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

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

Amnesty International works for human rights, who 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 find diversity and inclusion important. In the Netherlands, the organization has over 260.000 members and donors. The Amsterdam office employs 120 paid staff and 40 volunteers.

Amnesty International Netherlands (AINL) is looking for a Senior Programme Officer – Sahel and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for 32-40 hours per week.

Amnesty International Netherlands (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. S/he/them will be stationed in the Amnesty International Office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and will travel frequently throughout the Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger) and the DRC.

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), Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) and Business and Human Rights (BHR). We develop capacity-building packages, which include training materials and handbooks related to these themes.

HURICAP has started a new 5 years’ funding period as per 1st January 2021, collaborating in a new alliance with three other international organisations, new capacity-building packages and some new project countries.

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 co-developing, guiding and implementing capacity-building initiatives on the monitoring, documenting and reporting of violations of civil and political rights (MDR), and other human rights violations linked to the activities of business or multinational corporations in Africa (BHR), 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 assist partners in developing project proposals, concept notes and budgets. 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, assist in drafting annual plans/reports, donor reports and fundraising proposals, and undertake other tasks that will be developed in the context of the HURICAP program. All of the above, you will do in close collaboration with a diverse and multicultural team of Amnesty colleagues.

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 and BHR 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.

We continue to work on an organization where all talents feel at home. For a diverse formation of our team, 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 one-year contract for 32 hours per week with the possibility and the intention for renewal;
  • A gross monthly salary that varies between € 3.924,47 to € 5.232,63 depending on experience, based on 40 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 g.breukers[at]amnesty.nl (Team leader HURICAP at Amnesty International Netherlands), available on Tuesday and Thursday or on Monday- and Wednesday mornings. Interested in applying?

Your letter can be addressed to Paul Helsloot, Director of Human Rights Policy. The preferred starting date is 1st of March 2022, we would therefore like to receive your letter of application and CV no later than 5th December 2021. You can use the application form for this position below. Kindly note that applications via email will not be considered.

The first round of interviews will take place Monday 13th of December 2021 and the second round of interviews Friday 17th of December 2021. Candidates who are invited for this will be informed timely.

Acquisition based on this vacancy is not appreciated.