Assistant Program Officer

Published March 27, 2022
Location Brussels, Belgium
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  


The Secretariat of - The EU Human Rights Defenders mechanism is looking for an Assistant Programme Officer for its current project with the Canadian Government.


This role will have a support responsibility to deliver on the partnership with the Government of Canada on their Refugee Stream for Human Rights Defenders. The role will support the Canada Program Coordinator, the team and the Secretariat in preparation and submission of applications to the Canadian Government’s resettlement scheme, in full accordance with the values and principles of the


The purpose of the Canadian Government’s Refugee Stream for Human Rights Defenders is to enable a limited number of HRDs who have had to leave their country due to risks they were facing because of their human rights work and who don’t have access to a durable solution in the host country where they are now living, to have the opportunity to resettle permanently in Canada.


It is a new program and role in the organization and as such, the role may develop and change as it is rolled out, based on programmatic needs.




The key accountabilities and associated duties include:


  1. Support in management of documentation applications, referrals and data base


Managing and updating the database of incoming and outgoing cases in collaboration and coordination with the partners


Provide regular input on progress status of cases to the Program Coordinator to enable a timely follow up


Assist in creating or reviewing supporting documents of HRDs


Assist in review of the applications and following up the required edits with the Case Management Consultant or other Interviewing Officer/Case Worker among partners


Attend Case Management Meetings and offer their technical input on the cases at discussion


Following the operational protocols and data protection policies of the PD.EU at all times


Ensuring adherence to robust administrative procedures


Depending on need, engage with HRDs or partners to directly support them in completing their applications and cases


  1. Analysis & Decision-making


Assess and verify incoming applications against Refugee Steam eligibility and admissibility criteria;


Assess and verify incoming cases against the UNHCR vulnerability and priority criteria for resettlement


Analyze trends in requests/referrals within sociopolitical and geographical contexts according to the collected data in database;


  1. Measuring Impact


Providing statistics and required data related to the programme according to the database




Experience of working 2-4 years in the area of human rights;


Experience of working with UNHCR or NGOs or on refugee affairs;


Experience of working with people from different cultural backgrounds;




Excellent organisational and project management skills;


Excellent political analysis and good judgment;


Excellent reasoning ability;


Excellent negotiation and diplomacy skills;


Fluency (written & oral) in English and a second language relevant to the work of HRDs (e.g. Dari/ French/ Spanish/ Arabic/ Russian /Turkish/ Chinese)


Excellent relationship building skills.




Preferable starting date: ASAP


The position is meant to work remotely and is open to all eligible applicants from all locations.


Duration and conditions: the candidate will be offered a 6 months renewable consultancy contract.


Remuneration will be negotiated and agreed upon with the successful candidate, on a competitive scale in the field.


The selected candidate should be able to legally declare and pay all taxes on their income from this position, within their country of legal residence.


Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, please be aware that the staff work from home until further notice.


How to apply



Please send your CV and cover letter (please include information about your availability) by email with the subject:


'Canada APO – Your surname'.


Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Interviews will be held via Skype.


Early applications are encouraged, as the position might be filled before the deadline!

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