Programme Coordinator

at Protection International
Published March 22, 2022
Location Brussels, Belgium
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  


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 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 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 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.


PI is aware there has been a progressive erosion of democratic values and a proliferation of discourses of hatred and discrimination worldwide in recent years. Europe and its neighbouring regions are not an exception to this global “anti-human rights” trend. Recent political developments in the European Union and its neighbouring countries, show that human rights are increasingly being questioned, civic space is progressively more narrowed and even repressed, and those who defend human rights are delegitimised, harassed, criminalised and even physically attacked.


General Objective of the position


The Programme Coordinator – Eurasia will provide support the Programs Coordination Unit in the implementation of fundraising actions, while ensuring the proper implementation of projects and programs in the designated geographical area.


Duties & Responsibilities


Lead fundraising efforts and develop tailored fundraising plans for PI/partnerships in the region.

Manage grants (including reporting to donors) and monitor budget of the cooperation in coordination with Finance and Administration unit.

Support EU fundraising initiatives (also at the regional and global level).

Contribute to the elaboration and implementation of communication, advocacy and research activities.

Provide general support to the operations, if necessary by addressing main legal, administrative and major logistical requests.

Support re-granting initiatives to local partners; if required.

Support the collection of data necessary for the designing of proposals as well as for drafting reports.

Keep abreast of the political situation in the region and contribute to the organizational political analysis.

Represent PI in meetings with key stakeholders as well as with partners and donors.

Respect and apply MEAL tools to measure impact of PI’s activities and overall strategy.

Ensure that the development and implementation of programs are reflecting the spirit of PI’s mission and with due participation of the Protection Desks/Hubs, partners and Global Team.

Undertake other duties as required.

Job Requirements


A relevant degree – preferably a Masters’ degree – in Social Sciences (political science, Human rights, sociology, international relations, anthropology), educational sciences and similar fields.


Minimum 5 years’ experience in programme management

Experience in grant management, proposal writing and drafting of reports.

Good knowledge of EU fundraising initiatives relevant for PI’s mission.

Ideally work experience on protection and security management for CSOs and HRDs that includes aspects of physical protection, wellbeing and digital security.

Expertise in or experience with monitoring and evaluation tools is a strong asset.

Skills & Knowledge

Familiarity with gender equality and intersectional issues (gender, age, social class issues) is a strong asset.

A demonstrable focus on human rights and relevant working experience in the Eurasia region is desirable.

Attention to detail, ability to work under pressure and solution oriented.

Strong and efficient communication skills.

Able to work in teams as well as to take initiative and work autonomously.

Availability to travel to Eurasian countries if required.


Fluency in English (written and oral) is essential. Capacity to work and communicate (orally and in written) in other regional languages is a strong asset

Other requirements

Only candidates authorized to work in Belgium/EU without any restrictions need to apply.

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 people focused and collaborative way of working both within the unit the post sits under and with other teams


A great deal of respect for autonomy, room for creativity, innovation, and learning


Depending on experience, a gross salary between 2700€ to 3040 EUR/month plus benefits: “pécule de vacances”, health and hospitalisation insurance, lunch vouchers, reimbursement of home-work public transport.


How to apply


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


Send your CV and cover letter, in English by email, mentioning Programme Coordinator for Eurasia in the subject line.

Include your name in the file name of your application documents, e.g. Petr_Iwanow_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 recruitment process.

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