EIN is hiring!

Finance and Events Officer, European Implementation Network

Background

The European Implementation Network (EIN) is a new non-governmental, member-based organization set up to champion the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).  A Director based in Strasbourg leads EIN.  EIN activities are overseen by a Board, which is elected by EIN members.

The EIN’s mission is to build and strengthen the ability of lawyers, NGOs and applicants to access every part of the Council of Europe that can contribute to better implementation of these judgments; advocate for full implementation of particular cases; and to support more robust structures that facilitate implementation.

In order to advance its mission at this critical time in international and European affairs, EIN plans to undertake activities and initiatives ranging from supportive (information sharing, access, advice and technical support, capacity-building) to proactive (advocacy, new initiatives).

Current context

This is an exciting time to join a new and focused organization committed to protecting human rights in Europe.  Among other developments, the EIN Director was hired in summer 2017 and is now engaged full-time in order to advance EIN activities further, including establishing the office, developing the first EIN annual programme of activities and engaging with respective Council of Europe entities and partners in support of the active EIN network across Europe.

In order to adequately support the office and the programme of work including a number of diverse activities in Strasbourg and in other European countries, EIN is now planning to strengthen its capacities initially on a part-time basis in the areas of financial management, events coordination and general office management.

For more information on EIN activities, see: http://european-implementation.net/

Main tasks

Under the direct supervision of the EIN Director, the Officer will be expected to:

Financial management

·      Develop and monitor project budgets;

·      Prepare financial documents related to the reporting requirements of donors and the EIN Board;

·      Prepare monthly and other regular financial statements comparing expenditure with budget and prepare updated forecasts of expenditure;

·      Settle invoices and receipts and all other expense claims, allocating costs into the accounting system and by programme or project;

·      Communicate with social security and other relevant agencies to ensure payment of monthly salaries and employer and employee social security contributions;

·      Process and monitor credit card and other bank transactions and record petty cash transactions;

·      Assist in finalizing year-end and annual audits and financial closes.

Events coordination

·      Lead in undertaking the full cycle of venue, accommodation, travel, IT, hospitality and document preparation for various types of individual and group visits and events, including EIN briefings and training and other capacity-building events in Strasbourg and in other European cities;

·      Undertake requisite IT, document and other support for virtual meetings of the EIN General Assembly, Board and other governance- and management-related meetings, and any other support that may be required when such meetings take place in person in Strasbourg or in other European cities.

General office management

·      Support the efficient running of the office, including documentation management and filing, reception and hospitality, supplies, etc.;

·      Prepare general replies to emails and other correspondence;

·      Upload prepared texts and photos for the EIN website including the EIN Newsletter;

·      Help organize and keep track of the Director’s commitments and more generally provide overall support to the work of the Director;

·      Undertake other duties as may be required from time to time by the Director.

Qualifications and experience

Essential

a.    Undergraduate degree or relevant professional qualification / certificate.

b.    At least 3 years of relevant office experience with clearly defined and regular financial management tasks including the preparation of detailed budgets, financial statements and cost analyses.

c.     Excellent planning and organization skills relevant to realizing the successful organization of events in different cities with participants from different locations.

d.    Fluent written and spoken French and proficient written and spoken English.

e.    Well-honed computer skills including Excel and other Microsoft Office applications.

Desirable

a.    Experience with bookkeeping and accounting software such as QuickBooks or others.

b.    Knowledge of the Council of Europe.

c.     Experience working in a similar type of organization and / or for a director.

d.    Website management and / or online newsletter preparation experience.

e.    Knowledge of other European languages.

Assignment details

Location: Strasbourg, France

Reporting to: EIN Director

Contract: Part-time at 24 hours a week.  Funding has been secured for the first 12 months of employment.  Continued employment beyond the first 12 months is subject to further financing.

EIN expects flexibility in this position in order to be able to address an expected pattern of peak periods of work and also sudden and tight deadlines.  EIN also offers flexibility – provided working days can be agreed in advance and all office-related tasks are fulfilled.

Salary: Up to €30,000 per annum pro rata, depending on qualifications and experience.

How to apply

Please complete the application form in English, which can be downloaded here, and send it by email both to ein.strasbourg@gmail.com and to kevinsteeves@outlook.com

Please do not send separate CVs or other attachments – these will not be considered.

The closing date for applications is Sunday, 15 October 2017 at 22:00 CET.  All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application.  Short-listed candidates may be asked to undertake a short written exercise before the interview.

All interviews are currently expected to take place in Strasbourg during the course of one day during the week of 23-27 October.  The successful applicant will be expected to start duties as soon as possible thereafter.

If you have any questions regarding an application for this position, please do not hesitate to contact the EIN Director, Kevin Steeves, in English by email at kevinsteeves@outlook.com

Third EIN briefing in 2017 addresses important cases from Georgia, Azerbaijan and Russian Federation

On 5 September 2017, the European Implementation Network convened a quarterly civil society briefing on cases scheduled for review at the 1294th Human Rights Meeting (DH) of the Committee of Ministers from 19 to 21 September 2017. This was the third such briefing undertaken to date in 2017, following previous briefings on different cases held in February and May respectively.

From left: prof. Philip Leach (EHRAC), Nino Jomarjidze (GYLA), Ramute Remezaite (EIN), Karinna Moskalenko and Anna Maralyan (International Protection Centre), Alexey Navalny (Anti-Corruption Foundation)

From left: prof. Philip Leach (EHRAC), Nino Jomarjidze (GYLA), Ramute Remezaite (EIN), Karinna Moskalenko and Anna Maralyan (International Protection Centre), Alexey Navalny (Anti-Corruption Foundation)

DH members were briefed at the Palais de l’Europe on the implementation of the following cases: Gharibashvili group v Georgia; Rasul Jafarov v Azerbaijan (as part of the Ilgar Mammadov group); Navalnyy and Ofitserov v Russian Federation; and Kudeshkina v Russian Federation.

Gharibashvili group v Georgia (Appl. No. 11830/03)

This group of six judgments and eleven decisions concerns the lack of effective investigations into allegations of violations of the right to life and of ill-treatment (procedural aspects of Articles 2 and 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights). In addition, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) found in two cases a substantive violation of Article 3 due to the excessive use of force by the police in the course of the applicants’ arrest and/or in custody. In these cases, the ECtHR concluded that the official investigations lacked the requisite independence and impartiality due to the institutional connection between those implicated and the investigators in charge of the cases.

Nino Jomarjidze, Strategic Litigation Lawyer, Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA), provided an overview of general measures currently taken by the Georgian authorities.  In her intervention, which can be found here, she particularly highlighted the need to enhance efforts relating to effective investigation into allegations of ill-treatment and the meaningful involvement of victims into investigations. The recent action report of the Georgian authorities of 11 August 2017 can be found here.  

Rasul Jafarov v Azerbaijan, as part of the Ilgar Mammadov group (Appl. No. 69981/14)

The case concerns an arrest and pre-trial detention of Azerbaijani human rights defender Rasul Jafarov, which the Court found unlawful and aimed to silence and punish the applicant for his human rights activities, in violation of Articles 5 and 18 of the Convention.

At the briefing, prof. Philip Leach, legal representative of Rasul Jafarov and Director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), argued that the criminal proceedings that led to Jafarov’s conviction should be re-opened on the basis of the Court’s judgment so that a full restitution is achieved. Prof. Leach introduced an opinion of a leading criminal law expert Julian B. Knowles QC at Matrix Chambers suggesting that the findings of the Court in Jafarov’s case arguing that the whole criminal case against him was politically motivated, and accordingly that Mr Jafarov`s conviction was based on procedural errors or shortcomings `of such gravity that a serious doubt is cast on the legitimacy of his conviction`. EHRAC submission of 1 September 2014 and the opinion can be found here.

Navalnyy and Ofitserov v Russian Federation (Appl. No. 46632/13)

The case concerned a complaint of arbitrary and unfair criminal proceedings that led to a conviction for embezzlement of property belonging to a Russian state company Kirovles by a prominent opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny and a businessman Petr Ofitserov. The Court found a violation of the right to a fair trial under Article 6 of the Convention, noting that the trial was conducted ‘without judicial examination’ and the judgement of the Russian courts had been prejudicial, establishing ‘a link to public activities’ of Mr Navalny.

Members of the Committee of Ministers at the EIN civil society briefing 

Members of the Committee of Ministers at the EIN civil society briefing 

Aleksey Navalny, co-applicant and Founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, and Nikita Kulachenkov, Investigations, Anti-Corruption Foundation argued that the individual measures taken, i.e., the re-opening of the case that led to the conviction of Mr Navalny, was not effective as the re-trial was simply repeated with the identical violations of fair trial. The Committee was invited to establish that the re-opening of the proceedings as a result of an ECtHR judgment entails the proceedings to be wholly compliant with Convention norms, including fair trial. The briefing note can be found here. The latest action report of the Russian authorities submitted in August 2017 can be found here.

Kudeshkina v Russian Federation (Appl. No. 29492/05)

In this case, the ECtHR found that the applicant’s dismissal from the judiciary in 2004 to be in violation of Article 10 of the Convention as the penalty imposed on the applicant (i.e. early termination of office at the respective court as well as abrogation of the judge’s rank) for her comments critical of the Russian judiciary was disproportionately severe and capable of having a “chilling effect on judges who wish to participate in the public debate on the effectiveness of judicial institutions.”

Karinna Moskalenko, legal representative of the applicant and Director of International Protection Centre, called upon the Committee to urge the Russian Federation to provide an action plan in this case, which it has failed to present for over 8 years.  As the applicant judge is no longer in a position to call for restoration of her office due to severe illness and age, the Russian Federation was invited to ensure that the applicant is provided with the status of a retired judge and in that way would be entitled to a retirement pension and other privileges, which she has been deprived of since her dismissal. Ms. Moskalenko’s intervention can be found here.

A summary of points in the form of 2-3 recommendations made by all presenters on their respective cases can be found here

Kevin Steeves joins EIN as its first Director

Kevin Steeves

Kevin Steeves

EIN is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Steeves as Director.

Kevin joins EIN after having served for three years as head of the Director’s Office at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. At Chatham House he supported the Director in the development of new initiatives and led the institute’s front office.

Kevin has extensive experience of international institutions, having worked a number of years for the OSCE in South-eastern Europe in the fields of democratisation and human rights promotion; and at the UN Secretariat in New York in the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Department of Peacekeeping Operations. While with the UN, he was involved as a special assistant and policy officer in a number of UN initiatives, including the creation of the UN Global Focal Point for Police, Justice and Corrections. Kevin was also fellow in the Conflict Research Unit at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendadel’ in The Hague, where he worked on the topics of rule of law and security sector reform. He provided advice to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and led an evaluation of the European Gendarmerie Force.

“Kevin Steeves’ appointment is an important early milestone in EIN’s development. His international experience in developing new initiatives and generating new ideas in the face of various challenges will serve EIN well. We look forward to working with him in the development of EIN into a highly effective and impactful organisation committed to supporting the full, consistent and effective implementation of European Court judgments”, said EIN Chair, Başak Çali.

Kevin Steeves said: “I am delighted to be joining EIN and look forward to working with the EIN Board and Bureau in the development of our civil society network. The EIN mission to promote and support implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights is particularly important at this complex time in international and European affairs. I am excited about the opportunities that exist to bring the strengths and capacities of EIN members and partners to bear in support of the promotion and protection of human rights.”