Established in 1987, ARTICLE 19 works for a world where all people everywhere can freely express themselves and actively engage in public life without fear of discrimination. Our mission is to promote and defend the universal human rights of freedom of expression and information around the world, through international advocacy, legal analysis, and regional and national projects.
In the previous five years, one of the key achievements of ARTICLE 19 has been expanding and strengthening our international reach by consolidating our presence outside the UK, recruiting national or regional staff, and establishing strong and operationally autonomous national or regional offices. Being based in the countries and regions on which we work, we believe we have a better understanding of regional and national realities and local needs and thus have greater impact on freedom of expression developments. We are able to respond more swiftly to opportunities or crises. We are closer to our partners, and thus more capable to respond to their demands and strengthen interactions and capacities. ARTICLE 19 regional/national offices are able to rely on ARTICLE 19’s international work, legal and policy expertise, and its reputation for delivery and impact, and bring all of these qualities and characteristics to national debates for a stronger protection of the right to access to information and freedom of expression. ARTICLE 19 Law Team is operating from the international office in London, with some staff members located in other offices globally.
The Head of UN Advocacy will lead ARTICLE 19’s engagement with the UN and its human rights mechanisms on protecting and promoting the right to freedom of expression and information for all people globally.
The post-holder will develop and lead the execution of a dynamic UN advocacy strategy geared towards achieving ARTICLE 19’s strategy, focused on maximising ARTICLE 19’s “theory of change”, built on its “local to global” and “global to local” engagement. This is primarily achieved through setting progressive human rights standards and defending established ones from regression, and making full use of UN human rights accountability mechanisms to hold States to account for violating those standards. The post-holder will have substantial expertise on international human rights law, in particular around freedom of expression and access to information.
The Head of UN Advocacy will ensure ARTICLE 19’s regional experience and legal/thematic expertise is leveraged to set UN standards and attain accountability for human rights violations and abuses. The post-holder will also ensure that regional and thematic teams are able to make full use of UN standards and mechanisms at the national and regional levels to effect change.
The post-holder will line manage the UN Team, currently composed of an Advocacy Officer, and an Advocacy Assistant. Depending on the organisational needs and ability to fundraise, the Team has the possibility to grow. The Head of UN Advocacy will be a member of the Global Management Forum, alongside other heads-of teams, and therefore play a key role in shaping strategic decision-making for ARTICLE 19. The Head of UN Advocacy will be responsible for all aspects of programme management, and lead fundraising efforts, with a view to ensuring the UN advocacy team is able to achieve its objectives including, if necessary, through growth.
UN Advocacy Leadership and Engagement:
- Serve as the primary cross-organisational focal point for developing and coordinating ARTICLE 19’s UN advocacy, supporting all teams on effective UN engagement, including as part of their programmatic activities;
- Lead the development and implementation of UN engagement strategies towards target UN mechanisms, targeting key UN mechanisms, UN officials and associated independent experts, States, and civil society partners, to deliver on ARTICLE 19’s advocacy priorities and, to ensure the achievement of strategic objectives across each thematic area and in line with regional objectives;
- Lead on the implementation of UN advocacy activities in New York, in particular at the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, and engagement with the global counter-terrorism architecture;
- Oversee and contribute to the implementation of UN advocacy activities in Geneva, in particular at the UN Human Rights Council, UN treaty bodies, engagement with UN Special Procedures and OHCHR;
- Represent ARTICLE 19 at the UN, and other relevant fora, to deliver our strategic objectives and solidify our leadership and engagement on UN standard-setting and addressing the implementation gap;
- Work with regional office directors and regional heads of as well as thematic leads and their team members, to develop UN advocacy activities in line with the engagement strategies and ARTICLE19’s strategic priorities at the international and regional levels;
- Ensure a gender-responsive, and intersectional approach to the development and implementation of all UN advocacy work in line with the implementation of A19’s “MX Method”;
- Oversee the conceptualisation, planning, organisation and execution of UN advocacy activities, including events, trainings, workshops, and where necessary speaking at or chairing such events;
- Oversee and where necessary contribute to the research and drafting of all UN advocacy written outputs and submissions, including supporting the highest standards of work across the UN team and where necessary assisting Thematic and Regional Teams on the same;
- Provide technical expertise and knowledge of UN human rights bodies and mechanisms, including developments in UN standards, in support of the law programme, thematic teams’, and regional offices’ work on the protection and promotion of freedom of expression and information;
- Lead engagement with external coalitions and partners on developing joint strategies in relation to UN advocacy.
- Support the development of ARTICLE 19’s global strategy, leading on connecting global and regional targets to UN advocacy opportunities, and engage the Law and Policy, Regional and Thematic Teams on effectively integrating those opportunities to broader advocacy objectives;
- Continually monitor the external environment and maintain a broad network with potential partners to identify opportunities to expand and improve the effectiveness of ARTICLE 19’s UN advocacy work.
- Maintain and grow gradually an internationally-based UN advocacy team and lead in its delivery of effective UN advocacy;
- Line manage team members including through review of work plans and objectives, providing guidance and support as necessary, and assessment of work through regular appraisal, and identification of individual development needs, and motivate them to a higher performance;
- Organise the work of the team in an efficient, effective and coordinated fashion to ensure delivery of agreed outputs within budget;
- Lead as appropriate the recruitment of staff and consultants.
- Oversee and manage the planning, design and timely implementation of all project activities undertaken by the UN team in partnership with regional and thematic teams and partners;
- Responsible for managing UN team budgeting processes, in compliance with ARTICLE 19 internal processes and in close cooperation with finance and project teams;
- Responsible for overseeing and ensuring the UN team’s compliance with financial requirements for grants and as required for ARTICLE 19 internal processes, ensuring expenditure is in line with donor budgets, and coordinating with the Finance team to deliver timely financial reports;
- Responsible for overseeing and ensuring the UN team’s compliance with narrative reporting and monitoring and evaluation requirements for grants and as required for ARTICLE 19 internal processes, including using monitoring and evaluation systems to track project impact, contributing to narrative reporting for grants, and in relation to annual and quarterly reports, in conjunction with M&E officers.
- Oversee the proper management and secure storage of project documentation and UN team files.
- Lead in ensuring sustainable funding for the UN team, through the development of fundraising proposals for new UN advocacy projects to secure the necessary resources;
- Lead on building and maintaining relationships with key donors in relation to ARTICLE 19’s UN advocacy, in particular developing knowledge and exploring funding opportunities through diplomatic missions in New York and Geneva;
- Contribute to fundraising proposals lead by others in relation to UN advocacy, in cooperation with the Fundraising Team.
Communications and Campaigns:
- Work closely with the Communications Team to deliver UN-related communications that support the delivery of the Expression Agenda, including by providing quality-control oversight in line with ARTICLE 19 procedures;
- Perform the function of principal media spokesperson in relation to freedom of expression and information developments at the UN;
- Promote the wide dissemination of ARTICLE 19 UN related outputs, publications, and engagements, including by using and building the audience of ARTICLE 19’s UN-specific social media presence, in collaboration with the Communications and Campaigns team.
- Lead the development and delivery of learning and collaboration within the UN team and across ARTICLE 19 regions and teams related to the UN work, including to build capacity of colleagues on UN advocacy;
- Actively engage in the Global Management Forum, including biannual in-person meetings and remote calls, to ensure coordination across regional and thematic teams on organisational priorities;
- Contribute to ARTICLE 19 global policy discussions and campaigns.
- Undertaking other duties commensurate with the role as may reasonably be assigned by the Director of Programmes.
- Substantive expertise on international human rights law, in particular in relation to freedom of expression and access to information, and its relationship with other rights;
- Extensive experience and track record at developing and executing strategies to use international human rights bodies and mechanisms, to achieve accountability for human rights violations and abuses, ideally both in New York and Geneva;
- Proven success at developing and executing advocacy strategies to set international human rights standards through UN human rights bodies and mechanisms;
- Experience of engaging with multiple external stakeholders, in particular international and national civil servants engaged at the UN on human rights issues, as well as independent experts associated with those bodies and civil society organisations working in the IGO space;
- Experience of building and working within advocacy coalitions across broad cross-sector groups within civil society;
- Experience of working within an international human rights non-governmental organisation;
- Demonstrable experience of designing successful strategic, fundraising and project plans and managing their effective and timely implementation;
- Experience of creating or working within agile, innovative, change-focused environments;
- Experience of working within a multi-cultural and multi-lingual workplace;
- Experience of developing, commissioning, undertaking or approving research outputs and submissions for a UN audience.
Skills and Abilities:
- Demonstrable leadership and management skills;
- Strong interpersonal and advocacy skills;
- Proven ability to deliver, and be accountable for, effective, tangible results;
- Proven ability to build, manage and support the development of an international team located in different time-zones in a culturally and linguistically diverse working environment;
- Ability to work under pressure and manage time effectively;
- Strong writing skills with an emphasis on writing for a UN audience;
- Ability to guide and support others through complex UN advocacy processes in order to deliver on broader organisational advocacy objectives at the national, regional and international levels;
- Proven ability to communicate complex topics in an accessible manner to a broad range of different audiences, including diplomatic, legal, civil society, and media/general public;
- Excellent written and spoken English essential, and fluency in at least one other UN official language an advantage (in particular French, Spanish) or a language of ARTICLE 19’s regional presence (Portuguese, Russian, Arabic or Bangla);
- Excellent interpersonal and advocacy skills with a range of actors, in particular in the context of inter-governmental organisations;
- A commitment to excellent performance and a practical understanding of how to promote shared learning and innovation across global and regional teams.
- Educated to degree standard in a discipline relevant to international human rights law or international relations essential, with a post-graduate qualification relevant to international human rights law or international relations desirable;
- Extensive knowledge of international human rights law and key freedom of expression issues, including UN bodies and mechanisms for their development and protection;
- Extensive knowledge of international politics and impacts on UN human rights bodies mechanisms, with the ability to evaluate trends to identify risks and opportunities for achieving strategic objectives;
- Knowledge on specific development at UN on the interrelation between freedom of expression and protection of journalists, human rights defenders and communicators; on transparency and access to information; on civic space, media freedoms;
- Understanding of risks faced by civil society representatives in interaction with governments and expertise on how to mitigate those in UN fora;
- Knowledge of interrelation between freedom of expression issues and digital rights;
- Experience and/or knowledge of incorporating a gender perspective and addressing the specific risks faced by women and LGBTI people;
- Extensive knowledge of formal procedures and substantive requirements for engaging with UN human rights mechanisms.
- A mandatory requirement is the right to work in the US or Switzerland –ARTICLE 19 doesnotsponsor individuals for employment-based visas for this position.Please do not apply for this position unless you already have the right to work;
- Commitment to work within ARTICLE 19’s philosophy and objectives with strong desire to contribute to the effectiveness of regionalisation policy;
- Cultural sensitivity and commitment to equal opportunities;
- Experience of working in multiple countries and different work environments, particularly in contexts facing complex human rights challenges from national perspectives, is highly desirable;
- Willingness and availability for regular, and sometimes extended, overseas travel, including Geneva, London and if appropriate other ARTICLE 19 regional offices.
Application deadline is 17th May 2020.
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