Programme Officer to Civil Rights Defenders in Latin America

Civil Rights Defenders
  • Location
    Bogotá, Colombia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jan 05

Position description

Do you have experience of working in Latin America within the human rights field? Do you want to use your management skills to contribute to the advocacy work of Civil Rights Defenders? Then you might be the one we are looking for.

About the role

As Programme Officer your primary responsibilities will be to manage one or more of the department's projects, which includes planning, executing, monitoring, and reporting project activities, following agreements with donors and CRD standards & procedures.

You will also identify, assess, and propose new activities and partnerships relevant for the local and regional context, monitor and analyse the human rights situation where the Latin America department works, as well as contribute to the advocacy work of Civil Rights Defenders. Currently, we work in Colombia, Cuba and Venezuela and will during 2021 expand to several countries in Central America.

The role offers great variety, including work tasks such as: 

  • Take responsibility for managing one or more of Civil Rights Defenders Latin America Projects
  • Organize the work related to trainings in human rights, security management and other activities for Civil Rights Defenders' partners in the region
  • Manage, evaluate and report on all aspect of the projects to donors
  • Contribute and take initiatives in the continuous fundraising work of the Latin America department
  • Contribute with ideas and experiences related to the implementation of other projects within the Latin America department and Civil Rights Defenders in general
  • Travel frequently (when possible) in the region, and annual trips to the Civil Rights Defenders headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden

About you

As a person, you prefer to collaborate, lead, motivate, and empower others to reach common goals effectively. You see to the long-term significance and further consequences of things and act accordingly.

Furthermore, you like to engage in teamwork and contribute constructively, and through clear communication, you ensure that messages are reached and that expectations are clear to all parties involved.

We assume that you share our values.

To be suitable for this role you have:

  • Five years of working experience in Latin America with
  • Human rights and/or civil society work in repressive contexts in Latin America, and/or,
  • Legal work within the field of human rights law, as strategic litigation, and/or, - Project management within journalism and strategic communication, and/or,
  • Work within international organisations, as the UN and the OAS
  • Commendable knowledge of the socio-political context, current developments, civil society sector and human rights situation in the region
  • Advanced capacity in cooperating with individuals, organisations and state actors in complicated national and international settings
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English and Spanish
  • Administrative skills when it comes to project management
  • Experience in project design and strategic planning
  • Experience in travelling to sensitive areas
  • Experience in working with MS Office tools especially Word, Excel and Teams effectively

If you also have a Master's degree in Law, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, Communication or similar, we believe you are the one we are looking for.

Merits for the position are:

  • Experience in different aspects of security work and risk management: digital security, risk analysis, security management
  • Experience in organising and conducting human rights trainings
  • Advanced knowledge in IT tools, like spreadsheets, website builders, databases
  • Experience in public advocacy
  • Advanced knowledge in social media communication
  • Experience in working with international human rights mechanisms

About the employment

This is a full-time employment on a one-year contract with the possibility of extension, starting in March 2021 or according to an agreement. As an organisation, we strive for diversity, and we see your background, experience and personality as a contribution to the organisation.

You will be based in Bogotá, Colombia, and you will have a Colombian employee contract.

We will be receiving applications until the 24th of January 2021.

About us

Civil Rights Defenders is a politically and religiously independent international human rights organisation. We defend people's civil and political rights in some of the world's most repressive regions. We partner with and support human rights defenders in more than 200 organisations in 30 countries on four continents. Through advocacy, legal processes, and public campaigns, we advance people's rights globally. Together with our partners, we hold those in power accountable when people's civil or political rights are violated. We also act as Sweden's civil rights watchdog. Our headquarters are located in Stockholm, and we have eight branch-offices around the world in another. In total, we are about 70 employees working in various functions towards our vision - a world of democratic societies in which we all enjoy our civil and political rights. Learn more about us and our work at

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