Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator

Protection International
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Oct 26

Position description

Protection International (PI) is recruiting a Coordinator for its global Advocacy and Outreach Program.


In many parts of the world, the defence of human rights evokes pressure, threats, and attacks from state and non-state actors. PI sees human rights defenders as agents of change who form a pillar of free and just societies. PI works with the local human rights movement to develop strategies and programmes prevent and counter such counter pressure. It researches strategies and security management tools that protect human rights defenders, and shares its expertise in this area with people at risk due to their human rights work. PI tailors its approach to context and profile. It works across four continents, with presences in Thailand, Indonesia, Kenya, DR Congo, Colombia, Guatemala, and Belgium (head-office).


The offer

One-year, renewable employment contract, governed by Belgian law. Competitive benefits and gross annual salary in line with the sector, commensurate with skills and experience.

The position is full-time and based in PI’s head office in Brussels. Candidates need to qualify for a work- permit in Belgium.

Start date: ASAP The role

The global Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator reports to PI’s Management Team and works under the direct supervision of the Executive Director. S/he is responsible for planning and implementation of global advocacy and outreach initiatives, while supporting the Management Team and field offices in their programming and capacity building.


Key responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of PI’s global advocacy strategy in line with PI’s Global Strategy and in consultation with relevant stakeholders, ensuring that they draw from experience and learning across our protectionprogrammes;
  • Plan and coordinate PI’s global advocacy and outreachactivities;
  • Oversee, coordinate and support implementation of local and national advocacy actions in consultation with CountryRepresentatives;
  • Represent PI in key external fora and engage with external partners, asrelevant;
  • Ensure consistency in messages across the organisation and coordinate campaigns in line with PI’s mandate;
  • Contribute with an advocacy and outreach perspective to the organisation’s strategic plan and decision makingprocesses;
  • Coordinate staff and work plan’s implementation by the Advocacy and OutreachUnit;
  • Participate in capacity building and knowledge-sharing activities across theorganization.


  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a similarposition;
  • Sound experience and a proven record of accomplishment in multilateral advocacy at global and/or regional level and successful advocacy at country level on human rights-relatedissues;
  • Extensive experience working in the field or in close collaboration with localNGOs.


Skills and Knowledge

  • Commitment to PI’s mission and to the work of human rightsdefenders;
  • Excellent knowledge of the international human rights system as well as national mechanisms for the protection of human rightsdefenders;
  • A proven ability to plan and communicatestrategically;
  • Knowledge on the situation of human rights defenders at risk, expertise on HRD protection issues would be a strongasset;
  • Strong negotiation skills and the ability to influenceothers;
  • Capacity to motivate colleagues and to assumeleadership;
  • Mentoring and capacity-building skills, applicable across different regions and at the international level;
  • Command of social media platforms andtools;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural team with respect fordiversity;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and working proficiency in Spanish are required. Being able to communicate effectively in French would be a strongasset;
  • Ability to traveloverseas.

Application instructions

Application process

  • Send your resume and motivation letter before 7 November 2018 to the following email: [email protected] , mentioning ‘Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator’ in the subject line.
  • Include your name in the file name of your application documents, e.g.Maria_Smith_CV.doc.
  • Submit names and contact details of three references together with your application. Do not attach any certificates or references at this stage of the recruitmentprocess.

Interviews are tentatively planned for the end of November 2018. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Applications will be reviewed on a regular basis and the position will remain posted until a qualified candidate is selected.

PI promotes gender equality and strongly encourages women applicants to apply for this position. Further information about Protection International can be obtained at or for specific queries about the recruitment process by contacting [email protected].

PI will use candidates’ personal data for the purpose of this recruitment process only. All personal information will be deleted 30 days after the selected candidate has taken up his/her position.

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