Vacancy – Programme Assistant RWI MENA

Programme Assistant
RWI Amman Office
(Only open for applicants with Jordanian citizenship)

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The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) is an independent academic institution established in 1984. The mission of the Institute is to promote universal respect for human rights and humanitarian law by means of research, academic education, dissemination and institutional development. The vision of the Institute is to be a centre of excellence meeting the highest international standards in all its fields of operation. In addition to research and academic education, RWI has since 1990 been implementing a wide range of human rights capacity development programmes for institutions in developing countries, mainly with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). RWI is not involved in official reporting on state performance, monitoring of state compliance or other methods of work in the human rights field that could be considered confrontational in character.

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s (RWI) human rights capacity development programmes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region began in 1999, and have included both regional and bilateral cooperation projects. In order to facilitate implementation of the projects in the MENA region, the Institute established an office in Amman, Jordan in 2011.

In November 2013, RWI began the implementation of a large regional programme focused on the cooperation with and between judicial institutes in nine MENA countries: Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. The programme aims at strengthening the capacities of key institutions and actors to increase the application of human rights standards whereby more judges and prosecutors, as well as other justice sector actors, will have the knowledge and tools to apply and support the use of international human rights standards.

The programme is implemented in coordination with the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) and is financially supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

RWI is currently seeking a full time Programme Assistant, to be based in Amman. Jordanian citizenship is required for the position. The Programme Assistant’s primary responsibilities will be to provide support for the implementation of RWI’s international programme in the MENA region.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Head of Office MENA, the Programme Assistant’s tasks will include:
• Administering office affairs in a support capacity, including following-up on maintenance, cleaning, stationery and office consumables;
• Planning and following up on project activities, as required, to assist in the implementation of project activities;
• Providing administrative and logistical support, as required, to Programme Officers and Head of Office as well as activity participants and resource persons, in relation to the implementation of programme activities, such as trainings, workshops and meetings;
• Arranging for travels logistics to participants for activities in Jordan and RWI’s other programme countries;
• Assisting the Head of Office and Programme Officers with translation between Arabic and English when required;
• Managing Office petty cash, maintaining records of expenditure and processing payments and invoices for the regional Amman office;
• Preparing with the accountant monthly financial reports on expenditure of the regional Amman office and addressing any financial reporting queries from Head Office in Lund ;
• Liaising with auditor and coordinating the audit process;
• Assisting with preparation of programme reports and budgets as required;
• Performing other duties or project related work as assigned by the Head of Office.
• The position may require occasional travel to facilitate the implementation of programme activities. At times, the workload will be high.

• Ability to work in a timely, careful and orderly manner, required for financial dealings;
• A minimum of two years’ professional experience in relevant field of work;
• Experience in financial administration, accountancy support, and in the administration of international development programmes is an asset;
• Proficient use of MS Office;
• Demonstrated organisational, communication and interpersonal skills;
• Ability to take initiative and prioritise work tasks;
• Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and complete tasks by fixed deadlines;
• Written and spoken English required; and
• Exercise of good judgement.

Contact and Application
For further information about the position please contact Carla BouKheir, Head of Office

Please provide your curriculum vitae and cover letter no later than 4 August 2014 by email on

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