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The International Area Director is expected to plan and organize the day-to-day operational activities, and to lead the strategic decision making, of the International Area of Dejusticia. | Kyle Glenn, Unsplash

Attention! Job Opportunity at Dejusticia

Dejusticia is seeking a dynamic International Area Director who will both lead and work alongside the team to ensure the efficient functioning of the international area in its multiple tasks.

Por: DejusticiaJunio 14, 2019


Application deadline: Friday, June 28

Complete applications should be sent to Juan David Cabrera at the following e mail: [email protected]

The International Area Director will work with the Director and Deputy Director in creating, developing, and implementing the organization’s international work strategies and leading the international team. S/he will also take charge of establishing and nurturing relations with human rights organizations across the Global South and other relevant actors in the field of human rights, and leading the coordination of all international work in Dejusticia.


Organizational overview

Dejusticia is a think-do tank based in Bogotá and known for its leadership in public debates, research work that is often cited by academia and government, and its norm- changing litigation in Colombia and Latin America. We promote positive social change by producing rigorous studies and fact-based policy proposals; carrying out effective advocacy campaigns and litigating in the most impactful forums; and designing and delivering education and capacity-building programs. At Dejusticia, we believe that academic work can be committed to social justice and can contribute to effect change. We have an “amphibious” approach to our work: we take deep dives in academic and policy-design research and writing with a clear sense of how much this can impact our direct action and advocacy.

Dejusticia’s unique traits—being a combination of a think tank that undertakes rigorous academic research and an activist NGO that leads high-impact litigation, advocacy, and training of key actors in the social change field—have made it an important reference point and expert voice, both within Colombia and also internationally, with a distinct Global South perspective. In 2017, Dejusticia was awarded the Collective Leadership Award, awarded by Semana Magazine, the Leadership and Democracy Foundation and Telefónica, and in 2018, the “Significant Legal Ruling Award” by Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression for its victory in the “Sugary Drinks” decision by the Constitutional Court of Colombia.

Within Colombia, Dejusticia has been at the forefront of issues such as transitional justice, drug policy, environmental justice, indigenous peoples’ rights, judicial reform, rule of law and anti-corruption, privacy and transparency, socioeconomic justice, and gender equality. Internationally, it has been doing work on climate change, indigenous peoples’ rights and racial equality, migration (specifically related to the Venezuelan crisis), global drug policy, business and human rights, privacy and transparency, economic, social, and cultural rights, as well as catalyzing the discussion of such topics in civil society.

For more information about our strategies and recent work, please visit our website.


About the position 

The International Area Director is expected to plan and organize the day-to-day operational activities, and to lead the strategic decision making, of the International Area of Dejusticia. The broad goals of the International Area are the amplification of the voice of the Global South in international human rights debates and spaces, and the strengthening of the global human rights movement. In the short term, Dejusticia will focus its international efforts on four fronts and seeks an International Area Director that will lead the following tasks:

• Organize and promote the growth of Dejusticia’s thematic work at the international level, while ensuring better internal articulation within the organization, so that Dejusticia can enhance its participation in international networks and fora.

• Strengthen and deepen Dejusticia’s work to provide solidarity with the human rights movement globally, mainly through the Global South Fellowship Program and the School of Human Rights Practice.

• Develop substantial expertise in areas identified as strategic for Dejusticia’s international work, such as climate change, migration, the closing of spaces for civic participation and participation of the organization at advocacy spaces with in the International Humans Rights System and the Interamerican Human Rights System.

• Continually diagnose emerging areas of international human rights work and lead strategic thinking efforts for any topics that might be important for Dejusticia to develop.

The Director’s tasks include, but are not limited to:

• Monitoring and reporting on projects associated with the core international activities, such as development and supervision of international human rights research;

• Organization and implementation of international human rights courses;

• Building of collaborative relationships with partner universities, human rights organizations, and other relevant stakeholders in the field of human rights;

• Recruitment and support of international fellows;

• Assisting the grants manager in procuring international funding; as well as the identification of emerging human rights issues globally.

S/he will lead and manage a team of coordinators, researchers, and fellows. This will include coordinating staff workloads; organizing meetings; recruiting new staff; designing and implementing process-and-service-improvement projects within the International Area; and overseeing the work of the international area.

The International Area Director will develop and maintain positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders and communicate regularly with them regarding international work activities. Internal stakeholders include directors, other research areas, and administrative staff, including the grants manager. External stakeholders include human rights organizations, international organizations, and other actors in the human rights field.


Required Qualifications

• Professional degree in law, political science, social science or related fields.

• 10 to 15 years of experience working on human rights at an international level.

• D. or Ph.D. candidacy preferred, but applicants with two Master’s degrees and 3 additional years of experience may be considered.

• Fluency in English and Spanish.

• Firm grasp of various tools and platforms in law and/or social sciences.

• Demonstrated experience in effective team leadership, including conflict resolution and mediation, staff training, sensitivity, and flexibility in managing deliverables resulting from challenging situations.


• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including strong public speaking skills, in both English and Spanish.

• Strong analytical skills, experience using various data systems, and an inclination towards team decision-making.

• Demonstrated experience in successfully collaborating on international issues.

• Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

• Highly organized and with advanced project management skills, ability to streamline processes, and work well under pressure with limited supervision.

• Experience working with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.



• Enthusiasm for international and globalization issues.

• Self-motivation.

• Proactivity and delivery-focused approach.

• Flexibility and ability to work independently and with a team.

• Enthusiasm for new challenges.

• Strong commitment to quality and continuous improvement.


Compensation and Benefits

As a full-time and Colombia-based employee, the Director will receive a monthly salary within the range of COP 8.100.000 – COP 9.600.000 (≈ USD $2,593 – USD $3,073), depending on experience and qualifications.

In addition to the legal benefits of 2 extra monthly payments per year. Benefits for foreign workers will include a return ticket to home country per contract year, Colombian health insurance coverage, pension payments, a relocation allowance, and travel insurance for work trips.

Dejusticia provides 15 days of paid leave per year, plus eight additional labor days (during Easter and Christmas breaks) of bonus paid leave for its staff.


Application procedure

Stage 1 – Written application

Applications should include the following three elements:

1. An application letter, which deals specifically with the following:

a. Your motivation for taking on the role and your particular experience, expertise, and values.

b. Your thoughts about the opportunities and challenges Dejusticia will face on a global level over the coming months and suggestions on how these might be

2. A curriculum vitae detailing experience, publications, and

3. Writing sample in English and

4. Contact details of two references whom we may contact during the appointment process.

Complete applications should be sent to Juan David Cabrera at the following e mail: [email protected]

The closing date for applications is Friday, June 28, 2019.

Stage 2 – Interviews

Short-listed candidates will be invited to participate in an interview. The interviews will be conducted until Friday, July 12, 2019.

Stage 3 – Decision

The chosen candidate will be announced before Friday, July 26, 2019.

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