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The vacancy announcement for the post of ICJ Secretary-General


(Head of the Organization)

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is a worldwide network of judges and lawyers united in affirming international law and rule of law principles that advance human rights.

The ICJ is seeking to recruit a Secretary-General as Chief Executive Officer of the organization and be in charge of and responsible for the work of the International Secretariat. S/he will provide leadership for the ICJ’s engagement with its global network and represent the organization to important stakeholders. The ideal candidate is a lawyer of high standing with demonstrated experience in international human rights law as well as in programme and staff management. S/he should be available to take up the post around March 2017.



The Secretary-General will have the following responsibilities:

Supervise the operations of the ICJ’s Geneva office and its regional and country offices;

Appoint and overall supervise all staff, interns and consultants;

Co-ordinate and develop strategies and programmes to promote and protect human rights under the rule of law;

Supervise the design and implementation of programme strategies of the ICJ’s Regional Programmes and the Legal and Policy Office;

Provide leadership for the organization’s engagement with its global network and give advice on legal and political developments, immediate and long term objectives and advocacy strategies;

Represent the organization to governments, intergovernmental organizations, and the broader human rights community, the media and the general public;

Drive the development of fundraising strategies and actively participate in fundraising activities;

Manage the organization’s resources and budget;

Direct the development of the organization’s communication plans and media approach;

Promote collaboration and exchanges between ICJ programmes and offices;

Account to the Commission and the Executive for the execution of his or her responsibilities.



The successful candidate will have:


Education & Experience

Degree in law and further academic qualification in public international law, international human rights law or international humanitarian law;

Twenty years experience as a lawyer, including demonstrated experience in international human rights law. Engagement with international or regional human rights systems and practical legal and advocacy experience at the national level;

Ten years progressive experience working with inter-governmental human rights systems (United Nations and/or regional human rights systems);

Excellent applied knowledge of international human rights law, humanitarian law and international and regional human rights jurisprudence;

Ten years programme and staff management experience in an international or non-governmental organization.

Other requirements

Excellent leadership and management skills;

Established and respected reputation in international law, particularly international human rights law;

Excellent political judgment and the proven ability to develop and carry out innovative advocacy strategies;

Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Fluency in French or Spanish would be an advantage;

At ease with finance, fundraising and outreach;

Ability to undertake frequent international travel;

Demonstrated commitment to human rights and the rule of law.

The ICJ is an equal opportunities employer.


APPLICATIONSclose on 4 September 2016 and should be addressed with your resume (maximum two pages), a cover letter (maximum two pages) and the names of at least two references to:


Ref: Secretary General

By email: recruitment@icj.org


Please appreciate that due to the volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. We cannot answer phone enquiries. We thank you for your understanding.