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Executive Director

Front Line Defenders Founder and Executive Director, Mary Lawlor, has announced her retirement, after a over a decade in the role of establishing and growing Front Line Defenders.

Front Line, The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, is seeking to appoint an Executive Director.  Front Line Defenders was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders 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 addresses the protection needs identified by human rights defenders themselves.

Front Line Defenders maintains its headquarters in Dublin, an EU Office in Brussels, and regionally-based field staff in the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Front Line Defenders provies rapid and practical support to human rights defenders at risk through:

  • international advocacy on behalf of human rights defenders at risk, including emergency support for those in immediate danger;
  • grants to pay for the practical security needs of human rights defenders;
  • trainings and resource materials on security and protection, including digital security;
  • rest, respite and other opportunities for human rights defenders dealing with extreme stress;
  • opportunities for networking and exchange between human rights defenders, including at the biennial Dublin Platform;
  • the annual Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk;
  • an emergency 24-hour phone line for human rights defenders operating in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

The Board of Trustees of Front Line Defenders now seeks an Executive Director with significant previous experience of working at a senior level for the protection of human rights defenders or equivalent experience in a human rights based activity / organization in a leadership role.  The Executive Director will have strong communication, management and analytical skills.  They will have an understanding of the political environment for human rights defenders and have excellent political judgement.

This position will be based in Dublin but will involve frequent international travel.

Click here to download the Role Specification & Application Pack

To apply for the position or for more information,
please contact:

Claire Cronin, Cronin Partners International Search
12 Merrion Square

Application deadline: 29 July 2016