JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: WORLD UYGHUR CONGRESS IS HIRING
Length: open-ended contract
Position: Global Advocacy Officer
Starting Date: January 1st, 2024
Application Deadline: December 15, 2023
The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is an international umbrella organization that represents the collective interest of the Uyghur people both in East Turkistan and abroad and promotes Uyghur human rights, freedom and a peaceful and non-violent solution based on the rule of law. The WUC carries out advocacy work in international institutions, including the EU institutions, the United Nations and other multilateral bodies as well as in national parliaments around the world.
Our mission is to advance the rights of Uyghurs. To achieve this goal, we work with governments, parliaments, policymakers, journalists, international organisations and Uyghur groups around the world.
The WUC is seeking an excellent candidate to join our dynamic team in the permanent position of Global Advocacy Officer.
The Global Advocacy Officer will contribute to the ongoing advocacy efforts of the WUC, globally, galvanising support from global stakeholders and seeking accountability avenues for the victims of the Uyghur genocide.
Working under the supervision of the Director of Global Advocacy, the Advocacy Officer will play a key role in developing and implementing advocacy strategies, engaging with high-level stakeholders, partner organisations and coalitions, human rights defenders as well as the Uyghur community. The Advocacy Officer will implement WUC’s existing and upcoming programs globally.
PRIMARY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Developing and implementing advocacy projects to mobilize action by governments, multi-lateral bodies, civil society, and other actors
- Leading global advocacy work through the maintenance of relationships with states, parliaments, NGOs and other actors
- Developing and implementing media and communications strategies for global audiences
- Preparing and implementing youth human rights advocacy workshops
- Liaising with the Uyghur community in the diaspora as well as with human rights defenders
- Representing the WUC at meetings, external events, delivery of presentations and speeches
- Preparing donor documents, including evaluation and assessment of existing programs
- Preparing research for reports
- Writing press releases and official statements as well as background documents and material
- Working closely with the Director of Global Advocacy, on strategic litigation cases seeking accountability avenues
PROFILE OF THE CANDIDATE
- Minimum three (3) years of experience in human rights advocacy (or related advocacy) required
- University or post-graduate level studies related to Political Sciences, International Relations, Law, and Human Rights are preferable
- Knowledge of the international institutions and EU and UN human rights mechanisms required
- Experience and knowledge of parliamentary structure and process is an asset
- Fluency in English is required; other languages (especially French, Chinese, and Uyghur) are an asset
- Excellent organisational, analytical and communication skills
- Ability to work autonomously and within tight deadlines
- Experience in advocacy and lobbying is an advantage
- Availability to travel frequently
- Good knowledge of social media, etc.
- A commitment to promote human rights for the Uyghur people
- Willingness to work longer hours depending on the demand is necessary
- Knowledge of the Uyghur human rights situation and/or human rights in China would be an advantage
The start date will be negotiable but there is a preference that the candidate starts on January 1st, 2024. The WUC will cover all expenses and other similar costs associated with the position.
Applications will close on December 15, 2023 (Midnight, Munich time).
Interviews will be held on December 20, 2023.
*Please note that due to the high volume of applications, we will only contact short-listed candidates.