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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:

Grants Coordinator (Americas)
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Front Line Defenders is seeking an exceptional candidate for the post of Grants Coordinator (Americas) to be based in the Front Line Defenders office in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. This role will support Front Line Defenders to deliver upon its core objective of protecting HRDs at risk and the mandate of Front Line Defenders to deliver protection grants focused on prevention and resilience for HRDs and their families, organisations and movements. The Grants Coordinators engage in assessment of applications, communication with human rights defenders, engagement with international and regional partners, making recommendations on grant approvals, documentation of applications statuses, contracting and reporting, as well as providing reports and analysis of activities undertaken and support provided, and assessing the overall impact of the grants programme.

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

The purpose of the Protection Grants team is to provide fast, flexible and effective responses to the protection needs of HRDs at immediate risk who are requesting practical security measures such as legal support, medical support, emergency relocation support and other expressed needs for themselves and their families, organisations and movements. The team consists of Head of Protection Grants and regional Protection Grants Coordinators. 

Knowledge and Skills:

Essential:

  • Fluency (written & oral) in English and Spanish. These languages are essential to the posts and there will be no exceptions.
  • Knowledge of key human rights trends in the Americas region and their impact on human rights defenders and their movements; ability to demonstrate a nuanced understanding of contexts in which local HRD communities operate;
  • Ability to deliver accurate and objective written information in a high pressure environment dictated by the need to respond urgently to threats against human rights defenders;
  • Ability to work well with a wide range of people from different cultures, backgrounds and experiences, with empathy and clear boundaries, including when unfavourable decisions need to be delivered to applicants;
  • Proven ability to work in fast paced environment handling emergencies

Desirable:

  • Good understanding of particular risks and challenges faced by marginalized HRDs, including women, LGBTQI+ rights defenders, Disability rights defenders, Indigenous and Environmental rights defenders and HRDs who do not have a high public profile.
  • Ability to read / communicate in Portuguese.

Experience:

Essential:

  • Experience with managing collaborative projects inside organisations and with external partners.
  • Experience working with spreadsheets, databases and other information management tools.
  • Experience working with diverse teams, especially in emergency settings.

Desirable:

  • At least 2 years of experience working with a diverse range of human rights defenders;
  • Experience of developing gender responsive, intersectional protection strategies;
  • Experience of managing your well-being in a high pressure environment dictated by the need to respond urgently to threats against human rights defenders;

For full role profile: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/sites/default/files/grants_coordinato...

Remuneration

The salary range for this role begins at €36,340 per annum, progressing in an additional nine annual increments. Salary to be agreed on appointment.

21 days of annual 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. A separate document outlining all benefits is available on request.

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

Application Process

If this sounds like the role for you please 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 Caitriona Rice, Head of Protection Grants and the deadline is 9am Dublin time on Tuesday 1st November 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 address.

 

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Head of Capacity Building
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Front Line Defenders is seeking an exceptional candidate for the role of Head of Capacity Building. This role has the overall responsibility to lead and develop the Capacity Building Programme and its team members. The role will be responsible for fostering and supporting an effective team to ensure the provision of holistic protection support to HRDs which is coordinated, strategic, targeted and effective, and the delivery of team products, initiatives and events. The role will lead on agreeing and developing the work of the team, and ensuring monitoring, learning and innovation of the programming. The role will be based in the Front Line Defenders office in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. It is part of the Management Team and contributes to the collective management and leadership of Front Line Defenders, directly supporting the Directors in the strategy, planning, management and evaluation of all aspects of the organisation.

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

The purpose of the Capacity Building Team is to provide practical support to human rights defenders (HRDs) and organisations at risk, to strengthen their capacities to analyse, manage, and mitigate the risks they face and to build their longer term resilience. The Team will achieve its purpose through the development, implementation and evaluation of participatory methodology on holistic protection, including a comprehensive and adaptive training programme, training of trainers, mentoring, individual and collective consultations, and products and events. The team focuses on holistic protection including risk assessment and protection planning (RAPP), visibility for protection and well-being, in partnership with security advice. (Support on capacity building regarding digital protection comes from a separate programme within the organisation, and those teams will collaborate closely).

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 the team and others engaging in the work.
  • Broad knowledge of holistic protection, protection needs and HRDs.
  • Strong knowledge of best practices for culturally appropriate capacity building methods.
  • Strong understanding of the political environment for human rights defenders and excellent political judgement.
  • Sound decision-making, particularly in high pressure and high risk situations.
  • Flexibility in time, scheduling, travel and supporting other staff, both from the same team and on other teams.
  • 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

Desirable

  • Ability to learn on the job about different political and cultural contexts in order to develop effective programming.

Experience:

Essential:

  • Extensive experience as a trainer as well as in the development and management of training programmes in diverse cultural contexts.
  • Proven experience as a manager including in managing budgets.
  • Experience in driving innovation and creative programming.
  • Experience in event planning and organising.
  • Experience in managing diverse teams and working in different cultural contexts.

Desirable:

  • Demonstrated experience and judgment in high risk situations that pose security concerns to individuals as well as the organisation.

Other requirements:

  • Requirement to travel internationally at least four times per year.
  • Keep up to date on developments related to human rights defenders on global basis, and also in specific contexts as needed.

For full role profile: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/sites/default/files/head_of_capacity_...

Remuneration

The minimum salary for this role is €64,200 per annum, progressing in an additional eight annual increments. Salary to be agreed on appointment.

21 days of annual 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.

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

Application Process

If this sounds like the role for you please 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 Olive Moore, Deputy Director and the deadline is 9am Dublin time on Tuesday 4th October 2022.

The first round of interviews will be held online on Friday 7th October. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by the end of the day on Tuesday 4th October.

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 address.

 

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Research and Admin fellowship: Asia
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Front Line Defenders is seeking an exceptional candidate for the post of Research and Admin fellowship: Asia.

 

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 Asia , 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.

 

Background

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide support to the Protection Coordinators working on Asia, including dealing with queries and correspondence with human rights defenders;
  • Input HRD-related information on the Front Line Defenders' database;
  • Undertake research on human rights defenders in countries in the region;
  • Compile and draft as requested briefings, country summaries, input to reports, urgent appeals, or other materials;
  • Support follow-up on cases taken up by Front Line Defenders;
  • Provide administrative 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 tasks as requested, including the taking of minutes in meetings;
    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 when applicable.

 

Person Specification

  • They will be able to draft well and have good analytical skills.
  • They will have some previous experience with organisations working in the field of human rights.
  • Having some knowledge of the UN system,EU system and international and human rights law is highly desirable.
  • They will have good oral and written communication skills and be computer literate.
  • They will be able to work on own initiative and as a member of a team.
  • They will be flexible and cooperative in a intercultural environment.
  • They must be able to work in English. An Asian local language is desirable.
  • They will be flexible, have good interpersonal skills, good stress management skills and be cooperative. An ability to multitask and prioritize is a must.

 

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.

 

Application Process

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 Sarah de Roure, Head of Protection. The closing date is 26 September. Interviews are expected to take place during October and will be held online. The next Research & Admin Fellowship – Asia is expected to start in December 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.

 

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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.