The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC with the mission of promoting transitional justice and accountability processes in Syria. To this end, SJAC implements activities in three main areas. First, SJAC collects documentation of violations by all sides of the conflict, regardless of affiliation, and from all geographic areas in Syria. SJAC retrieves documentation through its team of Documentation Coordinators in Syria and neighboring countries, Syrian and international partners, and public sources. Second, SJAC’s Data Analysis team processes and analyzes documentation in a Syria-specific database, using a methodology developed to reflect international legal principles. Third, SJAC drives discourse on transitional justice with the goal of amplifying Syrian perspectives, and bridging the gap between Syrians’ justice interests and international discussions on appropriate accountability measures.
Background About Consultancy
As the 2011 uprising in Syria has turned into a protracted conflict, instances of violations have increased in number and patterns. In order to document all types of violations comprehensively, SJAC works with consultants who have expertise in documenting violations and work with the highest ethical standards.
Documentation Coordinators may work hours on their own schedule and work with SJAC to determine target numbers of hours each quarter. Documentation Coordinators, however, should work an average of 11 to 22 days per month depending on a consultant’s availability and the scope of work for documentation in their area. SJAC anticipates awarding 4-6 consultancy agreements for Documentation Coordinators. Agreements will be made for a base period of one year with two option periods of one year each. Option years will be exercised based on satisfactory performance.
The duties of Documentation Coordinators will include, but may not be limited to:
· Increase awareness of SJAC’s goals and missions in Syria, in IDP camps, and among refugee populations in neighboring countries.
· Conduct interviews with witnesses and survivors/victims of violations and collect other first-hand documentation as appropriate.
· Develop and maintain relationships with data source partners to collect second-hand documentation from a variety of sources.
· Develop and maintain relationships with local humanitarian and service providers to create referral pathways for survivors and victims of violations.
· Be in close communication with SJAC’s Documentation Team Lead in order to regularly transfer documentation and to discuss documentation strategy and efforts.
· Follow SJAC’s ethical standards and SJAC’s security policy, including chain of custody, in order to conduct the work with no harm to persons or to data.
· Develop and maintain close working relationships with human rights groups and activists inside Syria.
· Perform other tasks as needed.
· Monthly timesheets.
· Weekly work report
Qualifications for Documentation Coordinators
· University degree required, a degree in Law is preferred.
· Minimum of two years of relevant professional experience.
· Sound knowledge of human rights documentation methods and practices.
· Ability to discuss sensitive topics in an open, respectful, and effective way.
· Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
· Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
· Awareness of the security concerns and ability to conduct work in a safe and cautious manner.
· Knowledge of how to capture photos, audio recordings, or film with a smartphone, camera, or other device.
· Fluency in Arabic. A working knowledge of English is preferred, but not required. Knowledge of other languages spoken in Syria is a plus.
· In-depth understanding of the Syrian conflict.
· Ability to function professionally and effectively with co-workers and supervisors.
Please send a Curriculum Vitae with cover letter by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state which consultant position you are applying for in the subject line. In the cover letter, include where you are currently located, relevant background, and your availability. Applicants are encouraged to submit before January 12th, 2018, but applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until all consultancies are filled. After January 28th, 2018, interested applicants may email email@example.com to confirm if there are additional consultancies available. Women and religious/ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.