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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:

Institutional Grants Manager
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Front Line Defenders is seeking an excellent candidate for the role of Institutional Grants Manager. The Institutional Grants Manager's  primary role is to lead Front Line Defenders’ established process of engagement with its consortium of private and institutional donors based throughout Europe, North America and elsewhere. This includes responsibility for reporting, relationship management and identifying new funding opportunities.

Reflecting the number and diversity of donors and Front Line Defenders’ wide scope of work, responsibilities for specific areas of work and donors are shared among the team of three Institutional Grants Managers.

This is a permanent role and will be based in the Front Line Defenders office in Blackrock, Co. Dublin or the Front Line Defenders office in Brussels.

Background:

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 head office in Dublin, an advocacy office in Brussels, and regionally based field staff in all world regions.

Person Specification

Essential Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of funding mechanisms of key donors in the sector.
  • Experience in project and budget management.
  • Good knowledge of human rights and/or development issues, and of the human rights space.
  • Bachelor’s degree; Master's degree preferred;
  • Excellent written and verbal knowledge of English is essential. Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in written and oral forms.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and excellent representational skills.
  • Ability to work as both a key member of a team as well as working proactively alone.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to thrive in a high pressure supported environment.

Desirable:

  • A working knowledge of one of Front Line Defenders other working languages (Arabic, French, Russian and Spanish) is desirable.

Essential Experience:

  • Minimum 4 years of work experience in development, fundraising, and/or grantmaking in civil society, philanthropy and/or government settings.
  • Demonstrable experience in engaging with private donors, such as foundations, corporations and high-net worth individuals.
  • Experience in project and budget management.

Desirable:

  • Experience in fundraising from the public an advantage.

Other requirements:

  • Requirement to travel internationally occasionally.
  • Availability for some weekends/evening work when necessary (such as attending events).

Link to role profile: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/sites/default/files/institutional_gra...

Remuneration

The minimum starting salary for this role is €50,500 per annum. Salary to be agreed on appointment 

21 days of annual leave per year in addition to public holidays in Ireland and three additional leave days which will be specified each year between 25 and 31 December.

Benefits include: tiered matching pension contributions up to 10% of salary, a contribution to private health insurance, death in service benefit, income protection and an employee assistance programme.

Relocation package available if the successful candidate is relocating from outside Ireland to take up the role.

Application Process

If this sounds like the role for you please submit your application via the ''Apply now'' link. 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 Laurent Aldenhoff, Head of Development.

Applications must be received by 5pm Dublin time on 1st March 2023

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Resarch 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 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.

 

Front Line Defenders is able to provide a contribution to living costs of €1400 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 duration of the fellowship. Front Line Defenders will assist with the Irish visa application process if relevant.

 

If this sounds like the role for you please apply by submitting your CV and Cover letter via the ''Apply now'' button. 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 which are not in this format may be missed. Applications should be addressed to Olena Ivantsiv, Protection Manager. The deadline for applications is 10 February 2023

 

Interviews are expected to take place during February and will be held online. The next Research & Admin Fellowship - ECA will start in April 2023 for a period of nine months.

 

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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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.