Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) First Round Job Postings

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The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) Secretariat invites applications from qualified persons for the following positions. Interested candidates are encouraged to carefully read the terms of reference and ensure that their applications are received before the deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Due to the high volume of applications expected for these positions, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted after the deadline.

GENERAL BACKGROUND

In December 2017, The Gambia’s National Assembly passed an Act to establish a Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission mandated to investigate and establish an impartial historical record of the nature, causes and extent of violations and abuses of human rights committed during the period July 1994 to January 2017 and to consider the granting of reparations to victims and for connected matters. The TRRC seeks the first batch of qualified individuals to help fulfill this Mandate.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

Director of Communications, Outreach and Media Unit

Communications, Outreach and Media Unit

About this position

The TRRC Communications, Outreach and Media Unit is responsible for building and maintaining an open channel for dialogue between the TRRC and the Gambian population. It will serve as the public face of the TRRC and be responsible for communicating the work, updates and findings of the Commission to the public. The Unit will liaise with journalists covering the work of the Commission.

The Communications, Outreach and Media team will, in conjunction with other units of the Commission, be responsible for organizing and publicizing public hearings. The Outreach and Media team will include five regional officers responsible for organizing public hearings in their localities.

The Communications, Outreach and Media Unit will help organize and coordinate the public events and educational activities of the TRRC. This work will be conducted in close collaboration with civil society and aim to promote reconciliation, dialogue, memorialization and learning about the past with a view to promoting the mandate of the TRRC. Public events may include music, art shows, theatre, film screenings, vigils or prayers, community town halls, educational, religious or cultural events, or any other format meaningful to TRRC constituents.

Duties and responsibilities

· Develop a comprehensive communication and outreach strategy in consultation with senior TRRC staff

· Direct a team responsible for issuing press releases, work updates, interviews, radio programs and other communications

· Oversee use of diverse media outlets to raise awareness and build interest in the TRRC

· Oversee management of the TRRC website and social media

· Collaborate with Commissioners and other TRRC Units to ensure the high quality and accuracy of all reports and communications

· Oversee coordination and liaisons with journalists and other representatives of the media

· In collaboration with the reconciliation officers and civil society partners, organize public events aimed at promoting reconciliation, dialogue, memorialization and civic education

· Oversee organization, advertising and management of public hearings in conjunction with other Units. This will include supporting the broadcast of public hearings on radio and television

· Work closely with civil society partners to promote civic education

· Assist the Commission in developing, editing and disseminating all its reports

· Collaborate with experts, partners, donors and other institutions as necessary

· Promote a team based and multi-disciplinary approach to Communications, Outreach and Media work

· Collaborate with the different components of the Commission to realize the mandate of the Commission

· Knowledge of French is an added advantage

Requirements for appointment
For appointment to this post, a candidate must:

Have a minimum of 10 years untarnished professional experience in communications, journalism, television or radio production, media, or related field
Have a university degree or equivalent professional qualification in journalism, media or related field
Demonstrated proficiency across multiple media disciplines (i.e. print, radio, online)
Experience in communication and/or outreach campaigns on human rights and/or for a large organization a strong asset
Experience in production of television or radio programming a strong asset
Knowledge of and commitment to high ethical standards of reporting especially as it applies to sensitive and potentially stigmatizing material is required
Ability to quickly produce high quality reporting and to edit the work of others
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Proficient with relevant computer applications including social media
Demonstrated ability to communicate complex information in an accessible and captivating way
Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills
Not have been involved in, or associated with, any questionable activity or matter connected to the subject matter of the Commission’s mandate
Knowledge of French will be an added advantage
The Director of the Communications, Outreach and Media Unit will be responsible to the Commissioners for the communications, outreach and media needs of the Commission. She/he will report to the Executive Secretary.

Important information for all candidates

Deadline for applications: June 25, 2018
Duration of Appointment: One year, with the possibility of extension subject to the availability of funds

Remuneration: A competitive salary is offered, subject to professional qualifications and experience

Send applications and supporting documents to: The Executive Secretary, TRRC, C/O Ministry of Justice, Marina Parade, Banjul; Or email to: trrcjobs@gmail.com

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Director of Research and Investigations Unit

Research and Investigations Unit

About this position

The Director of Research and Investigations at the TRRC will help establish and direct a team of researchers and investigators tasked with uncovering human rights violations committed during the mandate period of the TRRC. Research and investigations will be based on statements collected, forensic investigations including exhumations, and other sources of evidence (i.e. experts, site visit, archives). In addition to thoroughly investigating statements and forensic evidence on select cases, the investigation team may also research wider truths about patterns, themes and consequences of human rights violations. At the end of its mandate, the Research and Investigations Unit will prepare a comprehensive report which sets out its activities and findings based on objective analysis of the research and evidence collected. This report will form part of the Commission’s final report to the President and National Assembly.

The Director of the Research and Investigations Unit will be responsible to the Commissioners for the investigative needs of the Commission. She/he will report to the Executive Secretary.

Specific duties and responsibilities will entail:

Develop strategy and work plans for the investigations of the Commission, in collaboration with Commissioners and the Executive Secretary
Help establish the Research and Investigations Unit and participate in staff recruitment
Investigate allegations made to the Commission in statements, interviews, hearings and other procedures
Direct the TRRC statement-taking team
Collaborate with relevant TRRC staff and others in developing the Commission database and other investigative tools
Collaborate with legal team to identify victims and perpetrators
Assist the Commission to make findings of individual and institutional responsibility
Assist the Commission in researching themes, patterns, root causes and consequences of human rights violations
Under the direction of the Commission exercise the investigative powers set out in Section 15 of the TRRC Act
Promote a team-based and multi-disciplinary approach to investigations
Collaborate with the different components of the Commission to realize the mandate of the Commission
Requirements for appointment
For appointment to this post, a candidate must:

Have a degree in law or other social sciences, humanities or related fields, or in lieu, have a minimum of 10 years untarnished professional experience as a senior investigator, prosecutor, magistrate, or senior researcher in a related field
Demonstrated ability to conduct and supervise complex investigations into human rights violations
Understand the e- vidential considerations of the different investigations to be carried out by the Commission
Have strong leadership skills and the ability to motivate and inspire staff
Have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
Have excellent writing skills and be able to produce reports and review and edit the work of others
Excellent English language skills are required, proficiency in one or more local languages is considered a major asset
Be proficient in relevant computer applications including the use of data analysis software;
Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Not have been involved in, or associated with, any questionable activity or matter connected to the subject matter of the Commission’s mandate
Knowledge of French will be an added advantage

Important information for all candidates
Deadline for applications: June 25, 2018
Duration of Appointment: One year, with the possibility of extension subject to availability of funds

Remuneration: A competitive salary is offered, subject to professional qualifications and/or experience

Send applications and supporting documents to: The Executive Secretary, TRRC, C/O Ministry of Justice, Marina Parade, Banjul; Or email to: trrcjobs@gmail.com

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Research Assistants (5 positions available)

Research and Investigations Unit

About this position

Research assistants will work closely with investigators to collect and store information and evidence including documentary evidence such as witness statements, forensic and other evidence collected by investigators for use by the Commission. They shall be responsible for entering, retrieving and managing information using database in searchable format. They shall act as the interface between investigators and the Commission in the collection and presentation of evidence before the Commission.

Research assistants will report to the Director of the Research and Investigations Unit.

Specific duties and responsibilities will entail:

Under the direction of the Unit head, research assistants shall receive evidence from investigators and store them in searchable format
Provide information including evidence to the Commission when requested
Collaborate with investigators and legal officers to build cases and identify victims and perpetrators
Research thematic issues such as the impact of violations on women and children
Participate in a team-based and multi-disciplinary approach to conducting research
Develop a research database and efficient system of storing and retrieving information

Requirements for appointment
For appointment to this post, a candidate must:-

Have a minimum of 3 years untarnished professional experience as a researcher, social scientist, criminologist, human rights defender or related field
Demonstrated experience undertaking social research projects or related investigative work
Have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
Have excellent writing skills and be able to produce reports
Excellent English language skills are required, proficiency in one or more local languages is considered a major asset
Be proficient in relevant computer applications. Working knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis software considered an asset
Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Not have been involved in, or associated with, any questionable activity or matter connected to the subject matter of the Commission’s mandate
Important information for all candidates
Deadline for applications: June 25, 2018
Duration of Appointment: One year, with the possibility of extension subject to availability of funds

Remuneration: A competitive salary is offered, subject to professional qualifications, and experience

Send applications and supporting documents to: The Executive Secretary, TRRC, C/O Ministry of Justice, Marina Parade, Banjul; Or email to: trrcjobs@gmail.com

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Investigators (9 positions available)

Research and Investigations Unit

About this position

Investigators will be responsible for uncovering and verifying allegations of human rights violations committed during the mandate period of the TRRC. The investigations will be based on statements collected, forensic investigations including exhumations, and other sources of evidence (i.e. experts, site visits, archives). In addition to thoroughly investigating statements and forensic evidence on select cases, the investigative team will also research wider truths about patterns, themes and consequences of human rights violations. At the end of its mandate, the Research and Investigations Unit will assist in preparing a comprehensive report which sets out its activities and findings based on objective analysis of the research and evidence collected.

Investigators will report to the Director of the Research and Investigations Unit.

Specific duties and responsibilities will entail:

· Work closely with data-analysts, case lawyers, researchers and statement takers to investigate violations as set out in Section 14 of the TRRC Act

Specific tasks will include gathering evidence, verifying testimony and conduct detailed investigations into illustrative and emblematic cases
Conduct forensic investigations and missing person search and/or exhumations
Proficiently use the TRRC database and other investigative tools
Collaborate with legal team to build cases identifying victims and perpetrators
Assist the Head of the Truth Seeking Unit with its other investigative needs and support the statement taking, hearings and other commission phases
Assist the Head of the Research and Investigations Unit in developing a final report at the conclusion of the TRRC mandate
Participate in a team based and multi-disciplinary approach to investigations
Collaborate as necessary with the different components of the Commission to realize the mandate of the Commission
Requirements for appointment
For appointment to this post, a candidate must:-

Have a minimum of 3 years untarnished professional experience as a legal practitioner, criminologist, investigator, or other professional or related experience
Have demonstrated experience undertaking complex investigations
Have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
Have excellent writing skills and be able to produce reports
Excellent English language skills are required, proficiency in one or more local language is considered a major asset
Be proficient in relevant computer applications
Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Not have been involved in, or associated with, any questionable activity or matter connected to the subject matter of the Commission’s mandate

Important information for all candidates
Deadline for applications: June 25, 2018
Duration of Appointment: One year, with the possibility of extension subject to the availability of funds

Remuneration: A competitive salary is offered, subject to professional qualifications and experience

Send applications and supporting documents to: The Executive Secretary, TRRC, C/O Ministry of Justice, Marina Parade, Banjul; Or email to: trrcjobs@gmail.com

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Statement Takers (20 positions available)

Research and Investigations Unit

Duties and responsibilities

Taking statements from victims, perpetrators, witnesses and experts is the primary research method of the TRRC. Statement taking will be conducted in both English and local languages at commission headquarters and in regional offices. In some cases, statement taking will also be conducted by mobile teams. Statement taking methodologies will be adapted to local considerations to ensure TRRC work does not negatively disrupt community dynamics or expose victims who may be at risk of stigmatization or perpetrator retaliation. Precautions will be taken to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of victims is a paramount priority during statement taking, particularly when victims testify on sexual violence, forced HIV treatments and other potentially stigmatizing human rights violations. In some cases, minors who are victims of human rights violations may also give statements to the TRRC but this will require statement takers to receive specific training on child protection and child-appropriate interview techniques.

Statement takers will report to the Director of the Research and Investigations Unit

Duties and responsibilities

· Participate in required trainings on use of statement taking questionnaires and interview protocol

· Take statements in the form of narrative interviews from victims, witness and perpetrators of human rights violations. Statements will be in English or local languages, as required

· Show respect and professionalism to all persons interviewed

· Work in close collaboration with regional TRRC office staff to ensure statement-taking procedures are adapted to individual and community needs

· Work in close collaboration with local NGOs, social workers and other community focal points to facilitate psycho-social and other support services

· As needed, assist other members of the Research and Investigations Unit in coding statements

· As needed, assist other members of the Research and Investigations Unit in data analysis

· As needed, assist in outreach, communication and educative activities of the TRRC

· Work as a collaborative and supportive team member

· Take responsibility for personal and professional wellbeing by seeking assistance as needed

Requirements for appointment

A candidate must:-

Have at least 2 years of untarnished professional experience in social science research and/or social work and/or psychology, and/or forensic investigations, and/or other relevant qualifications and experience
Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Have good English language skills and proficiency in at least one local language (proficiency in multiple local languages is considered a strong asset)
Demonstrate unquestionable integrity, professionalism and uncompromised discretion
Must be able to show respect and professionalism to persons from all backgrounds, age, genders and life experiences
Ability to maintain calm and professionalism in stressful and potentially distressing circumstances
Be result-oriented with the ability to multi-task
Not have been involved in, or associated with, any questionable activity or matter connected to the subject matter of the Commission’s mandate.
Important information for all candidates

Deadline for applications: June 25, 2018

Duration of Appointment: Six months, with the possibility of extension

Duty Station: Banjul – position entails travel outside of the duty station. Note that a select number of statement takers will be stationed in regional offices for longer term postings.

Remuneration: A competitive salary is offered, subject to professional qualifications and experience
Send applications and supporting documents to: The Executive Secretary, TRRC, C/O Ministry of Justice, Marina Parade, Banjul; Or email to: trrcjobs@gmail.com

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