Programme Officer to Civil Rights Defenders in Belgrade

Civil Rights Defenders

We are in an expansion phase, which has opened up many interesting job opportunities. Are you an expert on the political and human rights situation in Western Balkans? Do you want to use your strategical skills to contribute to the advocacy work of Civil Rights Defenders? Then you might be the one we are looking for.

About the role

The Position is responsible for our programme in Europe and conducting regional activities within the Western Balkans programme. The position will include covering CRD programme in Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Hungary and Poland.

The Programme Officer reports to the Europe and MENA Department Director.

The role offers great variety, including work tasks such as:

  • Monitoring and analysing the human rights situation in Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Hungary, Poland and the region
  • Plan, prepare and conduct human rights activities and capacity building according to the annual plan of action
  • Evaluating of the project implemented by CRD and local partners
  • Research and preparation of different human rights report
  • Tracking programme budgets
  • Maintain regular communication with the partners and give feedback on the implementation of different projects
  • Plan, prepare and conduct seminars, workshops and project-organized public events
  • Liaising with government agencies when advocacy and lobbying activities are conducted
  • Other duties as may be assigned from time to time by Department Director and that are consistent with the duties of a Programme Officer

About you

As a person you like to take initiative and generate activity and have the ability to lead, motivate, and empower others to reach common goals. You also see to the long-term significance and further consequences of things and act accordingly.

Furthermore, you like to engage in teamwork and contribute constructively, and through clear communication, you ensure that messages are reached and that expectations are clear to all parties involved. We assume that you share our values.

To be suitable for this position you have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Law, Political Science, International Relations or similar, including education on international human rights mechanisms
  • A minimum of 3 years working experience with human rights
  • Working experience from the Western Balkans, preferably human rights-related work, and extensive knowledge of the human rights situation
  • Documented experience of NGO-work, project management and/ or advocacy work
  • Fluency in English (orally and written, level C2) and another Western Balkan language
  • Solid skills in Microsoft 365 (Teams, Outlook, PPT, Word)
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently

It is a merit, if you have:

  • Experience from similar human rights organisations
  • Proficiency in Serbia/Croatian/Bosnian/Montenegrin

About the employment

This is a full-time permanent employment with 6 months probationary employment, starting in August 2022 or according to agreement. As an organisation, we strive for diversity and we see your background, experience and personality as a contribution to the organisation. You will be based in Belgrade, Serbia.

Please apply as soon as possible, as we recruit on an ongoing basis, but no later than 30 June.

About us

Civil Rights Defenders is a politically and religiously independent international human rights organisation. We defend people’s civil and political rights in some of the world’s most repressive regions. We partner with and support human rights defenders in more than 300 organisations in 50 countries on four continents. Together with our partners, we hold those in power accountable when people’s civil or political rights are violated. We also act as Sweden’s civil rights watchdog. Civil Rights Defenders has around 100 staff members working in various functions towards our vision – a world of democratic societies in which we all enjoy our civil and political rights. Our headquarter is located in Stockholm, and we have eight branch offices around the world. Learn more about our work at

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