Research and Admin fellowship: Asia.

Front Line Defenders

The selected candidate will work in close coordination with the Protection Coordinators working in the region, and will also provide support to other relevant staff across other programme areas in relation to our work in Asia , as required. The fellowship will be for nine months (extendable to 1 year) and based in Front Line Defenders’ office in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

The fellowship is designed to provide training and practical work experience in an international non-governmental organisation to recent graduates seeking a career in human rights. The fellow will learn about Human Rights Defenders; the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders; the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur; the role of Front Line Defenders and other national and international organisations in the support and protection of human rights defenders; the specific situation and challenges facing human rights defenders in the region and advocacy at the EU level. They will be expected to participate in induction, periodic reviews, weekly team and case meetings, and relevant out-of-hours events.

Front Line Defenders, The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders ( was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the aim of providing practical assistance and protecting human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk – people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Front Line Defenders maintains its headquarters in Dublin, an EU Office in Brussels, and regionally based field staff in all world regions.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide support to the Protection Coordinators working on Asia, including dealing with queries and correspondence with human rights defenders;
  • Input HRD-related information on the Front Line Defenders’ database;
  • Undertake research on human rights defenders in countries in the region;
  • Compile and draft as requested briefings, country summaries, input to reports, urgent appeals, or other materials;
  • Support follow-up on cases taken up by Front Line Defenders;
  • Provide administrative support to staff across other programme areas in relation to activities carried out in the region, including in particular in the organisation of and follow-up on trainings;
  • Carry out administrative tasks as requested, including the taking of minutes in meetings;
  • Work on other specific projects and tasks relating to human rights defenders as requested.
  • Provide flexible support to the Rest and Respite programme, including, but not limited to, accompanying human rights defenders to events and translating when applicable.

Person Specification

  • They will be able to draft well and have good analytical skills.
  • They will have some previous experience with organisations working in the field of human rights.
  • Having some knowledge of the UN system, EU system and international and human rights law is highly desirable.
  • They will have good oral and written communication skills and be computer literate.
  • They will be able to work on own initiative and as a member of a team.
  • They will be flexible and cooperative in a intercultural environment.
  • They must be able to work in English. An Asian local language is desirable.
  • They will be flexible, have good interpersonal skills, good stress management skills and be cooperative. An ability to multitask and prioritize is a must.

Stipend and Benefits

The contract is based on a 30 hour week, Monday to Friday, based in our Head Office in Dublin. Front Line Defenders is able to provide a contribution to living costs of €1469 per month. Front Line Defenders will cover the cost of flights to and from Dublin, as well as health insurance and visa related costs. Front Line Defenders will assist with the Irish visa application process where relevant. Please note that the cost of living in Dublin is high and that you may need additional funds to sustain your stay in Ireland.

How to apply

If this sounds like the role for you please apply by following the link on the Front Line Defenders recruitment page–description

to submit your CV and Cover letter. Applications should be addressed to Sarah de Roure, Head of Protection. The closing date for applications is 31st July. Interviews are expected to take place during August and will be held online. The next Research & Admin Fellowship – Asia is expected to start in November 2023.

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