Programme Officers (2) to Civil Rights Defenders in Bogotá

We are in an expansion phase, which has opened up many interesting job opportunities. Are you passionate about human rights and want to be part of a global movement of human rights defenders? Do you want to work in an international environment with colleagues all over the world? Then you might be one of the two new Programme Officers we are looking for!

About the role

As Programme Officer your primary responsibilities will be to manage the Civil Rights Defenders Regional projects, which includes planning, executing, monitoring, and reporting project activities, following agreements with donors and Civil Rights Defenders standards and procedures.

You will coordinate strategies, activities, and core decisions in the project with senior staff of the Latin America department.

You will also identify, assess, and propose new activities and partnerships relevant for the local and regional context, monitor and analyse the human rights situation where the Latin America department works, as well as contribute to the advocacy work of Civil Rights Defenders.

You will report to the Senior Programme Officer at the Latin America Department in Bogotá.

The role offers great variety, including work tasks such as:

  • Organise the work related to trainings in human rights, security management and other activities for Civil Rights Defenders’ Regional project with partners
  • Organize and manage grants to Civil Rights Defenders’ partners for the Regional projects
  • Coordinate the activities within the Regional project with Senior Programme Officer and Department Director
  • Manage, evaluate and report on all aspect of the project to donors
  • Contribute and take initiatives in the continuous fundraising work of the Latin America department
  • Contribute with ideas and experiences related to the implementation of other projects within the Latin America department and Civil Rights Defenders in general.

About you

As a person, you prefer to collaborate, lead, motivate, and empower others to reach common goals effectively. You see to the long-term significance and further consequences of things and act accordingly. Furthermore, you like to engage in teamwork and contribute constructively, and through clear communication, you ensure that messages are reached and that expectations are clear to all parties involved.

We assume that you share our values.

To be suitable for this role you have, you have

  • at least 3 years of relevant working experience in Latin America;
  • advanced capacity to analyse and communicate the human rights context in Latin America in general and in Central America or Venezuela in particular;
  • high administrative skills when it comes to project management;
  • solid knowledge of project design and strategic planning;
  • advanced capacity to cooperate with individuals, organisations and state actors in complicated national and international settings;
  • experience in working with MS Office tools especially Word, Excel and Teams effectively, and
  • the capacity to work seamlessly in English and Spanish.

If you also have a Bachelor's degree in Law, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, Communication or similar, we believe you are the one we are looking for.

It is a merit if you have working experience in Central America or Venezuela; experience in working with International human rights mechanism, different aspects of security work and risk management, public advocacy, organising and conducting and human rights trainings and/or travelling to sensitive areas.

About the employment

This is a full-time permanent employment with 2 months probationary employment starting in August 2022 or according to agreement. As an organisation, we strive for diversity, and we see your background, experience and personality as a contribution to the organisation.

You will be based in Bogotá, Colombia, and you will have a Colombian employee contract.

Please apply as soon as possible as we recruit on an ongoing basis, but no later than 3 July.

If you have any questions, please contact recruiting manager

About us

Civil Rights Defenders is a politically and religiously independent international human rights organisation. We defend people’s civil and political rights in some of the world’s most repressive regions. We partner with and support human rights defenders in more than 300 organisations in 50 countries on four continents. Together with our partners, we hold those in power accountable when people’s civil or political rights are violated. We also act as Sweden’s civil rights watchdog. Civil Rights Defenders has around 100 staff members working in various functions towards our vision - a world of democratic societies in which we all enjoy our civil and political rights. Our headquarter is located in Stockholm, and we have eight branch offices around the world. Learn more about our work at

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