Research and Advocacy Coordinator – Africa
Coalition for the International Criminal Court
2d ago
source : NgoJobsinAfrica

Salary : US$30k US$35k (equivalent) p.a. dependent

on experience.

Basis : 12-month contract

Eligibility : you must be eligible

to work in the relevant jurisdiction.


The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), a program of the World

Federalist Movement Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP), is seeking an

outstanding candidate to fill the role of Research and Advocacy Coordinator Africa (RAC-Afr). Dynamic individuals with excellent legal research and international criminal justice advocacy

skills; experience of collaborating with African civil society; and sound

knowledge of the functioning of African Union (AU) institutions and

sub-regional economic communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate will have at least seven years’ post-qualification experience

of which two or more years should have been in private legal practice,

prosecution or the Judiciary. They should also possess excellent knowledge of

the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Rome Statute System (RSS) and

relevant rules of international human rights law and public international law. In

addition, they should have practical and demonstrable experience of using diverse and effective change-influencing techniques to advocate for justice for victims of serious crimes under

international law.

  • The ideal candidate will also possess excellent research, advocacy and analytical skills; excellent interpersonal and organisational skills;
  • excellent communication and capacity-building skills; excellent media and external representational skills; and experience of planning, organising and prioritising work under pressure and meeting deadlines.

    Reporting to :

    Senior Programs Officer or nominee.

    Other key relationships :

    CICC’s Management Team; CICC Team; CICC Steering Committee; Member organisations


    The responsibilities of the RAC-Afr include but are not restricted to :

    Strategy development and implementation

    increasing Rome Statute

    membership in Africa; (iii) the domestication of the Rome Statute and related

    instruments by all African States Parties to the Rome Statute; (iv) influencing

    the development of progressive norms of public international law, international

    criminal justice and international human rights law; and (v) strengthening the

    African Union’s (AU) engagement with the ICC and its support for the RSS.

    Develop and implement in consultation with key stakeholders

    change-influencing strategies targeting key change-influencing targets in

    Africa such as the African Union (AU), sub-regional economic communities, and key

    ICC platforms such as the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) Meetings and the

    ICC-NGO Roundtables Meetings.

    Facilitate the harnessing by CICC member organisations based in Africa

    of strategic litigation targeting the ICC, treaty-based dispute resolution

    mechanisms and select domestic jurisdictions with the objective of advancing

    the cause of (i) an effective RSS; and (ii) ending impunity for serious crimes

    under international law.

    Strategic outreach and Africa CICC-membership growth

    Develop and maintain a comprehensive database and mapping of key

    stakeholders in Africa (including key states, regional economic bodies,

    decision-makers, opinion-makers) and use such information to influence the

    realisation of the organisation’s Africa and global anti-impunity Goals.

    Represent the organisation at relevant and appropriate fora in Africa

    and beyond.

    Ensure effective information-sharing and timely coordination with CICC

    members, the CICC Steering Committee and

    other key stakeholders.

    Develop and implement strategies to grow the number and effectiveness of

    the CICC network in Africa.

    Research, advocacy and strategic communications

    Monitor key developments and undertake strategic advocacy to advance the

    organisation’s anti-impunity Goals.

    Engage the AU and the continent’s various sub-regional economic

    communities and influence the adoption by the respective bodies of pro-RSS and

    other anti-impunity rules, policies and practices.

    Undertake and publish relevant and compelling research outputs that

    advance the organisation’s anti-impunity Goals.

    Ensure the effective and strategic use of traditional and new media and

    other communications to advance the organisation’s Strategic Goals regarding

    the ICC, the RSS and International Justice more broadly.

    Oversee the strategic harnessing of the organisation’s websites,

    including through posting articles, commentaries, blogs and publication of

    relevant newsletters.

    Develop and implement a CICC International Criminal Justice in Africa Seminar

    Series addressing topical international criminal justice issues to enhance the

    organisation’s convening and change-influencing capacity and to influence the

    realisation of the organisation’s anti-impunity Goals in Africa.

    Legal and Policy advice &


    Provide timely and relevant legal and policy advice on key Rome Statute,

    international criminal justice, international human rights, and public

    international law issues.

    Use project-based strategic planning processes to realise the

    organisation’s substantive and operational Goals.

    Undertake project activities, including administrative tasks related to

    planning, budgeting, executing, monitoring, and reporting on project-related

    activities and contracts.

    Develop and draft project funding proposals and progress reports.

    Supervise staff and interns.


    Demonstrated knowledge of the RSS, international criminal justice,

    public international law and international human rights law.

    Demonstrated ability to think analytically and strategically, including

    the ability to advocate and defend complex issues as appropriate to different

    types of audiences, including key interlocuters at the ICC, the legal sector

    and the public.

    Excellent legal research, writing and editing skills and experience of

    producing a wide range of communications, including research reports, journal

    and blog articles, legal correspondence, and pleadings.

    Excellent political judgment and proven ability to develop and carry out

    innovative advocacy strategies.

    Experience in developing strong relationships with a wide range of

    actors from diverse cultural, geographic, economic, political and social


    Experience with developing and administering efficient processes,

    systems, and workflows to ensure impact-driven projects and operations.

    Experience with record keeping, project and program-based budget

    management and reporting.

    Fluency in either English or French, with high

    proficiency of the other required.


    The RAC-Afr will be required to evidence that they can meet the qualities

    associated with the following behavioural competencies.

    Managing self and

    personal skills : Being aware of own behaviour and

    mindful of how it impacts on others, enhancing personal skills to adapt to

    professional practice accordingly.

    Delivering excellent

    service : Providing the best quality service to enhance organisational

    impact. Building genuine and open long-term relationships in order to achieve the

    organisation’s Mission.

    Finding solutions : Taking a

    holistic view and working enthusiastically to analyse problems and to develop

    workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation.

    Embracing change : Being open to

    and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar

    situations, shifting demands and changing roles.

    Using resources

    effectively : Identifying and making the most productive use of resources, including

    people, time, information, networks and budgets.

    context :

    Enhancing your contribution to the organisation through an understanding of the

    bigger picture and showing commitment to organisational values.

    others :

    Showing commitment to own ongoing professional development. Supporting and

    encouraging others to develop their professional knowledge, skills and

    behaviours to enable them to reach their full potential.

    Working together : Working

    collaboratively with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and

    valuing the different contributions people bring to this process.

    Achieving results : Consistently

    meeting agreed objectives and success criteria. Taking personal responsibility


    Please apply by 20 November by sending a cover letter not exceeding two (2)

    pages, a Curriculum Vitae not exceeding (2) two pages and contact information

    of three (3) professional references by email to with the subject header :

    First and last name Research and Advocacy Coordinator Africa

    Please indicate your earliest possible start date in your cover letter. Applications

    will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Consequently, you are advised to submit

    your applications as early as possible. Short-listed candidates will be invited

    for a telephone / Skype or an in-person interview if conditions permit no later

    than 20 November. Due to the anticipated number of applications, only

    short-listed candidates will be contacted.

    NO phone inquiries please.


    must already possess the right to live and work in the relevant jurisdictions.

    The CICC is an equal opportunity employer strongly committed to hiring and

    retaining diverse and internationally representative employees. Women and those of minority backgrounds

    are strongly encouraged to apply.

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