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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:

Deputy Head of Protection (Dublin-based) - deadline 18 May 2018

Research and Training Fellowship: Middle East and North Africa (Arabic-speaking) - deadline 11 May 2018

HRD Memorial Project Volunteer


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

Frank Jennings Fellowship (Dublin & Geneva) - Deadline 30 November 2017

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.

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. The next recruitment will take place in Summer 2018 for the internship starting in autumn 2018.


Research and Training Fellowship: Americas (Spanish/Portuguese speaking) - Deadline 30 April 2018

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.


Research and Training Fellowship: Asia - Deadline 30 April 2018

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.


Research & Training Fellowship: Middle East & North Africa (Arabic-speaking) - Deadline 11 May 2018

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.


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 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.


Volunteering at Front Line Defenders

HRD Memorial Project Volunteer

Front Line Defenders is currently looking for a regular volunteer to assist with the Human Rights Defender Memorial Project.


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.