IAPB · København Ø., DK
Department IAPB
Employment Type Fixed-term, full-time



Would you like to contribute to accountability in Belarus, working for a unique human rights, health and development organization in an international environment? Are you a professional with international experience in investigating and prosecuting serious human rights violations and international crimes?


DIGNITY - Danish Institute Against Torture offers up to five positions to join the IAPB. DIGNITY was founded in 1982 as one of the world's first torture rehabilitation centers. Today, we are a leading international player in research-based torture prevention and rehabilitation worldwide.


The International Accountability Platform for Belarus (IAPB) is a coalition of independent human rights organisations that have joined forces to collect, consolidate, verify, and preserve evidence of grave human rights violations, including torture, committed by Belarusian authorities in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election and its aftermath. DIGNITY is the lead organization in the IAPB and collaborates with Human Rights Center Viasna, International Committee for the Investigation of Torture in Belarus and REDRESS in co-leading the IAPB. 14 Belarusian and other international non-governmental organisations form the IAPB Advisory Council. The IAPB is financially supported by 21 states.


The positions


We are looking for the following professionals:


  • Team Leader and Lead Investigator, with a proven track record in leading and coordinating investigations of international crimes, notably murder, torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence, enforced disappearances, and deprivation of liberty in violation of international law.


  • Analyst, with experience in reviewing and analysing evidence for criminal justice proceedings, preferably with experience in the use of Relativity.


  • Open source Investigator with a solid experience in conducting digital investigations of violations of international human rights or international criminal law, as well as determining credibility and reliability of information.


  • Forensic medical doctor with experience in forensic investigation and analysis of medical and psychological evidence of torture and related violations


  • Senior Prosecutor with a proven track record on prosecution of international crimes from UN commissions of inquiry, international accountability mechanisms and/or international criminal tribunals; and/or national prosecutors with a solid expertise in international criminal law


Please note in your application which of these profile(s) you match.


The positions report to the Head of PlatformAs staff member of the IAPB, depending on your professional profile, you will:


  • Design and implement the standard operating procedures for the Platform, e.g., regarding documentation, investigation and prosecution of serious human rights violations and international crimes.
  • Review evidence of alleged human rights violations and international crimes with regard to subsequent investigation, litigation and/or prosecution.
  • Analyse the database of cases reported to and stored in the IAPB.
  • Investigate an analyse cases with a view to consolidate their evidentiary basis.
  • Liaise with prosecutorial authorities on preparation of legal proceedings.



We offer you:


  • A chance to contribute to documenting, investigating, and prosecuting human rights violations and international crimes committed in Belarus.
  • A dynamic working environment with highly skilled and motivated colleagues.
  • A position with considerable responsibility and room for shaping your portfolio.
  • A work-life balance and excellent possibilities for professional growth.


Required skills


You have a master’s degree in a relevant topic. In addition, you have the following background:


  • Proficiency in international human rights law and international criminal law.
  • Experience within criminal investigation and prosecution, data analysis in criminal justice cases, forensic medical examinations, and/or open source analysis.
  • Excellent analytical, legal drafting and communication skills
  • Strong skills in cross-professional/cross-cultural co-operation and public speaking.
  • Fluency in written and oral English is a prerequisite. Proficiency in Russian a great advantage.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team across different cultures.


Terms of employment


The position is placed in DIGNITY's IAPB Platform with reference to the Head of Platform, and located at DIGNITYs headquarters in Copenhagen, Bryggervangen 55, 2100 Copenhagen.


Your working hours are 37 hours per week.


The employment is based on the collective agreement for academics in the state (basic salary step or special consultant level depending on qualifications).


Expected start date is 1 July 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The positions will expire on 30 June 2022.


Further information


Further information regarding the position can be obtained by contacting Jens Modvig by mail: jmo@dignity.dk. 


Application with CV, diploma and references should be sent via the link and must be received by DIGNITY as soon as possible. DIGNITY reserves the right to hire staff immediately and on an ongoing basis. Please note that since it is only possible to upload 2 files in the system, the diploma must be collected in the same document as either the CV or the application.


Job interviews will be held online in English (using Pexip).


DIGNITY is a self-governing human rights, health and development organization. DIGNITY is engaged in rehabilitation of torture and trauma survivors, prevention and combating of torture, research in the aforementioned areas as well as national and international advocacy. We are engaged in twenty developing countries worldwide through partnerships with civil society organisations and state institutions. DIGNITY staff are members of the UN Committee against Torture (CAT), the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT). You can read more about our organization and work at www.dignity.dk. DIGNITY regards diversity as a strength and therefore encourages everyone qualified to apply for the position regardless of ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or age.

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  • Location
    København Ø., DK
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Fixed-term, full-time