Job Description: Multi-republic Project Coordinator (closed)

Post: Full-time, 30-40 hrs p/w, for a project period of up to 18 months | Salary: up to 1875  euro per month in roubles, depending on length and relevance of experience | Reports to: Russian Justice Initiative

Start Date: ASAP

Russian Justice Initiative (Utrecht) is hiring a full-time Project Coordinator, who will support the implementation and administration of project activities in several North Caucasus republics. Project activities will include legal trainings for law students and practicing lawyers in the North Caucasus as well as support of an online legal consultation platform.

Main responsibilities:

·        Lead the implementation of training components of the project, including:

o   Conducting preliminary outreach and communication with stakeholders in the region, including with universities, and serving as main point of contact for training preparation;

o   Designing human rights-themed training curriculum in coordination with regional stakeholders and designated trainers;

o   Coordinating and recruiting outside and in-house experts and lecturers;

o   Preparing training materials;

o   Preparing calls for participation and assessing applications received by local lawyers;

o   Coordinating logistics and administration related to training activities;

o   Organizing and arranging law student internships, including drafting internship plan;

o   Accompanying trainers and attending all scheduled trainings.

·        Support the development of an online legal consultation platform by:

o   Supervising technical upgrades to the system;

o   Monitoring user traffic;

o   Drafting articles and other materials pertaining to legal aid in the North Caucasus and the legacy of the European Court of Human Rights.

·        Ensuring that the project implementation adheres to the donor’s guidelines and regulations in all areas (eg. procurement, visibility, financial reporting) and liaising with the accountant and Grants and Finance Manager to ensure provision of full financial documentation for project expenditure in accordance with the budget and donor regulations.

The Project Coordinator will also attend all learning and training events organized in the course of the project. 



·        Mandatory: university degree in law or other relevant field, combined with relevant experience;

·        Mandatory: Strong theoretical knowledge of international human rights standards and their effect on the Russian legal landscape;

·        Advanced/additional degree in a related field preferred, but not required;

·        Some practical training on making use of legal protection mechanisms strongly preferred. 


  • Available for 30-40  hours per week during regular business days and hours to conduct all tasks related to the role;
  • Available full-time throughout the year;
  • Available to travel to any North Caucasus republic frequently and on short notice, as required by RJI, and with travel taking up to five days at a time. 

Work Experience:

·        Minimum 2 years of working in the non-profit sector, in organizations dealing with any one or more of the following: educational programming in human rights, training and capacity-building for NGOs and practicing lawyers, civil society development, litigation and legal counselling;

·        Experience in project management, although not necessarily in a supervisory position;

·        Experience managing substantial, complex budgets;

·        Experience with financial supervision and reporting;

·        Experience preparing narrative reporting to donors. 


·        Strong networking, coordination and liaising skills with staff, partners, external organisations and/or stakeholders;

·        Strong organisational and multi-tasking skills;

·        Willing to perform both legal and administrative tasks to a high standard; 

·        Excellent attention to detail;

·        Reliability, strong sense of responsibility, maturity;

·        Punctuality, meeting deadlines, excellent time management.

·        Ability to take the initiative; recognize and take charge of emerging challenges;

·        Strong communication and interpersonal skills, diplomacy and personal authority;

·        Strong personal commitment to human rights and a strong civil society. 

Knowledge and skills: 

·        Ability to draft professional correspondence, reports and other technical documents in Russian and English;

·        Ability to compile and devise human rights training materials in Russian, including drafting moot court scenarios;

·        Effective use of social media and working with local media outlets for outreach and public awareness is a plus;

·        Demonstrated ability to independently use Word, Excel and navigate basic computer setups;

·        Demonstrated ability to independently and confidently use the internet;

·        Demonstrated ability and willingness to effectively and regularly use and access work-related email on a regular daily basis. 

Language Skills:

·        Excellent drafting skills in Russian (writing sample will be requested)

·        Professionally fluent English (writing sample will be requested) 


·        Russian citizenship or residence permit

·        Experience working on issues related to the North Caucasus desirable, but not required.

To apply:

·        Send the following materials to before 1 March 2016:

o   Letter of intent (in English or Russian);

o   Resume (in English or Russian);

o   One unedited writing sample in Russian;

o   One unedited writing sample in English;

o   Contact details of two potential referees (academic or professional).