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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:

Database Administrator
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Front Line Defenders is seeking a Database Administrator.

The Database Administrator is responsible for the development, management and maintenance of FLD’s database (‘the DB’) which is a key tool for information management of contacts for the organisation. This role is responsible for ensuring database integrity in terms of architecture, accuracy, efficiency, functionality and reporting outputs.

The salary for this role is €41,000 to €46,000 per annum depending on experience.

This will be agreed on appointment. All 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 Blackrock, Dublin.

You will be entitled to 21 days leave per year (in a full leave year) in addition to public holidays in Ireland and three special leave days which will be specified each year between 25 and 31 December, when our offices close. 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.

Role profile: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/sites/default/files/database_administrator_role_profile_final.pdf

Person Specification

Experience

Essential:

At least 2 years’ experience in data management and experience of designing, developing, producing, and analysing database reports
Experience with creating database queries for data selections and exporting data

 

Desirable:

Experience in training others in database/CRM technologies and platforms
Experience working in human rights sector
Experience on CiviCRM, an open-source Contact Relationship Management system

 

Knowledge and Skills

Essential:

Excellent knowledge of database/CRM technologies and platforms
Excellent attention to detail
Proficiency in using/working with spreadsheets
Excellent record management and filing skills, with a forensic approach to record keeping
Excellent data analysis skills
Excellent communication skills
Strong time-management skills, ability to work to deadlines
Must be focused and self-motivated, able to work under direction and to prioritise own workload to meet deadlines; various and competing
Be results and performance driven

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 Kim Wallis, Strategy and MEAL Coordinator

Applications must be received by 13 July 2022.

All applicants must be eligible to work in Ireland at the time of application.

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Digital Protection Trainer - MENA
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Digital Protection Trainer for Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Front Line Defenders is working to expand its capacity to support Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and Human Rights Organisations (HROs) in managing risks associated with the use of digital information and communications. We offer direct on the ground support to HRDs/HROs with the help of a team of Digital Protection Coordinators and Consultants (DPC). FLD is headquarted in Ireland but we are seeking to hire a candidate who is preferably based in the MENA region.

We are seeking candidates for a staff role to deliver direct digital protection support to HRDs/HROs at risk in Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

 

The Digital Protection Co-ordinator will:

  • provide direct one-to-one and group support to improve the protection of digital information and communication of HRDs/HROs at risk in MENA;
  • most frequently conduct support through direct, face-to-face engagement with HRDs/HROs, when circumstances will allow;
  • analyse the specific digital security risks and vulnerabilities facing HRDs/HROs;
  • work with approved HRDs/HROs to create a tailored long-term digital protection plan that meets the specific needs of HRDs/HROs;
  • cooperate with other Front Line Defenders programs to broaden digital support and integrate other aspects of support, so HRD/HRO receives holistic support in their need;
  • oversee evaluation of the support;
  • provide suggestions of which HRDs/HROs we should support;
  • make sure to have organised work ahead of time for each period of time, work visit or other opportunities;
  • take part in internal Front Line Defenders meetings (remote and face-to-face) to facilitate the support to HRDs/HROs;
  • submit a written monthly reports documenting her/his work;

 

Candidates are required to demonstrate in the application:

  • prior good experience in working with HRDs/HROs in MENA;
  • very good ICT skills, on the level of computer and network administrators;
  • previous good experience with individual and organisational digital protection support and trainings;
  • preferably be based in MENA, and be able to travel in MENA;
  • be able to work independently;
  • fluent Arabic and very good English language skills;

 

Candidates should have experience with holistic protection. As well as a good understanding of the specific risks faced by and protection need of LGBTIQ+, women HRDs and feminists in MENA. Candidates should have good interpersonal skills allowing them to interact with HRDs at risk in situation of stress. Knowledge of the other languages used in MENA would be an advantage.

 

This is a permanent, full time role.

 

The contract will start as soon as possible. The salary range for this role is for this role is between €36,340 and €41,530 gross per annum depending on experience. This will be agreed on appointment. The staff member will be fully responsible for all tax within their country of residence. The role will have 21 days of paid leave, life insurance, a contribution to health insurance, an income protection policy, and matches individual contributions to a pension up to 5% of gross salary.

If this sounds like the role for you please apply following the link to upload both your CV and Cover Letter indicating your suitability for the role.  Your application should be addressed to Wojtek Bogusz, Head of Digital Protection at Front Line Defenders. We will be meeting with suitable candidates as we receive applications, so we advise you to apply as soon as possible.

 

Front Line Defenders is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

 

In providing protection and support to HRDs, Front Line Defenders and its staff and consultants 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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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.