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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 & Administrative Officer - Deadline 11 October 2019

Research and Admin fellowship: Africa - Deadline 18 October 2019

Human Resources Manager (part-time) - Deadline 25 October 2019

Digital Protection Consultant for Eastern Europe and Central Asia - Open until filled

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) - Deadline 26 July 2019

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.

Front Line Defenders is seeking applications by 26 July 2019, for the internship starting in September 2019.

Frank Jennings Fellowship (Dublin & Geneva) - Deadline 7 June

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.

Call for Volunteers for Dublin Platform 2019

Are you passionate about human rights and social justice? Are you interested in playing an active role at an international human rights conference?

Front Line Defenders – the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders – is looking for a group of enthusiastic and committed volunteers to work with us on the upcoming 2019 Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders at Risk which will take place from the 1st October through to the 4th October 2019.

The Dublin Platform is a vibrant and important space for over 100 human rights defenders from approximately 90 different countries to gather in Dublin to discuss ideas, address challenges, engage with decision-makers from governmental and international bodies and share their knowledge and experiences without fear of the reprisals, intimidation, violence or discrimination they face on a daily basis.

We would like your help to extend a warm welcome to our 100+ human rights defenders who will travel considerable distances to be with us here in Dublin, and to ensure that the Platform runs successfully and smoothly.

We are currently looking for volunteers who are willing and able to offer their time and energy for at least 2 full days and/or 4 half days, mornings and/or afternoons on Friday, 27th September, and Saturday 28th September and between Tuesday 1st October and Friday 04th October.

Volunteers can expect a variety of tasks: from greeting human rights defenders at the airport and registering them on their arrival in their hotel, to stewarding, security, and setting up at the conference venue and, most importantly, making sure the human rights defenders feel welcome and at ease.

As the working languages at Front Line Defenders are English, Arabic, French, Spanish and Russian, it would be especially helpful if some volunteers can communicate in English and at least one other of these working languages. Additionally Portuguese, Turkish, Filipino, Malay, Tamil, Korean and Thai-speaking volunteers would be a real asset to the team. However, it is your enthusiasm, commitment and warm countenance that we most look forward to having on our dynamic team so please do not let a lack of languages deter you from being on our volunteer team!

All volunteers are essential to the smooth running of the platform and your help will be greatly appreciated!

To register your interest in becoming a Front Line Defenders Platform volunteer, please email Anuradha Sen, our Volunteer Coordinator at to receive an application form.

Please note we have a limited number of volunteer spaces on our team so if the volume of applications exceed this number we will aim to prioritise those who can commit the most number of days and/or speak the desired languages. Please also note, we are not in a position to sponsor travel, accommodation or visas for volunteers.

One of our Volunteer Coordinators, Anuradha Sen, is available at for any questions you may have.

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.