Legal Adviser

at International Commission of Jurists
Published July 2, 2024
Location Beirut, Lebanon
Category Legal  
Job Type Full Time  


we are seeking a full-time Legal Adviser. The ideal candidate will be an international human rights lawyer with strong knowledge and experience of international human rights and humanitarian law, with high interest in human rights legal research and advocacy, as well as a sound understanding of the history, politics and legal frameworks of the MENA region.


Under the overall supervision of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Programme Director, and under direct supervision of the Senior Legal Adviser, the Legal Adviser holds the following responsibilities:

Contribute to the implementation of the ICJ’s MENA work, with a focus on Libya, using the full range of innovative ICJ advocacy strategies and legal interventions, conduct research, prepare legal reports, memos and submissions, and support and/or conduct capacity building and training for legal practitioners;
Actively contribute to the development and shaping of ICJ MENA Programme strategies at the national and international levels;
Provide sound and timely legal advice on specific national human rights and rule of law issues in MENA countries;
Monitor relevant legal and policy developments and carry out legal advocacy to strengthen the rule of law and human rights in the MENA countries;
Develop and maintain a substantive dialogue and effective working relationships with multiple stakeholders, including relevant human rights organizations, UN institutions and bodies, and representatives of civil society as well as the judicial, legal and human rights communities;
Represent the ICJ at the external level, including in the field and before international organizations and other actors;
Organize ICJ missions, trial observations and seminars in the region, including managing logistical arrangements with local partners;
Research, draft and edit ICJ reports, legal briefings, submissions to UN bodies, press releases and advocacy papers;
Contribute to ICJ’s media and communications efforts, including giving media interviews;
Ensure close internal coordination between the MENA Programme and other ICJ regional and thematic programmes;
Inform and mobilize the ICJ Network in support of the work of the MENA Programme;
In conjunction with staff responsible for finance, contribute to preparing and managing the MENA programme’s budget for the country of focus as well as monitoring expenditures;
Contribute to internal and donor reporting and programme and project level monitoring and evaluation actions;
Ensure the implementation of the work plan within the designated timeframe in relation to the country of focus;

Education & Experience

University degree in law with further academic studies in international human rights law;
A minimum of five years of legal experience /working for the promotion of human rights at the national and international level, including some experience with non or inter-governmental organizations in the MENA region.
Experience working on Libya highly desirable.
Language skills

Excellent oral and written English, fluency in Arabic highly desirable;
Essential Skills

Proficient in the use of Microsoft office;
Excellent legal and political judgment and proven ability to develop and carry out innovative legal advocacy strategies;
Excellent knowledge of human rights and related advocacy work, including at the international level;
Strong research, writing and analytical skills;
Very good organizational skills and the ability to effectively manage conflicting demands, meet deadlines and adjust priorities;
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a multi-cultural team;
At ease with fundraising and outreach;

Interested applicants should provide all materials outlined below by email.

A CV (maximum 2 pages); please indicate your home address and your phone number on your CV. The HR unit might contact you by phone (fast-track process).
A cover letter (maximum 1 page);
The names and contact information of at least two recent references.
Please include “Legal Adviser MENA” in the subject line of the application e-mail.

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