EHRAC Human Rights Fellowship

Closing date: 01 Dec 2019

EHRAC is looking for an outstanding individual to join our team from 6 January 2020 – 31 March 2020 (with a possibility of extension) as a human rights fellow.

Based at Middlesex University’s School of Law, EHRAC works with NGOs and lawyers in the post-Soviet region to bring ground-breaking, strategic international human rights cases. We have taken more than 300 cases to the European Court of Human Rights (and UN mechanisms) against Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine. Our cases include violations stemming from conflict in Chechnya, Eastern Ukraine (Guardian coverage), Crimea, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and Nagorno-Karabakh; gender-based violence, including femicide; LGBT+ discrimination, and repression of civil society (New York Times coverage).

The EHRAC Human Rights Fellowship is a new and exciting opportunity to work for a human rights organisation which is at the forefront of cutting-edge litigation. As EHRAC Human Rights Fellow, you will gain experience across different departments in the organisation, spanning both our programmes team and legal team. You will also be able to participate in and observe different trainings or events organised by EHRAC during the fellowship period.

You will have the opportunity to shape your fellowship based on your previous experience and personal objectives, which will be developed at the beginning of your fellowship with EHRAC’s team.Typical tasks could include: assisting in legal case research; translation of key legal documents; providing interpretation on strategic calls with partner NGOs in the region; assisting in fundraising research and grant applications; contributing to the website through blogs and video content; helping to increase our Russian language social media reach; providing support for major external events; and supporting research for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

Who are we looking for?

  • National/resident of a country in EHRAC’s target region (Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan) or the wider Former Soviet Union (FSU);
  • Current or recent student studying an LLM/MA (or similar) in human rights or related field;
  • The right to undertake paid placements in the UK;
  • Commitment to a career in human rights and an interest in human rights litigation;
  • Language skills in one of the following: Russian, Georgian, Armenian, Azeri, Ukrainian;
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, and the ability to write clearly and concisely;
  • Intellectual curiosity, a fast learner who takes initiative;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Strong administrative, organisational and time management skills;
  • Ability to prioritise competing workloads and work independently;
  • Competent in use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint);

The fellowship will be based at EHRAC’s offices at Middlesex University in London. The successful candidate will be based in the office for 2-3 days per week (to a maximum of 21 hours/week), negotiated according to the candidate’s availability and other commitments. The placement will run from 6 January-31 March 2020.

A stipend of £90 per day (or equivalent) worked is available to cover travel expenses and living allowance.

Please be aware that we cannot provide visa support for applicants. You must therefore already have the right to live and undertake a paid placement in the UK for the duration of the fellowship. Students on Tier 2 Visas can work up to 20 hours/week, however your university may have other restrictions – please check this before applying.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 1 December.

To apply:

Please send your application to ehrac@mdx.ac.uk, including:

  • A CV of no more than two pages that includes your most relevant experience;
  • A covering letter of no more than one page explaining how you meet the fellowship profile and your motivations for applying