Programme Coordinator Latin America

Protection International
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jul 02

Position description

Protection International (PI) is an international not-for-profit organisation. It researches strategies and security management tools that empower human rights defenders (HRDs), organisations and communities to protect themselves. PI shares its expertise in this area with people at risk due to their human rights work. PI sees human rights defenders as agents of change who form a pillar of free and just societies. In many parts of the world the defence of human rights evokes pressure, threats and attacks from state and non-state actors. PI works with the local human rights movement to develop strategies and programmes to prevent and counter such counter pressure. PI tailors its approach to each context and profile. It works in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin-America, with presence in Thailand, Indonesia, Kenya, DR Congo, Colombia, Guatemala, and Belgium (head-office).

The team

The Programme Coordinator is part of a team of four person composed by three Programme Coordinators and the Head of the Unit. S/he reports directly to the Head of Programme Coordination. S/he works from PI’s head office in Brussels with occasional travel overseas.

The role:

The Programme Coordinator oversees PI presence and intervention in a particular region and globally as follows:

  • Serve as focal point for communication between head office and Protection Desks and ensure effective flows of information to/from PI thematic units;
  • Ensure the development & implementation of programmes reflecting the spirit of PI's mission and with due participation of Protection Desks , partners and HO;
  • Lead fundraising efforts and develop tailored fundraising plans for PI/partners in the regions and globally;
  • Managing grants (including reporting to donors) and monitoring budget of the co-operations in coordination with PI Finance & Administration Unit;
  • Contribute to knowledge management efforts across the organisation;
  • Support PI annual strategic planning process by overseeing the country planning process and follow up;
  • Receive and follow up on reports and evaluations carried out by the Protection Desks;
  • Implement and strengthen PI’s monitoring and evaluation systems;
  • Ensure that security plan are in place for the Protection Desks;
  • Contribute to the elaboration and implementation of advocacy and research activities;
  • Provide general support on operations, if necessary by addressing main legal, administrative, and major logistical requests;
  • Contribute to re-granting processes to local partners;
  • Support the unit according to specific requirements.


  • University degree in Development Studies, Social Sciences, International Relations, Economics or related studies is required;
  • Minimum three years of relevant work experience in programming, project management, and fundraising preferably with an INGO, preferably gained while living and working abroad;
  • Experience applying and managing Institutional grants, in particular Spanish and EU ones;
  • Ability to travel overseas.

Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, in English and Spanish is essential. Having such skills in French would be a strong asset;
  • Experience working with NGOs in Latin America & Mesoamerica Region is essential; working in Africa or Asia would be an asset;
  • Be both autonomous and a team-player, ability to multi-task, plan and organise, and ability to work under pressure and against deadlines;
  • Proven ability to work effectively with colleagues and partners overseas and from different cultural backgrounds and sound decision-making in line with functions;
  • Knowledge of and experience working in the field of human rights and with human rights defenders a strong asset.

The offer:

A one year contract (renewable) from September 1st 2018, governed by Belgian law. 38 hrs/week under flexible arrangement. Candidates need to qualify for a work-permit in Belgium.

Application instructions

PI promotes gender equality and strongly encourages female applicants to apply for this position.

Please send your resume, cover letter and names and contact details of 3 references before 11 July 2018 to the following email: [email protected], making mention of ‘Programme coordinator_LA’ in the subject line. Please also include your name in the file name of your application documents, e.g. John_Smith_CV.doc & John_Smith_CoverLetter.doc.

Do not attach any certificates or references letters at this stage of the recruitment process.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Interviews planned for 16-20 July. Desired start date: 3-September 2018.

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