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Opportunity!!! The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights

Job Description:

Staff Attorney 

Center for Human Rights 



The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights is seeking an experienced staff attorney to help lead its work on TrialWatch, an international trial monitoring program established by the Clooney Foundation for Justice which the ABA will be assisting in implementing.

The TrialWatch initiative seeks to expand the use of trial monitoring by training and facilitating the deployment of a new cadre of trained trial monitors, including non-lawyers. These monitors will assess the fairness of proceedings under international standards and, working with human rights experts, help prepare Fairness Reports on their findings. These Fairness Reports will then form the basis for a range of advocacy efforts and ultimately will be used to develop a Justice Index that ranks countries on their performance. The initiative will use innovative technology to take a data-driven approach to trial monitoring and engage in comparative analysis to facilitate reforms of the administration of justice around the world.

Read more on the job and application process here:

Call For Expression of Interest by CRECO

CRECO is currently implementing a project ‘Promoting Agricultural extension services in Baringo and West Pokot Counties with an aim of increasing livestock production by enhancing agricultural information through extension services.

As a part of this initiative CRECO is seeking to contract a consultant to conduct a model social audit of selected public projects on livestock extension services with a view to holding the county leaders accountable and to demand for accountability and transparency as regards the use of devolved funds and power.

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Protection Coordinator (Field based – West and Central Africa)

Front Line Defenders is seeking an exceptional candidate with significant human rights experience to take on this challenging post based in the region. The Protection Coordinator (Field-based West and Central Africa) will be responsible for maintaining and developing Front Line Defenders’ contacts with human rights defenders in countries in the region, providing rapid response to cases of human rights defenders at risk, undertaking research on the threats and attacks that they face, providing analysis and producing relevant materials to take action in their support, and inputting into all other programmes and activities related to the region.

The successful candidate will have at least three years experience of human rights related work in the region and excellent written and oral communication skills in English and French. Please note that we cannot make exceptions to the language requirement. The successful candidate will have demonstrated sound political judgement, a good cross-regional perspective and the ability to deliver accurate and objective written information in a high pressure environment dictated by the need to respond urgently to threats against human rights defenders. They will have experience of working with human rights defenders and knowledge of the security risks that they face. They will also have worked specifically with women human rights defenders and LGBTI defenders and be cognisant of the increased risk and different protection needs of these HRDs.

The exact location of the post is in the region and the division of country responsibility with the second Protection Coordinator in the region will be finalised with the successful candidate.

Applications, comprising CV, cover letter and examples of published research should be sent to:

Andrea Rocca, Deputy Director

Front Line Defenders

Grattan House, Temple Rd, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Applications can be sent by email to: The deadline for applications is 3 August 2018.

Please indicate the full title of the position in the subject line of the email, or the application may be missed. Please include your CV and cover letter in the same attachment and name it with your last name.

Job Description: Protection Coordinator (West and Central Africa)

The Protection Coordinator (West and Central Africa) is responsible for maintaining and developing Front Line Defenders’ contacts with human rights defenders in the region, providing rapid response to cases of human rights defenders at risk, undertaking research on the threats and attacks that they face, providing analysis and producing relevant materials to take action in their support, and providing input into all other activities of the organisation related to West and Central Africa. They will also represent Front Line Defenders in public and private events, meet with country authorities and other stakeholders and liaise with organisations working on similar issues in the region to coordinate response strategies to human rights defenders at-risk.

Key Tasks

1) Identify human rights defenders at risk and establish and sustain secure communications with them;

2) Provide rapid response to cases of human rights defenders at risk, including but not limited to the urgent appeal system;

3) Deepen Front Line Defenders’ engagement with women human rights defenders and LGBTI defenders in the region;

4) Undertake research on the threats and attacks that human rights defenders face, obtain information, verify it and provide input for reports and other related materials which can be used to generate action on their behalf, whilst ensuring the independence, accuracy and credibility of the information Front Line Defenders publishes on the region;

5) Provide analysis and briefing papers on the threats faced by human rights defenders in specific countries and provide expert input to Front Line Defenders’ advocacy, campaigns, media work, training activities and small grants program;

6) Provide regional and country expertise to all other Front Line Defenders’ programmes and activities related to the region;

7) Maintain and update the relevant information on human rights defenders and action taken on their behalf in Front Line Defenders’ database;

8) Develop contacts and liaise with relevant regional and other organisations with regard to Front Line Defenders’ work for the protection of human rights defenders in the region;

9) Represent Front Line Defenders to relevant authorities, international organizations and the media as appropriate;

10) Undertake other projects as delegated by the Director, Deputy Director or Head of Protection.

The Protection Coordinator works as necessary in French and English and must be willing to travel on a regular basis as part of their role.

The post reports to the Head of Protection.

I Defend Rights: Shifting the Narrative about Human Rights Defenders and CSOs

I Defend Rights: Shifting the Narrative about Human Rights Defenders and Civil Society Globally is a project of the Norwegian Human Rights Fund and in collaboration with partners from all over the world (see for more information) with the endorsement of Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.

According to the United Nations, “There is no strict definition of human rights defenders because they can be anyone who acts at any moment for any human rights. A human rights defender can be a man, a woman, a lawyer, a student, an NGO’s employee, a doctor or any person from any profession, of all ages, nationalities, religions, etc. A person can also be considered as a human rights defender whether she promotes and protects human rights her whole life, occasionally, or only once”. Amnesty International explains that human rights defenders can be “teachers, students, political opponents, factory workers, journalists, lawyers, or so many others”. If you defend human rights through peaceful means, you are a human rights defender!

We are collecting audio accounts from people like you who work to defend human rights to create a global archive of recordingsof your experiences working on the front lines promoting, protecting and defending the rights of others. It only takes a few moments, and your participation will make a big difference.

We are collecting submissions in June and July, however we strongly encourage you to record and submit your story as soon as possible!

We are also working to develop ways to share many of these audio recordings with broader audiences, such as through exhibits and social media platforms, and would love it if you could share this call for participants to submit their stories with your colleagues and networks via email and social media. The more stories we receive, the greater the anticipated impact we can make on supporting the work of human rights defenders around the world by helping to shift the narrative discourse on what it means to be a human rights defender.

We are collecting these recordings because the world needs to know about the work of people like YOU who defend rights. (Please record your story using a computer and not a phone or tablet

​These stories will be used to strengthen a positive narrative about human rights defenders that more accurately conveys how important this work is.

Tips for telling a great story

  • Tell your story as if you were talking to a friend or a relative. Make it personal.
  • Add photos! It is best if the first photo you add is a nice image of yourself so that people can see you as they listen to or read your story.

​To begin your story submission, click on the “Tell Your Story” button to create an account to log in Once you sign in, you will see the story request “Tell Your Story” button. Click this button, upload a photo, then begin recording your responses to three questions:

  1. Please tell us your name (unless you want to be anonymous), and why you defend rights. For example, was there a moment in your life that motivated you?
  2. What do you feel is the most challenging part of what you do? (For example: how does defending rights affect your personal life?)
  3. What continues to inspire you to defend rights?

You can also add your own custom section if you would like to tell us more about your story. Please make sure to click “Submit” to submit your story when you are done recording your response.

Your input would be absolutely invaluable to the success of this project, so we greatly appreciate the time you take to submit your story and to pass this along to your networks and colleagues. We also have links to our website in Spanish and French.

Scottish Bar International Human Rights Award

The Faculty of Advocates is pleased to announce the launch of the Scottish Bar International Human Rights Award.

The award seeks to recognise the achievements of human rights defenders who work in challenging situations around the world.It is open to human rights lawyers and defenders who are not residents of the UK or Ireland.

The winner of the award will be invited to Scotland to share the experience of their work. The Faculty of Advocates will offer training to help build capacity. We will arrange meetings and contacts with human rights organisations and others to offer solidarity and build support for the future.

More information on the award, the criteria and the application process is available here:


The 2018 Day of Discussion is the first ever global discussion focusing on children as human rights defenders. The Day of Discussion will take place on 28th September in Geneva, Switzerland and all information is available here. Its main goal is to bring together a global movement for children human rights defenders including children, States, National Human Rights Institutions, Children’s Ombudspersons, the UN, civil society and the private sector to promote understanding about the role of children as human rights defenders,  identify what needs to be done for child rights-related laws, policies and practices to take adequate account of children as human rights defenders; and for human rights defenders-related laws, policies and practices to be child-sensitive. Specific objectives of the 2018 DGD are:
  1. Collect children’s views about their experiences as human rights defenders;
  2. Assess legislation, jurisprudence, policies and relevant measures aimed at protecting or empowering children human rights defenders, by providing examples of good practices and challenges, including from children’s perspectives;
  3. Clarify the States’ obligations applicable to children human rights defenders under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and existing standards on human rights defenders;
  4. Identify key elements for an effective implementation of a child rights approach to the situation of children who are, or want to become, human rights defenders, including specific recommendations for duty bearers that can inform the Committee’s recommendations to States.

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