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Career Opportunities

Consultancy: Protection of Human Rights Defenders in Kyrgyzstan

The American Bar Association Center for Human Rights is seeking a contracting organization based in Kyrgyzstan to support its work to protect human rights defenders at risk by executing the following services: 1) identifying cases; 2) observing trials and drafting trial observation reports; 3) drafting substantive reports concerning attacks against human rights defenders in Kyrgyzstan; 4) conducting events.

The ideal contracting organization will demonstrate experience in the aforementioned activities and familiarity with basic digital and physical security protocols and secure communications platforms. Interested organizations are invited to express their interest by submitting a proposed budget for each of the aforementioned deliverables to jasmine.cameron@americanbar.org by Monday, March 8, 2021. Please copy sonali.dhawan@americanbar.org.

*** The timeline for this RFP was updated on February 26, 2021. The updated RFP template reflects the following timeline changes: The ABA will respond to clarifying questions by March 12, 2021, Proposals are due by March 15, 2021, and Finalists will be notified by March 19, 2021. Please see updated RFP here***

Consultancy: Legal Drafting

The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights is seeking a part time consultant with experience in international human rights law.

Responsibilities include (see Request for Proposal for more detailed responsibilities and evaluation criteria):

  • Case Analyses: The consultant will assess legal cases in domestic courts around the world for the purposes of identifying violations of international human rights law.  
  • Liaising with Local Partners: The consultant will be in close touch with local partners to obtain information about cases and potential advocacy strategies.
  • Drafting Reports: The consultant will assist with the drafting of reports on violations of international human rights law, including but not limited to violations of fundamental freedoms, such as freedom of expression, association, and assembly, and fair trial rights.

Basic Qualifications

  • The successful candidate must have a JD (or foreign equivalent) and at least 4 years experience.
  • Experience in communicating with local partners, including through the use of secure communication protocols.
  • Experience in drafting reports that provide succinct and well-documented facts and analysis of applicable human rights law.
  • Experience with submissions to international and regional treaty bodies.
  • Language proficiency in Spanish, Russian, or Arabic is required.
  • Experience working on fair trial rights preferred, particularly with knowledge of criminal law and procedure in civil law countries.

How to apply

· Please provide a current CV and follow all application instructions in the Request for Proposals handled by Morgan Wyrick, morgan.wyrick@americanbar.org, posted on February 22, 2021. All applications are due by March 15, 2021 at 5:00pm EST. Please respond to annexes A, B, and C in a single PDF document. 

* Appendix A - Bidder Response Sheet

* Appendix B - Evaluative Questionnaire. 

*Appendix C - Price Submittle

*CV or Resume

*Cover letter -  maximum 2 pages. 

*Social media handles (Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter)

 

Pro Bono Legal Consultancies

The American Bar Association Center for Human Rights seeks experienced pro bono legal consultants on a recurring basis. Pro bono consultants contribute to the work of the Center by

  • Observing trials that have garnered local, regional, or international attention and providing detailed analysis of those trials;
  • Drafting letters to U.N. Special Rapporteurs pertaining to attacks against human rights defenders and rule of law around the world; 
  • Assisting with the preparation of reports and conducting libel review.

Interested candidates should fill out the pro bono volunteer form and submit a recent resume/CV. Candidates with foreign language proficiency are encouraged to apply.

Consultancy:  Security Audit

*** The timeline for this RFP was updated on February 18, 2021. The updated RFP template reflects the following timeline changes: The ABA will respond to clarifying questions by February 25, Proposals are due by March 1, and Finalists will be notified by March 9. Please see updated RFP here. ***

The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights is the ABA’s focal entity for critical human rights concerns in the United States and around the world. The ABA Center for Human Rights (the Center) works to promote and protect human rights worldwide by mobilizing lawyers to help threatened advocates and vulnerable communities; rallying leading experts on vital issues; and holding abusive governments accountable under law.

The Center is seeking a paid, remote, part-time consultant to conduct an internal security audit Program’s data security protocols. Consultant is expected to begin in March 2021. This is a consultancy that must be completed within 3 to 4 months and no later than June 30, 2021. 

Responsibilties will include:

  •  Review the ABA Center for Human Rights (CHR) policies, procedures, and guidelines related to the security of the defenders’ data to ensure data confidentiality; and establish criteria and guidelines applicable to all audit procedures performed;
  •  Review CHR’s processes and procedures and documentation for changes implemented during the audit period to confirm that appropriate procedures are followed in accordance with policies, procedures, and contractual requirements;
  • Perform internal and external scans of CHR’s servers and network devices to identify critical, high, medium and low vulnerabilities;
  • Develop recommendations for improvement of controls based on audit findings and conclusions;
  • Train the Center’s staff members on digital security;
  • Other tasks as necessary and as agreed upon between the contractor and the ABA.

How to Apply:  

Please follow all application instructions as described in the Request for Proposals (RFP), which can be accessed here (updated on February 18). Incomplete applications may not be considered. Please send the following documents in a single PDF to Emma Watson (she/her/hers) at emma.watson@americanbar.org by March 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST. Appendix A - C can be found in the Request for Proposals (updated on February 18).

  • Appendix A - Bidder Response Sheet
  • Appendix B - Evaluative Questionnaire - Please limit each response to not more than 500 words. 
  • Appendix C - Price Submittal
  • Resume of maximum 2 pages. In case of organization application, please submit the resume of the project lead. 
  • Statement of Interest of  maximum 1.5 pages
  • Social media handles (Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter)

Timeline: * Updated on February 18, 2021 - Please disregard original dates and only use updated dates. *

  • RFP Posted: Feb 3, 2021
  • Clarifying questions due to Emma Watson at emma.watson@americanbar.org: February 12, 2021
  • Deadline to answer clarifying questions: February 18, 2021 -- NOW FEBRUARY 25, 2021
  • Application deadline: February 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST - NOW MARCH 1, 2021
  • Review completed and finalists notified: February 26, 2021 -- NOW MARCH 9, 2021
  • Consultant is expected to begin in March 2021. This is a consultancy that must be completed within 3 to 4 months and no later than June 30, 2021. 

Summer 2021 Legal Internship

The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights is the ABA’s focal entity for critical human rights concerns in the United States and around the world. The ABA Center for Human Rights (the Center) works to promote and protect human rights worldwide by mobilizing lawyers to help threatened advocates and vulnerable communities; rallying leading experts on vital issues; and holding abusive governments accountable under law.

The Center is seeking an experienced legal intern to work closely with our regional staff attorneys, human rights groups and pro bono attorneys to provide legal assistance to human rights defenders who are the subject of harassment in retaliation for their advocacy efforts. The Intern will gain invaluable insight into human rights litigation and advocacy. The intern will work be assigned to one of our five regional teams depending on the needs of the program at the time and the interest and experience of the intern. The five regional teams are: Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

This will be a remote, virtual internship. This is an unpaid opportunity; however, we can support externship requirements. The intern is expected to begin in May 2021 or early June 2021 for a 3-month (12-week) internship period. Intern is expected to commit 20 - 37.5 hours per week to the internship. This may be a part-time or a full-time internship opportunity. 

Interns should expect to do several of the following tasks:

  • Conduct legal research and draft pleadings, motions, and briefs
  • Conduct supplemental fact-finding and assist during interviews
  • Attend press conferences, briefings, and/or other informative webinars
  • Draft editorials and blogs on key human rights issues
  • Monitor ongoing human rights abuses internationally via human rights listservs and other news sources

Basic Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing a JD or LLM at an U.S.-based institution
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in a second language is preferred. Knowledge of Spanish, French, Arabic, or Russian is a plus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest and knowledge of international law.
  • Prior experience working on issues of human rights and/or human rights defenders in the one or more of our five regions.

How to Apply:  

Please submit the following application materials in a single pdf to justicedefenders@americanbar.org and title the email, “Last Name: Summer 2021 Legal Intern Application”. Please copy Emma Watson at emma.watson@americanbar.org.

  1. Cover letter - Please indicate any preference for regional assignment.
  2. Resume - Please indicate any language proficiencies.
  3. Legal writing sample
  4. List of three (3) references, including phone number and email address.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Deadline to submit application: April 30, 2020. Intern is expected to begin in May or June 2021.