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Senior Programme Officer Human Rights Capacity-Building Africa

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.

We are looking for Senior Programme Officer Human Rights Capacity-Building Africa (32 hours per week)

Considering the rather recent growth in the number of project countries as well as the expected growth of capacity-building activities in the field of business and human rights, the Human Rights Capacity-Building Programme (HURICAP) is looking for a new Senior Programme Officer, fluent in French and English. He/she will be stationed in the Amnesty International Office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and will travel frequently throughout Central, West or East Africa.

What do we do?

HURICAP develops and coordinates training and capacity-building activities for organisations and activists in various countries in Africa and the Middle East, aiming to contribute to the growth of human rights activism. Our projects are implemented in collaboration with HURICAP’s network of (African) trainers, Amnesty International regional offices and national sections, and various partner organisations. We focus on Monitoring, Documenting and Reporting human rights violations (MDR programme), Economic, Social and Cultural rights (ESCR programme), and we are in the process of developing capacity-building packages on business & human rights and advocacy & campaigning.

Our current team comprises of four senior officers, one project controller and one project assistant based in Amsterdam and one field officer based in Lomé, Togo. If you are interested in becoming our new colleague, please read on.

What will you be doing?

One of your primary tasks includes co-developing, guiding and implementing capacity-building programmes, including in the field of business and human rights, with civil society organizations and human rights activists in selected Francophone African countries. This also involves organizing training sessions on monitoring, documenting and reporting human rights violations, amongst other relevant topics, and following up with coaching and technical support where necessary. You will be monitoring and evaluating progress and results of partner organizations and trainers through field visits, exchanges, financial and narrative reports.

Finally, you are expected to contribute to develop training material; assist in drafting annual plans/reports, donor reports and fundraising proposals; and undertake other tasks that will be developed in the context of HURICAP projects. All of the above, you will do in close collaboration with your 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 Africa; experience with building human rights capacity in the area of business and human rights 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;
  • Experience with participatory adult education, training and capacity-building methods;
  • Good communication (written and oral) skills, in French and English; including 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 Africa is considered an asset.

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 one-year contract for 32 hours per week with the possibility and the intention for renewal;
  • A gross monthly salary that varies between € 3.734,95 to € 4.979,93 depending on experience, based on 40 hours a week.

For more information:

Please contact Wim de Regt at +31 020 7733670 / w.deregt@amnesty.nl or Ellen Vermeulen at +31 020 7733888 / e.vermeulen@amnesty.nl (senior officers HURICAP at Amnesty International Netherlands).

Interested in applying?

Your letter can be addressed to Emine Bozkurt, Director Human Rights Policy. The preferred starting date is 1 April 2019, we would therefore like to receive your letter of application and CV no later than 24 February 2019. You can use the application form below for this position.

The first round of interviews takes place on Tuesday 12 March 2019 and the second round of interviews in the week on Thursday 21 March 2019. Candidates who are invited for this will be informed timely.

Acquisition based on this vacancy is not appreciated.