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Consultant for the Children’s Rights Program

About the Fund

The Fund for Global Human Rights is a leading supporter of on-the-ground human rights groups around the world.  Dedicated to finding and funding the most effective human rights organizations in regions from Latin America to Africa to Southeast Asia, the Fund for Global Human Rights offers grants and facilitates technical support to ensure the long-term effectiveness and viability of frontline groups working in challenging conditions with scant resources.

About this opportunity

The Fund is seeking a highly qualified applicant for the position of Consultant for the Children’s Rights Program.  The Fund’s Children’s Rights Program supports grassroots organizations in sub-Saharan Africa working to prevent violence against children and promote access to social services including health and education. The Fund plans to significantly scale up its children’s rights program, with the ultimate goal of driving transformational change that will lead to concrete, lasting improvements in the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children. More specifically, the Fund hopes to have an impact on five key issues:

  1. Ending the recruitment and use of child soldiers and facilitating their reintegration into families and communities
  2. Combatting child trafficking and human rights abuses against children on the move
  3. The reform and strengthening of child justice systems
  4. Combatting child sexual abuse
  5. Promoting access to and quality of social services for children, including health and

The rights and unique needs of girls will be an overarching focus across all of these issues. The program currently supports work in West Africa (Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone) and the Great Lakes region (Burundi, Congo DR and Uganda) with plans to expand to other countries in Africa and globally.

The successful candidate will act as the principal assistant to the Program Officer for Thematic Initiatives in facilitating grantmaking, technical assistance and supporting movement building for children’s rights organizations in the focused countries. The position reports to the Program Officer for Thematic Initiatives and will work as a part of an integrated team including Program Officers for the Great Lakes and other Fund staff and consultants.

Preference will be given to candidates who are based in either West Africa or the Great Lakes.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitor and keep abreast of key trends and developments in the field of children’s rights in Africa and globally by attending relevant meetings and conferences, reading current literature, and maintaining contact with leaders and actors in the field
  • Facilitate and support the growth of children’s rights movements, including providing technical support to national and regional children’s rights coalitions and building connections between children’s rights organizations and other human rights sectors to break down silos
  • Identify grassroots and emerging organizations whose work advance the Fund’s children’s rights strategy and recommend them for funding to program staff;
  • Work with Program Officers in setting strategic goals, evaluation and learning plans for the children’s rights program
  • Contribute to building a participatory grantmaking model that would situate children, youth, and communities at the center of grantmaking, program development and implementation
  • Support the Program Officer for Thematic Initiatives in identifying and recommending innovative and experimental project ideas for funding and scaling up
  • Monitor and provide regular communication, information, and updates to the Program Officer regarding the children’s rights context and issues, donor landscape, relevant trends and activities in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Thoroughly review all proposals, reports and other written materials submitted by children’s rights grantees with follow up emails and phone calls as necessary on outstanding points with existing grantees;
  • Conduct site visits, at least one per year, with every existing grantee. Be prepared to do these visits alone or in some instances, together with the Program Officer for Thematic Initiatives and other Fund staff;
  • Provide monthly written updates to the program officer, highlighting success stories that could be fed into communication and donor materials and challenges that individual groups are having that require programmatic intervention;
  • In consultation with the Program Officer for Thematic Initiatives, contribute content for communications materials (e.g. social media postings, blog postings, opinion pieces, photography)
  • Provide capacity and mentoring support to grantees and assist them by fielding questions about the grantmaking process and help trouble shoot problems;
  • Help prepare for program officer written materials about grantees, strategies, and budgets for the organizations we support;
  • Work with program officer to carry out capacity assessments of grantees, provide technical assistance where possible to grantees, identify and liaise with technical consultants where needed, and be a point of contact for visiting funders and donors to the Fund for Global Human Rights;
  • Participate in weekly telephone calls with program officer to discuss grantees, changes, work plans, and the contexts for children’s rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. In instances where the program officer, the consultant, or both are travelling, these telephone calls may be replaced by email communication;
  • Work with Program Officer and grantees to organize, facilitate and write reports of grantee convenings and other meetings where grantees are brought together to further programmatic work

Candidates should demonstrate the following range of skills, experience, and qualities:

  • Demonstrated commitment to children’s rights and to building a vibrant and powerful grassroots children’s rights movement nationally and regionally
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience working in the field of children’s rights and grant-making or fundraising experience strongly preferred
  • Strong knowledge of key trends and evolving standards in the children’s rights movement in Africa and globally
  • Good knowledge of and contacts with grassroots and international children’s rights NGOs as well as regional, continental, and international intergovernmental children’s rights mechanisms
  • Proven ability to deliver technical assistance and mentoring support to civil society organizations especially emerging and rural based groups
  • Experience living, working, or traveling extensively in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in the Great Lakes and West Africa
  • Strong critical thinking skills, including the ability to identify emerging human rights trends, analyze issues from multiple perspectives and spot innovative and scalable project ideas
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Proven track record of excellent relationship development and management, both in-person and remotely
  • Organized and able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously while producing excellent quality work
  • Comfort and ability to travel (sometimes independently) from four to seven times per year, including to West Africa and the Great Lakes, often for stretches of seven to ten days or longer
  • Excellent communication and writing skills required
  • Fluency in English and French required

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How to Apply:

Visit https://globalhumanrights.bamboohr.com/jobs/.  You will be asked to upload a CV or resume and a cover note explaining why you are interested in this role at the Fund.

The nature of this position is contractual for the term of the consultant agreement.  This is not a full-time, permanent role.

The Fund for Global Human Rights encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply; we especially encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants.  As a human rights organization, cultural competency and sensitivity are requirements for all staff positions at the Fund.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Anticipated start date is August 2018.

We do our best to ensure that qualifications are aligned with position needs but if you are unsure about whether to apply, please do so anyway!  Please contact jobs@globalhumanrights.org if you need accommodations or special assistance to complete the application.

The Fund for Global Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer. Personnel selection decisions are based on relevant knowledge, skills, and experience without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, in accordance with U.S. federal and state law.

Manager of Institutional Relations

About the Fund

The Fund for Global Human Rights is a leading supporter of on-the-ground human rights groups around the world.  Dedicated to finding and funding the most effective human rights organizations in regions from Latin America to Africa to Southeast Asia, the Fund for Global Human Rights offers grants and facilitates technical support to ensure the long-term effectiveness and viability of front-line groups working in challenging conditions with scant resources.

As an employer, we are deeply committed to the overall well-being of our staff.  We offer 100% employer paid health benefits, generous paid leave, and flexible working options designed to meet the diverse needs of our globally based team members.

About the Role:

The Fund seeks a full-time Manager of Institutional Relations with a talent and passion for writing, strong organizational and project-management skills and a commitment to human rights to play a critical role in a busy fundraising department. They will manage a large portfolio of grants from foundations, governments, and corporations that support the Fund’s work, in general, and our programs in North, West and Central Africa, in particular.

The successful candidate will report to and work closely with the Director of Institutional Relations as part of a talented, five-person Institutional Relations team to help the Fund meet its growing organizational fundraising revenue goals from institutions across the US and Europe (currently about $11.5 million annually).

Reports to: (Interim) Vice President for Development and Communications; Director of Institutional Relations

Supervises: N/A

This position would ideally be based in Washington, DC, New York, or London.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities | Where You’ll Make the Most Impact

Fundraising & Development

  • Actively participate in planning annual and long-term objectives of Development and Communications Department
  • Manage a portfolio of current and prospective foundation, corporate, and bilateral donors, including those giving six-figure grants, with a focus on grants supporting the Fund’s programs in Africa
  • Develop and draft compelling grant proposals and reports for institutional funders and prospects, persuasively communicating the Fund’s mission and programs
  • Read grantee reports in French and English and synthesize information for proposals and reports
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with program staff to manage project budgets and activities, learn about programmatic developments, and drive forward programmatic growth goals by matching with funding opportunities
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with donors and prospects to keep them informed about programmatic developments and elicit support for the Fund’s growth
  • Represent the Fund in external outreach and networking spaces with the goal of building the Fund’s network of prospects
  • Devise cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans for institutional donors
  • Innovate and implement new systems to improve database functionality and workflow
  • Track communications related to current, pending, and prospective grants in Salesforce database; ensure that all deadlines are met; monitor and ensure the Fund’s compliance with grant requirements
  • Research foundation and individual donor prospects and help devise, track and manage solicitation plans
  • Assist in donor engagement strategies, event planning and related tasks as needed
  • Build and strengthen relationships with staff, board, and trustees to ensure robust engagement

Donor Advised Grants/Funds Management & Strategy

  • Oversee the Fund’s Donor-Advised Grants/Funds portfolio (currently representing one-third of the Fund’s $10 million grant-making budget), including donor stewardship, cultivation, and reporting
  • Work with Director of Grants Management and Fund legal counsel to develop systems for grant monitoring and ensure full legal compliance
  • With the VP for Development & Communications and the VP for Operations, lead the Fund’s outreach strategy to grow the portfolio and maximize this as a revenue stream

Qualifications | What You’ll Need to Be Successful

  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and familiarity with human rights issues; familiarity with and/or experience working in Africa a plus
  • 4-6 years of development and fundraising experience
  • Familiarity with the Fund’s programs and/or experience with grant writing norms and procedures
  • Established excellence persuasive and compelling writing
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Highly organized, enjoys creating systems, and able to manage projects
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs; comfort with Salesforce highly desired
  • Fluency in English and proficiency in French highly desirable; fluency in Arabic, Spanish, Thai, or Burmese a plus
  • Sense of initiative and humor

Core Competencies:

  • Craft, construct, and submit compelling grant applications
  • Develop strategies for effective, efficient project design
  • Research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs
  • Adhere to ethical grant writing and development practices
  • Manage existing relationships while formulating strategies to cultivate new ones

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How to Apply:

Visit https://globalhumanrights.bamboohr.com/jobs/

The Fund for Global Human Rights encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply; we especially encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants.  As a human rights organization, cultural competency and sensitivity are requirements for all staff positions at the Fund.

We do our best to ensure that qualifications are aligned with position needs but if you are unsure about whether to apply, please do so anyway!  Please contact jobs@globalhumanrights.org if you need accommodations or special assistance to complete the application.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Earliest anticipated start date is June 2018.

The Fund for Global Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer. Personnel selection decisions are based on relevant knowledge, skills, and experience without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, in accordance with U.S. federal and state law.

Development and Communications Intern

The Position
The Fund for Global Human Rights seeks a development and communications intern. The internship will provide a unique opportunity for undergraduate or graduate students to gain experience in fundraising and nonprofit communications. Our internship offers a hands-on experience to students committed to a fundraising, communications, or marketing career, particularly in an international nonprofit setting.

The intern will spend most of his/her time assisting the development team in its efforts to raise this year’s budget. In addition, the intern will support the programmatic team one day of the week with research, administrative tasks, and miscellaneous projects.

General Responsibilities:

 The development and communications intern will work with the Fund’s development team to plan and implement strategies that will help us increase our visibility, branding, and funding. Responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting regular, extensive foundation and individual donor research using development search engines and databases;
  • Maintaining and updating donor records in the organization’s Salesforce database;
  • Crafting and editing content for online and offline audiences in the form of blog posts, social media posts, solicitation letters, LOIs, brochures, cards, and additional marketing materials as needed;
  • Assisting the development team in culling stories, photographs, and video content of grantees for public use;
  • Supporting the team with projects surrounding events and board meetings, such as developing invitations, guest lists, etc.;
  • Attend events related to human rights, fundraising, and communications in the DC metro area;
  • Supporting the programs team with a variety of program-specific projects such as assisting with the Monthly Program Update, updating the Award and Fellowship Database, conducting research to support programmatic initiatives, and other tasks as needed.

Qualifications:

Candidates should have a strong interest in fundraising and communications, especially in relation to a human rights and/or international organization. Additional qualifications include:

  • Coursework in communications, marketing or nonprofit administration
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, organized
  • Fluency in Microsoft office suite
  • Experience working in a database, preferably Salesforce
  • Experience in a CMS, or in coding HTML or CSS preferred, but not required
  • A self-starter able to multi-task and manage competing priorities
  • Language proficiency in Spanish, French, Thai and/or Arabic is desired, but not required

The Fund’s internship is part-time, with exact hours to be discussed when an offer is extended. Expect to spend 16-20 hours on development and communications projects each week, and 8-10 hours on programmatic projects each week. The internship is unpaid, but we do offer a modest travel stipend.

Application Process:

To be considered for an internship, please submit the following materials:

  1. A cover letter and resume outlining your interest and experience
  2. Contact information for 3 references
  3. A short writing sample (no more than three pages) on a topic of your choice; a paper from an academic course is acceptable.

The deadline for applications is rolling. Please submit all application materials via email to jobs@globalhumanrights.org

The Fund for Global Human Rights encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply.  Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, in accordance with federal and state law.

No phone calls please.

 

Program Intern

FGHR Program Internship

The Fund for Global Human Rights is seeking a Program Intern for fall 2018. The internship will provide a unique opportunity for undergraduate or graduate students to gain experience in the field of human rights. The intern will spend the majority of her/his time assisting the Fund’s program team and will have the opportunity to learn more about regional human rights work supported by the organization.

The intern and her/his supervisor will work together to design a work plan that complements the Fund’s needs and the intern’s interests, abilities, and desired career path. Since we are a relatively small organization, the intern may also have the opportunity to observe and work in other departments depending on the Fund’s needs and the intern’s interests, and abilities.

The intern’s supervisor will also encourage her/him to search out and attend pertinent events in the area as part of the internship to complement their experience in the office. Desirable candidates will be able to work 15 – 25 hours per week. Work schedules can be flexible with school and other commitments. While this is an unpaid internship, a modest travel stipend is provided.

Primary Responsibilities

The intern’s responsibilities may include the following:

  • Assist with compiling and editing a monthly email report regarding the work of Fund grantees and relevant news updates.
  • Assist with updating and sharing information on award, fellowship and training opportunities that may be of interest to Fund grantees.
  • Assist, on an as needed basis, with research, media monitoring, and editing projects.
  • Attend events related to relevant human rights topics in the DC metro area.
  • Craft blog posts related to the human rights work of Fund grantees.
  • Interns may also be asked to assist with logistical tasks related to Fund events and travel
  • Translating materials (depending on skill level)

We consider this to be a hands-on, active learning internship. As such, the intern’s work will be approximately 40 percent administrative. The Fund encourages international and minority students to apply.

Qualifications

  • A passion for and eagerness to learn more about the human rights field
  • Coursework in human rights, international relations, or social justice fields
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, organized
  • Fluency in Microsoft office suite
  • A self-starter able to multi-task and manage competing priorities
  • Language proficiency in Spanish, French, Thai and/or Arabic is desired, but not required

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis but candidates are encouraged to submit applications by July 1; start dates are flexible as needed. To be considered for an internship, please submit the following materials:

  1. A cover letter in which you state:
  • that you understand the internship is unpaid
  • where you found the internship posting
  • your specific dates of availability
  • the number of hours you will be able to work each week
  • why you would like to intern at the Fund, your specific interests related to human rights work, and your language abilities
  1. A resume
  2. The names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references
  3. A short writing sample (no more than three pages) on a topic of your choice; a paper from an academic course is acceptable.

Please submit all application materials via email to internships@globalhumanrights.org.

The Fund for Global Human Rights encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds to apply. Candidates are selected on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in accordance with federal and state law.