Human Rights Defenders (HRD) Programme Manager

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Job Description (duties and responsibility)

Reporting to the Executive Director, the HRD Programme Manager will develop the strategy and action plan for the HRD Programme in line with FORUM-ASIA’s overall strategies, and lead on their implementation. Specifically, the HRD Programme Manager shall:

1. Programme Management and Coordination

a. Supervise and mentor a team composed of programme officer(s), associate(s), consultant(s), and fellows/interns, and ensure the quality of Programme delivery;

b. Lead regular Programme team meetings and implement decisions as agreed in consultation with the Executive Director;

c. Coordinate with other Programmes on Programme-related and other organisational activities;

d. Facilitate inter-member coordination vis-à-vis Programme implementation at all levels;

e. Maintain a cordial working relationship with UN Special Procedures Mandate Holders on behalf of the Organisation vis-à-vis relevant thematic areas;

f. Maintain close contact and engagement with relevant networks of civil society organisations, diplomatic missions, media, and other relevant stakeholders; and

g. Represent FORUM-ASIA in related meetings and forums on HRDs in consultation with the HRD Programme team and the SMT.

2. Planning and budgeting

a. Lead Programme and budget planning processes of the HRD Programme;

b. Revise and update the plan periodically in light of field performance and effectiveness;

c. Provide inputs into fund-raising proposals and concept notes for HRD-related projects; and

d. Draft programme related concept notes and proposals.

3. Programme Implementation

a. Lead and coordinate the implementation of Programme activities in a cost-effective way;

b. Lead and coordinate the implementation of the HRD Protection Plan for HRDs/WHRDs at risk namely providing emergency assistance to Asian HRDs/WHRDs under threat in close coordination with FORUM-ASIA members, partners, and defenders at risk;

c. Oversee regular updates of the human rights defenders database and Asian Human Rights Defenders Portal, which monitors and documents violations against HRDs and WHRDs online for the usage of the Programme’s research and public advocacy;

d. Coordinate research on key trends, patterns and common issues faced by HRDs and WHRDs in Asia;

e. Facilitate assistance from members and partners to national, regional, and international networks and coalitions of HRDs;

f. Organise relevant forums, trainings, meetings, and interactions in cooperation with other programmes concerned in consultation with Executive Director;

g. Conduct regional advocacy on the protection of HRDs in coordination with other Programme and Executive Director; and

h. Assist the SMT in developing and/or expanding and implementing other thematic issues relevant to the Programme.

4. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

a. Contribute/provide input into relevant PME’s reports including periodic Programme reports in a result-based monitoring and evaluation framework against the annual work plan and budget and as per donor requirements;

b. Lead the team in evaluations and follow-ups, as well as lesson-learnt for learning and reflection for improvement; and

c. Produce and coordinate the production of reports about missions including finance clearance under the Programme.

5. Supervision

a. Actively support and coach supervisees throughout the year; and **

b. Manage all aspects of the performance management process in a timely manner.

6. Other Tasks

a. Participate in Executive Committee meetings when required;**

b. Represent the Secretariat in other relevant platforms including meetings, forums, platforms, and processes both at regional and international levels as required; and **

Implement other relevant tasks and activities as required by Executive Director.

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How to apply

Applicants are requested to fill in the Job Application Form and send it by email together with a self-introduction letter and two recommendation letters to before 28 January 2022, midnight Bangkok Time (UTC+7), stating “**Human Rights Defenders (HRD) Programme Manager Application**” in the subject line.

Please note that late applications will not be considered.**

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview in the week of 7 February 2022. The application process may include a written or practical assessment.

All qualified individuals regardless of age, race, colour, sex, gender orientation, religion, national origin, disability, or veteran status are encouraged to apply **