The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is a human rights organization created in 2015 working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grass roots movements that promote and
protect the rights of populations marginalized because of gender, ethnicity, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
The Institute has a dynamic capacity-building approach to promote the rights of Afro-Latinos, LGBTI people, indigenous peoples, women and other marginalized communities. Using a combination of litigation, community
mobilization, human rights reporting, research and advocacy methodology at the domestic and international level, we join our partners in developing and implementing strategies for change. Critical to this work is
expanding the role of NGOs representing marginalized communities at the regional level. Hence our program includes building the capacity of our partners for advocating for the full incorporation of discrimination issues
at the Organization of American States (OAS) and litigation within the Inter-American Human Rights System, in coordination with domestic litigation, policy advocacy and community mobilization. Using the Universal
System is also crucial for the advancement of human rights, in particular the Special Procedures and Treaty Bodies, such as the UN CERD and CEDAW Committees. The Institute works extensively in the UN system.
Job Description: Working in close partnership with our partners, the Executive Director, and the Legal Team, the Program Officer will conduct legal analysis and jurisprudence review on international standards relating to
arbitrary detention, prison conditions, and political prisoners. This will include analysis of criminal codes from closed societies. Other duties include organizing/conducting human rights trainings; facilitating international
and domestic advocacy and litigation; preparing written reports of program impact and successes, including administrative and logistics aspects; report writing to donors; and keeping our website updated with information.
Qualifications: Advanced university degree in Law. Specialized study of human rights preferred; 3 to 5 years of experience working in human rights or related field in Latin America; mature political judgment and
knowledge of Latin American political and legal traditions; knowledge/experience on prison conditions, judicial reform, pre-trial detention, and ethnic and racial discrimination and LGBTI issues in the region; experience on
criminal law; work experience in capacity building and community mobilization in closed societies/repressive political environments; strong writing and advocacy skills; knowledge/experience in the Inter-American and UN
Systems required; ability to work under pressure; ability to travel internationally; ability to administer programs; experience on use of social media; fluency in Spanish and English essential, knowledge of Portuguese and French
helpful. Excellent oral/written communication skills in English and Spanish are required. Must be US citizen or legal resident with work permit.
Start date: Immediate
Salary: Commensurate with experience and scale in non-governmental organizations.
Apply: No calls please. Send immediately cover letter, resume, and writing samples in English and Spanish by email to
Afro-descendants, women and LGBTI persons are encouraged to apply.
The Institute is an equal opportunity employer.