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  • Women in Nepal

    Central and North America Regional Advocacy Consultant for the Migrant Rights and Justice Program

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    ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND:

    The mission of the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crises. Since our founding in 1989, we have continually called attention to the needs of displaced women and children through targeted research and advocacy, as well as driven change in humanitarian practice and immigration/refugee law and policy. WRC’s Migrant Rights and Justice (MRJ) Program focuses on ensuring that displaced people have access to legal protection, that their human rights are respected, and that they are treated humanely.

    The number of people fleeing and transiting Central America and Mexico due to generalized violence, life-threatening sexual and gender-based violence, and extreme economic deprivation (including those related to climate change), along with the increasing restrictive and punitive immigration and asylum policies implemented throughout the region with the intention to deter and even hamper them from seeking protection, call WRC to create a US and Regional Collaboration and Advocacy Project.

    SCOPE OF WORK:

    This is a short-term contract (6 months to start) for work related to a three-year project to facilitate and foster a comprehensive regional approach to displacement in Central and North America with solutions for refugees and migrants which:

    • would consider countries of origin, transit and destination;
    • address root causes;
    • promote protection and reception mechanisms;
    • strengthen migration and asylum systems throughout the region; and
    • promote human security and prosperity.

    This approach will include continued advocacy for the respect of human rights, legal protection mechanisms for migrants, as well as human rights-oriented foreign policy and development assistance in the United States, while also supporting more welcoming laws, policies, and attitudes in the region, and supporting government and civil society organizations in defending and strengthening each countries immigration and asylum systems.

    CONSULTANT OBJECTIVES:

    1. Uphold and increase existing protections for displaced people in Central and North America, as well as mitigate the risks they face.
    2. Create strong working partnerships with regional governments to improve their reception, integration, and reintegration policies.
    3. Build a network of regional partners to advance regional policy planning and joint messaging, as well as coordinate and collaborate across nations on behalf of stakeholders.
    4. Strengthen WRC’s advocacy efforts in Central America and Mexico.
    5. Coordinate WRC’s research, monitoring, and advocacy both within and across borders.

    KEY ACTIVITIES

    • Monitor protection needs; regional diplomatic relationships and US border and asylum policies and their consequences in Mexico and Central America, as well as immigration and asylum policies in Mexico and Central America.
    • Document and assess protection gaps and risks faced by displaced people in the region.
    • Widen and strengthen WRC’s coalition of regional partners and allies for policy development and advocacy purposes.
    • Collaborate with US, Mexican, and Central American organizations to create recommendations for humane regional responses to migration.
    • Educate governments, lawmakers and other relevant stakeholders on the interconnected nature of regional migration and responses that are consistent with international and domestic laws.
    • Respond to attempts to undermine available protections in the region and actions that endanger women and children.
    • Develop transnational campaigns and messaging to denounce abuses and rights violations, as well as elevate stories and experiences that advocate for humane migration and asylum policies and practices.
    • Providing technical assistance and expertise to decision-makers and other relevant stakeholders.
    • Responsibilities include extensive travel within Mexico, Central America and the US during the consultancy.

    ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS/ATTRIBUTES

    • Advanced degree in social sciences, law, or related field.
    • At least 5 years' experience in issues related to immigration law and policy in Central and North America.
    • Experience in the government, civil society organization or international organization preferred.
    • Strong understanding of Mexican political and governmental structures.
    • Familiarity with Mexican immigration and refugee law and policy and with refugee and asylum advocacy in Mexico.
    • Diplomacy and representational skills.
    • Gender and child protection expertise.
    • Research and assessment experience.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Fully bilingual in Spanish and English.
    • Consultant based in Mexico preferred.

    LENGTH OF CONSULTANCY

    • 6 months to commence in December, with possibility of extension.

    COMPENSATION

    Commensurate with experience.

    To apply, please send a cover letter with your resume and salary requirements to: Rahima Ghafoori – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer; it considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 510(c)3 non-profit organization.

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