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Human Rights Expert

PAE is currently seeking a Human Rights Expert to support the African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) Program. Human Rights Expert s will instruct and supervise staff operations training for African Union (AU) peacekeeping personnel at the company, battalion and brigade level to prepare them for deployment to African Union, United Nations or Regional Peacekeeping Missions. Human Rights Experts will train AU commanders and staff in Human Rights and application of basic freedom protection, effective human rights education and capacity building. Training will focus on gender protection, family protection, the rights of children, rights of workers, health, education, culture and housing, in accordance with the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and International Human Rights Instruments. Human Rights Experts will develop POIs, lesson plans, and training support packages for collective training programs. Human Rights Experts will ensure all training scenarios are based on the most current information. Training will involve classroom instruction, Tabletop Exercises and Computer Assisted Exercises.

The Human Resources Expert requires a unique blend of skills, experience, and knowledge to accomplish the goals and tasks of the ACOTA Program. Successful candidates will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in law, political science, international relations or social sciences, ideally with a specialization in human rights;

  • A minimum of 5 years military operations and training experience (or civilian equivalent) is required;

  • Expert level knowledge in human rights standards as set forth by two or more of the following: UN, US, NATO, AU;

  • Experience developing POIs, lesson plans, and training support packages is required;

  • A minimum of three years of human rights monitoring and reporting;

  • Prior experience in working with AU and/or UN Peacekeeping Missions strongly preferred.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; knowledge of French would be highly desirable; knowledge of other West African working languages would also be an asset;

  • Ability and willingness to deploy to the field, sometimes on short notice, for different types of training missions;

  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;

  • Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, tact in dealing with people of different cultures and religious backgrounds and diverse political views, maintaining impartiality and objectivity;

  • Willingness and ability to live and work in remote and austere field environments is required;

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment screening process that includes a background check and drug screen is required.

Additional examples

  • Post-graduate training in human rights or international law. Understanding difference between IHRL and IHL is important because they are distinct branches of international law.

  • Master of Laws (LLM) or Master of Arts (MA) in Human Rights or International law

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD)

  • MA in Humanitarian Emergencies, Development Studies, Refugee Studies


  • Work experience in Africa

  • Work as civilian peacekeeper/protection officer

  • Work in justice sector reform Rule of Law (RoL), Security Sector Administration (SSA

  • Work with local human rights groups in areas of advocacy or capacity-building

  • Work in humanitarian fields (refugees/IDPs, food insecurity)

  • Military experience while not mandatory, to avoid missing human rights perspective and clashes, provide the country team clear Terms of Reference (ToRs) for the HR SME.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

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