Who are we looking for?

We are looking for an outstanding candidate who will leverage his/her relevant professional experience and knowledge to provide practical advice and support to APT partners on legal and policy issues related to torture prevention, as well as identify new areas for development to implement APT 2023 Strategic Plan. 

Your main responsibilities include:

  1. Advise and advocate for strengthened legal and procedural safeguards and reform of police practices.
  2. Provide advice to, and strengthen capacities of legal and judicial actors in their role to prevent torture
  3. Conduct practical research on legal issues related to torture prevention, including writing briefings and commentaries.
  4. Engage with, and mobilise APT’s network of partners (online and off line) on legal and policy issues related to deprivation of liberty, including advocacy at the regional and international levels
  5. Develop materials and deliver training (face-to-face and virtual) on torture prevention to a variety of audiences.
  6. Contribute to APT external communication, and identify new areas for APT’s contributions to torture prevention

Requirements: education and experience

  • A degree in law or criminal justice is a requirement. A degree in human rights is an asset
  • A minimum of seven years of relevant work experience is essential, ideally in the administration of justice, the prohibition of torture or in the field of deprivation of liberty
  • Experience in the implementation of legal and procedural safeguards concerning deprivation of liberty is a strong asset
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Spanish
  • Training and public speaking experience; experience of representing organisation in high level meetings

Other skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Spanish, with demonstrated experience in drafting practical legal briefings and analysis including educational materials
  • Excellent organisational skills and capacity to implement a wide variety of tasks and projects
  • Excellent project management skills, from project conceptualisation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation
  • Strong research, analytical skills, with a demonstrated capacity of applying a practical and pragmatic approach to human rights implementation
  • Demonstrated capability to thrive in a team, as well as show initiative and operate autonomously
  • Ability to interact and establish trustful relationships with a wide variety of actors, such as National Preventive Mechanisms, National Human Rights Institutions, diplomatic community and government officials, as well as legal professionals
  • Strong commitment to human rights values, to preventive approach and to APT’s values
  • Ability to travel between continents on average 6 to 8 times a year (once the health situation will allow it)
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural team

Additional requirements (assets)

  • Experience in detention monitoring
  • Human rights advocacy experience within UN and/or regional mechanisms and bodies
  • Proficiency in other UN languages
  • Prior experience working at the regional or international level
  • Prior experience working with a non-for-profit organisation
  • Experience and interest in fundraising and communication
  • Readiness to conduct administrative tasks related to project delivery

Salary: 78’000 to 85’000 CHF over a 12 months period, depending on experience, plus working permit and modest relocation package where relevant.

Benefits: standard pension schemes; 25 days of holidays plus national holidays and additional days during the end of the year break; flexible working hours. We pay attention to private life – including family - and work balance, and we emphasise well-being.

Working environment: Exceptional working environment in APT eco-friendly building, located in the nature nearby public transportation and United Nations. 

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Senior Adviser, Law and Policy
Full time position, equivalent to 40h/week, with a possibility for an 80% position. Indeterminate contract.