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Programme Director – Human Rights Defenders at Risk Department

Civil Rights Defenders is an independent expert organisation founded in Stockholm in 1982 with the aim of defending human rights, in particular people’s civil and political rights. We also support and empower human rights defenders at risk on four continents. The organisation works in some of the world’s most repressive regions, and collaborates with local partner organisations in order to achieve long-term sustainable change. In addition, Civil Rights Defenders actively takes action for civil and political rights also in Sweden. Civil Rights Defender’s mission is to become a world leading human rights organisation,  thus the organisation is expanding rapidly. For more information, please visit www.civilrightsdefenders.org

Civil Rights Defenders has well-known expertise within security and protection for human rights defenders at risk. The Human Rights Defenders at Risk department consists of the Natalia Project, Emergency Fund and Mobile Training Centre, which are all internationally recognised initiatives. Civil Rights Defenders is continuously working to advance their work in the area of security and protection of human rights defenders through geographical expansion and new innovative initiatives. The Human Rights Defenders at Risk programme is integrated and conducted in close co-operation with the geographical teams within the organisation.

Being the Programme Director – Human Rights Defenders at Risk

As the Programme Director for Human Rights Defenders at Risk Department, you will play a central role in further developing these initiatives, and contribute to the expansion of the organisation’s work in new geographical areas. The Programme Director has the overall responsibility for developing and implementing support to human rights defenders at risk. You have a team of co-workers with expert knowledge within the field of security and protection of human rights defenders and civil society organisations worldwide. This position is responsible for all activities, budget, and staff of the programme. The Programme Director reports to the COO and is a member of the operative management team. This position is located in Stockholm and will include international travel and participation in conferences as well as maintaining contact and working with some of the world’s most courageous people.

Working at Civil Rights Defenders

Working at Civil Rights Defenders will give you the opportunity to make a difference in the world and to defend civil and political rights. Civil Rights Defenders is in a phase of clear expansion, with several international initiatives on the way where you will have the opportunity to play an important part.

You are

We believe that you have been working in an international setting and with human rights. You have a considerable understanding of the security and protection challenges that human rights defenders face. You have developed strong leadership skills through significant experience. You are motivated by working with innovation and development. You also have documented experience working in high risk and sensitive environments, where you have, and are able to create, strong networks and relationships on the international arena.

You have an academic degree, and have excellent written and spoken command of English.

Civil Rights Defenders collaborating with K2 Search on this assignment. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you any inquiries:

Gabriella Huss, senior recruitment consultant, gabriella.huss@k2search.se , phone no# +46-708 68 58 45 or
Xing Tran, research consultant, xing.tran@k2search.se , phone no# +46-70 413 98 48.

Please apply for this position at www.k2search.se  – we look forward to hearing from you!
Applications and contact are treated with strict confidentiality. Interviews will be held on an ongoing basis.

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