FIDH is seeking a Head of its “Eastern Europe and Central Asia” desk with an excellent knowledge of Russian Reference: RESP-EEAC-03-18


Deadline for submitting applications: April 15, 2018

Job Objective:

Contribute to the implementation of activities for the “Eastern Europe and Central Asia “Desk under the supervision of the Executive Director and the Director of Operations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the development of the strategy of the Desk:

Develop the FIDH multi-year plan for the region; prepare yearly activity plans and possible contingencies
Develop programs for donors and ensure their implementation

  • Facilitate and strengthen the relationship between internal and external actors Liaise with, develop, foster relationships with member and partner organisations, with members of the International Board, the Executive Board, and when needed with FIDH mission officials involved in the President’s and EEAC Desk’s activities
  • Implement the Desk’s action plan, supervise and implement:

• Daily monitoring of human rights developments in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
• Documentation and cross-checking of human rights violations in the region
• Drafting/translation/dissemination of external FIDH publications, as well as internal documents related to activities of the Desk
• Awareness-rising and alert activities on documented violations
• Missions (fact-finding, legal observation, national solidarity and advocacy)
• Strategic and capacity-building workshops and meetings
• Advocacy activities targeting international human rights protection mechanisms in collaboration with FIDH delegations concerned (set up, conduct and record keeping)
• Representation of FIDH before donors, governments, media and NGOs
• Development of internal and external visibility of Desk activities and their results
• Communication actions specific to the Desk activities
• Coordination of support provided to human rights defenders in the region
• Oversee and control of budgets of the Desk

Ensure internal and external reporting and contribute to the evaluation of Desk activities

  • Management

Build the Desk team. Organize and monitor its activities, including within internal evaluation process
Ensure organisation and activities within Desk internships
Ensure logistical and administrative management of activities


• Advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, journalism, law, social sciences, or related studies
• At least 6 years of working experience in the field of Human Rights and/or a related field
• Deep knowledge of countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
• Excellent writing and oral skills and representation capacities
• bilingual Russian / English, with good basics in French .
• Good knowledge of multimedia communication strategies and tools (web, social media...) is a plus.

Personal Attributes:
• Highly motivated to protect human rights and to work in this region
• Aptitude to follow and analyse international current events
• Ability to document and investigate human rights abuses
• Ability to identify or build strategies to research and advocate in a sensitive environment
• Experience in working with international human rights law
• Strong initiative and capacity to work creatively
• Management and organization skills and ability to work as a team member
• Ability to accommodate travels abroad


Long term contract, full time
Start of Contract: May 7, 2018
Work week: 35 hours
Location: FIDH headquarters in Paris
Remuneration: From EUR 3200 gross per month (over 13 months), based on experience.
FIDH will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required.

Please email your CV, along with a letter indicating why you are interested in this position and the job reference number (RESP-EEAC-03-18) to:

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