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Turkish-Speaking Grants Coordinator

Front Line Defenders, The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders ( provides practical assistance to human rights defenders at risk worldwide including through the Protection Grants programme.

Front Line Defenders is seeking a Turkish-speaking Grants Coordinator to take on this challenging professional level role based in the organisation’s headquarters in Dublin. The Grants Coordinator will be responsible together with his/her fellow Grants Coordinators, under the direction of the Head of Protection Grants for delivering Front Line Defenders’ Protection Grants programme to human rights defenders. The Turkish-speaking grants coordinator will focus on providing protection grants to Turkish human rights defenders, activists and academics at risk.

The successful candidate will have previous experience of human rights related work, working with people from different cultural backgrounds and knowledge and experience of the security needs of human rights activists at risk. Very good political judgement and knowledge of the human rights situation in Turkey is required. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and in Turkish are required and while not essential, knowledge of Kurdish is an advantage.

This position is a fixed-term position for 12 months, starting as soon as possible.

Job description:

Liasing with applicant human rights defenders and organisations in a secure and sensitive manner on the preparation of grant applications;

Preparing an analysis of each application received for the Director to ensure they are valid and potentially effective, including checking for duplicate applications where appropriate, in order to inform decision-making by the Board of Trustees;

Organising the payment of grants, including emergency grants, and maintaining meticulous financial and other records;

Maintaining contact with human rights defenders and organisations which have received grants, as well as other stakeholders, and ensuring that Front Line Defenders receives adequate reporting on how grants have been utilised;


Applications, comprising CV and cover letter should be sent in English to:

Andrea Rocca
Deputy Director, Front Line Defenders
Grattan House, Temple Road, Blackrock
Co. Dublin



The closing date for applications is: 31st January 2017

Annual salary: minimum 30.000 €