Coordinator of the EU Temporary Relocation Platform
Deadline for application: 19 October 2015
A consortium of 12 international NGOs have won the contract to establish and implement an EU Human Rights Defenders Mechanism. The members of the Consortium are: Front Line Defenders, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Network (ESCR-Net), International Gay and Lesbian Association (ILGA), Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights (UAF), Protection International, Peace Brigades International (PBI), Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF), Forum Asia and East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP). Front Line Defenders, RSF, OMCT and FIDH will form the Board of the Consortium. In order to implement the EU HRD Mechanism the Board will recruit an independent Secretariat for the project which will be managed by a Head of Secretariat. The EU HRD Mechanism began operations on 1 October 2015 with a contract for 36 months.
Purpose of the position
Under the supervision and management of the Head of Secretariat and with the assistance of the other personnel employed for the purposes of HRD Mechanism coordination: he/she ensures the effective coordination, development and animation of the EU Temporary Relocation Platform (EUTRP). This will include maintaining a communication platform between host institutions in order to share learnings, develop capacity and good practice, and coordinate effective responses to HRDs in need of temporary relocation. The Coordinator will work in close consultation with the members of the EUTRP and seek to establish guidelines on best practice as well as to expand the number of potential host institutions, particularly in the different global regions.
Tasks & general responsibilities
• Develops and implements a strategy for the development of the EUTRP, under the guidance of the Head of Secretariat, and in consultation with EUTRP members;
• In close consultation with EUTRP members, creates related procedures and guidelines as well a monitoring tools;
• Undertakes research on HRD needs and best practice in terms of the support of HRDs undergoing temporary relocation in order to share lessons learnt and strengthen capacity;
• Undertakes research on potential new host institutions in Africa, Asia, Americas, Eurasia and the Middle East & North Africa that would have the capacity to support HRDs at risk in a context closer to their home country in order to facilitate continued human rights work if appropriate and a secure return where possible;
• Animates and documents discussion between HRDs and members of the EUTRP including through organising the annual meeting of the EUTRP;
• Reports issues faced in the Platform functioning to HoS and suggests proactively solutions
• Reviews the dedicated internet website and suggest necessary adjustments;
• Ensures that the required visibility is given to the EUTRP on the mechanism website and with relevant stakeholders
• Is in charge of the reporting related to coordination of the EUTRP
• Coordinates closely with the grant officers to keep a general overview of the grants allocated within the platform for temporary relocation.
• Experience in coordinating with diverse stakeholders, preferably within a platform/network
• Experience in creating and maintaining partnerships at international level
• Research and evaluation experience
• Experience of working with human rights defenders at risk
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Good organizational skills, with strong experience in organizing and facilitating meetings.
The Coordinator of the EUTRP will be based in the HRD Mechanism's secretariat in Brussels and the role will involve frequent international travel to meet with host institutions. The post-holder will receive a gross annual salary of €45 080.
How to apply
Applications comprising a CV with at least two references and a cover letter should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 19 October. Interviews will be held in the week of 26 October in Brussels. The successful candidates will be expected to start work in November if possible. The initial contracts will be for 36 months.