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1 August 2019

Call for IT developer of a software tool for HRDs

Deadline: Friday, August 9th, 2019, 12:00 CET


In many parts of the world, the defense of human rights evokes pressure, threats, and attacks from state- and non-state actors. Protection International (PI) is a non-profit organization that supports human rights defenders (HRDs) in developing their security and protection management strategies. PI has been working since 2004 with local partners in over thirty countries across the globe, supporting individuals, organizations, networks, and communities whose right to defend human rights is being violated through threats, judicial harassment, stigmatization, or other forms of repression.

PI is one of the main organizations developing tools and tactics for the protection of human rights defenders at risk. PI develops targeted and detailed protection tools and materials aimed at reducing risks for defenders, as well as research and analysis reports on topics such as national protection mechanisms and criminalization of HRDs.

PI is registered as an international non-profit association (AISBL) in Belgium. It has a Head Office in Brussels and Protection Desks (PD) in seven countries. PDs operate through partnerships with local NGOs or independently as locally-registered organizations. Aside from the field presence, PI also provides services to external stakeholders and participates in global and regional protection and advocacy initiatives.

As part of PI’s support to HRDs around the world, we develop a wide range of materials and tools such as protection manuals, policy reports, and online training tools, among others. PI’s main languages are English, French, and Spanish and we aim at making all our materials available at least in these three main languages.

Purpose of this call

PI is going to develop a pilot IT tool/software for helping organizations to assess their security and image/reputation risks and elaborate their security plans and emergency protocols. The software tool should allow these organizations to take a step-by-step process, gradually introducing the required information prompted by the tool (which in turn also requires a reflective process within the organization), and carrying forward and ordering this information to produce an output document. This software tool will be licensed under the Creative Commons agreement (for easy accessibility and sharing to a broader public of activists and CSOs), and it should work across the main existing OS and platforms. It may be based on different programming languages (or a combination of them, like Java, C+, HTML5, etc.).

PI is seeking an experienced IT Developer (or team of IT developers) able to carry out this project, in close collaboration with the Policy, Research, and Training Unit (PRTU) of PI in our Global Office in Brussels. Given the complexities of this project and the tight timeline, preference will be given to IT developers with previous experience in designing IT tools/software that may be adapted for this project.

Those interested IT Developers will send a brief proposal with details about the different stages of the project, together with a tentative timeline:

  • Content and Process development

  • UX design

  • Technical implementation

  • Maintenance/ongoing support (for light ongoing maintenance support on an on-demand basis).

Application process:

Candidates for these translation services are invited to send a proposal containing:

– Price to be paid per output;

– Brief CVs of the proposed IT Developers;

– At least 1 reference of work done for other organizations (preferably for human rights organizations).

Interested IT Developers shall send an offer before Friday 9 August 2019, 12:00 CET, to recruitment [at] (recruitment(at) detailing in the subject title: ‘Proposal for IT Developer– PI – 2019’

Only shortlisted proposals will be contacted.