About Protection International

 Protection International (PI) is an international not-for-profit organisation. It researches strategies and security management tools that empower human rights defenders (HRDs), organisations and communities to protect themselves. PI shares its expertise in this area with people at risk due to their human rights work. PI sees human rights defenders as agents of change who form a pillar of free and just societies. In many parts of the world the defence of human rights evokes pressure, threats and attacks from state and non-state actors. PI works with the local human rights movement to develop strategies and programmes prevent and counter such counter pressure. PI tailors its approach to each context and profile. It works in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin-America, with presence in Thailand, Indonesia, Kenya, DR Congo, Burundi, Colombia, Guatemala, and Belgium (head-office).

PI’s mission is three-fold:

  • empowering HRDs to protect themselves;
  • urging state authorities to fulfil their responsibility to protect HRDs;
  • encouraging other stakeholders to contribute to protecting HRDS, or at least to respect their right to defend human rights.


The team

The Programme Coordinator is part of a team of four people composed by three Programme Coordinators and the Head of the Unit. S/he reports directly to the Head of Programme Coordination. S/he works from PI’s head office in Brussels with occasional overseas travel.


The role:

The Programme Coordinator oversees PI presence and intervention in a particular region and globally as follows:

  • Serve as focal point for communication between head office and Protection Desks and ensure effective flows of information to/from PI thematic units;
  • Ensure the development & implementation of programmes reflecting the spirit of PI's mission and with due participation of Protection Desks , partners and HO;
  • Lead fundraising efforts and develop tailored fundraising plans for PI/partners in the regions and globally;
  • Managing grants (including reporting to donors) and monitoring budget of the co-operations in coordination with PI Finance & Administration Unit;
  • Contribute to knowledge management efforts across the organisation;
  • Support PI annual strategic planning process by overseeing the country planning process and follow up;
  • Receive and follow up on reports and evaluations carried out by the Protection Desks ;
  • Implement and strengthen PI’s monitoring and evaluation systems;
  • Ensure that a security plan is in place for the Protection Desks ;
  • Contribute to the elaboration and implementation of advocacy and research activities;
  • Provide general support on operations, if necessary by addressing main legal, administrative, and major logistical requests;
  • Contribute to re-granting processes to local partners;
  • Support the unit according to specific requirements.



  • University degree in Development Studies, Social Sciences, International Relations, Economics or related studies is required;
  • Minimum three years of relevant work experience in programming, project management, and fundraising preferably with an INGO;
  • Experience living and working in Asia, Africa and/or Latin-America;
  • Experience applying and managing EU grants, in particular External Aid ones;
  • Ability to travel overseas;


Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, in English and French is essential. Having such skills in Spanish would be a strong asset;
  • Knowledge of Sub-Saharan Africa and in particular the Great Lakes Region is an asset
  • Be both autonomous and a team-player, ability to multi-task, plan and organise, and ability to work under pressure and against deadlines.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with colleagues and partners overseas and from different cultural backgrounds;
  • Sound decision-making in line with functions;
  • Knowledge of and experience working in the field of human rights and with human rights defenders a strong asset.


The offer:

A 6 months contract (maternity cover) from May 1st until 31st October 2018, governed by Belgian law.

38 hrs/week under flexible arrangement.

Candidates need to qualify for a work-permit in Belgium.


Application process

PI promotes gender equality and strongly encourages female applicants to apply for this position.

You can send your resume, cover letter and names and contact details of 3 references before 31 March 2018 to the following email: recruitment@protectioninternational.org, making mention of ‘Programme coordinator’ in the subject line.

Please also include your name in the file name of your application documents, e.g. John_Smith_CV.doc.

Do not attach any certificates or references letters at this stage of the recruitment process.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Interviews planned for 9-13 April. Desired start date: 2 May 2018

Further information about the activities of Protection International can be obtained from www.protectioninternational.org.

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