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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:

Head of Communications and Events
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Front Line Defenders is currently seeking an experienced and resourceful manager to lead the Communications and Events strategy for the organisation and develop the work of the team, with the objective of supporting human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk through the use of the media and other communications channels. This role has overall responsibility for all communications and events of Front Line Defenders, including publications, media engagement, social media, website and events (namely Front Line Defenders Award, Dublin Platform, Annual Lecture, Dublin Human Rights & Arts Festival and others).

The tasks of the Head of Communications and Events include developing and implementing the Communications & Media strategy for Front Line Defenders, with a focus on promoting the protection of human rights defenders; managing the Communications & Events team; coordinating media and promotional efforts; ensuring standards for communications, representations and events are maintained to the highest standard.

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. The Head of Communications and Events will be based at the organisation’s headquarters in Blackrock, Dublin.

Background

Team Profile

The purpose of the Communications and Events Team is to provide support to human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk through media and communications. The team works together with HRDs on publications, developing media capacity and connections, producing communications materials, organizing the FLD 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 FLD including managing the website and social media, publications, audio-visual materials, podcasts and media outreach, and planning and organising events. The team is currently composed by the Communications Officer and the International Events Coordinator.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Skills:

Essential:

-Strong communication skills, both written and oral in English and at least one other relevant language (eg Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish).
-High level leadership, management and interpersonal skills, leading by example to motivate their team and others engaging on visibility and cross organisational work.
-Broad knowledge of international media environment, social media tools and trends, and multimedia and campaigns strategies.
-Strong understanding of the political environment for human rights defenders and excellent political judgment.
-Sound decision-making, particularly in high pressure and high risk situations.
-Flexibility in time, scheduling, travel and supporting other staff, both from your team and across the organisation.
-Ability to offer advice, guidance and support to meet the organisational needs.
-Ability to work as a team member at different levels.
-Financial skills for budgeting.
-Mentorship experience.

-Proven excellent writing and editing skills.
-Knowledge of international human rights norms and laws.

Desirable:

Ability to work in different political and cultural contexts.

Experience:

Essential:

-At least 5 years of working at a senior level in the human rights sector in a communications role, including team management responsibilities.
-Proven experience in project management and development.
-Proven experience in managing budgets.
-Experience in multi-tasking and managing complex projects.
-Experience in driving innovation and creative programming.
-Experience in event planning and organizing.
-Experience in working with journalists and handling communications responsibilities for an organisation.Desirable:

-Demonstrated experience and judgment in high risk situations that pose security concerns to individuals as well as the organisation.
-Experience in managing diverse teams and working in different cultural contexts.

Other requirements:

-Requirement to travel internationally at least 6 times per year.
-Available for meetings at irregular hours.
-Keeping up to date on developments related to human rights defenders on global basis, and also in specific contexts as needed.

 

Link to role profile: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/sites/default/files/role_profile_-_he...

 

Remuneration and Benefits:

The salary range for this role is for this role is €64,200 -€77,940 gross per annum depending on experience. This will be agreed on appointment.

The contract is based on a 35 hour week, Monday to Friday, based in the organisation’s headquarters in Dublin. There are 21 days leave per year in addition to public holidays in Ireland. 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.

Application Process

If this sounds like the role for you please apply submit your CV and Cover letter via the ''Apply now'' link below. Please include your CV and cover letter in the same attachment and title it with: the position you are applying for, and your last name. Applications should be addressed to Andrew Anderson, Executive Director and the deadline is Sunday 29 May 2022.

For additional information or queries please contact recruit@frontlinedefenders.org with the title of the role you are querying. Please do not send your application to this email by default.

 

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Office Co-ordinator FLD
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Office Coordinator

Front Line Defenders is seeking an exceptional candidate for the post of Office Coordinator. This role will have the overall responsibility for the organisational, logistical and administrative operations of our Head Office. The role will be responsible for the smooth and efficient running of the internal functions of the organisation and ensuring that workplace administration is carried out effectively and kept up to date. The role will be responsible for supervising administrative support staff and managing logistics related to staff travel, events and immigration procedures and for health and safety within the organisation.

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.

Background

Team Profile

This role will work from our Dublin office in Blackrock and report to the Head of Operations & Public Engagement sitting within the Operations team. The purpose of the Operations Team is to manage the day to day operations of the organisation (administration, office, human resources, database and GDPR) and to provide a range of supports to HRDs, including relocation through the Rest and Respite programme and the Canada Refugee Stream; and recognition through the HRD ID card. It also delivers the Irish Public Engagement strategy of the organisation. The team consists of the Head of Operations, Human Resources Manager, Office Coordinator, Office Assistant and the Canada Program Officer.

Person Specification

Required (Knowledge, skills and experience)

Outstanding administrative and organisational skills
Professional and courteous manner on the phone
An exceptionally strong ‘customer service’ orientation
Ability to prioritise and manage time according to deadlines
Excellent attention to detail
Ability to foresee problems that might occur with an event or other set of plans and procedures and ability to proactively seek and implement solutions before problems arise
Must be capable of working as a team player, be highly motivated, organised, enthusiastic and capable of using their initiative
Good written communication skills in English
At least four years relevant experience in an administration/coordination role.
Practical experience and understanding of working with standard office procedures and office equipment

Desirable (Knowledge, skills and experience)

Two years in a customer/client service role in which answering queries and responding to requests was part of the daily work
Experience of being responsible for the health and safety of an office
Experience of working with people from different cultures/ backgrounds
Fire Warden Qualification
First Aid Certificate
DSE Assessors Training
Manual Handling Training

Link to role profile: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/office-coordinator

Remuneration and Benefits

The salary range for this role is €36,000 - €46,000 gross per annum depending on experience. This will be agreed on appointment. All new 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 Dublin. The Office Coordinator may take 21 days leave per year in addition to public holidays in Ireland and three special leave days which will be specified each year between 25 and 31 December. 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.

Application Process

If this sounds like the role for you please apply by following the link to upload both your CV and Cover letter.  Applications must contain both documents.   Please note: You must be eligible to work in Ireland at the time of application.

Please address your application to Tara Madden, Head of Operations.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the post is filled.

 

 

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Research and Admin Fellowship: Africa (French and English Required) - Deadline 15 March 2022


Consultancies:

Consultancy Project: Safely delivering small grants to human rights defenders at risk

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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/ 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.

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.

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.