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ERRC Seeks Human Rights Monitor in Moldova

30 July 2014

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) invites applications from individuals to act as a Human Rights Monitor in Moldova

Application deadline: 18:00 CET on 31 August 2014.

The contracted individuals will be requested to undertake work in line with ERRC priorities including state response to violence and hate speech, access to education, access to housing, free movement and migration, identity documents, women’s and children’s rights and disaggregated data collection. Some travel will be required (up to 25% of time).

Reliable, accurate and coherent first-hand research is the foundation of all ERRC activities. ERRC Monitors are responsible for investigating and documenting human rights abuse of Roma in their countries of responsibility, maintaining contact with relevant actors, staying abreast of and regularly apprising the ERRC of important developments, acting as a liaison between the ERRC and local lawyers and working with a team of ERRC staff members in Budapest to develop appropriate responses to human rights violations and related events.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Regularly engaging in independent field investigation, including taking testimonies from Romani victims of human rights abuse, witnesses to such abuse, relevant authorities, and experts and other individuals able to provide background information;
  • Monitoring the media on Roma rights themes;
  • Maintaining regular contact with Romani and non-Romani human rights and service delivery organisations, government actors and local Romani and mainstream press sources;
  • Initiating and maintaining regular contact with lawyers working in the field of Roma rights on specific cases for litigation;
  • Arranging visits and accompanying ERRC staff in the field;
  • Reporting regularly to the ERRC on the above; and
  • Other tasks as specified by the ERRC.

Skills and experience:

  • At least two years’ experience conducting desk and field research on human rights or related issues;
  • Experience in writing research reports and other materials;
  • At minimum, secondary school diploma; college or university degree preferred;
  • Significant experience living and working in Romani communities is desirable;
  • Verbal and written proficiency in both English and the national language required; knowledge of Romani preferred;
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills;
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work under minimal supervision;
  • Willingness to travel for work, either alone or with colleagues;
  • Knowledge of the law and legal procedures is desirable

Remuneration: Selected candidates must be based in-country and will work between half and full time, depending on the final agreement with the ERRC. They will be paid a fee and provided with a monthly expense allowance to facilitate their work.

Expected start date: The successful applicant is expected to start no later than the beginning of October 2014.

How to apply:

Qualified candidates should send the following application materials; persons submitting incomplete application packages will not be considered for the position:

  • Maximum 500 word letter of interest;
  • Detailed CV in English;
  • Contact details for two present or former employers (reference should be from immediate supervisor);
  • An unedited English-language writing sample by the applicant (preferably human rights focused).

Applications should be submitted to:
Dóra Eke

Message Title: ERRC Moldova Monitor Search for dora.eke@errc.org

Application deadline: 18:00 CET on 31 August 2014. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Short-listed applicants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline; applicants who are not shortlisted will not be contacted.

The ERRC is committed to equal opportunity for all. Romani candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Roma Rights 1 2017: Roma and Conflict: Understanding the Impact of War and Political Violence

16 May 2017

The impact of conflict on minority populations merits special attention, especially if those minorities have long been marginalized, viewed by the warring parties with a mixture of ambivalence and contempt, and deemed to be communities of little consequence in the peace-building processes that follow the conclusion of hostilities. This issue of Roma Rights Journal takes a look at the fate of Roma during and after conflicts.

Sometimes Roma have been the direct targets of murderous aggression or subject to reprisals. Then there have been the many times where individual Roma actively took a side, but too often the roles played by Roma, Travellers and other minorities were elided from the dominant national narratives that followed.

In many conflicts, caught between warring groups with no foreign power or military alliance to champion their claims, Roma found themselves displaced, despised and declaimed as bogus refugees, nomads and “mere” economic migrants in the aftermath.

As long as Europe’s largest ethnic minority is written out and rendered invisible in the histories of Europe’s wars and conflicts; and excluded from the politics of reconstruction and peace-making, the continent’s self-understanding will remain fatally flawed.

Editors: Marek Szilvasi, Kieran O’Reilly, Bernard Rorke

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