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  • FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) is seeking to appoint a Director of Operations

    FIDH is seeking a motivated and experienced individual to assume the role of Director of Operations.

    The Director of Operations manages the Operations Department, which is based within the FIDH International Secretariat in Paris, whose remit is to propose and implement the operational roll-out of the strategic priorities and orientations decided by the FIDH Congress and International Bureau, in support of and/or in concert with its member/partner organisations. The Director of Operations works in close collaboration with the other directors of the FIDH International Secretariat, under the supervision and responsibility of the Executive Management.

    The Operations Department comprises a team of over 30 people working within the geographical and thematic desks. These are located at FIDH head office in Paris and in approximately 10 other countries.

    To fulfil the role of Director of Operations requires considerable interpersonal and managerial skills within a multi-cultural environment, a knowledge of human rights-related themes, a capacity to work under pressure and with speed, excellent writing skills and a strong commitment to the human rights movement internationally and locally.

    The principal tasks of the Director of Operations involve:
    • Guaranteeing consistency between the strategic priorities and orientations defined by Congress and the International Bureau on the one hand and their operational roll-out conducted by the geographical and thematic desks on the other
    • Ensuring the relevance of activities conducted for effective results
    • Guaranteeing the safety and security of the operations
    • Ensuring activities are properly conducted and prioritised by the geographical desks
    • Supervising the Assistant Director of Operations and overseeing the heads of geographical desks.


    The Director of Operations guides and supervises the strategy of the desks and steers operational programming in the context of the priorities and orientations defined by the Congress and International Bureau.
    • S/he contributes to developing the expertise of the department to ensure greater adaptation to contexts and crises and guides the development strategy of the desks.
    • S/he draws up the FIDH Multi-year Action Plan (in association with Executive Management and the International Bureau).
    • S/he supervises the teams in the annual planning of the department’s activities.
    • S/he validates the operational sections of the FIDH Annual Action Plan and the Annual Report.
    • S/he validates specific programme proposals of the desks submitted to donors.
    • S/he validates the terms of reference of activities and operational documents.

    S/he supervises and evaluates operations conducted by the geographical desks, engaging with the thematic desks and other departments to this end.
    • S/he supervises the correct implementation of programmes and activities by the geographical desks, helps prioritise and adjust the activities in relation to developing contexts and crises.
    • S/he stimulates the desks to react/adopt a position in response to crises and changes in context.
    • S/he supervises the evaluation of activities (by desk heads).
    • S/he deals with implementing the general security policy of operations.

    S/he represents the organisation in presenting FIDH operations to external actors and in making known the concerns and recommendations of FIDH member/ partner organisations.
    • S/he participates in sensitive and/or strategic assignments and activities.
    • S/he interacts with donors in the search for funding and in monitoring programmes.
    • S/he conducts strategic advocacy directed at States in support of the teams.
    • S/he deals with the media.

    S/he supports FIDH governance and contributes to the running of the International Secretariat.
    • S/he contributes to preparing meetings of the FIDH Executive Desks/International Bureaus/Congress.
    • S/he works with the management team to contribute to the efficient running of the International Secretariat.
    • S/he contributes to interaction and strategic exchanges with the Communication and Advocacy departments.

    S/he oversees the Assistant Director of Operations and the heads of the geographical desks.
    • S/he steers how they organise their work and monitors and evaluates it.
    • S/he conducts their annual interviews and puts forward relevant training plans.
    • S/he contributes to recruitment plans.

    - At least 3 years professional experience in a similar role (or more than 8 years in the post of head of a desk of an operational or advocacy department in a regional or international NGO)
    - Excellent oral and written communication skills in French and English, with a knowledge of other languages considered an advantage
    - International career and knowledge of human rights issues
    - Considerable interpersonal and representational skills and the capacity to work effectively with a range of interlocutors
    - Capacity to pool collective energy and bring individuals together
    - Knowledge of the subject of gender equality and its application

    - Permanent, full-time contract with a start date as soon as possible
    - Contract governed by French employment law for a 35-hour working week
    - Based at FIDH head office in Paris, France
    - Submission deadline for applications: 10 September 2018.

    Please submit your application in the form of a CV and covering letter stating your reasons for applying before 10 September, e-mailing them to the following address and indicating the job title in the subject line:

  • Internship at FIDH’s Delegation to the UN in Geneva

    Closing date for the application: 17 August 2018

    Starting date: September 2018

    Location: Geneva, Switzerland

    Duration: 3 to 6 months

    Description of the vacancy:

    FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights-Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l’Homme), is an NGO specialized in the promotion and protection of human rights.

    FIDH’s mandate is to contribute to the respect of all the rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. FIDH aims at obtaining effective improvements in the protection of victims, the prevention of human rights violations and abuses, and the punishment of perpetrators. FIDH is a an organization which is composed of 184 human rights organizations from close to 120 countries. For more information:

    The FIDH’s Delegation in Geneva:

    - Represents FIDH before Geneva­-based international organizations and institutions, in particular the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and diplomatic missions to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC);

    - Organizes the participation of FIDH’s member and partner organizations in the work of UN human rights bodies and mechanisms (support and assistance with regard to the submission of “parallel” or “alternative” reports, lobbying and advocacy, communication, etc.): mainly the UN Human Rights Council (including the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism), treaty monitoring bodies, and special procedures;

    - Prepares and implements the interventions of lobbying and advocacy of FIDH at the Human Rights Council, and defines advocacy strategies;
    - Feeds UN human rights protection bodies and mechanisms, in particular UN special procedures and OHCHR’s sections and branches, based on information from FIDH and its member and partner organizations and develops the strategic analysis of FIDH on institutional developments and advocacy opportunities;

    - Relays, and reports on, activities and events to FIDH’s International Secretariat.

    The intern will participate in the activities of the Delagation such as ::

    - organizing the participation of human rights defenders and representatives of FIDH’s member and partner organizations in UN human rights mechanisms (Human Rights Council, Universal Periodic Review, treaty bodies, special procedures);
    - drafting and circulating FIDH’s documents and communications to relevant UN bodies;

    - Attending, and reporting on, relevant UN meetings (HRC sessions, UPR reviews, treaty body reviews, other events and meetings) to brief FIDH’s Representative and Delegate to the UN, and inform FIDH’s management and staff members, as relevant;

    - In close coordination with the supervisor, ensuring swift communication between the OHCHR and FIDH’s International Secretariat in Paris on all relevant topics;
    - performing logistical and administrative duties.


    Enrolled in or holder of a master’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, International Law, or Human Rights. Demonstrated interest in human rights issues. Knowledge of, and experience with, the UN human rights system, in particular the Human Rights Council, is an advantage.

    English: high level of proficiency. Proficiency in French is an advantage.


    Tickets Restaurant” and coverage of transportation costs in the Geneva area (monthly transportation card). Lunch and communication expenses while in session at the UN are entirely covered. Interns must have their own health and liability insurance.

    How to apply:

    Applicants should submit their CV and a brief cover letter (in English) before 17 August 2018 to Ms. Manon Karatas, FIDH’s Delegate to the UN ( and Ms. Sonia Tancic, FIDH’s Representative to the UN in Geneva (, writing “INTERNSHIP APPLICATION” as title of their email.

    We unfortunately are not in a position to respond to all applications. If you do not hear from us by late August 2018, please consider that you have not been successful at this time.

  • FIDH is recruiting an EU Victims’ Rights Directive Project Coordinator in The Hague (Ref: COORD-LH-08-18)

    *This position will be filled upon signature of the final EC grant agreement (second half of September 2018).

    The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) composed of 184 national human rights organisations from close to 120 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 promote victims’ access to justice and to fight impunity of perpetrators of serious human rights violations, including crimes under international law.


    FIDH is seeking a Project Coordinator for a two year project, funded by the European Commission, on the implementation of the European Union (EU) Victims’ Rights Directive, for victims of international crimes in the EU. The project - lead by FIDH and conducted in close collaboration with REDRESS-Nederland and ECCHR - fosters the implementation of rights of victims of torture, genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and other crimes under international law in the EU, in particular in the context of extraterritorial jurisdiction proceedings in EU Member States.

    Under the responsibility of FIDH General Director and under the supervision of FIDH Director of the International Justice Desk and FIDH Director of Operations (all based in FIDH HQ in Paris, France), the Project Coordinator will undertake the following key tasks:

    a) Advocacy and research
    - Liaising with national immigration, police, judicial and prosecution authorities in all EU Member States;
    - Liaising with and reaching out to civil society organisations working on victims’ access to justice across and beyond Europe and working with lawyers in different jurisdictions across Europe;
    - Coordination with the Secretariat of the EU Genocide Network and advocacy with EU Institutions, in particular the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council Secretariat;
    - Research on the implementation of the EU Victims’ Rights Directive and victims’ rights in EU Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) and Mutual Recognition Frameworks.

    b) Organisation of missions and workshops
    - Organising and carrying out missions to EU Member States, in particular Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands;
    - Organising a practitioners’ workshop in the margins of an EU Genocide Network meeting;
    - Organising a seminar at the EU Parliament.

    c) Drafting of reports, policy submissions and communication tools
    - Drafting of the project report on implementation of EU Victims’ Rights Directive;
    - Drafting of a policy submission on victims’ rights in the context of MLA and Mutual Recognition;
    - Drafting of newsletters and press statements when needed.

    d) Internal strategy and reporting
    - Organising and participating in various strategy meetings in The Hague, Paris or Berlin;
    - Drafting of internal reporting materials.

    The Project Coordinator is also expected to carry out such further duties as may reasonably be requested from time to time by FIDH.

    - 3+ years relevant professional experience;
    - Proficiency in international (criminal) law and human rights (ideally an advanced degree specialised in international law);
    - Excellent understanding of universal and extraterritorial jurisdiction;
    - Legal qualification highly desirable;
    - Experience working with NGOs and in working on legal cases of victims of human rights abuses;
    - Excellent understanding of the different EU institutions, particularly in the field of Justice and Home Affairs;
    - Fluent in English, with excellent command of French highly desirable.

    - A genuine interest in victims’ rights and comfortable working with victims of human rights abuse with a range of special needs;
    - Comfortable to work with a wide range of personalities, to network and interact with NGOs, government officials and intergovernmental organisations with tact, diplomacy and cultural sensitivity;
    - Energetic, resourceful, innovative and good strategic thinker but also willing and ready to take a hands-on role;
    - Highly efficient and organised, with an ability to multi-task and to work independently, while working as part of a team;
    - Ability to understand and support the aims, objectives and values of FIDH and reflect them in all aspects of the work;
    - Ability to work under pressure and think creatively;
    - Ability and willingness to undertake frequent travel.

    This position will be filled upon signature of the final grant agreement, planned for the second half of September 2018.
    - Contract: This is a fixed term (24 months), full time position, under Dutch law.
    - Envisioned starting date: 1 October 2018
    - Location: The position is based at the FIDH office in The Hague, the Netherlands. The position entails regular travels.
    - Gross salary: from 3500 per month (12 months), based on experience. Recruitment at a lower level based on a modified position profile may be considered.
    - Other benefits: health insurance contribution, transport allowance, 35 hours of work per week.

    In order to apply for this position, please send, in English, by 3 September 2018 and by e-mail to:
    - Cover letter expressing interest, indicating the job reference number (COORD-LH-08-18);
    - Curriculum Vitae;
    - The names and contact details of 2 references (who will only be contacted after shortlisting).
    Please no phone enquiries. You will be contacted if shortlisted only.

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