Based in Paris, it is composed of a team of professionals managed by a Chief Executive Officer and an executive Director, who sit as non-voting advisory members of the International and the executive Boards. The team is structured by region, activity priorities, and delegations. The International Secretariat has permanent delegations at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, at the European Union in Brussels, before the International Criminal Court in The Hague; regional offices in Tunis and Pretoria; and shared offices with member organisations in Conakry, Abidjan, and Bamako. It also comprises a Communications and Public Relations department, and an Administrative and Financial Support department.
In permanent contact with the actors in the field, the International Secretariat implements the decisions of the FIDH policy-making bodies in conjunction with the member organisations, the mission delegates, and members of the International and Executive Boards.