Holocaust Denial and Distortion Laws
General Position Description
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) seeks to fill the position of a Project Coordinator (freelance) for its focused project on Holocaust Denial and Distortion Laws. This project seeks to build understanding of laws and regulations designed to protect historical memory, particularly that of the Holocaust and other crimes of the National Socialist era. Given the relative novelty of these “memory laws” and increasing numbers of cases of both civil and state-sponsored attempts to appropriate history, the IHRA must examine these legal and regulatory instruments in order to ensure that they secure the record of the Holocaust by minimizing distortion and manipulation of this critically important history. Alongside providing a forum for a global conversation on these laws, this project will 1) outline the types of laws that exist within and beyond IHRA Member Countries; 2) establish a space to discuss and track the efficacy of these laws, as well as the forms that sanctions – or calls for sanctions - take; and 3) conclude with concrete policy recommendations.
The project coordinator will have the following duties:
- Design, maintain, and make available online an English-language questionnaire/survey that will be sent to IHRA Member, Liaison, and Observer Country governments and to civil society. The purpose of this questionnaire is to capture information relevant to these laws.
- Liaise with the IHRA Permanent Office in order to aid in the promotion of the survey to select NGOs, legal associations, and IHRA delegations.
- Compile a running report of the survey data.
- Liaise with members of the IHRA Steering Committee on Holocaust Denial and Distortion Laws, as needed, to prepare a draft report on the results of this survey.
- Ensure the confidentiality of personal information relevant to participants in the survey.
- Assist the project team by providing logistical and planning support for online and in-person meetings, including note taking
Successful applicants must have
- A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and significant work experience;
- Proficiency in the development of questionnaires and surveys, as well as data collection and evaluation;
- Skills in developing documents and reports;
- Proficiency in the development of website articles, advanced familiarity with online surveys, social media, and other online forums;
- Skills in communicating survey results through briefings and reports;
- Proficiency in English; and
- Ability to work independently.
The IHRA will accept applications for this position through 16 April 2020.
This is a part-time position, taking place between May 2020 and 31 December 2021. The initial contract will be valid for one year with the possibility of extension. The salary will be commensurate with experience. The Project Coordinator will work on a freelance basis (approx. 100 hours/year) and take full responsibility of adhering to all legal regulations regarding taxes and social security payments in the country of her/his residence.
Please submit a cover letter in English, CV, and the names and contact information for three references to [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted.