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  • Western Europe Desk - Internship/volunteer position

    Western Europe Desk - Internship position or volunteer

    Preferred start date: homeworking from July or at the office from September

    Duration: 6 months from start date, homeworking included.

    Location: FIDH Brussels Office, Brussels, Belgium

    Conditions: the internships are within the framework of a University course and are unpaid, but local transport is fully reimbursed and a small daily allowance for lunch is provided.

    Important: All interns must be able to provide a ‘convention de stage’, ie a written agreement signed by their university proving that they are doing this as part of their studies. If this is not possible, we can arrange a ’volunteer’ agreement.

    Description:
    The intern will work closely with the Western Europe Desk at FIDH and assist in running the desk. This includes the following tasks:
    - Assisting with research and analysis in human rights related issues and in devising and implementing advocacy strategies to influence the political agenda (at both the national and regional level) in line with FIDH’s mission and vision
    - Drafting thematic notes, syntheses and memoranda for internal use, and assist in writing advocacy letters, press releases and position papers
    - Attending and occasionally representing FIDH at advocacy meetings, conferences and seminars
    - Monitoring developments in policies, legislation and practices at both the national, regional and international level to help identify crisis situation and advocacy opportunities. Monitoring the European Union (EU), Council of Europe (CoE) and United Nations (UN) agendas
    - Assisting in organising fact-finding and advocacy missions to target countries (depending on work plan)
    - Assisting in maintaining and strengthening relations with FIDH’s member organisations in the region and in liaising with partner organisations and target institutions
    - Supporting in organising and running meetings and events
    - Providing organisational and administrative assistance, including updating databases and information on FIDH’s website, distributing documents, etc.

    Candidate profile:
    - Excellent understanding and interest in human rights issues, particularly rule of law, economic, social and cultural rights, anti-discrimination and equality, and migration and asylum issues
    - Good knowledge (academic and/or practical) of EU, CoE and UN systems and standards
    - Good knowledge and background in international law, international human rights law and/or EU law (proved by a 1st or 2nd degree in law, international relations, political sciences, etc.)
    - Excellent command of English (both oral and written) and at least an intermediate level of French (oral and written). Other languages (especially other European languages) would be an asset
    - Good research, analytical and drafting skills
    - Good communication skills (oral and written)
    - Ability to work collaboratively in a small team
    - Commitment to human rights and a desire to work in an international, challenging and fulfilling environment

    To apply:
    Please send your CV and motivation letter by email to the attention of Elena Crespi ecrespi@fidh.org

    Applications will be examined on a rolling basis in the coming weeks. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews, which will be held by telephone or by online conferencing.

  • FIDH seeks to hire high-level experts on the documentation of sexual and gender-based violence (reference: SGBV-consultant)

    Terms of reference

    Founded in 1922, the FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) is the oldest international human rights organisation. We are a federation of 192 member organisations, present in more than 100 countries on 5 continents. We defend the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through research and documentation, campaigns and strategic litigation.

    FIDH’s international secretariat comprises 60 full-time employees (45 in Paris and 15 others in several countries abroad).

    One of FIDH’s priorities for action concerns the respect and promotion of women and girls’ rights. Alerted by national member and partner organisations, FIDH: (1) documents violations of women’s rights; (2) advocates for the abolition of discriminatory laws and for the adoption of laws protecting women from discrimination and violence; (3) activates regional and international women’s rights protection mechanisms; (4) supports and represents victims of sexual violence in legal proceedings. FIDH is particularly involved in the documentation of women’s rights violations, including sexual and gender-based violence. We are deeply committed to fully respect the rights of victims throughout our documentation processes. This implies to update our internal methodology so that it remains in line with the best practices and standards related to the documentation of SGBV and to train FIDH staff carrying out field investigations.

    Overall objective of the consultancy

    The consultant will support FIDH in updating the staff practical and theoretical skills to document sexual and gender-based violence and integrate and gender perspective in human rights investigations.

    Sub-objectives and main tasks

    The consultant will be working closely with FIDH women’s rights program officers in order to :

    Supervise the update of FIDH internal methodology on documenting SGBV.
    Carry out a training on the documentation of SGBV for the members of FIDH Operations and Advocacy Departments as well as of FIDH Litigation Action Group, based on the updated methodology.
    Carry out a training of trainers to enable a group of staff members to communicate this methodology to FIDH member and partner organisations.

    Profile

    At least 15 years of work experience as an expert on documenting SGBV.
    Strong legal background, in particular in International Criminal Law.
    Strong work experience in conducting trainings and trainings of trainers.
    Ability to provide trainings in English and French.

    Fees and conditions

    consultancy contract.
    Fees: to be determined depending on the technical offer, profile and experience of the experts.
    Location : the training will take place in Paris, France.

    You are interested in applying ?

    Send your technical and financial offers to Justine Duby before June 12, 2020, specifying the reference of the position (SGBV-consultant) to the following address: jduby@fidh.org

    Deadline for submissions: 12 june 2020
    Interviews will be held as applications are received.

  • Call for Proposals External Evaluation of FIDH’s Core Activities 2016-2020

    1. Introduction

    The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) federates 192 national human rights organisations from 117 countries into a worldwide movement for human rights. Established in 1922, FIDH defends all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    FIDH is headquartered in Paris, with representatives in Brussels (EU), Geneva (UN), The Hague (ICC), Tunis, Bangkok and Taipei. In addition, FIDH has joint offices with member organisations and/or representatives in Mali, Ivory Coast, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela.

    2. Evaluation objective and scope

    The objective of the evaluation is to assess the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of FIDH’s work, as supported by the Swedish International Development Agency and the European Commission’s Civil Society Organisations programme from 2016 to 2020.

    The evaluators shall:
    • evaluate the implementation of FIDH’s seven strategic priorities and expected results as expressed in the 2017-2022 Multi-Year Strategic Plan (MSP);
    • within the framework of the MSP, evaluate the strategic and democratic animation of FIDH and the amplification and influence of the voices of its member organisations, as expressed in the 2016-2020 grant agreement with the European Commission under the Civil Society Organisations programme;
    • evaluate the implementation and progress of FIDH’s organisational development, including its institutional and operational sustainability, as expressed in the annual Organisational Action Plans and Annual Reports as well as the Civil Society Organisations grant agreement;
    • take into account the review of internal management systems undertaken in late 2019, as well as the review of FIDH’s means of action currently underway, to avoid duplication.

    3. Evaluation purpose: Intended use and intended users

    The primary intended users of the evaluation are FIDH, the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), and the European Commission. The results of the evaluation will also be shared with key FIDH partners, as well as with FIDH staff and International Board.

    The intended uses of this evaluation are:
    • to identify lessons learned and produce recommendations to accompany FIDH learning, planning and strategy development, notably as it approaches the end of its current multi-year strategic plan and prepares for the next strategic planning period;
    • to contribute to Sida and the European Commission’s evaluation of the impact of their support, and provide input into decisions on eventual continued support.

    4. Evaluation questions

    The objective of the evaluation is to assess the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of FIDH’s work.

    Relevance
    • To what extent is FIDH’s intervention logic clear and coherent with its intended results in relation to the problems to be adressed?
    • To what extent is FIDH capable of adapting in response to emerging human rights challenges, changing contexts, needs of rights holders, and/or needs and priorities of member organisations?
    • To what extent has FIDH’s work been planned and implemented with rights holders’ participation, perspective, and a human rights-based approach?
    • To what extent have lessons learned (what works well and less well) been used to improve and adjust activity implementation?
    • To what extent has FIDH’s work been implemented in a transparent and accountable manner?

    Effectiveness
    • To what extent have the activities contributed to intended results and outcomes?
    • To what extent has FIDH’s organisational development and governance contributed to its achievement of results?
    • What were the major factors (internal and external) influencing the achievement or non-achievement of intended results?
    • To what extent has the monitoring and evaluation system delivered robust and useful information to assess progress and contribute to learning?

    Sustainability
    • To what extent are the results achieved in 2016-2020 likely to continue after the end of the two programmes?
    5. Methodology and methods for data collection and analysis
    The evaluators should facilitate the entire evaluation process with careful consideration of how everything that is done will affect the use of the evaluation. It is expected that the evaluators, in their tender, present: i) how intended users are to participate in and contribute to the evaluation process and ii) methodology and methods for data collection that create space for reflection, discussion and learning between the
    intended users of the evaluation. Evaluators should take into consideration appropriate measures for collecting data in cases where sensitive or confidential issues are addressed, and avoid presenting information that may be harmful to some stakeholder groups.

    Methods for data collection may include:
    • document review of documents relevant to Sida and the European Commission’s support, including FIDH strategic and annual plans, annual reports, grant applications and agreements/contracts with main funders;
    • document review of recent FIDH evaluations and current review of means of action;
    • interviews with FIDH management, staff, International Board members and representatives of member organisations;
    • interviews with relevant intergovernmental organisations, diplomatic missions, government representatives, civil society, funders and other stakeholders.

    The methodology proposed for the evaluation may include the following steps:
    • document review;
    • internal and external interviews;
    • data analysis;
    • preparation of draft report and recommendations;
    • discussion of findings with FIDH;
    • presentation of final report and recommendations.

    The evaluation report should be supported with concrete examples relating to FIDH’s advocacy, communication, support for its member and partner organisations, and governance. The report should also provide concrete recommendations on the basis of its findings and analysis, which will help inform FIDH’s upcoming planning process for a new multi-year strategic plan.

    6. Evaluation quality

    The evaluation shall conform to OECD/DAC’s Quality Standards for Development Evaluation. Therefore, the evaluators shall use the OECD/DAC Glossary of Key Terms in Evaluation and shall specify how quality assurance, in accordance with DAC’s quality standards, shall be handled by them during the evaluation process.

    7. Time schedule and deliverables

    The evaluation will be undertaken between June and December 2020, with the following key dates and deliverables:

    • July-August: reception of offers and contractualisation with evaluators
    • September: development of inception note
    • September - October: document review and interviews
    • November: data analysis and report drafting
    • early December: discussion of draft report
    • end December: presentation of final report

    8. Evaluation team qualifications

    The evaluators shall have:
    • at least five years of experience of evaluating large and complex projects and programmes;
    • at least five years of experience of evaluating strategic partnerships;
    • at least five years of experience of evaluating human rights programmes;
    • knowledge of FIDH’s organisation and mode of operation or at least knowledge of international human rights NGOs community, methods and challenges;
    • ability to speak and read English and French is a requirement for the assignment.

    9. Financial and human resources

    A team of two evaluators is envisaged for the evaluation.
    It is expected that the evaluation will require between 50 and 60 days in total. The total proposed budget should not exceed 30,000 euros.
    Travel will be limited due to the context of COVID-19, and virtual interviews will be prioritised.

    10. Submission and evaluation of offers

    The offer will compulsorily include:
    • an introductory and short chapter detailing the comprehension by tenderers of the assignment and its main challenges;
    • a chapter detailing the tentative methodology to conduct the evaluation (this methodology will then be finalised in the Inception Note);
    • a short analysis of the main risks and remedy measures of the assignment;
    • a chapter detailing the relevance of the team composition and competencies to the work to be undertaken and how the tasks will be organised;
    • a financial offer;
    • Annex: the CVs of the proposed expert(s) (max length of each CV: 5 pages);
    • Annex: the proposed timetable.

    The maximum length of the offer is 15 pages excluding annexes.

    Tenderers shall specify the total cost of the assignment, in the form of an hourly fee for each category of personnel and any other reimbursable costs. Reimbursable costs must as a minimum, when applicable, be specified with costs for per diem, accommodation and type of flight ticket, to make sure that economic class is used. All types of costs shall be given in euros, excluding VAT.

    The offer with the best value for money will be selected based on the following criteria:
    • understanding of the terms of reference and the aim of the services to be provided;
    • overall methodological approach, quality control approach, appropriate mix of tools and estimate of difficulties and challenges;
    • expertise of the proposed team.

    Offers should be submitted by Friday 14 August 2020 to:
    ao-eval-core@fidh.org

  • International Campaign for Tibet: Executive Director Europe

    International Campaign for Tibet Europe was founded in 1999 and is a registered NGO in the Netherlands. It is the European office of the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) organization, headquartered in Washington, DC in the USA.

    ICT — a member of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) — is a non-profit advocacy organization that works to promote democratic freedom for all Tibetans, to ensure their human rights, and to protect the Tibetan culture and environment. ICT is a movement of more than 100,000 people worldwide. These are not only people who support the work financially, but also include those who contribute to advocacy and campaign work as well as those who are volunteers. The work of ICT integrates information gathering, campaign and advocacy, and the dissemination of information and communication. Combined, these work areas focus on the following central themes: Human rights and political prisoners, religious freedom, environment, racism, and reciprocity. ICT has offices in Washington DC, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Berlin. In the Netherlands, more than 50,000 people support our work. The office of ICT Europe is located at the Funenpark 1, 1018 AK Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    For more information about ICT Europe: www.savetibet.nl

    The Position
    The Board of ICT Europe has initiated a process for the identification, selection and appointment of a successor to the present Executive Director Mrs Tsering Jampa, who has led ICT Europe since its establishment in 1999 and will be retiring in the fall of 2021.

    Apart from a team of dedicated volunteers, the Executive Director of ICT Europe is in charge of nine staff members working in Amsterdam and Brussels: Director Advocacy, Communication and Fundraising, EU Policy Director (Brussels), Fundraising & Online Marketing Officer, Senior Operational Manager, Policy and Advocacy Officer (Brussels), Database Administration Manager, Marketing & Communication Officer, Finance Administrator.

    The Executive Director reports to the Board, implements the decisions by the Board, and is responsible for the daily operations of the organization. Collaboration with the other ICT offices is determined by the Governance Agreement, the Coordination Council consisting of the Directors of all ICT offices and the International Coordination Council, made up by members of the boards of each office.

    The Ideal Candidate
    ICT Europe is looking for an enterprising, enthusiastic, and engaging person who, together with the other ICT offices and a number of Tibet organizations, wants to work on meaningful, impactful support of Tibet and its people.
    The foremost task of the Executive Director is to ensure the continuity and financial health of the organization and holds all final responsibilities, management and many operational, including the full supervision of our Amsterdam and Brussels offices. Develop a multi-year strategic work plan, yearly work plan, as well as goals for the organization.

    The Executive Director must have a good understanding of the situation in Tibet, the aspirations of the Tibetan people and a strong affinity with Human Rights in Tibet. A network and experience with Dutch politics as well as the Dutch non-profit environment would be a plus. The Executive Director must be at home in the world of donor recruitment and the advocacy/lobby environment.

    The new Executive Director will develop and expand advocacy, donor outreach and communication within Europe, in close collaboration with the other ICT offices as well as with the Central Tibetan Administration in Exile. He/she will actively lobby governments, parliaments, and other organizations.

    General requirements:
    • Proven track record in directing non-profit organizations and teams
    • Excellent diplomatic and social skills with experience in lobbying, advocacy, and high-level representation
    • Understanding of and interest in innovative fundraising, donor, and membership strategies
    • Extensive experience in relation management on a local as well as global level
    • Organizational leadership: experience on senior management level, proven ability to provide inspirational leadership in developing, coaching and motivating teams
    • International work experience in organizations with cross border operations and multicultural settings
    • Fluency in spoken and written English and preferably Dutch, or a willingness to learn the Dutch language
    • Capable of providing an authoritative contribution to the development of the present-day Tibet issues in The Netherlands and Europe
    • Strategic and analytical thinker with proven ability to develop multi-year strategic plans, annual work plans, priorities, and goals for the organization
    • Outstanding presentation, communication, and media skills, able to operate & collaborate at different levels inside and outside an international organization. Strong influencing, motivational, and networking skills
    • Intrinsic drive to improve the work that is being delivered in every function within the organization, take initiatives, be challenging/questioning and able to bring new insights and ideas to the organization
    • Willingness to travel to the US, India, and various European countries.
    Information & Application

    Applications and requests for further information about the Executive Director position should be sent to Mrs Christina Jansen, member of the Board at EDsearch@savetibet.nl and must be received before 30 September.

Spontaneous application

volunteering@fidh.org

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