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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:

Research and training fellowship: Asia

Research and training fellowship: Americas (Spanish/Portuguese speaking)

Internship at the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

Grants Coordinator (Maternity Cover – part time)

Volunteers (HRD Memorial Project)

Web Editor Fellowship (Dublin) - deadline 31 August


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

Frank Jennings Internship (Dublin & Geneva)

The Frank Jennings Internship 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 Intern 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 intern will then move to Geneva for a period six months before returning to Front Line Defenders for a further three months.

Applications for this position are now closed.

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

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 the recruitment of interns who have experience as a human rights defender in Africa. Applications for this position are now closed.


Admin & Publications Internship

Applications for this position are now closed.


Research & Training Fellowship: Europe & Central Asia (Russian-speaking)

The selected candidate will work in close coordination with the Protection Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia, 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 and is based in Front Line Defenders' office in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Applications for this position are now closed.

Research & Training Fellowship: Middle East & North Africa (Arabic-speaking)

The selected candidate will work in close coordination with the Protection Coordinator for the MENA 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 and based in Front Line Defenders' office in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Applications for this position are now closed.


Research and training fellowship: Africa (French-speaking)

The selected candidate will work in close coordination with the Protection Coordinator for Africa, 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 and based in Front Line Defenders' office in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Applications for this position are now closed.



Research and training fellowship: Americas (Spanish/Portuguese speaking)

The selected candidate will work in close coordination with the Protection Coordinator for the Americas, 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 and based in Front Line Defenders' office in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Applications for this position should be sent by 14 August 2017.



Research and training fellowship: Asia

The selected candidate will work in close coordination with the Protection Coordinator for Asia, 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 and based in Front Line Defenders' office in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Applications for this position should be sent by 25 August 2017.


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.

Unfortunately we have limited space to take on all the volunteers who would like to come in and work in the office and there are currently no opportunities for volunteering in the office.

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 volunteering opportunities arise, they will be posted here.

Current opportunities:

We are currently seeking Arabic-speaking volunteers in Dublin for accompaniment/sightseeing with visiting human rights defenders. Please send cv and a cover letter outlining your interest in human rights and volunteering with Front Line Defenders and your availability to tara@frontlinedefenders.org