JAMAICANS FOR JUSTICE OPPORTUNITY PROFILE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

JAMAICANS FOR JUSTICE OPPORTUNITY PROFILE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Attached is the Opportunity Profile for the position of Executive Director, at Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ).  The profile consists of a description of the job, the qualifications and competencies required, and a brief description of the organization.  Additional information on the JFJ may be obtained from its website – www.jamaicansforjustice.org.

Before you proceed to apply, please consider the following requirements:

You may be required to produce evidence of any educational and professional qualifications to support your application if you are selected for an interview.

All appointments are subject to satisfactory background checks and references.

JFJ is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or religion.  In order to be considered for the position, it is mandatory that you submit the following two items:

a.         A cover letter addressed to the Chairman of the Board, outlining how your experience and qualifications match the profile described; and

b.         A résumé including the names and contact information (telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) for three persons who know you and your work well enough to comment on your suitability for this role.

JFJ fully respects the need for confidentiality of information supplied and assures you that your background and interest will not be discussed with anyone, without your prior consent, nor will reference contacts be made until mutual interest has been established.

Please submit your résumé with the required information in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or pdf format, in English, to the JFJ website at:

E-mail:  jamaicansforjusticeed@gmail.com

The deadline for submission of applications is January 31, 2014 17:00 hrs EST.

We thank you for your interest.

 

INTRODUCTION

Founded in 1999, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-violent citizens’ rights action organisation that advocates for good governance and improvements in state accountability and transparency. JFJ primarily works with victims whose rights have been breached by members of the security forces spanning unlawful search or detention, to excessive use of force and extra-judicial killings. The organisation tries to help everyone who seeks it help. In addition to providing legal support via giving advice and providing legal representation in Coroners’ Courts JFJ operates a variety of programmes to promote good governance and advance the rights of all Jamaican citizens. The organisation also has a library of human rights, legal, social and political literature for the public to access. Through the works of our action group we seek to bring about fundamental change in Jamaica’s judicial, economic, social and political systems in order to improve the present and future lives of all Jamaicans. A Jamaica where the rights of all are ensured; where there is equal opportunity for citizens to realize their full potential and enjoy a sense of wellbeing; and where our culture is enhanced and respect shared. We believe in the protection of the Constitutional rights of every human being.  Not only an organizational credo, our belief in protecting the basic rights of all citizens of Jamaica is reinforced by the recognition and acceptance of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The work of JFJ is carried out by its Secretariat which comprises members of staff and volunteers. Oversight of the organization and its activities is undertaken by a Board of Directors which is chosen from its membership. The Board of Directors and membership work in various committees to carry out special tasks.

 

THE ROLE

Reporting to the Board, the ED is responsible for carrying out the mandate and policies of the JFJ. Responsible for the organization’s strategic planning and programming and project execution, the role is multi facetted and requires a commitment to and passion for the advocacy of the rights of all Jamaicans.

The role requires a strong focus on strategies to positively increase the JFJ’s visibility. Relationship building, strategic communications and partnerships are key demands in this role as the ED interfaces with diverse internal and external stakeholders.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

1.With the support of the Board, design and shape strategic direction of the JFJ and provide strategic oversight of the activities of the JFJ

2.Build, transmit and inspire the vision of JFJ

3.Lead in policy analyses,  interventions and debates

4.Drive campaigning and advocacy direction

5.Act as a spokesperson for JFJ as well as implementing a communications strategy to promote the work of the organization in all spheres, as it relates to human rights

6.Respond to, and maintain effective communication with the Board

7.Provide strong programme and project management

8.Provide leadership, management and guidance to JFJ staff

9.Proactively identify opportunities for engagement and influence by being current with developments that relate to all key stakeholders and partners

10.Ensure transparency and accountability to donors and partners by ensuring that the organisation’s programmatic, financial, and administrative systems are regularly reviewed for effectiveness

11.Strengthen and build regional and international coalitions and movements, including NGOs, civil society organizations, governments and international agencies  responding to human rights violations

PRIORITY WORK AGENDA

The ED is a key driver of the JFJ’s strategy to further engage and build its audiences, raise its public profile as well as develop broader awareness of its role and impact in the protection of human rights and justice. In addition advocating human rights and justice the ED is critical to building a more broad based organization.

Against this backdrop the ED will need to:

Quickly become familiar with the activities of the JFJ and the ongoing initiatives that have been designed to support its strategies; Develop a strong awareness of stakeholder expectations;

Establish personal and professional credibility at the JFJ and be a strong resource to the Board, and the JFJ team;

Gain a full and effective understanding of the JFJ’s strategies, related regulations, policies and a sound understanding of JFJ’s operating environment.  This understanding should be demonstrated in the quality of the advice provided and the initiatives implemented; and

Demonstrate proficiency in the core and leadership competencies of the JFJ.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES

The ideal candidate for this role should be an accomplished policy advocate with a demonstrated success in inspirational leadership within a national or multi-national organization, preferably in the field of human rights and justice. The candidate should be influential and naturally collaborative, with a strong track record of shaping and effecting human rights policy and advocacy. The ED should have a strong results- and performance-orientation and embody and encourage best practices with a passion for and commitment to humanity. Strong leadership skills and demonstrated talent for fostering an empowered work environment are critical for success in this role.  A sound understanding of the Caribbean and international human rights environment would be an asset.

Technical Grounding & Expertise

The successful candidate should have:

A First degree (preferably in Humanities and Social Sciences or related subject, including law, international development, human rights). A Master’s degree is highly preferred

A track record of commitment and results in working with victims of injustice, particularly injustice at the hands of the state, including socially excluded groups

Significant experience in policy development, advocacy and debate in issues of human rights and justice

Exceptional research, writing, editing, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

Strong diplomatic and persuasive skills.

Demonstrated ability to manage reputational risk

Proven record of forging strong and effective relationships with NGO;s international rights organizations, government actors, civil society, the public and law enforcement bodies.

A good understanding of the JFJ’s mission and goals and international development topics and issues.

Function-Specific Competencies

The ED should demonstrate strong proficiency in the following competencies:

Ability to develop strategies, plans and programmes to address complex human rights policy issues, recognizing complexity and uncertainty, and to evaluate the impact of those strategies. Ability to analyze complex human rights issues, legalities, regulations, treaties, policies and related materials.

Ability to provide the leadership and guidance to respond to appropriate funding opportunities and to build and maintain donor and sponsor relations.

Ability to manage multiple, high level and visible projects through entire life cycle (project design, execution, reporting, monitoring and assessement).

Ability to represent the organization at all levels of national and international forum, establishing rapport with diverse internal and external partners and advocates.

Ability to effectively and strategically advocate the mission of the organization

Ability to effectively manage, direct, inspire, nurture and team with diverse support staff

 

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted on a year basis with the possibility of renewal.

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