aim;

• Solid track record in project management, preferably acquired through working on multi-faceted, multi-stakeholder projects;

• First-rate drafting abilities and the proven capacity to produce a broad range of high-quality outputs and deliverables to tight deadlines;

• Experience of lobbying and advocacy work at an EU level;

• Oral and written fluency in the French and English languages.

Skills Requirements:

• Good knowledge of criminal law, EU law and human rights law;

• Excellent legal research and writing skills;

• Highly developed communication skills;

• Computer literacy, including some familiarity with website management and new media technologies;

• Excellent organisational skills, including experience with budget management.

Desirable requirements:

• Direct professional experience of engagement with national, EU and international human rights mechanisms;

• Experience of working with EU criminal justice initiatives;

• Exposure to external development strategies including with respect to fundraising.

JUSTICIA European Rights Network