About the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Litigation Project
The Atlantic Council’s Strategic Litigation Project (SLP) is a new and growing effort to advise on the inclusion of legal tools as a part of foreign policy, with a focus on prevention and accountability efforts for atrocity crimes, human rights violations, terrorism and corruption offenses.
· Advise government officials around the world on ways to use civil and criminal tools to target international human rights abusers.
· Advocate for legislators to create new legal tools and improve existing ones to aid victims and seek accountability.
· File and support impact litigation and human rights interventions in international, regional and national courts and forums.
· Publish leading scholarship and convene public and private events, all designed to advance the global debate on the sophisticated use of strategic litigation.
While the SLP’s work is global in scope, its initial work is focused on serious international crimes in the Middle East and North Africa, China and Venezuela.
Overview of the Role
Under the supervision of the head of the SLP and in close cooperation with the project team, the program assistant will work on all aspects of day-to-day management to support human rights, litigation initiatives and other law-related project deliverables. Previous experience in international human rights advocacy, comparative law, and/or criminal law and procedure; or working on policy in government, a think tank, or other NGO is highly desired. The ideal candidate will be remarkably well-organized and detail-oriented and will have demonstrable administrative and communication experience. The program assistant will also be involved in regional and thematic projects led by the Strategic Litigation Project, including event coordination, publication management, and business development. The program assistant will oversee the publication process of articles and papers, coordinate the activities of 2-3 nonresident senior fellows, and contribute to fundraising efforts and managing donor relations, among other responsibilities. The candidate will also be encouraged to engage in their own research and publishing in addition to their cooperative assignments, and proactively seek out opportunities for growth.
A successful candidate must communicate effectively and enjoy fast-paced teamwork. The position requires a superior ability to multitask with a record of coordinating projects and events, excellent administrative skills, exceptional writing ability, attention to detail, a positive attitude, and an ability to manage, follow strict federal grant guidelines, and effectively communicate progress on project deliverables for grant reporting purposes. Our ideal candidate will have experience producing in-person and virtual events with high-level speakers, key donors, and constituencies, as well as budget management and reporting experience.
· Provide administrative and logistical support to the SLP’s management team, including scheduling, managing external contacts, arranging travel, and completing expense reports.
· Serve as a liaison for internal and external offices including high-level US and foreign
government officials, diplomats, business executives, law firms, board members and SLP’s management team.
· Provide operational, logistical, and administrative support for meetings, events and activities related to the SLP’s focus areas.
· Draft and vet event materials such as event invitations, talking points, agenda, briefing materials, etc.
· Work closely with the Atlantic Council publications team to manage the editing process of articles and papers.
· Support the recruitment, onboarding, and compensation of contractors following specific federal grant guidelines.
· Contribute to Atlantic Council blogs with news aggregation, policy analysis, short articles, and blog postings.
· Draft weekly reports to communicate project activities as well as regular communication to stakeholders.
· Support the management of a budget, including drafting, and managing the submission and revision logistics of quarterly and annual reports following federal grant guidelines, as well as the monitoring and evaluation plan and project timeline. Previous experience in managing federal grants is a plus.
· Conduct research and support business development as necessary
· Represent the SLP and its work to governments, policymakers, the media, victim and survivor communities, the global legal and human rights communities, academics, donors/funders and other stakeholders.
· Coordinate communications and events for the SLP’s Advisory Council.
· Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as International Affairs, Criminal Justice, or Political Science.
· Demonstrable interest in the advancement and promotion of human rights, accountability, the role of civil society, and democracy around the world.
· Approximately 1-2 years’ relevant work experience.
· Strong writing, communication and analytic skills.
· Technical skills in data management and analysis strongly preferred, HTML and web skills are a plus.
· Team player with good interpersonal and diplomatic skills
· A high level of personal energy, reliability and commitment
· Fluency in English. Arabic fluency strongly preferred.
October 1, 2021. Position fully funded for one year, with possibility of renewal pending additional funding.