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Project Associate

Strengthening the value-added by rehabilitation data to the prevention, punishment and reparation of torture project


IRCT - International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims


The IRCT is a health-based non-governmental, non-profit umbrella organisation that supports the rehabilitation of torture victims and the prevention of torture worldwide. Our membership comprises more than 150 independent organisations in over 70 countries. Our work is governed by these member organisations. Today, we are the largest membership-based civil society organisation to work in the field of torture rehabilitation and prevention. The seat of the IRCT is in Copenhagen, with a liaison office based in Brussels. The working language is English.


The IRCT is looking for a full time project associate to join the team for the Strengthening the value-added by rehabilitation data to the prevention, punishment and reparation of torture project. The project is generously funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and began on the 15th September 2017.


The position is to be filled immediately and is based in our Brussels office. The position is for a period of two years. Occasional travel (4-6 times per year) will be required.


About the position:

The overall objective of the project is to further the global fight against torture through measures of prevention, punishment and reparation carried out by torture rehabilitation service providers. The specific objectives include:

  • Providing rehabilitation services to torture victims,
  • Strengthening the evidence base on the patterns of torture and the impact on victims, their families and societies, and
  • Using this evidence base to inform and reinforce activities of torture prevention, punishment and reparation.


In achieving these objectives, the project will focus on the expansion and development of the IRCT’s Anti-Torture Database to collect, analyse and use clinical data in the work of rehabilitating victims. The project will be implemented in 15 IRCT member centre in five regions.


Your responsibilities as project associate will be to support the project in general and the project manager in particular in delivering the required outputs for the duration of the project cycle.


Main Responsibilities:

  • Support the development and implementation of a project management monitoring and evaluation system;
  • Support development of toolkits relating to responsible data management, ethics, data security and data analysis methodologies;
  • Support organization and delivery a training workshop on responsible data management, ethics, data security and data analysis methodologies;
  • Support coordination of a database upgrade with corresponding manual;
  • Produce communications outputs to promote the project and strengthen implementation through various formats and communications channels;
  • Organize and assess data in the aggregated and disaggregated reports;
  • Organize meetings and travel arrangements;
  • General administration tasks to support the project partners through regular, timely correspondence;
  • General administration tasks to support project implementation, including review of financial reports and project indicators.


Knowledge and experience:

  • Bachelor or Master Degree in social science, law, health or equivalent experience. Persons with degrees in project management, administration, accounting, or finance will also be considered;
  • Experience in project administration and in organizing events;
  • Experience working with data and data analysis methodologies;
  • Experience with Excel, review of financial reports and basic budget management;
  • Fluency in English (both written and oral)
  • Working level knowledge of Spanish (both written and oral);
  • Ability to produce compelling stories and messages of human rights abuses in different media (written and visual) would be an advantage;
  • Experience working with database systems would be an advantage;
  • Knowledge of health management systems and the health sector in general would be an advantage;
  • Experience in the torture rehabilitation and prevention sector would be an advantage.


Personal skills and communication:

  • Ability to work in an international, diverse environment;
  • Strong planning and prioritising skills and an ability to multitask;
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work remotely with a diverse set of partners;
  • Organised and detail-oriented;
  • Able to meet tight deadlines.


Application Procedure

Due to the urgency of filling this position it is a requirement that applicants already hold a work and residency permit to Belgium.

If you are interested in the position, please send your CV and Cover Letter in English to and write ‘Project Associate’ in the subject line.


Deadline for applications: 6 October 2017

Start date is as soon as possible. For further information on the position, you may contact Lisa Haagensen by e-mail: For more information on IRCT in general and our work with data in particular, please visit and 


Thanks for your interest in working with the IRCT. 



“Rehabilitation helps restore the physical and mental state of torture victims.”

- Olga Sadovskaya, Deputy chair of the Committee Against Torture

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