Assistant to Programme Coordination

Job Title: Internship -  Assistant to Programme Coordination

Location:  Brussels, Belgium

Duration:  6 month, renewable

Starting date: ASAP

Tutor Programme Coordinator Africa and Latin America


About PI

Protection International (PI) is an International NGO that contributes to the improvement of the protection of human rights defenders (HRDs) throughout the world. PI provides tools to develop W/HRDs’ capacities to manage their own security as their struggle against impunity and work in favour of human rights and democracy in their respective countries or regions. PI seeks to contribute to a situation where W/HRDs are recognised as legitimate actors for social change and to an environment where they can exercise their right to defend universally accepted human rights.

Protection International has its global office in Brussels, but primarily works where protection of W/HRDs is needed. PI has long-term presence in several countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Under its Global Strategy 2019-2023, PI is gradually transforming into a network of Hubs, establishing regional offices that work in a flexible manner across several countries.


General Objective of the position

Support Programme Coordinators in Latin America and Africa in every key steps of the project cycle management, in particular, in proposal formulation, resource acquisitions, grants management, projects implementation and monitoring & evaluation.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support donor prospect research for Latin America and Africa region including background checks according to PI’s ethical guidelines, and the preparation of fundraising missions,
  • Participate in the annual planning of the programme and its quarterly review, ensuring that the plan reflects the global and regional strategy,
  • Support project teams in regional hubs/country office in developing an integrated action plan with all the on-going projects, highlighting each donor's contractual obligations,
  • Participate in the development of concept notes and project documents, terms of references for key project activities and activity reports,
  • Support the preparation and revision of periodic reports to donors to ensure clarity, readability, coherence and logical sequence,
  • Support the Programme Coordinators in the organisation of proposal design workshops, project launch workshops, mid-term reviews, lessons learned, and some specific activities in Belgium/in the field,
  • Support for the implementation and maintenance of a functional monitoring, evaluation and reporting system for PI programme in Africa and Latin America, including the establishment of baselines, pre/post-tests, feedback forms, interviews.
  • Liaise regularly PI hubs and field office to keep abreast of project contexts needs, activities, provide advice on compliance with donor requirements,
  • Ensure the collection of accurate and continuous data in relation to contractual obligations and the storage of monitoring and evaluation data collected during the project, in coordination with the project teams,
  • Support Africa and Latin American project teams in the collection, analysis of good practices and lessons learned and their dissemination at the global level.
  • Support the development of communication materials for donors showing the added value and technical expertise of PI in Africa and Latin America, including compelling stories, cases studies, country and thematic fact sheets.
  • Keep abreast of the political and human rights situation in the region and contribute to the development of briefing papers on the situation of HRDs in the region,


Job Requirements


  • University degree in social sciences, international development, journalism, communication, or other relevant fields,


  • Experience in assisting programme implementation, project development, monitoring & evaluation, and knowledge management is an advantage,
  • Work experience (including internships) in Africa and/or Latin America is a strong plus,
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills,
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal) and the ability to work in a very culturally diverse team,
  • Ability to work autonomously after initial training and guidance,
  • Sense of priorities and responsibilities.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Good knowledge of human rights and regional expertise is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with gender equality and intersectional issues (gender, age, social class issues, disability) is an asset.
  • Attention to detail, ability to work under pressure and solution oriented.
  • Able to work in teams as well as to take initiative and work autonomously.


  • Fluency in English, French and Spanish (written and oral) is essential.

What we offer

  • The possibility to gain first-hand experience and knowledge on strategies to support human rights defenders and grassroots movements globally
  • An open, friendly and multicultural work environment
  • A great deal of respect for autonomy, room for creativity, innovation, and learning
  • A people focused and collaborative way of working both within the unit the post sits under and with other teams
  • 6 months paid internship under the Belgian labour law (Convention d’Immersion Professionnelle);
  • Meal vouchers;
  • Paid monthly STIB card (public transport in Brussels) while working in Brussels office (not applicable when teleworking)
  • Depending on Covid-restrictions the internship may have to take place (partly) from home and online.


Application process

Applicants need to have a work permit for Belgium/Europe.

If you meet the above skills requirements and are interested in applying for this position, please:

  • Send your CV (without picture) and cover letter without a photo, in English, by 22nd August 2022 to [at]">recruitment [at] , mentioning PCU Assistant in the subject line.
  • Include your name in the file name of your application documents, e.g.Mary_Sanchez_CV.docx.
  • Submit names and contact details of two references together with your application. Do not attach any certificates or references at this stage of the recruitmentprocess.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain posted until a qualified candidate is selected. We thank all candidates for their interest and we will aim to send feedback as much as we can, however, with the high volume of responses and our internal capacities, we may only be able to contact short-listed candidates.

Protection International is an equal opportunity employer. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. The organization shall not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in advertisements for employment, recruitment and other conditions of employment, preventing discrimination against any job applicant or employee on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Adhering to Protection International means to comply with our Code of Conduct & Ethics, Anti-Corruption Policy, Security Policy, Policy for Protection from Harassment, Abuse, Exploitation & Discrimination.


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