DIGNITY is an independent nongovernmental anti-torture organisation founded in 1982 in Denmark. DIGNITY is present in more than 20 partner countries with more than thirty years of experience in the rehabilitation of torture and organised violence survivors and in the prevention of torture.
In January 2012, DIGNITY opened an office in Tunisia to look after an extensive support programme for Tunisian State stakeholders (Ministry of Justice and Civil Society) through cooperation partnerships comprising of two axes. One axis of prevention, combating torture and access to justice and another axis for the rehabilitation of the survivors of torture.
As a Legal Officer your primary duties and responsibilities include:
- Contributing to the development and implementation of DIGNITY policies, strategies, methodologies, plans of action and projects on the right to reparation and prevention of torture;
- Conducting legal research and provide legal advice on international human rights law, practices related to the prohibition, reparation and prevention of torture and organized violence, and related issues;
- Assisting in drafting political/legal brief and updates on developments in Tunisia and Morocco (i.e. new legislation, political developments, specific developments within human rights and torture related sector)
- Performing as an advocate for human rights at the national level in cooperation with DIGNITY’s national and international partners;
- Preparing and facilitating thematic training for partners and state actors and civil society;
- Proposing academic training curricula on torture and human rights;
- Promoting the work of civil society and public health experts in the prevention of torture;
- Helping partners develop their internal rules and register with the Ministry of the Interior when necessary;
- Revising guides to prevention of torture before publication;
- Coordinating with colleagues at headquarters to prepare activities;
- Finalising reports of monthly and thematic activities;
- Other tasks to be assigned by the Head of Mission
- A Master’s degree in international law, complementary training in human rights is particularly desirable.
- Knowledge of Tunesian and/ or Moroccan criminal laws and procedures is an advantage.
- Experience in research and analysis as part of research assignments on specific legal issues.
- Experience in communicating with a wide range of actors, including lawmakers and policy makers, criminal justice administrators and civil society desirable.
- Knowledge of international human rights law, including regional and international norms relating to the fight against torture is desirable.
- Experience in working for legal reform and reform of the criminal justice sector is desirable.
- Experience in coordinating projects is desirable, especially with civil society.
- Fluency in Arabic and French in wring and oral.
- Knowledge of English is an advantage.
The position is based in DIGNITY, Tunis with frequent travel in the region, in this case, Morocco.
DIGNITY guarantees a competitive salary, depending on seniority and experience, comparable to what is offered for similar positions in international NGOs in Tunisia.
Deadline for application
We reserve the right to remove the job opening once the right candidate is found.
DIGNITY – Danish Institute against Torture is a self-governing institution independent of party politics, and it is the biggest centre of its kind in the world. DIGNITY is organised in three broad themes: Rehabilitation, Detention and Urban Violence. In all three areas we undertake interventions and we do research. DIGNITY works in Denmark as well as the Global South. Additional information regarding DIGNITY’s activities can be obtained at www.dignity.dk
DIGNITY considers diversity a strength, and we therefore encourage everybody, irrespective of age, gender, religion or ethnic origin to apply for this position.