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Protection Coordinator (Field based – West and Central Africa)

Front Line Defenders is seeking an exceptional candidate with significant human rights experience to take on this challenging post based in the region (exact location to be agreed with the successful candidate). The Protection Coordinator (West and Central Africa) will be responsible for maintaining and developing Front Line Defenders' contacts with human rights defenders in countries in the region, providing rapid response to cases of human rights defenders at risk, undertaking research on the threats and attacks that they face, providing analysis and producing relevant materials to take action in their support, and inputting into all other programmes and activities related to the region.

The successful candidate will have at least three years experience of human rights related work in the region and excellent written and oral communication skills in English and French. Please note that we cannot make exceptions to the language requirement. Knowledge of other languages spoken in the region is desirable. The successful candidate will have demonstrated sound political judgement, a good cross-regional perspective and the ability to deliver accurate and objective written information in a high pressure environment dictated by the need to respond urgently to threats against human rights defenders. They will ideally have experience of working with human rights defenders and knowledge of the security risks that they face.

Applications comprising a cover letter and CV should be sent to Andrea Rocca, Deputy Director, at by 10 February 2017.
Please put the name of the position 'Protection Coordinator (Field based – West and Central Africa)' in the subject bar of your email, otherwise applications may be missed.

Front Line Defenders is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.