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  • Mobilisation of UN and EU levers of influence to effect local change in favour of human rights-final evaluation of the project

    Mobilisation of UN and EU levers of influence to effect local change in favour of human rights - 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 August 23 2021. 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 2018 and June 2021, 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 184 organisations in 112 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 192 member organisations. FIDH is thus based on three pillars:
    • The Congress, which brings together the 192 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 New York, to the European Union in Brussels, and to the International Criminal Court in The Hague; regional offices in the Middle East (Tunis) and Asia; and joint offices with member organisations in different countries accross the world. It also has a communications department and an 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
    An active, vibrant and independent civil society is an essential driver for peaceful and inclusive societies, the objective of SDG16. Beyond this specific goal, the overall 2030 Agenda, as “an Agenda of the people, by the people and for the people” which calls for the establishment of a global partnership “with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people” to work on its implementation, requires that governments provide for an environment in which meaningful civil society engagement is possible and encouraged.
    Yet, across the world, attacks on civil society in general and the human rights movement in particular have moved from being reported incidents to becoming a global trend. In particular, in countries like Bangladesh, Burundi, Cambodia, Egypt, Honduras, the Philippines and Turkey, human rights organisations which played an active role in developing their own societies have increasingly been under attack or are now totally curtailed. In dictatorial or oppressive regimes like Belarus, Iran and Vietnam, civil society has been able to resist and organise independently, but remains silenced even though their governments engage in economic openings. Strengthening their role and voice would be essential to furthering their country’s alignment with SDG16.
    Further, in its report on the implementation of SDG16, the UN Secretary General ("Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals", ), regretted how violent conflicts have increased in recent years, and a few high-intensity armed conflicts are causing large numbers of civilian casualties. Progress towards promoting peace and justice, and towards effective, accountable and inclusive institutions, remains dire in Mali, the DRC, Myanmar/Burma, Palestine, the Sudans, Syria and in Yemen, which are the focus of attention of both the UN Security Council and the UN Human Rights Council. As a significant counter-example, Colombia, which after a 50-year long conflict is engaged into a historical drive towards peace, our hopes are for a significant advancement in the country’s road towards the end of poverty.

    Project Approach and Rationale

    In situations where dialogue between civil society and authorities is impossible or blocked because of deliberate attempts to prevent the deployment of 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 developed within the United Nations (UN), in both political and judicial or 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. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC), previously less likely to consider human rights, is currently almost systematically including significant references to human rights in its specific country and thematic mobilisation, thus becoming another institution to target for mobilisation. Beyond these fora, States and groups of States have also been including human rights in their political dialogue with third countries, and developed their foreign and development policies as levers for change in third countries. 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. As the world’s first development donor, and a leading trade and investment player, its human rights policy, tuned appropriately, has proven to contribute to exercising significant leverage towards third states, and contribute to their legislative and policy changes. The EU and UN instruments and institutions often rely upon or benefit from the information and the expertise of human rights NGOs (HRNGOs) and human rights defenders (HRDs) to formulate relevant recommendations to the authorities concerned. Yet, the interaction between HRNGOs and UN or EU institutions and instruments 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 the institutional actors of the monitoring mechanisms to contribute to their evaluation and recommendations.
    In addition, in becoming efficient and pertinent, many UN human rights mechanisms have also been under attack by States at the international level, that have mobilised for the reduction of their protective capacities. In particular, mechanisms dedicated to condemning or monitoring human rights in specific countries have been limited, or re-designed to address a limited number of violations, “agreed upon” by the authorities responsible for their commission, in exchange for technical support in reforms. In this context, the interaction of local HRNGOs and HRDs with UN and EU intergovernmental fora and their stakeholders has proven useful to guarantee that the human rights mechanisms or policies address genuine human rights challenges locally.

    Project Objectives
    This project seeks to achieve mobilisation of intergovernmental mechanisms and international levels of influence in favour of local change in the target countries, by strengthening interactions between HRNGOs and HRDS and with targeted mechanisms, strengthening documentation and information on human rights situations, and increasing public visibility of these situations.
    Project Results Framework (see attached at end of document)
    Project Countries :
    Bangladesh, Belarus, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Honduras, Iran, Mali, Myanmar/Burma, Palestine, Philippines, South Sudan, Sudan, Turkey, Vietnam, 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?
    • How do beneficiaries and programme partners assess the relevance of the intervention strategy?
    • 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
    • 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?
    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 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.
    Suggested calendar
    The evaluation could take place as early as Septembre 2021, for an initial report to be submitted a month later.

    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)

    V Evaluation procedure
    The tenders will be evaluated technically according to the following grid.
    Points of the technical offer scale
    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

  • OPERATIONAL COMMUNICATION MANAGER (M/F) - Long term contract - Paris

    17, passage de la Main d’Or 75011 Paris The 03/09/2021

    FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) is an international human rights NGO. Since 1922, we have been committed to the defence of all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    We are a federation of 192 national human rights organisations active in 117 countries. We believe that the transformation of 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 of the FIDH is a human-sized organisation (45 employees in Paris and 14 employees in several offices abroad) and is composed of a committed international team. Our Paris office is located in a lively and central area of Paris (near Bastille and Gare de Lyon).

    We are recruiting for the Communication department : OPERATIONAL COMMUNICATION MANAGER (M/F)

    Overall objective of the position :
    Under the supervision of the Director of Communication, within a department of 6 employees with you, the Operational Communication Manager reinforces the visibility of the FIDH and its actions through the implementation of communication campaigns at the international level and thanks to the development of the digital strategy of the FIDH for which you will be responsible.
    You will work in close coordination with the programme and advocacy departments, as well as in interaction with national human rights leagues, members and partners. In 2022, the FIDH will organize its Centenary.

    Your main responsibilities
    1. Develop communication campaigns (2 to 4 campaigns per year) :
    • Participate in the programming and writing of specifications ;
    • Plan the distribution of campaigns in conjunction with the press team ;
    • To manage campaigns and interventions of communication agencies ;
    • Ensure the follow-up of the campaigns and the operational organization of the actions (coordination of the directions, interface with the agencies, animation of the committees, follow-up of the purchases) ;
    • Evaluate campaigns to measure their effectiveness.

    2. Carry out communication on social networks :
    • Develop the digital communication strategy on social networks and its operational declination (Web, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Facebook, YouTube) : editorial line, advertising policy, influencers mapping, referencing policy, research of iconographic elements for the animation of the website, putting online on the website, coordination and promotion of the newsletter ;
    • Coordinate digital tools to ensure consistency, webmarketing on fundraising in conjunction with the fundraising department, digital activities with delegations abroad ;
    • Organize training on digital tools, particularly for staff ;
    • Monitor digital communication tools in order to make the necessary adjustments.

    3. Reporting (10% of time) :
    • Carry out reporting on operational communication activities (FIDH annual report, reports for donors, etc.) to ensure rigorous monitoring of the actions carried out and their impact ;
    • Contribute to the evaluation of the department’s activities in order to improve its operation ;
    • Develop and monitor the department’s budget.

    4. Manage the Digital Communications Officer :
    • Set the course and define your objectives, monitor your activity and evaluate your work.

    Profile required
    • With a Master’s degree in communication, you must have at least 5 years of professional experience (excluding internships) in a similar position that will have allowed you to manage communication campaigns within an international and multilingual organization.
    • You are an excellent communicator. You have excellent writing skills.
    • You are accustomed to interacting and collaborating with a variety of people and issues. Good teamwork skills.
    • You are expert in both knowledge and practice: social networks (Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Facebook, YouTube), SEO mechanisms, Google Analytics and sponsorship techniques.
    • You are rigorous in steering and managing projects.
    • You know how to manage service providers and a budget.
    • You have already successfully managed a small team.
    • A solid understanding of global geopolitical issues and/or knowledge of the human rights environment would be appreciated.
    • Fluency in written and spoken English (C1) and French (C2). Knowledge of Spanish is a plus.
    • The softskills that will help you succeed and enjoy yourself at FIDH: multitasking, audacity, creativity, autonomy, positive attitude, persuasion.

    You will have the opportunity to collaborate with human rights activists from around the world.

    The candidate must be in total agreement with the values of the FIDH International Secretariat (professionalism, respect, commitment, equality, integrity, participation, audacity), as well as with the struggles of the FIDH for the defense of human rights of all people, everywhere in the world, as explained in its statutes and through its publications accessible on its website :

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

    For persons with disabilities, we ask that you indicate your special needs in your cover letter. Reasonable accommodation will be made to ensure that qualified persons with disabilities can participate in the recruitment process.

    Terms and conditions of pay :
    Full time permanent contract. Executive status. Position based in Paris. The teleworking agreement is under negotiation. Salary from 37,7 K€ gross per year over 13 months, depending on experience. 25 days paid holiday and 24 days RTT per year. Supplementary health insurance covered at 80% by the FIDH. Meal vouchers with a face value of €9, paid for at 60% by the FIDH. 50% of the cost of public transport passes paid for.

    Position to be filled : as soon as possible.

    Do you find yourself in the description of the profile you are looking for?
    Send your CV and a letter of motivation to indicating the reference RESP.COM-0921 in the subject line no later than September 19, 2021 to the attention of Adéa GUILLOT, Director of Communications.

    Interviews will take place as applications are received.

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

    Only those candidates whose applications are selected will be contacted.

  • Consultancy - Stakeholder engagement and outreach on international justice

    Consultancy contract: 3 months
    Fees for the entirety of the contract : 7,000 Euros
    Start Date: 1 October 2021

    The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) is seeking a stakeholder engagement and outreach consultant on international justice.

    FIDH is an international human rights NGO federating 192 organisations from 117 countries. Since 1922, we have been defending all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As a federal movement, FIDH places its member organisations at the heart of our decision-making process. This structure ensures that FIDH merges on-the-ground experience and knowledge with expertise in international law, mechanisms of protection and intergovernmental bodies. The joining of our forces provides a unique combination that makes FIDH’s work representative of the views of national human rights organisations and local civil society.

    FIDH is committed to holding perpetrators of atrocity crimes to account through the international criminal justice system. We were one of the civil society organisations spearheading the movement to create the ICC. We participated actively in the negotiations for the Rome Statute, and advocated for the Court to have a structure which would allow for the meaningful participation of survivors and communities affected by international crimes. Since 2004, FIDH maintains a permanent delegation in The Hague, through which we contribute to the dialogue between civil society and the ICC.

    Among other activities, and in close collaboration with its national member and partner organisations, FIDH conducts fact-finding missions; supports victims in seeking justice and reparations at national, regional and international levels; carries out advocacy to raise awareness among civil society organisations; contributes through research to the development of policy and investigative frameworks; and strengthens the capacity of member and partner organisations so they can meaningfully engage with accountability mechanisms. With permanent representation in The Hague since 2004, FIDH also closely monitors proceedings at the International Criminal Court as early as the preliminary examination stage. Together with member organisations that are based in “situation countries” and work directly with victims and affected communities, FIDH documents allegations of crimes and provides evidence to the Office of the Prosecutor.

    FIDH’s headquarters are in Paris (France). Stichting FIDH in The Hague (the Netherlands) is FIDH’s permanent representation to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

    The successful candidate will work in close cooperation with the Head of International Justice Desk in Paris and FIDH’s Permanent Representative to the ICC in The Hague, and in collaboration with FIDH’s Communications Department in Paris.

    1. Develop and implement a strategy for:
    disseminating a number of forthcoming deliverables produced by the International Justice Department, concerning international criminal justice and the ICC; and
    reaching out and engaging with key actors in the international justice community (diplomats, NGOs, activists, grassroots groups, FIDH members, funders and legal professionals, among others).
    2. Organise or prepare virtual and in-person events that the International Justice Desk or the Permanent Representation in The Hague may be convening or attending.
    3. Support the management of relationships with stakeholders in international justice.


    1. Draft a strategy for disseminating a number of forthcoming deliverables produced by the International Justice Department, concerning international criminal justice and the ICC (beginning of the mission).
    2. Create a checklist for supporting virtual and in-person events that the International Justice team may be organising or attending (beginning of the mission).
    3. Prepare and design invitation templates for events, and create a process for managing RSVPs (beginning of the mission).
    4. Collate an email distribution lists of key stakeholders (throughout the duration of the mission).
    5. Draft and translate (depending on language skills) public papers and talking points for main events, such as the Assembly of States Parties to the ICC Statute (throughout the duration of the mission).
    6. Design a power map and create lists of key stakeholders in international justice (diplomats, NGOs, activists, grassroots groups, FIDH members, funders and legal professionals, among others) (before the end of the mission).
    7. Develop and execute a strategy for engaging with key actors in the international justice community (diplomats, NGOs, activists, grassroots groups, FIDH members, funders and legal professionals, among others) (before the end of the mission).


    1. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. French and/or Spanish are desired, other languages are a plus.
    2. Good knowledge of international justice, its main stakeholders and issues, especially in relation to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
    3. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences, including NGOs, grassroots groups, diplomats, legal professionals, media and funders.
    4. Basic skills in graphic design or the ability to learn quickly how to use design software like Canva and digital distribution software (Mailchimp or similar).


    Start date: 1 October 2021
    End date: 31 December 2021

    Around 30-35 days in total, on the basis of two-three working days per week, to be adapted depending on urgencies and workload.


    Total of 7,000 euros.
    One lump sum payment at the end of consultancy, or two instalments – to be decided upon by common agreement.
    Possibility of extension of contract depending on funding.


    All meetings with the consultant’s main interlocutors during his/her mission will take place during working hours in The Hague / Paris / CEST time zone.


    Please send your CV, two references, and a cover letter of no more than 500 words to:
    - with “CONSULTANT-ASP-09-21” in the subject line
    - by 26 September 2021

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Spontaneous application

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