Project Manager (ENABLE)

Validity

Project Manager (ENABLE)

Validity

Budapest, Hungary

Location: Validity headquarters, Budapest, Hungary - partial remote work possible;
Responsible to: EU Programme Manager
Responsible for: ENABLE project team (Project Officer and/or Project Assistant)
Liaises with: Project partners, consultants and others
Other Validity staff (particularly Finance Officer)
Job purpose: To manage a two-year project aiming to ensure access to information and effective communication for suspects or defendants with disabilities in criminal justice processes.
Working hours: 40 hours per week (full-time contract).

Project information:

Defendants and suspects with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities face particular barriers to actively and effectively participate in the criminal justice process. These include physical barriers to court buildings, communication barriers, lack of access to legal aid and legal representation. These are the result of gaps and barriers in legislation, lack of skills of criminal justice professionals and inaccessible architecture.

Moreover, there is still lack of awareness, knowledge and skills of criminal justice professionals on how to enable defendants with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities to overcome these barriers and ensure a fair hearing, especially defendants who are deprived of liberty and female defendants. In criminal proceedings, even when some measures exist, they’re often inaccessible to persons with disabilities due to lack of appropriate communication, legal aid and/or legal representation.

Validity will implement an interdisciplinary project “Enabling inclusion and access to justice for defendants with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities” (ENABLE) - project reference: 101056701. Its aim is to enhance access to justice for suspects and defendants with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities by improving their ability to exercise their rights in criminal proceedings through procedural accommodations. On the basis of quality data collection and analysis and action research, the project partners will develop practical resources for those professionals, to i) improve knowledge on barriers to participation experienced by defendants with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities in the criminal justice system; ii) develop practical guidance on procedural accommodations (including communicational and procedural adjustments) to overcome barriers to participation; improve capacity of criminal justice professionals (lawyers, police, prosecutors and/or judges) to make/advocate for procedural accommodations in the criminal justice system to make proceedings inclusive; iii) strengthen cooperation and exchange between domestic civil society and criminal justice professionals to optimise access to legal services for defendants with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities. The project outputs will be introduced to professionals in various fields of the criminal justice system during national events, working groups an international symposium and through the project´s dedicated webpage.

The role of the Project Manager (ENABLE) is to take overall responsibility for coordinating activities in eight EU countries (Bulgaria, Czechia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain), to provide overall project management and coordination of the initiative, including the development of materials and deliverables, and to ensure expert involvement and organise final external evaluation of the project.

Principal tasks of the project manager:

  1. Overall accountability for ensuring successful implementation of the project and effective coordination of the Consortium, in accordance with Validity’s strategy and contractual obligations;
  2. Responsible for creation and active oversight of effective internal project management processes and protocols, ensuring consistent collection and storage of project management documentation by the Consortium in accordance with relevant European Commission contractual obligations. Day-to-day tasks may be delegated to project team members by agreement;
  3. Leads on reporting to the European Commission in accordance with the relevant contractual requirements;
  4. Manages a Project Officer and/or Project Assistant who supports all activities of the project. In particular, provides supervision and oversight of the following tasks: monitoring of project progression and impact of project activities in accordance with the workstreams; organisation of project meetings; proper administration of all project documentation for Validity as Coordinator; proper maintenance of internal project processes on data and documentation collection, retention and reporting;
  5. Engage and supervise an international expert to oversee production of high quality national and international disability benchbooks;
  6. Conceptualisation and production of cooperation protocols and training events, engaging and supervising experts as necessary;
  7. Oversees the development of a research methodology and tools, including the implementation of research, analysis of the data, and drafting of the national findings reports and benchbooks;
  8. Organise and lead an international symposium and project dissemination strategy, including publication of high-quality project deliverables and implementation of national working groups and trainings;
  9. Engage an external evaluator and coordinate an external expert review.

Further responsibilities include:

  1. Ensuring the project objectives are met and project activities are carried out in compliance with Validity’s values and mission;
  2. Working to a strict timetable of actions in accordance with the adopted project schedule, Validity’s operational plan, and review project schedule where necessary;
  3. Ensuring smooth communication with all project partners via project management software and other communication means;
  4. Holding to account and supervising in-country researchers in all project activities, ensuring strict contractual compliance;
  5. Ensuring budgetary compliance and reviews in close collaboration with the Finance Officer;
  6. Ensuring that risks are planned for, identified early, discussed with senior management, acted upon and documented;
  7. Any other commensurate tasks and responsibilities that contribute to the overall work of Validity, as determined in agreement with the Co-Executive Directors.

Person specification:

Qualifications:

  • Essential: University degree in law, a social science discipline, or policy field;
  • Desirable: Management qualification (such as an MBA, MPA or other).

Skills and experience:

  • Essential: Superior written English language skills; Minimum five years relevant work experience working in the field of the rights of people with disabilities or access to justice (including the following: project management, supervising other people and performance management, editing the work of non-native English speakers to a publication standard, the use of project management software, and reporting to the European Commission or other major funder); Knowledge of professional standards in relation to defendants’ rights and disability rights; Strong commitment to personal and professional development, including the ability to actively seek feedback; Excellent computer literacy skills;
  • Desirable: Experience of managing the implementation of multi-country projects supported by the European Commission; previous experience working on complex projects in the NGO field; experience in creating or implementing professional tools and materials for professionals in the field of access to justice and/or disability rights; Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation processes;
  • Personal attributes and skills: Clear commitment to Validity’s mission, vision and organisational values; Demonstrated analytical skills and ability to thrive when handling challenging situations; Strategic thinking and ability to seek linkages between people and themes; Outstanding writing skills and ability to condense complex information into clear messages for a wide variety of audiences, including at short notice; Excellent interpersonal communication skills – on the phone, skype and via other electronic means as well as face-to-face; and a positive approach to developing professional relationships which encourages openness, transparency and solution-orientation, including when working remotely.

Other:

  • Priority is given to applicants with disabilities - Reasonable accommodations can be made on request;
  • Applicants must have right to work in the EU.

Salary Range: Depending on experience, approx. EUR 2,500 – 3,025 EUR depending on exchange rates gross per month. Salary will be denominated in HUF.

Recruitment process:

  • Send your CV in English with a cover letter describing your suitability and motivation for the position to jointheteam@validity.ngo by 5 September 2022;
  • The subject line of the email should read “Application: Project Manager (ENABLE)”;
  • The cover letter should set out clearly how you meet each of the requirements in the job description;
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered;
  • Priority is given to applicants with disabilities;
  • Applicants must have the right to work in the EU;
  • Reasonable accommodations can be made on request.
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