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  • Terms of Reference : Consultancy Civil Society and the ICC : Pathways to Collaborative and Genuine Engagement


    This joint project of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Coalition for the International Criminal Court (ICC) (CICC), under the auspices of the Global Initiative Against Impunity for International Crimes: Making Justice Work, aims to enhance the relationship between civil society organisations (CSOs) and the International Criminal Court (ICC or Court). FIDH is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) composed of 188 national human rights organisations from 116 countries. Since 1922, FIDH has been defending all human rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural – as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. One of FIDH’s priorities is to fight against the impunity of perpetrators of serious human rights violations, including crimes of international law, and support victims’ access to truth, justice and reparation before a variety of justice mechanisms, including the ICC. The Coalition for the ICC is the world’s largest partnership advancing the cause of international justice. With member organisations in 150 countries, the Coalition is leading the global fight to end Rome Statute crimes though a commitment to the core values of human rights and justice. The Coalition works to promote a fair, effective, independent and universal ICC and accountability and redress for the victims of such crimes through the Rome Statute system.

    The synergy between civil society and the ICC is essential for bolstering the Court’s mandate, enhancing victims’ rights, and ensuring states respect their obligations under international law. According to the Independent Expert Review (IER) of the ICC and the Rome Statute System, “Civil society organisations (CSOs), notably NGOs in the development, human rights, humanitarian, legal and other fields, are a force multiplier for the Court in promoting and carrying out its work.” Despite civil society’s indispensable contributions to the Rome Statute system and role in protecting the Court, the relationship between CSOs and the ICC has often been marred by friction, mistrust, and misunderstandings. In recent years, and despite efforts to coordinate and to ensure genuine engagement between the ICC and NGOs, there are noticeable and regrettable challenges and inconsistencies in the overall inclusion of, genuine engagement and consultations with civil society, as consistently expressed by NGOs in all ICC situation countries and beyond.

    In light of these challenges and with a view to seeking inclusive and concrete solutions, FIDH and the CICC are organising activities in 2024 to enhance support for and facilitate genuine and meaningful civil society engagement with the ICC. The overall aim is to address existing gaps in communication and collaboration, ensure the Court acknowledges and recognises the role of civil society in its mandate and the need to protect the space and safety of CSOs, and build trust to strengthen meaningful two-way interactions between the ICC and civil society. Key activities include consultations to map current engagement challenges, researching and an analysis/report with action-oriented recommendations to various Court actors, States Parties, and CSOs. The goal is to launch the report during the upcoming session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP23). This initiative seeks to leverage new opportunities to improve communication, trust, and collaboration – in order to ensure meaningful victims’ rights and a more inclusive and effective Rome Statute system.


    The mission of the consultant is to conduct desk and primary research, including through the support of online discussions to gather views and information in order to produce a draft report of 30 pages maximum in English. The report should include an analysis of the current state of relations between civil society and the ICC, identifying pressing challenges and feasible solutions to ensure consistent and genuine forms of engagement. 

    The overall objective
    of this project (and connected activities) is to amplify the voices and showcase the multiple contributions of civil society including FIDH and CICC members, in a safe space. This will be done through mapping the myriad ways which civil society – especially the grassroots – support the Court’s mandate, and the Rome Statute system.

    The report will aim more specifically to :

    • Raise awareness on the essential role of CSOs in the Rome Statute system;
    • Make recommendations on how to ensure safe and inclusive spaces and platforms for open and constructive dialogue between civil society and the ICC, fostering trust and a mutual understanding that can pave the way for more effective and systematic engagement;
    • Showcase the various forms of civil society engagement and cooperation with the Court;
    • Analyse and identify the most urgent challenges which limits civil society engagement and participation as a key actor of the Rome Statute system; and
    • Propose feasible solutions and actionable recommendations to the Court and to States Parties to the Rome Statute to address the identified challenges and contribute to systematic and trust-based engagement.



    1. Support FIDH/CICC organisation and facilitation of online cross-regional workshop(s) with CSOs to map some of the various ways civil society actors contribute to the ICC’s work, best practices, current challenges, and concrete solutions.
    Timeline : July/August 2024
    2. Conduct desk-based research and possible interviews to supplement previous information gathered in CICC/FIDH surveys and meetings.
    Timeline : July - September 2024

    3. Prepare first draft of a joint 20–30-page CICC-FIDH report which analyses engagement challenges as expressed by civil society and offers recommendations for enhancing civil society-ICC collaboration.
    Timeline : September – 15 October 2024

    4. Support the preparation of the launch of the report at the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) session which will be held in The Hague in December 2024.
    Timeline : October 2024


    Duration of consultancy: +/- 4 months
    Start date: July 2024
    End date: 15 October 2024


    -* Expertise in International Human Rights, Humanitarian, and International Criminal Law, particularly with a focus on justice and accountability mechanisms for serious human rights violations and international crimes.
    -* Expertise in working with civil society organisations and Human Rights Defenders.
    -* Proven experience in conducting legal research and analysis, with the ability to produce high-quality, detailed reports including citations and footnotes.
    -* Strong drafting skills, with experience in writing comprehensive reports on complex subjects that are accessible to a diverse audience.
    -* Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively engage with a wide range of stakeholders, including victims and survivors, local CSOs, international organisations, and legal experts.
    -* Ability to work independently, manage time effectively, and meet deadlines in a dynamic and complex project environment.
    -* Proficiency in English is required, and knowledge of additional languages such as French and Spanish is welcome.


    Consultancy fees
    Total of 5,000 Euros (all taxes included).

    Payment in two installments: 1500 EUR on the start date and 3500 EUR upon delivery of the final report, and within 30 days from the date of the receipt of invoice and acceptance by FIDH.

    The Consultant will work remotely.

    The Consultant will be supported by an FIDH intern with some of the research and drafting (especially with proofreading, formatting, and cite checking).

    7. Application instructions

    Please submit the following to, by Tuesday, 25 June 2024:

    1) CV, including two references;
    2) Detailed proposal, explaining how you would approach the research and drafting, and some indications of the number of days they would be able to dedicate to this consultancy; and
    3) Writing sample.

  • 6 months internship at the Business, Human Rights and Environment Office

    FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) is an international human rights NGO. Since 1992, we have been committed to defending all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You can find us online and on our social networks:

    We are a federation of 188 national human rights associations active in 116 countries. We believe that transforming societies is first and foremost the responsibility of local actors. Our activities aim to strengthen their capacity for action and their influence.

    The International Secretariat, which carries out FIDH’s missions on a daily basis, is made up of an international team of 70 employees based at the head office in Paris and in other offices (Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands, Thailand, Colombia, and over the African continent), as well as consultants working occasionally on various programmes. Its structure is divided into an Operations and Programmes Department and an Advocacy Department, as well as Support Departments (Communications, Finance, Fundraising, Human Resources, etc.).


    The intern will be involved in the development of activities at the "Business, Human Rights and Environment" Office and will provide support for the various ongoing projects. As part of a department comprising 7 members of staff, he/she will be particularly involved in the following activities:

    • Analysing corporate practices in light of human rights and principles of responsible investment,
    • Preparing and holding events online and/or in Europe or internationally, such as workshops with member organisations, experts and decision-makers,
    • Carrying out research on issues relating to the responsibility of economic actors and due diligence initiatives, with support for the preparation of notes, articles or press releases, and missions on this theme,
    • Documentary monitoring on subjects related to "Business and Human Rights",
    • Updating the website and other communication tools,
    • Publishing the bi-monthly newsletter on business and human rights,
    • Contributing to various day-to-day administrative tasks,
    • Depending on needs and current events, the intern may be involved in other projects,

    Profile of the intern:

    • Currently in higher education in law / international law / human rights or business law / international relations / political sciences / economics.
    • Good oral and written communication skills in French (C1 level) and English (C1). Fluency in another language, particularly Spanish, would be an advantage.
    • Knowledge of "business and human rights" and in particular "responsible investment".
    • Excellent writing skills and an affinity for research.
    • Familiarity with environmental/climate issues linked to human rights.
    • Experience in digital communications or web design is appreciated (Twitter, Canva, Mailjet, etc.).
    • In total agreement with the working values of FIDH’s International Secretariat (professionalism, respect, commitment, equality, integrity, participation, boldness), as well as with FIDH’s fight to defend the human rights of everyone, everywhere in the world, as set out in its statutes and through its publications, which can be accessed via its website:

    Conditions :

    • Full-time internship (39 hours per week) at FIDH headquarters in Paris, with some remote work.
    • Compulsory condition: an internship agreement issued by an educational establishment governed by French law.
    • Monthly bonus of €659.76. Dematerialised luncheon vouchers with a face value of €9, 60% paid by FIDH. Sustainable mobility package for commuting to and from work
    • 12 days’ RTT over the period and 2 days’ paid holiday per month.

    Internship dates : from June 2024 until December 2024.
    Internship duration: 6 months

    FIDH is committed to diversity and equality, and does not discriminate in its recruitment practices on the basis of race, religion, age, disability, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, state of health or any other situation protected by French and international human rights law.

    For people with disabilities, we ask you to indicate in your covering letter any adaptations that may be useful, to enable you to take part in the recruitment process in the best possible way.

    Why join us?

    This internship will be a great training ground and a good springboard for starting a career.

    Send your CV and a cover letter to, indicating the reference STAG-MONDIA in the subject line.

    Interviews will take place as applications are received.

    FIDH reserves the right to close the recruitment process before the closing date for applications.

    Only candidates whose applications are accepted will be contacted.

  • Consultancy - Irishaid Programme

    Innovative online and in-person advocacy to influence local human rights change

    Terms of reference for a final evaluation of the project

    The applicants for the evaluation must provide:

    1. A technical offer composed of a presentation of the methodological approach, a timetable for the execution of the evaluation and the references of the consultant(s) (detailed Curriculum/a)
    2. A detailed financial offer (in euros, showing all the headings, unit costs, number of units, etc.)

    Applications must be sent by e-mail to: no later than June 11th 2024

    Include in the subject line: FIDH/application evaluation

    Applications will be processed after the deadline for receipt of applications.

    I. Purpose of these terms of reference and objectives of the evaluation

    In the framework of a programme that FIDH has undertaken between July 2021 and May 2024, FIDH intends to undertake an evaluation of its undertakings through the project, which results will be used to inform future programme planning with the member organisations and will also be shared with other FIDH teams to ensure learning is shared.

    This evaluation will be carried out by an independent and qualified expert who will verify whether the programme’s activities have achieved the planned objectives in accordance with the stipulations of the contract that FIDH undertook with the programme’s principal supporter, Irish Aid.

    • The evaluation must allow, through the methodological tools proposed by the evaluation team, to :
    • Analyse the coherence and relevance of the intervention strategy and the mechanism;
    • Assess the quality and quantity of the project’s implementation: assessment of the results achieved in relation to the expected results and the means used;
    • Assess the impact of the project;
    • Analyse the sustainability of the actions and make recommendations in this respect

    II. Presentation of the organisation and the programme to evaluate :

    1. FIDH 

    Founded in 1922, the FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) brings together 188 organisations in 116 countries, which share actions and strategies to strengthen the respect of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. FIDH considers that the transformation of society must be led by national actors.

    Its activities aim at empowering its member organisations and partners and increasing their influence at the local level. It acts at the national, regional and international levels to help them fight against human rights violations and consolidate democracy.

    FIDH, in support of its member organisations and partners, intervenes to document the most serious crimes, to accompany victims before national, regional and international justice, and to advocate with political authorities and influential diplomats to ensure that judicial systems are sufficiently independent to provide effective remedies for victims.

    FIDH deploys different types of actions that have proven to be effective: urgent reactions (public or confidential); international fact-finding missions; judicial observation and defence missions; political dialogue, advocacy, litigation, awareness raising campaigns. FIDH relies on a network of international volunteer experts, while promoting the exchange of experiences between defenders around the world to encourage the sharing of know-how. FIDH evaluates its activities to increase their effectiveness and to adjust its objectives if necessary.

    2. Institutional organisation and functioning of the FIDH

    The organisation and functioning of FIDH reflect its governance principles: at the base, the 188 member organisations. FIDH is thus based on three pillars:

    • The Congress, which brings together the 188 member organisations of FIDH. It meets every three years and debates the thematic and geographical priorities of the FIDH and decides on the political orientations of the organisation.
    • The International Board: It is composed of 22 voluntary members from FIDH member organisations and elected by the Congress, the President, the Treasurer, 15 Vice-Presidents and 5 Secretaries General. It sets the main strategic orientations and objectives, in the framework of the political orientations defined by the Congress. It approves the annual accounts of the FIDH. It meets three times a year and reports to the Congress.
    • Headquartered in Paris, the International Secretariat is composed of a professional team, headed by a Director General. Its teams are organised by regions and thematic priorities. The International Secretariat has delegations to the UN in Geneva and to the European Union in Brussels, to the African Union in Nairobi, to the International Criminal Court in The Hague; a regional offices in Asia (Bangkok). It also has a communications department and administrative and financial department. In permanent contact with the field, it implements the decisions of the FIDH’s political bodies in collaboration with the member organisations, the mission officers and the members of the international and executive boards.

    3. Summary of the project:

    Context prior to the Project

    Worldwide, attacks on civil society in general and the human rights movement in particular remain prevalent. In 2019, the United Nations tracked 357 killings and 30 enforced disappearances of human rights defenders (HRDs), journalists and trade unionists in 47 countries (Secretary-General’s report to the UN Economic and Social Council on progress towards the SDGs, July 2020). With the arrival of the covid-19 pandemic in 2020, requests for material support from HRDs and civil society to the ProtectDefenders.EU mechanism – of which FIDH is a Consortium member – increased exponentially. The data collected by the mechanism shows that HRDs and civil society representatives are subject to a myriad of threats that impede their work, ranging from harassment and restrictions of movement to arbitrary detention, attempted murder, enforced disappearance and assassination (see

    While the repression of civil society is a global trend, it takes different forms as a result of country-specific contexts. FIDH, on the basis of local information provided by its member organisations, identifies three main categories of country situation:
    In dictatorial or oppressive regimes, civil society activity has been totally curtailed and civil society voices remain silenced. While democratic openings are difficult or impossible to predict, governments may still engage in economic opening of these countries, which provides the opportunities to use international leverage to improve country situations. Countries in this category include Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burundi, China, Egypt, Iran, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
    In countries like Algeria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, India, Morocco, Nicaragua, the Philippines and Thailand, human rights organisations which have played an active role in developing their societies have increasingly been under attack or are on the verge of having their activities totally curtailed. In these contexts, international condemnation and qualification of human rights violations can create pressure – such as through conditioning of development aid – to roll back or slow the shrinking of civil society space.
    Thirdly, in countries torn by violent and armed conflicts, the capacity of civil society is severely limited to play its essential role in promoting peace, justice, and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions. This is the case in the DRC, Myanmar, Mali, Palestine, Sudan, countries which are the focus of attention of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
    Lastly, even countries in transition like Colombia and Sudan are continuing to see attacks against civil society organisations who are needed to contribute to advancement towards implementation of the SDGs.

    Project Approach and Rationale

    In situations where dialogue between civil society and authorities is impossible or blocked because of deliberate attempts to silence independent critical voices, or where conflicts have been sparked and/or entrenched, FIDH’s experience demonstrates that improvements are achieved by combining action from inside the country with pressure and activation of relevant monitoring mechanisms from outside, using international levers of influence and monitoring mechanisms that have been developed within the United Nations (UN), in both political and quasi-judicial fields, that help characterise violations, call upon the countries concerned to remedy them and provide them with technical assistance. UN human rights protection mechanisms provide advice, cooperation, and qualification on the realisation of human rights at the global level.
    Building on the conclusions of these fora, some States and groups of States include human rights in their political dialogue with third countries, and develop their foreign and development policies as levers for change. As such, the European Union (EU) has been developing an important number of policy instruments that are dedicated to the promotion of human rights and often tailored to follow up on the conclusions and recommendations of the UN human rights recommendations. Through its foreign policy (through public denunciations, sanctions or political dialogues) as the world’s first development donor, and increasingly as a leading trade and investment player, the EU’s human rights policy, when tuned appropriately, has proven to contribute to exercising significant leverage towards third states, and to legislative and policy changes.
    Lastly, and as significant drivers of change in societies throughout the world, international financial institutions (IFIs) and multinational corporations are increasingly drawing attention to human rights in their spheres of intervention and are gradually engaging with global and local civil society organisations to measure the impact of their intervention, and in doing so, to open up civic space.
    To measure evolutions on the ground and formulate relevant recommendations to the authorities concerned, EU and UN instruments and institutions as much as IFIs and economic actors rely upon or benefit from the information and the expertise of human rights NGOs (HRNGOs) and (HRDs). Yet, the interaction between HRNGOs and these political or economic actors is complicated as a result of the isolation of HRNGOs and HRDs in certain countries, or the absence of opportunities or appropriate methodology to interact with these stakeholders. In addition, in becoming efficient and pertinent, civil society participants to many UN human rights mechanisms have also been under attack by States. More recently and because of the Covid-19 crisis and the health measures that have been put in place in response to the pandemic, travel restrictions, full or partial border closures in the target countries of the project as well as in countries where advocacy activities are traditionally organised, are leading to a greater isolation of local HRDs and HRNGOs. Travel to international fora and institutions has been limited and/or institutional stakeholder meetings are being limited or held in smaller settings without or with restricted civil society participation. In this context, the combined work of FIDH with its advocacy delegations in Paris, Brussels and Geneva, building on the capacities of its member and partner organisations through bridging the gap between local civil society and regional and international mechanisms, facilitating access to interlocutors and undertaking joint advocacy meetings, has proven useful to guarantee that the human rights mechanisms or policies address genuine local human rights challenges. Indeed, since the beginning of the pandemic, FIDH has developed its capacity to continue advocacy activities in an online format.

    Project Objectives
    To mobilise Intergovernmental mechanisms and international levers of influence to influence target countries through:

    Project Results Framework (see attached at end of document)
    Project Countries :

    Africa: Burundi, DRC, Guinea, Mali, Sudan, Zimbabwe
    Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam
    Americas: Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Venezuela
    Europe: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Uzbekistan
    MENA: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Palestine, Yemen

    III. Methodology, timetable for the evaluation

    This evaluation is contractual and was foreseen at the outset of the project. It concerns all the activities carried out within the framework of the programme. This evaluation should make it possible to highlight the major results of the programme while pointing out the strategic horizons.

    The evaluation must allow, through the methodological tools proposed by the expert / the evaluation team and following the evaluation criteria of the OECD DAC which are "relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability" to achieve the following objectives

    1. Analyse the coherence and relevance of the intervention strategy and the mechanism. Evaluative questions that the evaluation will seek to answer include

    • To what extent did the coherence of the activities and the methodology chosen for the intervention contribute to the achievement of the programme’s results?
    • This evaluation should have a several case studies with specific focus on the programme’s strategic and innovative engagement with mechanisms, in alignment with the global objective of the programme, and assess the pertinence and effectiveness of certain advocacy asks and mechanisms that were priority throughout the programme, notably :

    1) the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar,
    2) the UN database of all business enterprises involved in the Israeli settlements
    3) the investigative mechanism and the re-mandating of the Special Rapporteur on Belarus and
    4) the creation of the FFM on Sudan adopted by the UN Human Rights Council.

    • How do beneficiaries and programme partners assess the relevance and effectiveness of the aforementioned mechanisms in addressing human rights violations within their respective contexts?
    • How did they take ownership of the activities and approaches chosen in the intervention?
    • Which strategic choices have proven to be appropriate to the context and objectives of the programme and which should be made differently for the continuation of the programme?
    • Has the programme’s steering system been able to adapt to the changing context?

    2. Evaluate qualitatively and quantitatively the implementation of the project: assessment of the results achieved in relation to the results anticipated and the means used. Evaluative questions that the evaluation will seek to answer include

    • Have the results of the programme been achieved in relation to the results set out in the logical framework?
    • What results have exceeded those initially anticipated and why? What lessons can be learned from this analysis ?
    • Which operational and strategic choices contributed most significantly to the achievement of the programme results?
    • What is the assessment of the activities and results achieved in relation to the human and financial resources used?

    3. Assess the impact of the project. Evaluative questions that the evaluation will seek to answer include :

    • Assessment of the programme in view of the objectives and issues to which the programme sought to respond, with a specific case studies regarding the aforementioned priority strategies/methodology.
    • Assessment of the programme in relation to the intended impact on beneficiaries and target groups.

    4. Analyse the sustainability of the actions and make recommendations in this regard. Evaluative questions that the evaluation will seek to answer include

    • What sustainability measures have been implemented and how do local partners, target groups and beneficiaries assess them?
    • To what extent has the project management system (partnership, steering committee, consultations) contributed to the ownership and sustainability of the programme?
    • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the programme to capitalise on in order to continue activities in the field?
    • If relevant, how can the strengths of the engagement with the mechanisms analysed in the case studies be leveraged to ensure the long-term impact of the project?
    Proposed methodology for the evaluation process
    The evaluation will be based on :
    • a document review :
    • documents related to the programme (project, activity reports, etc.)
    • public documents produced throughout the project (press releases, video, guide, reports, analysis note)
    • Methodology documents produced in the framework of the project
    • Information and interviews collected from :
    • the team in Brussels, Geneva and Paris in charge of the implementation of this programme and the supervision
    • the project beneficiaries throughout the world
    • other international experts, diplomats (when possible) and relevant stakeholders with whom the project interacted with.
    Following an initial consultation with the team in charge of the programme, the evaluator will produce a scoping note which will include the evaluation methodology, the list of people to be interviewed and the field mission(s) to be planned.
    Based on this note, the evaluator will then conduct individual and group interviews, mostly online, and where possible in Geneva and Brussels.
    An initial report will be submitted to the team in charge of the programme and to the FIDH management on the basis of a provisional report. The final report will then be produced, taking into account any comments made during the feedback.

    IV Practical arrangements, deliverables, contracts, selection procedure

    Profile of the candidates

    The evaluation will be carried out by a consultant or a team of consultants who should have the following qualities

    • Proven experience in evaluation of civil society actor strengthening programmes
    • Knowledge and experience on the functionning of UN institutions, international human rights protection mechanisms and EU human rights policies.
    • Very good knowledge of the current situation of local human rights civil society is an asset.
    • Competence on the challenges of strengthening civil societies in the South
    • Ability to explore multi-stakeholder programmes
    • Knowledge of French and Spanish are a strong asset

    For obvious reasons of independence and externality of the evaluation exercise, persons who are members or employees of organisations that are members of the programme and consultants in relation to the programme cannot apply for this call.

    Evaluation budget :
    The budget for the evaluation will not exceed EUR 10 000 including VAT (including direct costs and contingencies).
    Terms and conditions:
    • Consultancy contract
    • Payment in two instalments: a first instalment upon signature of the contract and a second instalment upon delivery of the final report
    Expected deliverables
    • Deliverable 1. At the beginning of the assignment: a methodological offer (8 p. maximum)
    • Deliverable 2. A draft evaluation report
    • Deliverable 3. A final evaluation report (60 p maximum)
    Suggested calendar
    The evaluation could take place as early as June 2024, for an initial report to be submitted a month later.

    V. Evaluation procedure

    The tenders will be evaluated technically according to the following grid.
    Points of the technical offer
    Methodological proposal
    10 points
    Suitability of the team of consultants for the service
    10 points
    Suitability of the financial offer for the service
    10 points



    The FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) is an international human rights NGO. Since 1922, it has been committed to defending all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As the transformation of societies is first and foremost the responsibility of local actors, its activities aim to strengthen their capacity for action and their influence.
    The FIDH federates 188 national human rights associations active in 116 countries.

    The International Secretariat, which carries out the FIDH’s missions on a daily basis, is made up of an international team of 70 employees based at the head office in Paris and in other offices (Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands), as well as consultants working on various programmes on an ad hoc basis. It is organised into an Operations and Programmes Department and an Advocacy Department, as well as Support Departments (Communications, Finance, Fundraising, Human Resources, etc.).



    As part of the Operations and Programmes Department and reporting to the Head of the Europe Office, the Programme officer’s main tasks will be to :

    • Conduct desk and field research and draft reports, briefing notes, policy papers and other written materials, including advocacy letters, public statements, press releases, etc., in cooperation with other FIDH desks and departments, FIDH international board members, member and partner organisations.
    • Keep abreast of relevant political, legal and institutional developments in the region and advise the Programme’s director ans team, other FIDH staff and member organisations, as appropriate.
    • Contribute to the design and implementation of advocacy strategies targeting the European Union (EU), the Council of Europe (CoE), the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations (UN) and their member states.
    • Establish and maintain relationships with EU, CoE, UN and Member States representatives, as well as with other civil society actors at the national and international level.
    • Represent the FIDH at public conferences, meetings and events, as well as with funders and the media.
    • Liaise and coordinate with other FIDH desks and departments, including other geographic and thematic desks, communications, finances and delegations to to international organisations, and with FIDH international Board, member and and partner organisations.
    • Contributes to the design and implementation of communication strategies and activities, including the drafting of press releases, articles, op-eds, contributing to media work and to communication and social media actions and acmpaigns, in cooperation with the FIDH’s Communication Department.
    • Contribute to monitoring progress and results and evaluating the impact of activities, and assisting in complying with funding obligations, including project reporting and evaluation.
    • Deliver timely and consistently with strategies and priorities and contribute to internal discussions on strategic planning and implentation at both the regional and at the global levels.

    • A minimum of two years work experience in the field of human rights with an NGO, an international organisation, a government, an academic institution or research centre,
    • A master degree in law, political sciences, international relations or EU affairs,
    • In-depth understanding of human rights issues and the political context in Europe,
    • Sound knowledge of international and European law, especially EU law, institutions and policies and of regional and international human rights protection mechanisms,
    • Experience in conducting research and documentation on human rights issues (experience in human rights field research would be an asset),
    • Advocacy and/or campaigning experience at the EU, CoE, UN or member state level,
    • Previous experience working in NGOs, particularly with large NGO networks at the national or international level.

    Skills (know-how, interpersonal skills)

    • Proficiency in English (oral and written) and an at least an intermediary level of French,
    • Ability to think strategically and implement successful strategies for policy change,
    • Excellent writing skills and attention to details,
    • Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage competing demands, prioritise and meet deadlines,
    • Ability to work collaboratively and inclusively in a multicultural team, showing tact and cultural sensitivity,
    • A demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice,
    • Experience in communication for policy and/or social change,
    • Knowledge of other European languages (especially Spanish, German and/or other central European languages).

    You are in total agreement with the values at work in the FIDH International Secretariat (professionalism, respect, commitment, equality, integrity, participation, audacity), as well as with FIDH’s fight to defend the human rights of everyone, everywhere in the world, as set out in its Articles of Association and in its publications, which can be accessed on its website:

    FIDH is committed to diversity and equality, and does not discriminate in its recruitment practices on the basis of race, religion, age, disability, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, state of health or any other grounds protected by French and international human rights law.

    For people with disabilities, we ask you to indicate in your covering letter any adaptations that would be useful to enable you to take part in the recruitment process in the best possible way.


    • Permanent contract, full-time (39h/semaine)
    • Position preferably based in Brussels or at FIDH headquarters (Paris 11e) with the possibility of teleworking
    • Gross annual remuneration :
      - For a position based in Paris from €37,000 (including 13th month bonus) depending on experience
      - For a position based in Brussels from €44,000 depending on experience
    • Supplementary health insurance and luncheon vouchers
    • Sustainable mobility package for commuting to and from work
    • Holiday and RTT: 25 days paid holiday per year worked, 24 days RTT per year.

    Position to be filled: 1 September 2024

    Do you have the profile we’re looking for?

    Please send your CV and a covering letter to , quoting the reference CHARG-PROGRAMME in the subject line, for the attention of Ms Elena CRESPI, Head of the Europe Office, by 30 June 2024 at the latest.

    Interviews will take place as applications are received.

    FIDH reserves the right to close the recruitment process before the deadline for applications.

    Only candidates whose applications have been accepted will be contacted.

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