Job Announcement: Consultant – Women in Prison Project

Location:        Remote

Duration:        6 months (part-time)

Start date:      October 2022    

Salary:            $1000/month (expenses covered)

 

Deadline for application: August 31, 2022

The Vance Center seeks to hire a part-time consultant for a period of six months. The consultant, based remotely in or outside the United States, will work with the Human Rights and Access to Justice Program of the Vance Center on a new project to pursue strategic litigation to improve laws and policies in the Latin American and Caribbean region protecting women in prison. The Vance Center is undertaking a two-year grant funded project to clarify, through litigation and advocacy, states’ obligations to secure the rights of women in prison under international and regional human rights frameworks. The project seeks to create laws and policies that better address the unique and gender-specific aspects of women’s incarceration, including its causes and consequences.

The Vance Center will undertake the project in collaboration with the Women in Prison Network (the Network). The Network convenes women prisoners’ rights advocates from the Americas, Africa, and Asia to 1) share information about conditions of women’s imprisonment in their respective countries and regions; and 2) build capacity for improved monitoring and reporting of conditions in women’s prisons. The Network, which the Vance Center created and manages, is the first global network of advocates for women prisoners and includes 45 individual advocates (including formerly incarcerated women) and 34 organizations from a total of 21 countries, representing every continent. The Network is a safe space for advocates to share information and best practices, seek collaborations, and build capacity for improved monitoring and reporting of conditions in women's prisons worldwide.

The project will include two phases to take place over two years. In the first phase of the project, the Vance Center will organize a workshop in Bogota, Colombia with members of the Network from Latin America and the Caribbean. The workshop will include training on strategic litigation, as well as the elaboration of a strategic litigation plan. In the next phase of the project, to be implemented following the workshop, the Vance Center will work with the Network to implement the plan by pursuing strategic litigation before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and United Nations human rights mechanisms. The strategic litigation will seek to clarify the obligation that states in the region have under regional and international law, to create regulations and policies that protect the rights of women in prison. The project will also raise general awareness and foster public discussion and debate on the societal factors that cause women to come into conflict with the law and the impact of women’s incarceration on society, family, and children.

The Consultancy

Working remotely under the supervision of the Director of the Human Rights Program based in New York, the Consultant will be responsible for coordinating the cases to be pursued under the strategic litigation plan developed at the workshop. The Consultant will be expected to attend the workshop, planned for October 2022 in Bogota, Colombia. He or she will play a key role in the elaboration and coordination of the strategic litigation plan, which will include inter alia, filing amicus briefs in cases currently pending before human rights bodies, participating in thematic hearings before such bodies, joining other organizations as petitioners/plaintiffs in pending cases, as well as bringing new cases. More particularly, the Consultant will be responsible for:  

 

  • Contributing to the development of the Strategic Litigation Plan document
  • Advising and providing technical assistance to Network members on strategic litigation before international and regional human rights bodies in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Working with the Vance Center, the Network, and other organizations (as applicable) to conduct litigation before regional and international human rights bodies.
  • Coordinating the strategic litigation cases, including:
    1. Drafting and reviewing case documents
    2. Managing systems for the periodic review of individual cases, and for reporting to the Network and the Vance Center.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

  • A degree in law and qualification to practice law in home or other jurisdiction.  
  • Demonstrated experience in litigating and/or bringing cases and leading strategic litigation before the Inter-American and UN systems. 
  • Experience in coordination and management of cases.
  • Experience working on women’s incarceration, women’s rights or prisoners’ rights in Latin America and the Caribbean, or the Global South generally, highly desirable.
  • Experience working in the Global South with civil society and government required.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish required. Fluency in Portuguese preferred.
  • Ability to work quickly and well under pressure, to juggle multiple tasks, and to meet tight deadlines. 
  • Excellent computer skills.

 

Application instructions:

https://newyorkcitybarassociation.applytojob.com/apply/Cgah7okKE8/Consultant-Strategic-Litigation-Latin-America-And-Carribbean

  

The deadline for applications is August 31, 2022.  Please email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to vancevolunteers@nycbar.org.  In the subject line please write "Women in Prison Project Consultant". Applications will be considered as received and selection will take place when a qualified candidate is identified. No phone calls please.

 

 

The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice

The Vance Center advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession. The Vance Center is a unique collaboration of international lawyers catalyzing public interest innovation. A non-profit program of the New York City Bar Association, we bring together leading law firms and other partners worldwide to pioneer international justice initiatives and provide pro bono legal representation to social justice NGOs. 

The Human Rights and Access to Justice Program protects individuals from discrimination, violence, injustice, and corruption and supports international human rights bodies committed to such protection. The program partners with local organizations and engages in projects related to advocacy and capacity building at the local, regional and international levels in furtherance of these goals. Through the Human Rights Program, the Vance Center assists NGOs worldwide on a variety of human rights issues such as violence against women, prison conditions, statelessness, and rights of afro-descendants and indigenous peoples. We also conduct projects on international justice, atrocity prevention, and transitional justice. The Human Rights Program coordinates the first-ever global network of advocates for women prisoners, the Women in Prison Network, as part of our Women in Prison Project. The Human Rights Program also runs a Business and Human Rights Initiative through which we assist NGOs in the United States and abroad with research and advocacy on business and human rights. As part of the Business and Human Rights Initiative, the Human Rights Program serves as the Secretariat for the New York City Bar Association Business and Human Rights Working Group.

 

The Vance Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and we particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to communities historically under-represented in the legal profession. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, pregnancy, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, marital status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, religion, sex, genetic information, military status, unemployment status or any other characteristic as protected by law. With regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws, we will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons due to their religious beliefs; disability; pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition; or because the individual was a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking.