JAMAICANS FOR JUSTICE (JFJ) SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

Background

Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is a non-profit, non-partisan citizens’ rights action group. It aims 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. It has a vision of 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 well-being; and where Jamaican culture is enhanced and respect is shared. 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 Project

Justice, Security, Accountability and Transparency is the name of the project that the Executive Director will be called on to supervise. Funded by the European Union, it comprises research and advocacy by two contracted researchers and a documenter in respect of the welfare of children in state institutions and oversight of the protection of rights by state legislation and its agencies.

Terms of reference

In conjunction with the Board of Directors and Board committees, the Executive Director will have responsibility for the following, carried out in accordance with commonly accepted business practices, professional ethics and JFJ’s Mission and values:

  1. Administration, which comprises secretariat functions, staff guidance and supervision, performance appraisal, prudent budgeting, auditing and accounting, fund raising and proposal writing, data storage and retrieval, management of supplies, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), reports to board and donors, meetings, retreats and campaigns, and miscellaneous other matters.
  2. Board and Policy matters, which involve the timely assessment of  local and international trends and what these require of JFJ by way of strategic planning, initiative and/or response.
  3. Communication with Members, Key Partners and the Public on salient issues by phone, skype, letter and meetings, networking, representation at forums, lobbying before Parliament, media releases and other forms of advocacy.

Duration of contract

From June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017, with a 3-month probationary period and an option for renewal to March 31, 2018.

Qualifications:

  1. Graduate or postgraduate achievement in social science, development, human rights or related subject
  2. Track record in civil society activism
  3. Excellent communication skills, written and oral, particularly donor project reporting
  4. Demonstrated management and human relation skills
  5. At least 3 years in a similar role
  6. Knowledge of JFJ institutional history and principles an asset
  7. Demonstrated experience in project management and fundraising also an asset

Deliverables

  • Relevant Project Reports
  • Relevant Board Reports
  • SOPs for Office
  • Fundraising Plan
  • JfJ strategy for period

Expression of Interest should sent to admin@jamaicansforjustice.org and be accompanied by the following:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Two letters of recommendation
  3. A statement and explanation of a vision for Jamaicans For Justice for the next two years.
About Rodje Malcolm
Rodje Malcolm manages advocacy at JFJ. He works primarily on international human rights mechanisms and the rights of children.