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Project Associate

Req ID: 7213
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule:
Job Notes:


Organizational Background:

Heartland Alliance International (HAI) is the global arm of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, a family of organizations that has been leading anti-poverty and social justice work in Chicago for more than 125 years. HAI’s offices in nearly a dozen countries implement programs on a range of global human rights issues, as well as the Chicago-based Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture, which serves individuals from more than 50 countries. HAI has significant expertise in the fields of trauma-informed mental health care and access to justice for survivors of rights abuses. It is also an industry leader in access to high-quality and stigma-free health care. Across all of its programs, HAI promotes progressive, innovative approaches to human rights protections and gender equality.


HAI is hiring a Project Associate for Kumak, a two-year project designed to support legal professionals and strengthen the rule of law and criminal justice system in the Middle East. The project focus is to ensure adherence to international commitments under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Convention Against Torture (CAT) and national laws to protect the rights of children and adolescents in the region. Kumak builds upon HAI’s previous work to advance juvenile justice reform, with emphasis on improving due process and ending the death penalty against minors. The project seeks to achieve these goals by improving academic training on juvenile justice, engaging moderate religious scholars in issuing child-friendly advisory opinions, and by strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations and independent attorneys to respond to the legal and human rights needs of vulnerable children in the Middle East.

The Project Associate’s primary responsibility is to provide legal research, programmatic assistance and administrative support to Kumak’s Journalism Coordinator and Legal Expert who will conduct on-line and in-person trainings for juvenile lawyers and social service providers. The Project Associate will write monthly and quarterly analytical reports and support in the research and development of human rights materials for workshops and trainings. The Project Associate will also be responsible for day-to-day management of Juvenile Justice Center website for uploading and dissemination of trainings materials.

The ideal candidate is a driven and passionate professional looking to work alongside an inspiring, dynamic team of leading human rights workers. The candidate will have exceptional and detail-oriented research, writing and management skills. S/he will embrace a collaborative, team approach to the work they do. This person has experience working in a wide range of research and program

areas and is eager to contribute to innovative human rights projects that support some of the most vulnerable people in the Middle East.

Reporting to Project Manager, the position also contributes to the development and implementation of project strategies and practices.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1. Work closely with Journalism Coordinator and make sure of the implementation of project deliverables in timely manner;


2. In coordination with Legal Expert and M&E officer fill out the project PRIME measuring the distribution of materials (curricula, webinars, practice guidelines produced by the project) and their use by participants;


3. Assist Project Manager in coordination with the implementing partners and subject-matter experts in North America, Europe and the Middle East;


4. Assist with programmatic, research, and administrative needs for conducting workshops and coordinating with partners in the Middle East;


5. Conduct research on specific topics, translate and review translation of documents from Farsi into English and vice versa;


6. Conduct thematic research on the rights of the child and child protection in the Middle East and provide summary report to program team;


7. Conduct and provide research on specific areas of national and international laws relevant to the rights of the child in the Middle East;


8. Assist and prepare materials for Juvenile Justice Center website and upload materials on the website in coordination with Project Manager;


9. Assist the Project Manager and Legal Expert in researching and developing of human rights materials for regional workshops;


10. Timely coordination with Journalism Coordinator and Legal Expert in collecting information and drafting required quarterly reports and creating timeline to finalize the review process and submission to the donor;


11. Provide administrative support to project team members including preparation and review of internal and external documents, organization of materials and information, and support with ad-hoc requests.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or competency required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience:

· Bachelor’s degree in International Law, Human Rights, Juvenile Justice, or related field; and 1-2 years of related research or international experience;

· Knowledge of and interest in the protection of vulnerable populations in the Middle East

· Experience in website management;

· Experience in desk and/or field research;

· Experience in writing and editing legal documents, presentations, and curricula development;

· Excellent computer skills and proficient in Microsoft products;

· Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.


Personal Competencies:

Collaborative spirit and ability to work independently as well as in a team; commitment to knowledge sharing and teamwork; positive attitude and ability to see through challenges to find solutions; strong interpersonal skills and an ability to clearly communicate, including complex concepts into layperson language; high comfort level working in a diverse environment with a demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards; ability to design and set up systems and structures for smooth implementation of complex and sensitive programs in high risk environments.


Other Competencies:

· Time Management – Ability to prioritize tasks, manage time and complete projects in a fast-paced, changing environment with minimal supervision.

· Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness

· Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively

· Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events

· Cultural Sensitivity – Respects cultural environment in which person is working and does not act in a manner that is outwardly offensive to the local community.

· Non-discriminatory- Do not discriminate persons based on sexual orientation or gender identity, age, preferred jobs or behavioral habits


Language Skills:

· Fluency in Farsi and English is required.

Currently, all staff in the Chicago office are working remote due to COVID. Once the pandemic is over, this person will be required to work in the office. 

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.I,A3303_837_0. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact Irelis Contreras at iortizcontreras@heartlandalliance.org. 

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