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Grants Coordinator - 2 Positions

Front Line Defenders, The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders ( provides practical assistance to human rights defenders at risk worldwide including through the Protection Grants programme.

Front Line Defenders is seeking 2 Grants Coordinators to take on this challenging role based in the organisation’s headquarters in Dublin. The Grants Coordinators will be responsible together with the Grants team, under the direction of the Head of Protection Grants, for administering Front Line Defenders Protection Grants programme to human rights defenders.

The successful candidate will have previous experience of human rights related work, working with people from different cultural backgrounds and a sensitivity towards the situation of human rights defenders. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and one of the other working languages of the organisation (Arabic / French / Russian / Spanish) are required, and while not essential, knowledge of other languages is an advantage.

Contract: Full time position (Monday – Friday) – 35 hours per week.

Salary: Minimum EUR 30,089 per annum.

Please note that we cannot make exceptions to the language requirement.

Applications, comprising CV and cover letter should be addressed to Caitriona Rice, Head of Protection Grants at

The closing date for applications is 14 February 2020. Please indicate the full title of the position in the subject line of the email, or the application may be missed.

Grants Coordinator job description:

  • Administering Front Line Defenders' systems and procedures for providing grants to human rights defenders at risk, including the database;
  • Liasing with applicant human rights defenders and organisations on the preparation of grant applications to ensure they are as viable, cost effective and reflect best practice as much as possible;
  • Preparing an analysis of each application received for the Director, including checking for duplicate applications where appropriate, in order to inform decision-making by the Board of Trustees;
  • Organising the payment of grants, including emergency grants, and maintaining meticulous financial and other records;
  • Maintaining contact with human rights defenders and organisations which have received grants and ensure that Front Line Defenders receives adequate reporting on how grants have been utilised;
  • Undertaking and/or supporting evaluations of Front Line Defenders' grant making activities;
  • To produce whatever reports and analysis are deemed necessary with regard to Front Line Defenders' grant making programme.
  • To work collaboratively and flexibly with all staff, fellows and volunteers and undertake whatever other relevant tasks/projects are specified by the Executive Director, Deputy Director or Head of Protection Grants.

In providing protection and support to human rights defenders, Front Line Defenders and its staff are committed to:

  • focus on the primacy and centrality of defenders;
  • demonstrate profound respect and empathy for defenders;
  • meet the needs expressed by the defenders in a fast, flexible and relentless manner;
  • achieve tangible impact;
  • act with independence, impartiality and integrity;
  • perform with dedication, professionalism and accountability;
  • show transparency and openness;
  • develop participative and cooperative relations.