Title Expert – Human Rights & Detention Reform
Categories Default
Location Beirut
Job Description

Siren Overview

Siren helps develop safe and secure societies where there is equal access to justice and freedom from fear. Specialising in civil policing transformation, security and justice programming, and broader public sector reform, we empower and build the capabilities of organisations to become more responsive to the needs of communities. We support our clients through the process of strategic change, combining an Organisation Development approach with advanced technology and customised solutions.

Committed to making a difference, we believe that the development of capabilities cannot be done for organisations - it must be done by and in effective partnership with them. As a result, our approach is collaborative, client-centered and holistic. We employ rigorous problem analysis and innovative interventions that are gender and conflict sensitive to drive sustainable change. Working in post-conflict and fragile states, we recognise the value of being flexible, adaptable and responsive to our clients’ changing needs.

Siren is an international non-profit organization with headquarters in Beirut and project offices in both Beirut and Jordan. For more information, see: www.sirenassociates.com

Job purpose

The Human Rights and Detention Reform Expert will be part of a team delivering a major security and justice programme in Lebanon. She/he would provide technical assistance in the design, development, and delivery of a human rights components targeting the Lebanese criminal justice sector focused on the issue of overcrowding in Lebanese detention facilities as well as human rights capacity building within the national police force. The initial contract would be for six months. Siren envisions the possibility of further work in this area, depending on this initial phase.


  • Conduct consultations, interviews, meetings, & focus group discussions with a wide range of criminal justice stakeholders, including police, judges, prosecutors, government officials, civil society organizations, donors, and detainees in order to collect data; facilitate workshops with these same stakeholders in order to garner buy-in to reform processes
  • Contribute to desk research, including mapping international best practice in relation to human rights issues
  • Conduct legal research & analysis in relation to the Lebanese criminal justice system
  • Utilize analytical tools (e.g. process mapping, root cause analysis) to identify problems and design solutions to reduce overcrowding and improve detention conditions
  • Document research in a clear, concise, easily understood way
  • Assist in developing human rights compliant standard operating procedures in key areas (e.g. custody management)
  • Assist in the design and delivery of training & on-the-job mentoring to assist criminal justice actors (e.g. police officers, prosecutors) in applying new operating procedures
  • Assist in developing innovative methods for collecting, analysing, and using data to drive decision-making in the criminal justice sector
  • Provide technical assistance in the development of project work plans
  • Assist in the development of impactful, visually appealing communications materials, to be used in high-level presentations and meetings, in relation to the project’s activities

TO APPLY: Interested candidates are requested to send their CV (max 2 pages) and a cover letter (max 1 page) describing why they are qualified for the role to hr@sirenassociates.com or by clicking the apply now button below.

Person Specification


  • Degree in applicable social science field (law – preferable, human rights, international development, international relations)
  • 3-5 years’ experience in the human rights/criminal justice reform/detention sector
  • Experience engaging with stakeholders from across the criminal justice system, including senior political actors
  • Fluent Arabic & English
  • Proven ability to design and act on research methodologies independently
  • Self-starter & solution-oriented
  • Solid communications skills


  • Law degree
  • Master’s degree
  • Experience working in the Lebanese criminal law and/or human rights sector
  • Established networks within the Lebanese criminal justice system (e.g. Ministry of Justice, civil society, etc.)
  • Facilitation and/or training experience
  • Security sector reform and/or change management experience


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