Programme Coordinator for the Afghanistan Project

Job title: Programme Coordinator for the Afghanistan Project

Company: Artsen zonder Grenzen

Job description: Omschrijving van de vacature is seeking to recruit a programme coordinator for the management of a rapid and efficient protection fund for Afghan human rights defenders and civil society. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with experience in Human Rights and Grants, with strong coordination and organisational skills, who will play a crucial role in the successful implementation of the project. It is a new program and role in the organisation and the role may develop and change as it is rolled out. The programme coordinator will supervise a grants officer and will work in close cooperation with the Head of Secretariat, as well as the relevant partners.

Tasks & General Responsibilities of the Programme Coordinator

1. Management and coordination of programme

– Liaising with partner organisations for the set-up of coordination and follow-up procedures for the implementation of the project;

– Supervising the recording and tracking of applications and submissions;

– Ensuring that the robust administrative procedures are adhered to.

– Management of person dedicated to supporting the single-entry points for the grant-making programme for Afghan human rights defenders and human rights organisations.

2. Analysis & Decision-making

– Ensuring sound judgment and professional analysis to applications;

– Supervising the assessment and verification of incoming applications against the eligibility and admissability criteria;

– Analysing trends in requests/referrals within socio-political contexts.

3. Collaboration and coordination

– Being the focal point for all communications with partner organisations, board and external stakeholders;

– Collaborating with partners throughout the process to ensure timely delivery of support;

– Working collaboratively and flexibly with all staff and external partners using strong problem solving and coordination skills;

– Coordinating advocacy actions on Afghan HRDs protection, notably towards European Union institutions, in close cooperation with partner organisations;

– Assisting with the effective monitoring, evaluation and the sharing of lessons learnt from advocacy activities on Afghan HRD protection.

4. Measuring Impact

– Producing reports and analysis related to the programme;

– Providing information on trends, statistics and achieved results for internal and external reports;

– Following up on the grants awarded, monitoring the status of progress of grants and liaising with stakeholders to receive intermediate and final narrative and financial reports;

– Maintaining up-to-date information within related folders and databases.

– Reporting issues faced in the grant allocation system and pro-actively suggesting solutions;

– Being responsible for the reporting related to grant allocation within the project.

Gewenst profiel

Experience required

This is a senior position requiring at least six years of relevant experience, including:

– Relevant work experience in the area of human rights, social justice or civil society sector. Previous HRD work is an asset.

– Experience in managing or coordinating grant-making programs.

– Strong practical knowledge and understanding of the needs of human rights defenders at risk as well as EU institutions and mechanisms for the protection of human rights.

– Strong knowledge and understanding of the political, social, and civil society context in Afghanistan.

– Relevant experience in the field is an asset.

– Experience of working in the environment of a multicultural team and to engage with partners in different countries and working in difficult security environments.

Personal skills

– Excellent organisational and project management skills;

– Excellent political analysis and good judgment;

– Excellent reasoning ability;

– Excellent coordination skills;

– Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

– Working knowledge of Pashto / Dari is a strong asset.

– Excellent relationship-building skills.

Ons aanbod

Starting date and conditions

– Preferable starting date: ASAP

– Duration and conditions: the candidate will be offered an 18 month contract.

– The Programme Coordinator will be based in the secretariat in Brussels. To have a valid work permit is an asset.

– offers a competitive salary package for Brussels based on experience with a starting range for this post at 3,000 euros per month

– also provides workplace accident and hospitalisation insurance, meal vouchers and monthly local transportation.

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


Please send your CV and cover letter (please include information about your availability) before 14 November 2021 by email at with the subject: ‚Programme Coordinator Afghanistan – 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!

Meer informatie

For more information, please visit our website: is the European Union Human Rights Defenders mechanism, established to protect defenders at high risk and facing the most difficult situations worldwide.

– Operates a permanent and rapid response mechanism to provide emergency support and material assistance to Human Rights Defenders in danger, their families and their work.

– Manages a support programme of temporary relocation for Human Rights Defenders at risk to relocate inside their country, within their region or abroad in case of urgent threat.

– Supports and coordinates an exchange platform for organisations and stakeholders working on temporary relocation for Human Rights Defenders, including through the EU temporary relocation platform.

– Provides training, support and capacity building to Human Rights Defenders and local organisations.

– Monitors the situation of human rights defenders and advocates for a protection agenda for Human Rights Defenders at local, regional and international level.

– Promotes coordination between organisations dedicated to support for Human Rights Defenders, EU institutions and other relevant actors.

The implementation of is led by a Consortium of 12 NGOs active in the field of Human Rights, namely Front Line Defenders, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Network (ESCR-Net), International Gay and Lesbian Association (ILGA), Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF), Protection International (PI), Peace Brigades International (PBI), Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF), Forum Asia and East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP). is coordinated by an independent Secretariat based in Brussels.

Expected salary:

Location: Brussel

Job date: Thu, 28 Oct 2021 22:13:23 GMT

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