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The ERRC Seeks a Legal Consultant to Support its Strategic Litigation Work in Albania and Kosovo

25 January 2018

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is seeking a legal consultant to support our strategic litigation work in Albania and Kosovo.

The ERRC is working with Roma, Ashkali, Egyptians, the NGOs they lead, and others in Albania and Kosovo to bring game-changing litigation that will expose discrimination and force public officials to change their behaviour and respect the rights of people targeted by antigypsyism. We need support from an Albanian speaker who knows the legal system in Albania and/or Kosovo. That person will work with us to empower people who are standing up for their rights. We are ideally looking for a professional activist with legal skills. People at the start of their careers are free to apply.

The ERRC strives to be more grassroots – taking instructions from and empowering those who face antigypsyism to use the courts. Our consultant needs to share that commitment to a grassroots approach and help us work closely with Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptians facing discrimination.

Our recent cases in this region have focused on school segregation, police brutality, and children in care. The consultant will work with us to manage our current caseload and build or contribute to new cases. The ERRC gets involved in litigation in many ways – by supporting litigants and their lawyers, by bringing complaints in our own name or alongside individual litigants, or by intervening in cases (especially before the European Court of Human Rights), for example. The consultant we work with needs to be flexible and creative in supporting this work.  

The legal consultant will also provide appropriate substantive input into research reports, donor reports, and funding proposals. The consultant will liaise directly with the ERRC’s Managing Director and other members of the legal team, as well as other ERRC staff and consultants.

Specifications

Essential requirements:

  • A law degree
  • A demonstrable commitment to human rights and the ERRC’s values
  • A good understanding of Albanian and/or Kosovan law, including civil and administrative procedure and anti-discrimination law
  • Familiarity with international human rights law, including familiarity with the European Convention on Human Rights and UN human rights treaties
  • Fluent Albanian and ability to draft legal documents in Albanian
  • Ability to work in English
  • Ability and willingness to travel, including within Albania and Kosovo and to Budapest
  • Computer literacy including ability to use email and Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point)

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of language spoken by many Roma, Ashkali, or Egyptians
  • Significant experience living and working in a Roma, Ashkali, or Egyptian community
  • Experience in research and report-writing
  • Prior work experience with NGOs working on human rights or related subjects

The Legal Consultant will be engaged on a consultancy basis and will not be an employee of the ERRC. The tasks and fee will be agreed with the successful candidate. The consultant will be engaged initially until the end of 2018. We may then prolong the consultancy through a negotiated procedure.

While actual recruitment to all ERRC consultancies is strictly on merit, the organisation strives to increase the number of persons of Roma origin who work with the organisation and therefore specifically encourages candidates of Roma background to apply.

Application process

Applicants should submit a cover letter clearly indicating the consultancy position they are applying for and how they meet the criteria set out above, along with their CV, in English, to: Adam Weiss (adam.weiss@errc.org) by 15 February 2018.

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