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Recruitment & Volunteering

Front Line Defenders seeks to recruit staff, interns and volunteers in an open and transparent manner. Front Line Defenders is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to promoting cultural diversity within the Front Line Defenders staff. All positions are advertised via this website as well as through other media or networks appropriate to the position being advertised.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of requests we receive, it is not possible to keep general applications or CVs on file. During a recruitment process we do not generally review applications received until after the closing date. Shortlisting can take some time given the volume of applications we receive for some posts.

 


 

Front Line Defenders is currently recruiting for the following positions:

Communications and Events Fellow 2024
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Front Line Defenders invites applications for a new Communications & Events Fellowship to support its global work to protect human rights defenders at risk. Reporting to the Head of Communications and Events, the selected candidate will work in close coordination with the Visibility and Communications Coordinator and International Events and Promotions Coordinator. The fellowship will be for nine months and will be based in Front Line Defenders' office in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland (remote working option is not available).

 

About the team

 

The purpose of the Communications and Events Team is to provide support to human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk by giving them and their work more visibility – by raising their profile online and in external media as well as by organising events. The team works together with HRDs on publications, developing media capacity and connections, producing communications materials, organising the Front Line Defenders Award and Dublin Platform and providing individual support and advice. The Communications and Events team is also responsible for developing and implementing the multilingual communications strategy for Front Line Defenders, including managing the organisation’s website and social media, research reports and other publications, videos, podcasts and media outreach.

 

About the role

The Communications and Events Fellowship is designed to provide training and practical work experience in an international non-governmental organisation to recent communications or journalism graduates seeking a career in international human rights. The fellow will support the team on a range of projects linked to the organisation’s communications outreach and coordination of events. In the process they will learn about: human rights defenders; the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders; the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders; the role of Front Line Defenders and other national and international organisations in supporting and protecting HRDs; and how NGOs work with media outlets and use social media to raise awareness and visibility of the risks faced by HRDs. They will interact with a range of colleagues across the organisation and will be expected to participate in induction, periodic reviews, weekly team and case meetings, and relevant out-of-hours events.

 

Requirements

 

The successful candidate will have:

 

  • Good oral and excellent written communication skills in English. Computer literacy and good analytical skills.
  • A Bachelors’ degree or higher in communications, journalism, international relations or a related field.
  • Familiarity with conceptualising and producing narrative-based multimedia content (such as tweets, video, audio, infographics, etc.) for social media communications and campaigning.
  • Some background knowledge of the human rights field, international human rights law, and the UN and EU systems.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Flexibility, good interpersonal skills, and good stress management skills. An ability to multitask and prioritise is a must.

 
The following are also highly desirable and would be an advantage in the role:

 

  • Previous internship and/or work experience in journalism or in a PR/communications role with a human rights or humanitarian organisation.
  • Previous experience using a content management system (CMS) and website editing.
  • Technical design skills, especially experience working with Canva and the Adobe suite of software.
  • Fluency or working knowledge of at least one other language relevant to Front Line Defenders’ work (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

 

Terms of reference

 

The Communications and Events Fellow will be based in Front Line Defenders’ office in Blackrock for 30 hours per week, and will:

 

  • Provide support to the Visibility and Communications Coordinator, including but not limited to: administrative and substantive tasks around the creation, design, dissemination and monitoring of social media content and multimedia materials (e.g. videos and podcasts).
  • Assist with capturing and recording multimedia content at FLD events.
  • Provide support to the International Events and Promotions Coordinator, including with the creation and upkeep of guest and supplier lists, tracking visa applications and flights, and drafting of materials for events.
  • Upload approved content (Urgent Appeals, Statements, human rights defender profiles, etc.) to the Front Line Defenders website.
  • Assist in archiving images related to Front Line Defenders’ field work to protect human rights defenders.
  • Assist in drafting and designing, as requested, media materials or content to support Front Line Defenders events.
  • Carry out administrative duties as required.

 

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

 

In providing protection and support to human rights defenders, Front Line Defenders and its staff, fellows and volunteers 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.

 

Front Line Defenders is able to provide a stipend of €1651 per month for the fellowship. This is a Dublin-based role based in the Front Line Defenders office for the duration of the fellowship.

If this sounds like the role for you please apply by submitting your CV and cover letter via the ''Apply now'' button. Applications should be addressed to Conor Fortune, Head of Communications and Events.

 

The deadline for sending applications is 1 March 2024. Interviews will be held in person in Front Line Defenders’ office in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, and the Communications & Events Fellowship is expected to start in March/April 2024.

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Internship at the ACHPR
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Front Line Defenders and the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) invite applications for an Internship at the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights to support the work of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and Focal Point on Reprisals in Africa. It is a 12 month position based in Banjul, under the supervision of the ACHPR. Candidates should be able to work in both English and French. Candidates who have experience as a human rights defender in Africa will be prioritized.

The intern will gain practical work experience in an international institution, learn about Human Rights Defenders; the mandate of the ACHPR Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders; the specific situation and challenges facing human rights defenders in the region and advocacy at the African Union level. They will be expected to participate in induction, periodic reviews, hearings, meetings, and relevant out-of-hours events.

The successful candidate will be able to draft well and have good analytical skills. They will have some knowledge of the ACHPR functioning, and international and human rights law. They must be able to work in both English and French. Additional AU working languages are an asset. Please note that we cannot make exceptions to the language requirement.

They will be able to work on own initiative and as a member of a team. They will have good oral and written communication skills and be computer literate. They will be flexible, have good interpersonal skills, good stress management skills and be cooperative. An ability to multitask and prioritise is a must. Previous work experience with organisations working in the field of human rights is desirable.

Basic terms of reference:

  • Gather information on the situation of human rights defenders in Africa (with a particular focus on themes of concern identified by the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and Focal Point on Reprisals in Africa);
  • In coordination with other thematic mechanisms and with geographic desk officers, draft urgent appeals and communications to Governments concerning human rights violations against human rights defenders;
  • Support follow-up of cases taken up by the mandate;
  • Analyse replies received from Governments and prepare summaries for inclusion in the annual report;
  • Assist in the preparation of background materials for official missions by the Special Rapporteur;
  • Assist in liasing with non-governmental organizations for the smooth implementation of the mandate, as needed.

Applications should be addressed to Ivi Oliveira, Protection Manager before Monday 18th March. Interviews are expected to take place during March 2024 and will be held online. The next intern will start in early April 2024 for a period of 12 months. 

Front Line Defenders is able to provide a contribution to living costs of USD 1.800 per month. Front Line Defenders will reimburse the successful candidate the cost of their flights to and from Banjul, as well as contribution to a travel insurance. Please note that you may need additional funds to sustain your stay in Banjul.

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Research and Admin Fellowship: Europe and Central Asia
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Front Line Defenders invites applications for a Research & Admin Fellowship to support its work in Europe and Central Asia. The selected candidate will work in close coordination with the Protection Coordinators for the region, and will also provide support to other relevant staff across other programme areas in relation to our work in the region, as required. The fellowship will be for nine months (extendable for up to 1 year) and based in Front Line Defenders' office in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

The fellowship is designed to provide training and practical work experience in an international non-governmental organisation to recent graduates seeking a career in human rights. The fellow will learn about Human Rights Defenders; the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders; the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur; the role of Front Line Defenders and other national and international organisations in the support and protection of human rights defenders; the specific situation and challenges facing human rights defenders in the region and advocacy at the EU level. They will be expected to participate in induction, periodic reviews, weekly team and case meetings, and relevant out-of-hours events.

The successful candidate will be able to draft well and have good analytical skills. They will have some knowledge of the UN system, the EU system and international and human rights law. They must be able to work in both English and Russian. Ability to communicate in additional languages used in Europe and Central Asia, incl. Ukrainian, Kazakh, Armenian, Tajik, Azerbaijani, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Georgian and others, is a plus. Please note that we cannot make exceptions to the language requirement.

They will be able to work on own initiative and as a member of a team. They will have good oral and written communication skills and be computer literate. They will be flexible, have good interpersonal skills, good stress management skills and be cooperative. An ability to multitask and prioritize is a must. Previous work experience with organisations working in the field of human rights is desirable.

Basic terms of reference:

  • Provide support to the Protection Coordinators working on Europe and Central Asia, including casework and dealing with queries and correspondence with human rights defenders;
  • Input HRD-related information on the Front Line Defenders' database;
  • Undertake research on the situation of human rights defenders in countries in the region;
  • Compile and draft as requested briefings, country summaries, input to reports, urgent appeals, or other materials;
  • Provide support to staff across other programme areas in relation to activities carried out in the region, including in particular in the organisation of and follow-up on trainings;
  • Carry out administrative duties as requested, including the taking of minutes in meetings, as well as translating administrative documents from Russian/English and English/Russian;
  • Provide Russian language support as necessary, including simultaneous translation for human rights defenders;
  • Work on other specific projects and tasks relating to human rights defenders as requested.
  • Provide flexible support to the Rest and Respite programme, including, but not limited to, accompanying human rights defenders to events and translating.

Applications (CV and cover letter) should be submitted (see Apply Now button) by 31st January 2024. The next Research & Admin Fellowship - ECA will start in February 2023 for a period of nine months. 

Front Line Defenders is able to provide a contribution to living costs of €1651 per month. Front Line Defenders will reimburse the successful candidate the cost of their flights to and from Dublin. Please note that the cost of living in Dublin is high and that you may need additional funds to sustain your stay in Ireland. This is a Dublin-based role working from the FLD office for the full length of the fellowship. Front Line Defenders will assist with the Irish visa application process if relevant.

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

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.

 

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US Representative
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Front Line Defenders is recruiting a US Representative.

Role Purpose:

The US Representative is a senior position leading Front Line Defenders’ advocacy, outreach and fundraising efforts in the United States. The US Representative engages with decision makers, civil society, donors and other allies, and help strengthen a constituency of support in the US for HRDs. The US Representative works in cooperation with the Front Line USA Foundation.

Responsibilities:

• Represent Front Line Defenders in the United States at meetings, conferences and other relevant human rights spaces, and further develop in the US the organisation’s profile and awareness of human rights defenders protection needs, including through participation in campaigns, events and social networking;
• Formulate, manage and oversee the implementation of a US strategy for FLD that creates space for and centers HRD voices, supports HRDs at risk and increases HRD protection with US Government and US Congress and other US-based policymakers, as requested and in close coordination with the FLD global advocacy team and FLD protection team;
• Support fundraising efforts in the US, in coordination with the development team, including working to maintain good relationships with FLD’s current US-based donors, identifying new donors, attending relevant donors conferences, building relationships with prospective donors, and meeting annual fundraising targets;
• Coordinate events and visits of human rights defenders to the US in order to increase awareness of the work of human rights defenders as well as promote the organisation's work, including for the launch of FLD’s annual Global Analysis and the Front Line Defenders Awards for Human Rights Defenders at risk;
• Engage with peer human rights organisations to support and contribute to the development, promotion and implementation of HRD-focused legislation and policies in the US;
• Support urgent advocacy efforts on cases of HRDs at risk, including by raising the profile of HRDs at risk with US policymakers.
• Support and co-manage the Front Line USA Foundation and its Board, in coordination with head of development.
• Participate actively in the FLD management team and develop a shared sense of management responsibility and accountability.
• Engage with the FLD evaluation and data management team to support good data collection and reporting on the work of the organization.

 

See further details at:

 

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/sites/default/files/us_representative_-_job_advertisement.pdf

 

Salary: $95.000 – $105.000 per annum

Placement on the range will be commensurate with experience and qualifications

 

Benefits include:

26 days of annual leave per year, pension scheme, health insurance, life insurance, income protection schemes, employee assistance programme, staff well-being initiatives.

 

To apply, candidates need to submit a copy of their application - CV and cover letter - via the ‘Apply now’ button;
• Cover letters should be addressed to Laurent Aldenhoff, Interim Deputy Director;
• Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend for interview;
• It is anticipated interviews will be held during April 2024;
• The appointment is expected to be effective from June 2024;
• Closing date; midnight (NY time) on March 26th 2024 as per FLD vacancies page:
https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/recruitment-volunteering

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Front Line Defenders annually recruits for two positions that are part of the organisation's commitment to strengthening international mechanisms supporting human rights defenders:

Internship at the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (Banjul)

The purpose of the Internship is to support the work of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders at the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR). It is a 12 month position based in Banjul. Candidates should be able to work in English and French. Front Line Defenders will prioritise candidates who have experience as a human rights defender in Africa.

Frank Jennings Fellowship (Dublin & Geneva)

The Frank Jennings Fellowship was set up to give an opportunity for dedicated and talented individuals to gain experience working for the protection of human rights defenders in an international NGO and at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. It is named after Front Line Defenders former Head of Research who died after a long illness in 2005. Frank made a huge contribution to the development of human rights activism in Ireland and candidates who have some experience of human rights work in Ireland will be given priority.

The Frank Jennings Fellow spends three months at Front Line Defenders where he/she will be trained in relation to Human Rights Defenders; the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders; the Mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur; the procedures and methodology of the mandate; the role of Front Line Defenders and other national and international organisations in the support and protection of Human Rights Defenders. The Fellow will then move to Geneva for a period six months before returning to Front Line Defenders for a further three months.


Invitation to tender for website redesign

Front Line Defenders is currently inviting tender submissions from interested Website Design and Development Suppliers to lead on a substantial redesign of its website. For more details and instructions on how to apply, please visit here.



Volunteering at Front Line Defenders

We greatly appreciate the valuable contribution of volunteers who support the work of Front Line Defenders.

The best way to get involved is to help Front Line Defenders raise awareness about the risks faced by human rights defenders around the world and to help raise much needed funds to increase their security and protection.

When human rights defenders visit Ireland on rest & respite, it is important to provide a network of support to them. This community of support includes volunteers interested in accompanying the human rights defender sightseeing, to music and cultural activities, sharing about Irish history and current affairs or other hobbies/activities that may be of interest. Language support is especially useful to visiting human rights defenders. The working languages of Front Line Defenders are English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian but sometimes we also need support with other languages.

If specific additional volunteering opportunities arise, they will be posted here.