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Senior Programme Officer Human Rights Capacity-Building Middle East

Senior Programme Officer Human Rights Capacity-Building Middle East

Amnesty International works for human rights, and campaigns for freedom, equality and justice. Amnesty International 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 30 volunteers.

Amnesty International Netherlands is looking for a Senior Programme Officer Human Rights Capacity-Building Middle East, for 32 hours per week.

AINL’s Human Rights Capacity-Building Programme (HURICAP) is looking for a new Senior Programme Officer, fluent in English and Arabic, for its Middle-East programme. S/he/them will be stationed in the Amnesty International Office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and will travel frequently to the Middle East.

What do we do?

Amnesty International 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 an alliance with three other international organisations.

What will you be doing? Where?

Your primary portfolio countries will include, but may not be limited to, Yemen, Iraq and part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Area C and East Jerusalem). Your key tasks include co-developing, guiding and implementing capacity-building initiatives on monitoring, documenting and reporting of violations of civil and political rights (MDR), mainly in Yemen and Iraq, and on economic, social and cultural rights within the context of the OPT programme, 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 and civil society capacity-building in the Middle East; experience with building human rights capacity in the area of ESCR is a clear advantage;
  • An education relevant to the field of human rights;
  • 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 English and Arabic, and an ability to work within a diverse cross-cultural setting;
  • 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 the Middle East, 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 € 4.002,96 to € 5.337,28 depending on experience, based on 40 hours a week.

The position is based in the Netherlands. 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 Jolanda Groen at +31 (0)20 77 33 672 / j.groen[at]amnesty.nl (PMEL officer, HURICAP at Amnesty International Netherlands), available on Mondays till Thursdays in the period until 31 July. For the period between 1-12 August, please send an email to huricap[at]amnesty.nl. In this period, we will seek to reply to your request at our earliest convenience.

Interested in applying?

Your letter can be addressed to Paul Helsloot, Director of Strategy, Research and Lobby. The preferred starting date is the 1st of October 2022, we would therefore like to receive your letter of application and CV no later than 14 August 2022. 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 [tentatively] take place on Monday 22 August 2022 and the second round of interviews on Thursday 25 August 2022. Candidates who are invited for this will be informed timely.

Acquisition based on this vacancy is not appreciated.