Vacancy: Head of the CTI Secretariat

Do you want to contribute to a world free from torture? And are you ready to work closely with
Governments to achieve this goal?

Deadline for applications: COB 20 September 2021


The Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI) is an initiative by States for States being spearheaded
by the Governments of Chile, Denmark, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco, with the vision that by
2024, every State in the world will have ratified the UN Convention against Torture (UNCAT) and be
working towards its active implementation. The CTI is supported by a Secretariat, which is based in
Geneva, Switzerland. The Secretariat is composed of the Head of the Secretariat and a small team of
professional staff and an office administrator. The CTI works through confidential government
dialogues, often on a regional basis and provides technical support, advice and tools to States. The
CTI’s approach is constructive (“no name, no shame”) and is based on equality between States. Each
year the CTI Secretariat, oftentimes together with partners, organizes a number of global and regional
events, seminars and visits. The CTI Secretariat is hosted by the Association for the Prevention of
Torture (APT), but is carrying out its activities independently. More information about the CTI is
available here:

The Head of Secretariat is liaising closely with the six spearheading countries, from whom CTI receives
its policy and strategic direction, as well as with the APT, which is a strategic partner of the CTI. The
Head of Secretariat proposes and oversees the implementation of CTI strategies through an annual
programme of activities and manages CTI Secretariat.

Key responsibilities:
– Develops policy and strategy proposals for the CTI to reach its overall objectives of universal
ratification and improved implementation of UNCAT, and plans, oversees and monitors the
delivery of CTI multi-year strategies and the annual programme of events and activities;
– Takes action to make the CTI the primary facilitator of support for Governments, shepherds
government-to-government exchanges and builds alliances with stakeholders including
through the ‘Group of Friends’ of the CTI;
– Organises and facilitates governance meetings of the six core States, and keeps the core States
up-to-date on latest developments and upcoming activities and events; 2

– Oversees an annual programme of events and activities at international, regional and country
levels, to raise awareness and to advance knowledge acquisition, and provide technical advice,
support and tools to governments on ratification and implementation, as well as engaging on
a bilateral and multilateral level;
– Represents the CTI Secretariat at external events and with external interlocutors;
– Manages staff of the CTI Secretariat, including recruitment, induction, assignment of tasks and
responsibilities, supervision, staff development and annual appraisals;
– Manages the overall annual budget, including preparing the budget, reviewing and approving
financial expenditures of the CTI Secretariat;
– Liaises with the APT on human resource and financial accounting matters.

Candidates for the position of Head of Secretariat of the CTI should be strategic and able to act
proactively and effectively to steer the CTI towards its goal of universal ratification and active
implementation of the UNCAT by 2024. The nature of the CTI requires the Head of Secretariat to be
diplomatic and innovative and to be able to navigate in a global working environment with a great
variety of stakeholders.

Qualifications/experience required:
– Minimum 10 years experience in the human rights, international relations or related fields,
with preference for persons with experience working with or in Government;
– Solid experience as manager;
– A degree at masters’ level in a field such as public international law, human rights, political
science, international relations, or related field;
– Strong knowledge of the international and regional international human rights frameworks
and systems relating to torture and ill-treatment, with particular focus on UNCAT;
– Applied knowledge of one or more of the regions of particular focus to the CTI (Africa, Asia,
the Caribbean), or experience with working with Small Island Developing States, would be a
distinct advantage;
– Outstanding English drafting skills, excellent organizational skills, and effective communication
skills. A second language (Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish) a distinct advantage.

Key competencies required:
– Possesses a good understanding of diplomacy, including country and regional sensitivities and
priorities, and are able to build and sustain positive relationships;
– Able to drive and initiate processes independently, and to determine strategies, set priorities
and implement action plans;
– Delivers a quality and timely service and are able to adapt to unforeseen changes;
– Willing to take on responsibilities of administrative and practical nature to make things
– Comfortable with team work and working cooperatively and effectively with a variety of
– Communicates effectively, openly and regularly;
– Willing to travel extensively to diverse countries in all regions of the world;
– Supports an ethical, diverse and collegial work environment. 3

– It is a full-time position based in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently time-bound until end of
– 25 days holidays.
– Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications and comparable to Swiss
NGO salaries.
– A working permit will be requested if needed.
– A small relocation package can be offered.

Please submit the following documents in English to by COB 20 September
1. Cover letter indicating why you are interested in the position and how you fulfil the position
2. Resume or CV of no more than 2 pages, including the names and contact details of at least
two referees from recent employment. You may indicate if you do not wish us to contact
your referees unless you are offered the position.
3. A writing sample (must not be co-authored).

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