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:
Front Line Defenders is seeking an exceptional candidate for the new role of HR Officer. This role will provide operational support to delivering a high-quality HR Service to all our staff, mangers and fellows across the whole employee life cycle experience, collaborating both locally & internationally. This role will allow the successful candidate to develop knowledge and experience of all elements of HR in a varied and dynamic environment.
The salary range for this role is €36,340 to €51,050 per annum depending on experience.
This will be agreed on appointment. All appointments are subject to a probationary period of six months.
The contract is based on a 35 hour week, Monday to Friday, based in the organisation’s headquarters in Blackrock, Dublin.
You will be entitled to 21 days leave per year (in a full leave year) in addition to public holidays in Ireland and three special leave days which will be specified each year between 25 and 31 December, when our offices close. The organisation provides life insurance, a contribution to health insurance, an income protection policy, and matches individual contributions to a pension up to 5% of gross salary.
-3 years previous experience in a HR environment
-Experience of installing or working with a HR IS system
-Experience working in an International NGO
-Experience working in a dynamic and rapidly changing environment
Knowledge and Skills:
-Understanding of current employment legislation and its practical application
-The ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with staff, management and fellows
-Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
-Ability to manage and maintain highly sensitive confidential information and to use discretion, diplomacy and tact
-Ability to work off own initiative and prioritise competing deadlines
-Excellent organisational skills with particular attention to detail and numeric ability
-Solution focused approach with an ability to solve problems
-Knowledge and understanding of diversity, equality and inclusion good practice
-Strong ICT skills
-Degree or equivalent in HR Management (or working towards)
-Membership of CIPD
If this sounds like the role for you please apply by following the link to submit your CV and Cover letter.
Applications should be addressed to Valerie Giltrap, HR Manager.
Applications must be received by 22 August 2022.
All applicants must be eligible to work in Ireland at the time of application.
Front Line Defenders is seeking an exceptional candidate for the post of Research and Admin fellowship: Americas (Spanish/Portuguese speaking).
The selected candidate will work in close coordination with the Protection Coordinators working in the region, and will also provide support to other relevant staff across other programme areas in relation to our work in the Americas, as required. The fellowship will be for nine months (extendable 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.
Front Line Defenders, The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (www.frontlinedefenders.org) was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the aim of providing practical assistance and protecting human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk - people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Front Line Defenders maintains its headquarters in Dublin, an EU Office in Brussels, and regionally based field staff in all world regions.
- Provide support to the Protection Coordinators working on the Americas, 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, including information on killings of HRDs for the HRD Memorial Project
- 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 Spanish/English and English/Spanish;
- Provide Spanish and Portuguese 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.
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 Spanish. Portuguese is highly desirable. 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.
Stipend and Benefits
The contract is based on a 30 hour week, Monday to Friday, based in our Head Office in Dublin. Front Line Defenders is able to provide a contribution to living costs of €1400 per month. Front Line Defenders will cover the cost of their flights to and from Dublin, as well as health insurance and visa related costs. Please note that the cost of living in Dublin is high and that you may need additional funds to sustain your stay in Ireland. Front Line Defenders will assist with the Irish visa application process where relevant.
If this sounds like the role for you please apply by following the link to submit your CV and Cover letter. Applications should be addressed to Ivi Oliveira, Protection Manager. The closing date is 15 August. Interviews are expected to take place during August and will be held online. The next Research & Admin Fellowship - Americas is expected to start in November 2022
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.
Front Line Defenders annually recruits for two positions that are part of the organisation's commitment to strengthening international mechanisms supporting human rights defenders:
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/ Cotonou. 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.
Our next recruitment for the African Commision internship is expected to be in autumn 2022 with a start date in December 2022. Specific dates will be posted here in advance. In the case of an earlier recruitment, we will update the information posted here well in advance.
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.
Our next recruitment for the Frank Jennings Fellowship is expected to be in autumn 2022 with a start date in December 2022. Specific dates will be posted here in advance. In the case of an earlier recruitment, we will update the information posted here well in advance.
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.