Project Title: Strengthening the Capacity and Oversight of Human Rights Principles in counter terrorism across Lake Chad region (SCO- HRP Lake Chad) Project Activity Title: Provision of pro-bono legal services for victims of human rights violations in Yobe and Borno State Type of Service: Short term Number Required: 4 Pro-bono Lawyers Duration: 3 months Location: Yobe and Borno State Deadline: 16th October, 2019
A. Background: Grassroots Researchers Association (GRA) is a nonprofit organization registered in Nigeria in 2016 to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Northern Nigeria and the Lake Chad region by providing evidence-based interventions and promoting human right, peace and development initiatives in grassroots communities in Nigeria. Due to the conflicts in Northeast Nigeria which has resulted in the displacement of persons and led to increase in reported cases of human rights violations, GRA with support from Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) sets partnership on ‘Strengthening Capacity and Oversight on the use of Human Rights Principles in counter terrorism across the Lake Chad region (SCO-HRP Lake Chad) Project.’ The primary goal of the project is to identify, document and empower local actors in the dissemination and uptake of cases of Human Rights Abuses within the context of terrorism and counter terrorism operations in the Lake Chad Basin. The Project is an initiative of the CDD, and it is currently being implemented in Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger. GRA is the local partner in Nigeria and thus is responsible for implementing a component of the project on behalf of CDD.
B. Purpose of Engagement GRA is seeking to engage Pro-bono Lawyers that would review the state of all identified and ongoing cases of human rights violations, leading to next steps of actions and approaches towards ensuring perpetrators are held accountable, validating and fact checking the cases ahead of its use for public purposes in Borno and Yobe State.
C. Scope of Work • Participate in Clearing House System for identifying, documenting and holding perpetrators of Human Rights Violations accountable in Borno and Yobe States. • Validating and fact checking reported cases of human rights violations ahead of their use for public purposes • Review the state of all identified and ongoing cases of human rights violations, leading to next steps of actions and approaches towards ensuring perpetrators are held accountable • Attend court sessions and follow up on cases towards ensuring perpetrators are held accountable • Coordinate court processes and fees, including bail applications, filing fees among other relevant fees that relate to ensuring that the court processes are not hindered or delayed by such fees. • Develop case documentation tools.
Method of Application Interested and qualified candidates should submit their applications; Cover Letter and CV, as single PDF document addressed to the Executive Director, Grassroots Researchers Association (GRA).
All applications should include the position title in the subject line.
Note • Applicants are advised that Grassroots Researchers Association GRA does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as it is contrary to the values and practices of the organization. • Due to the volume of applications received, Grassroots Researchers Association GRA may not provide feedback to all applicants. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. • Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as received. Grassroots Researchers Association GRA reserves the right to change the closing date, if considered necessary not later than 11th October, 2019.