Validity Foundation - Mental Disability Advocacy Centre



Vacancies

Validity is an international non-governmental organisation which deploys legal strategies to promote, protect and defend the human rights of persons with mental disabilities internationally. Holding special observer status at ECOSOC and participatory status at the Council of Europe, Validity offers our legal expertise to movements of persons with disabilities to promote systemic change.

We are currently recruiting the following the positions:

  1. Project Manager – Access to Justice (Budapest)
  2. Project Manager – Child-Friendly Justice for Vulnerable Children (Budapest)

 

1. Project Manager – Access to Justice

Deadline for applications: 14 February 2020, 17:00 CET (application procedure below)

Description:

Note: Candidates must hold the right to reside and work within the European Union; preference will be given to people who self-identify as having a disability. This position will be based at Validity’s headquarters in Budapest.

The position is a fixed term, two-year position to manage an EU co-funded, multi-country project. The project aims to ensure access to information and effective communication for victims of crime with disabilities in criminal justice processes in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabilities (CRPD) and the EU Victims’ Rights Directive. The project is inter-disciplinary, involving data collection and analysis, action research, development and dissemination of practical resources, and coordination of an international symposium in Brussels. The post-holder will be responsible for overall coordination of partner activities in seven EU countries, project management, production of all deliverables, ensuring involvement of persons with disabilities, and organising an independent external project evaluation.

With a post-graduate degree and at least five-years relevant work experience, the position-holder will have a solid understanding of the UN CRPD and of victims’ rights, including relevant EU acquis. A strategic thinker and solution-oriented, s/he will be flexible, creative, well-organised and analytical. S/he will be at ease leading a large, multi-lingual team, excellent at building and maintaining partnerships, and confident working independently with limited supervision. The post-holder will have strong project management skills and experience and proven ability to successfully complete complex projects, including budget management.

Qualifications and experience

      • Post-graduate degree in law, a social science discipline, public policy or related field (or a minimum of five years relevant professional experience);
      • A minimum of five years relevant experience working in the field of disability rights or access to justice;
      • Proven track-record of successful project management;
      • Prior experience in managing projects co-funded by the European Union;
      • Demonstrable prior significant professional decision-making authority;
      • Minimum two-years regional or international experience expected;
      • Experience supervising an assistant or volunteers;
      • Desirable: Management or project management qualification (such as an MBA, Prince, PMP qualification or other);
      • Desirable: Experience creating professional tools and materials for professionals in the field of access to justice;
      • Desirable: Experience working in the CEE region and/or proficiency in one or more project languages.

Knowledge and skills

      • Strong understanding of disability rights and international law, particularly the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the EU Victims’ Rights Directive;
      • Superior English language skills and ability to draft and edit documents, including editing the work of non-native English speakers to publication standard;
      • Strong project management knowledge and skills, in particular, cost, scope, schedule and risk management;
      • Performance management skills;
      • Knowledge of criminal processes, access to justice and/or victim support;
      • Excellent networking and partner management skills;
      • Outstanding interpersonal skills and communication skills, including when working remotely;
      • Ability to condense complex information into clear messages for a wide variety of audiences, including at short notice;
      • Ability to work with complex budgets and ensure compliance with strict financial rules;
      • Ability to manage own work processes and deadlines with minimal supervision;
      • Excellent computer literacy skills;
      • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation processes;
      • Demonstrated analytical skills and a strategic thinker.

Personal attributes

      • Strong commitment to personal and professional development, including the ability to actively seek feedback;
      • Thrives when handling challenging situations;
      • A positive approach to developing professional relationships that encourages openness, transparency and a collaborative ethic;
      • Solution-oriented and resourceful;
      • Clear commitment to Validity’s mission, vision and organisational values.

Salary range: EUR 28,000 – 32,000 gross per year, subject to experience (actual salary will be denominated in Hungarian Forints – HUF).

To apply

      • Send your CV in English with a detailed cover letter describing your suitability and motivation for the position to jointheteam@validity.ngo by 17:00 CET, Friday 14 February 2020;
      • The subject line of the email should read “Application: Project Manager – InfoComms”. The cover letter should set out clearly how you meet each and all of the requirements in the job description;
      • Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Indicative recruitment timetable:

      • Week beginning Monday 17 February: Shortlisted candidates will be informed and invited for first stage interviews;
      • Week beginning Monday 24 February 2020: First stage interviews (up to one hour) will take place. Candidates not currently based in Budapest will be interviewed by Skype;
      • Week beginning Monday 2 March 2020: Second-stage interviews (up to one hour) will take place. Candidates not currently based in Budapest will be interviewed by Skype;
      • Friday 6 March 2020: Preferred candidate will be offered the position;
      • Wednesday 1 April 2020: Target start date in Budapest, Hungary.

 


 

2. Project Manager – Child-Friendly Justice for Vulnerable Children

Deadline for applications: 14 February 2020, 17:00 CET (application procedure below)

Description:

Note: Candidates must hold the right to reside and work within the European Union; preference will be given to people who self-identify as having a disability. This position will be based at Validity’s headquarters in Budapest.

The position is a fixed term, two-year position to manage an EU co-funded, multi-country project. This project aims to improve access to justice for children with enhanced vulnerabilities in criminal justice systems across Europe. Focused on capacity-building legal and allied professionals, the project will take place in three different countries with expert partners focused on children with disabilities, children deprived of parental care and children in migration. The postholder will be responsible for overall coordination of the consortium, ensuring synergy between the workstreams and leading on international symposia and dissemination activities.

With a post-graduate degree and at least five-years relevant work experience, the position-holder will have a solid understanding of children’s rights, in particular the relevant EU acquis regarding the procedural rights of child victims and suspects in criminal procedures. A strategic thinker and solution-oriented, s/he will be flexible, creative, well-organised and analytical. S/he will be at ease leading a large, multi-lingual team, excellent at building and maintaining partnerships, and confident working independently with limited supervision. The post-holder will have strong project management skills and experience and proven ability to successfully complete complex projects, including budget management.

Qualifications and experience

      • Post-graduate degree in law, a social science discipline, public policy or related field (or a minimum of five years relevant professional experience);
      • A minimum of five years relevant experience working in the fields of children’s rights, disability rights and/or access to justice;
      • Proven track-record of successful project management;
      • Prior experience in managing projects co-funded by the European Union, including familiarity with the Commission’s Participant Portal;
      • Demonstrable prior significant professional decision-making authority;
      • Minimum two-years regional or international experience;
      • Experience supervising an assistant or volunteers;
      • Desirable: Management or project management qualification (such as an MBA, Prince, PMP qualification or other);
      • Desirable: Experience creating professional tools and materials for professionals in the field of access to justice.

Knowledge and skills

      • Strong understanding of children’s rights and international law, and relevant EU directives relating to child victims and suspects of crime;
      • Superior English language skills and ability to draft and edit documents, including editing the work of non-native English speakers to publication standard;
      • Strong project management knowledge and skills, in particular, cost, scope, schedule and risk management;
      • Performance management skills;
      • Substantive knowledge of criminal justice processes, child friendly justice standards, access to justice and/or victim support;
      • Excellent networking and partner management skills;
      • Outstanding interpersonal skills and communication skills, including when working remotely;
      • Ability to condense complex information into clear messages for a wide variety of audiences, including at short notice;
      • Ability to work with complex budgets and ensure compliance with strict financial rules;
      • Ability to manage own work processes and deadlines with minimal supervision;
      • Excellent computer literacy skills;
      • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation processes;
      • Demonstrated analytical skills and a strategic thinker.

Personal attributes

      • Strong commitment to personal and professional development, including the ability to actively seek feedback;
      • Thrives when handling challenging situations;
      • A positive approach to developing professional relationships that encourages openness, transparency and a collaborative ethic;
      • Solution-oriented and resourceful;
      • Clear commitment to Validity’s mission, vision and organisational values.

Salary range: EUR 28,000 – 32,000 gross per year, subject to experience (actual salary will be denominated in Hungarian Forints – HUF).

To apply

      • Send your CV in English with a detailed cover letter describing your suitability and motivation for the position to jointheteam@validity.ngo by 17:00 CET, Friday 14 February 2020;
      • The subject line of the email should read “Application: Project Manager – Child-Friendly Justice”. The cover letter should set out clearly how you meet each and all of the requirements in the job description;
      • Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Indicative recruitment timetable:

      • Week beginning Monday 17 February: Shortlisted candidates will be informed and invited for first stage interviews;
      • Week beginning Monday 24 February 2020: First stage interviews (up to one hour) will take place. Candidates not currently based in Budapest will be interviewed by Skype;
      • Week beginning Monday 2 March 2020: Second-stage interviews (up to one hour) will take place. Candidates not currently based in Budapest will be interviewed by Skype;
      • Friday 6 March 2020: Preferred candidate will be offered the position;
      • Monday 6 April 2020: Target start date in Budapest, Hungary.