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Research & Admin Fellowship: Middle East & North Africa

Front Line Defenders invites applications for a Research & Admin Fellowship to support its work in Middle East & North Africa. The candidate will work in close coordination with the Protection Coordinator for the Middle East & North Africa region, and will provide support to other relevant staff across other programme areas as required. The Research & Admin Fellowship will be for 9 months and based in Front Line Defenders' office in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

The Research & Admin Fellowship is designed to provide training and practical work experience in an international organisation to recent graduates seeking a career in human rights. The participant 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 two regions. They will be expected to participate in induction, weekly team meetings and case meetings, and relevant out-of-hours events.

The Fellowship participant will be able to write well and have good analytical skills. They will have some knowledge of the UN system and international and human rights law. They must be able to work in both English and Arabic. 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 and cooperative. Previous work experience with organisations working in the field of Human Rights is desirable.

Basic terms of reference:

  • Provide support to the Protection Coordinator working on Middle East & North Africa, including dealing with routine queries and correspondence with human rights defenders;
  • Input HRD-related information on the Front Line Defenders' database and ensure that it is kept up to date;
  • Undertake research on human rights defenders in countries in the two regions;
  • Compile and draft as requested briefings, country summaries, input to reports, urgent appeals, etc.;
  • Support follow-up on cases taken up by Front Line Defenders;
  • Provide support to other relevant staff across other programme areas in relation to activities carried out in the two regions, including in particular the organisation of and follow-up on trainings;
  • Carry out administrative tasks as requested, including the taking of minutes in meetings;
  • Provide Arabic-language support as necessary;
  • Work on other specific projects relating to human rights defenders as requested.

Front Line Defenders is able to provide a contribution to living costs of €1300 per month. Front Line Defenders will reimburse the successful candidate the cost of their flights to and from Dublin. Please note that given the high cost of living in Dublin, you may need additional funds to support your stay in Ireland.

The next Research & Admin Fellowship - Middle East & North Africa (Arabic-speaking) will begin in early May and will last for a period of 9 months.

Applications should be sent to Meerim Ilyas, Deputy Head of Protection, by 7 February 2020, to

Please include your CV and cover letter in the same attachment and title it with your last name. Please indicate the FULL title of the position you are applying for in the subject heading of email: 'Research & Admin Fellowship: Middle East & North Africa (Arabic-speaking)' or the application may be missed.

Front Line Defenders is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Due to the volume of applications received, Front Line Defenders is unfortunately not in a position to respond to candidates who have not been shortlisted.

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.