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Project Associate - Torture Journal

    • Will you help enhance the global impact of our journal?
    • Would you like to become a part of an international organisation that makes a difference for torture victims across the world?
    • Would you like to help us ensure that our scientific journal shares all the best practices in the fight against torture so that our global audience can enhance their support to torture survivors.

This position offers a unique early career opportunity to engage directly with the world’s leading experts in the fight against torture to help them produce and share their knowledge with colleagues around the world”

    Director Asger Kjærum explains.

Join us 28 hours per week in a 2-year project position with the possibility of an extension.

Welcome to the IRCT

The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims is a health-based, non-governmental, non-profit umbrella organisation that supports the rehabilitation of torture victims and the prevention of torture worldwide.

Our members comprise more than 160 independent organisations in over 70 countries, making us the largest membership-based civil society organisation working in the field of torture rehabilitation and prevention.

One of the ways we strengthen the support to torture victims is through the Torture Journal. It is an international scientific journal that provides an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of original research and systematic reviews by professionals concerned with the biomedical, psychological and social interface of torture and the rehabilitation of its survivors.

Become our journal coordinator

You will work as the assistant editor to the Editor-in-chief of Torture Journal. Your job will primarily cover three areas: You coordinate the production of the journal, you liaise with all relevant stakeholders and you provide input to the strategic direction of the journal.

More specifically, your new job entails:

    • Coordinating the scheduling, production, cataloguing and distribution of approved articles
    • Reviewing, sub-editing and providing recommendations for all articles to ensure our high-quality standards are met
    • Supporting the editor-in-chief in conceptualising issues of the Torture Journal and identifying articles which are ready for publishing
    • Providing recommendations to our editorial board about topics to cover or writers to contact to develop the journal and support our strategic goals
    • Spending a small amount of your time taking charge of communication tasks - such as updating our website or producing communication outputs that promote our journal

“To really excel in this position, you will need to have a keen eye for detail while maintaining a global overview of advances of interest to the readership; you will need to be interested in learning and take a strong focus on turning scientific research into human rights activism”

    Asger describes.

Be a part of a global network

You will become a part of our international multi-disciplinary team at IRCT’s office in Copenhagen. We are all passionate about working with our 160 member organisations towards the eradication of torture worldwide. We are a mix of people from near and far, and our working language is English. You will also work closely with the Torture Journal Editor in Chief and the Editorial Board composed of leading experts in the field.

Master’s degree and a true interest in academic writing

  • You hold a master’s degree in a field relevant to the position such as health sciences or the humanities
  • You have experience working in the field of human rights and ideally with torture related issues.
  • Your English is flawless, and you have an excellent grasp of English grammar and APA editing style
  • You have a strategic mindset, enabling you to see the potential in different initiatives
  • You have a true interest in and understanding of scientific and academic writing
  • You have a good understanding of research methods – quantitative and qualitative
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills, and you are able to present relevant information targeted to different stakeholders
  • You are detail oriented and self-driven
  • You have good IT skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Office365

Application Procedure

If you are interested in the position, please submit your application online.

Should you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Asger Kjærum at or +45 44 40 18 50. You can find further details on the position in the job description.

If you are interested in the position, please send your CV and cover letter in English using the link below by 24 April 2019.

If you want to know more about the IRCT, please visit

Thank you 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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