Validity Foundation - Mental Disability Advocacy Centre



Vacancies

Extended deadline 28 October 2019

  1. Litigation Manager (Budapest)
  2. Communications Officer (Budapest)

In 2020, Validity will be starting a new strategic period, responding to new and emerging challenges globally to the human rights of persons with mental disabilities.

Despite our strong track record of tackling widespread and systematic violations including institutionalisation, guardianship and segregation in education, new challenges are emerging. From the role of international development funding to catalysing forward-movement in stalling deinstitutionalisation strategies, persons with disabilities are seeking Validity’s specialist legal support more than ever before.

Validity is growing our specialist core team to provide enhanced support for disability rights movements in Europe, Africa and internationally. We are looking for passionate, independent and experienced professionals to join our dynamic team:

  1. Litigation Manager (Budapest)
  2. Communications Officer (Budapest)

Validity offers competitive remuneration for both positions commensurate with experience and location of the position. Shortlisted candidates will be requested to set out salary expectations at a later stage.

Full job descriptions and person specifications below.

 

1. Litigation Manager

Deadline for applications: 28 October 2019, 5pm CEST (application procedure below)

Job description and person specification: Word and PDF

Description:

Note: Candidates must hold the right to reside and work within the European Union. Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as having a disability.

One of two Litigation Managers at Validity, the post holder will be responsible for managing Validity’s litigation strategy in specific target countries to improve the lives of persons with psychosocial disabilities and persons with intellectual disabilities in Central and Eastern Europe. In close collaboration with national level lawyers and partners, the Litigation Manager identifies opportunities to achieve strategic impact through litigation in each of Validity’s three campaign areas: independent living, legal capacity and inclusive education. The Litigation Manager helps develop litigation pathways and argumentation, and monitors and ensures progress of the litigation towards identified strategic goals as well as monitoring and evaluating the impact achieved. The Litigation Manager is also responsible for identifying and capitalising on opportunities to compel implementation of judgments at national, regional and international levels. Together with the Impact Manager, the Litigation Manager will ensure that advocacy and litigation initiatives are coordinated and mutually reinforcing.

The Litigation Manager will have a sound knowledge of litigation processes in a European jurisdiction and be able to adapt this knowledge in a flexible manner to diverse contexts. S/he will be able to take direction yet work independently where appropriate and will pursue a common vision of change. S/he will be open-minded, flexible and have the skills to manage multiple partnerships with lawyers and non-lawyers simultaneously. S/he will be quick to learn, creative with the law and able to translate a broad vision for change into concrete actions. The Litigation Manager will be highly analytical, comfortable working as part of an international, multi-lingual team and competent in representing Validity in a variety of fora. Working closely with other Validity staff, the post-holder also has the capacity to manage advocacy and other initiatives in a number of jurisdictions.

To apply: Applicants are invited to submit an application package no later than the deadline by email to JoinTheTeam@validity.ngo with the subject heading “Litigation Manager”, enclosing:

  1. Cover letter (maximum 3 pages) expressing your motivation for applying, addressing the Person Specification and how your experience makes you suitable for this role
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Confirmation of your right to reside and work within the European Union

 


 

2. Communications Officer

Deadline for applications: 28 October 2019, 5pm CEST (application procedure below)

Job description and person specification: Word and PDF

Description:

Note: Candidates must hold the right to reside and work within the European Union. Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as having a disability.

A creative and independent-minded upstart, the Communications Officer is an experienced and dynamic media professional with a passion for advancing human rights and social justice. They are an influential writer and an inspirational public speaker who uses their talents to raise the voices of Validity’s clients, partners and staff as strongly as possible, ensuring that the messages reach those who need to hear.

They have the ability to conceptualise, manage and implement highly impactful media initiatives to strengthen Validity’s impact for persons with disabilities in Europe and Africa, ensuring strong messaging in alignment with the organisation’s strategic goals. With the charisma and drive to build a thriving and engaging online presence for the organisation, the Communications Officer is also adept at responding to time-sensitive press and media opportunities, drawing on their extensive networks of media contacts around the world. They are quick – but also know how to develop strong and supportive partnerships with diplomacy and respect at the core.

The Communications Officer will substantially increase Validity’s public visibility in key geographies and internationally at a time of growth for the organisation, opening up new audiences and providing a significant contribution to advancing the organisation’s human rights goals.

To apply: Applicants are invited to submit an application package no later than the deadline by email to JoinTheTeam@validity.ngo with the subject heading “Communications Officer”, enclosing:

  1. Cover letter (maximum 3 pages) expressing your motivation for applying, addressing the Person Specification and how your experience makes you suitable for this role
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Confirmation of your right to reside and work within the European Union
  4. One sample of published written work