Monday, January 24, 2011

On the Job: Bipartisan Task Force on Detainee Treatment


The Constitution Project (TCP) is hiring an investigative staff to work with its newly created, bipartisan Task Force on Detainee Treatment.

The goal of the Task Force is to bring to the American people a comprehensive understanding of what is known and what may still be unknown about the past and current treatment of detainees by the U.S. government, as part of the counterterrorism policies of the Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations. The Task Force will help policymakers and the public confront alleged past abuses—including torture and cruel treatment—by following the facts.

The Task Force will review available information, determine where the holes are and then pass the baton to the administration, Congress and ultimately—to the American people—who will determine what steps should be taken next.

The members of the Task Force represent a full spectrum of political views and a wide range of professional backgrounds—legal, public policy, intelligence, military, law enforcement, religious, academic, public service, and medical. The staff, working under the direction of TCP’s president and the Task Force Staff Director, will carry out factual investigation, legal and policy research and assist in the development of the Task Force report and recommendations. These positions are full-time, temporary positions with an expected duration of 12-18 months, the anticipated duration of the Task Force Review. TCP may hire multiple people at each of the positions depending on the anticipated needs of the Task Force.

TCP has the following staff openings:

TASK FORCE COUNSEL

Minimum qualifications: Law degree and at least five years of experience practicing or
teaching law in one or more of the following areas:

• Human Rights Law or the Law of Armed Conflict
• National Security Law
• Military Law
• Intelligence Law
• Constitutional, statutory law and judicial authority relevant to the treatment of detainees

The ideal candidate will have:
• Extensive and high level experience with oversight and investigations, policymaking, and policy analysis
• Outstanding research and writing skills
• The ability to manage competing demands and thrive in a challenging, fast-paced environment
• A commitment to factual objectivity, consensus-building and to working in a bipartisan environment

SENIOR INVESTIGATOR
Minimum qualifications: At least three years experience with complex factual nvestigations related to sensitive policy issues.

The ideal candidate will have:

• Extensive and high level experience in investigations with or about the federal government, either as a lawyer or investigative journalist
• Deep knowledge of and experience in law and policy on national security, human rights, armed conflict, military law, intelligence law, Constitutional, statutory law or other law relevant to the treatment of detainees
• Experience in formulating policy recommendations from results of investigation and
research
• Outstanding research and writing skills
• The ability to manage competing demands and thrive in a challenging, fast-paced environment
• A commitment to factual objectivity, consensus building and to working in a bipartisan environment

RESEARCHER

Minimum Qualifications: At least one year of work dedicated to research on complex legal and policy matters.

The ideal candidate will have:

• Research experience in law, with the federal government, or in high level academic settings
• Experience with law and policy on national security, human rights, armed conflict, military law, intelligence law, Constitutional, statutory law or other law relevant to the treatment of detainees
• Experience with fact-checking and review of citations and footnotes for accuracy and consistency
• Outstanding research and writing skills
• The ability to manage competing demands and thrive in a challenging, fast-paced environment
• A commitment to factual objectivity, consensus building and to working in a bipartisan environment

ADMINISTRATOR

Minimum Qualifications:
• The ability to manage production and storage of a large volume of documents, and to manage and maintain online document storage, either in a law practice or with a government or non-governmental investigation
• Experience in scheduling meetings, conferences, hearings, traveling and interviews
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
• The ability to format and proofread complex legal, policy or factual documents.
• The ability to manage technology needs, provide IT help desk support, and liaise with external IT consultants as needed

A competitive salary and benefits are available.

To apply: dubmit letter of interest, resume, references, and, except for applicants for the administrator position, a writing sample, to the attention of Charles Martel via email at cmartel@constitutionproject.org. Please indentify in the subject line of your email and in your letter the position for which you wish to be considered. No phone calls.

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