Senior Programme Officer Sahel and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Amnesty International works for human rights and campaigns for freedom, equality and justice. Amnesty conducts research, generates action and supports human rights defenders worldwide. That is why we look for colleagues who embrace diversity and inclusion. In The Netherlands, the organization has over 250.000 members and donors. The Amsterdam office employs 120 paid staff and 60 volunteers.

Amnesty International Netherlands (AINL) is looking for a Senior Programme Officer Sahel and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for 32 hours per week.

AINL’s Human Rights Capacity-Building Programme (HURICAP) is looking for a new Senior Programme Officer, fluent in French and English for its Sahel and DRC programmes. She/he/they will be stationed in the Amnesty International Office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and will travel on a regular basis throughout the Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger) and the DRC, if security allows.

What do we do?

Amnesty Netherlands’ Human Rights Capacity-Building Programme (HURICAP) develops and coordinates training and capacity-building activities for organisations and activists in complex contexts of crisis and conflict in Africa and the Middle East, aiming to contribute to the growth of human rights activism. Our projects (currently in 11 countries) are implemented in collaboration with HURICAP’s network of trainers, Amnesty International regional offices and national sections, and various partner organisations. We focus on Monitoring, Documenting and Reporting human rights violations (MDR on civil and political rights violations) and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR). We develop capacity-building packages, which include training materials and handbooks related to these themes.

Since 2021, HURICAP is part of the SCC (Strengthening Civil Courage) Alliance, collaborating with three other international organisations. The funding period of the SCC programme will end on 31st December 2025.

What will you be doing? Where?

Your primary portfolio countries will include, but may not be limited to, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and the DRC. Your key tasks include guiding and implementing existing capacity-building initiatives on the monitoring, documenting and reporting of violations of civil and political rights and of ESCR (MDR), as well as on advocacy, in connection with alliance partners and regional offices. In this regard, you will organize training sessions on monitoring, documenting and reporting human rights violations, amongst other relevant topics, and follow up with coaching and technical support for local partner organizations in project countries.

You will monitor and evaluate progress and results of partner projects and trainings through field visits, exchanges, reviewing and providing feedback on their financial and narrative reports and other documents. In addition, you will build, coordinate, and manage key relationships that are not limited only to the local partner organizations, but also extend to alliance partners and various external consultants.

Finally, you are expected to contribute to developing training materials and manuals, drafting annual plans/reports and donor reports , and undertake other tasks that will be developed in the context of the HURICAP programme. All of the above, you will do in close collaboration with a diverse and multicultural team of Amnesty colleagues. With regard to the Sahel countries, you, as the SCC country lead, will be responsible for the coordination of the SCC Alliance activities in the Sahel region.

What will you bring along?

  • At least five years relevant (field) work experience in human rights promotion/research or civil society capacity-building in francophone Africa (knowledge of, and experience in/on specific portfolio countries is a plus); knowledge and experience with building capacity in the area of human rights research is a clear advantage.
  • An education relevant to the field of human rights or social development.
  • A residence and work permit for the Netherlands.
  • Proven project management skills and experience.
  • Preferably, experience with participatory adult education, training and capacity-building methods.
  • Excellent (written and oral) communication skills, in French and English, and an ability to listen and interpret messages correctly.
  • Research and analytical skills.
  • Creativity, a good sense of humour, ability to work in a team as well as independently and under pressure.
  • An extensive network of contacts with human rights defenders and organisations in francophone Africa, and in particular, the portfolio countries is considered an asset.
  • Excellent relationship building/management skills.
  • Openness to diversity and inclusion.

Amnesty strives for a diversity of colleagues who differ in background, religion, philosophy of life, political preference, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression. We have signed the Dutch Diversity Charter in 2018. We are particularly interested in candidates with a multicultural background.

What has Amnesty International Netherlands to offer?

  • A pleasant working environment with dedicated colleagues and good secondary employment conditions.
  • A contract from 15/9/2024 until 31/12/2025 for 32 hours per week, non-renewable.

A gross monthly salary that varies between € 3,554 to € 4,738 depending on experience, based on 32 hours a week. This is a local position. Applicants are therefore expected to already be in possession of Dutch work permit (if they are not EU citizens), and also be ready to bear their relocation costs as AINL does not cover this.

For more information

Please contact Gerrie Breukers at (Team leader HURICAP at Amnesty International Netherlands).

Interested in applying?

Your application can be addressed to Merel Koning, Senior Director of Research, Advocacy & Strategy. We would like to receive your motivation letter and CV no later than Thursday 18th July 2024 COB. You can use the application form for this position on the Amnesty Netherlands website: Kindly note that applications via email will not be considered. Interviews will take place on Thursday 25th July 2024. Candidates who are invited for this will be informed timely.