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The Secretariat of – The EU Human Rights Defenders mechanism is looking for a Canada Programme Officer


This role will have the overall responsibility to deliver on the FIDDH partnership with the Government of Canada on their Refugee Stream for Human Rights Defenders. The role will be responsible for coordinating the verification of HRDs with regard to the Canadian Government’s resettlement scheme, ensuring that the support and services provided to HRDs and other stakeholders echo the Organisation’s values and principles of work. The terms of reference for this position are available for download.

It is a new program and role in the organisation and as such, the role may develop and change as it is rolled out.


The key accountabilities and associated duties include:

1. Management of applications, referrals, and related documentation

• Liaising with referral organsiations on the preparation of applications to ensure that they adhere to the criteria for resettlement and are as comprehensive as possible;

• Liaising with program partner organisations for the establishment of referral and operational protocols and capacity-development on their implementation;

• Preparing an analysis of each application received in order to inform decision-making by the Board;

• Preparing case files for submission to UNHCR;

• Managing the recording and tracking of applications and submissions;

• Ensuring adherence to robust administrative procedures.

2. Analysis & Decision-making

• Applying sound judgment and professional analysis to applications and compiling detailed summaries for the Board for referral;

• Assess and verify incoming applications against the Refugee Steam eligibility and admissibility criteria;

• Analyse trends in requests/referrals within socio-political and geographical contexts.

3. Collaboration

• Being the focal point for all communication with participating referral organisations;

• Collaborating with referral partners throughout the process to ensure timely submission of cases;

• Coordinating with the whole Secretariat and Front Line Defenders staff in relation to referrals and the overall program;

• Coordinating with UNHCR for submission of case referrals;

• Coordinating with the Canadian Government’s Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship for the effective administration and implementation of the program;

• Working collaboratively and flexibly with all staff and external partners using strong problem-solving, diplomacy and negotiation skills.

4. Measuring Impact

• Producing reports and analysis related to the programme;

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


• Experience of working 3-5 years in the area of human rights;

• Experience of working with UNHCR or on refugee affairs;

• Experience of working with people from different cultural backgrounds;


• Excellent organisational and project management skills;

• Excellent political analysis and good judgment;

• Excellent reasoning ability;

• Excellent negotiation and diplomacy skills;

• Fluency (written & oral) in English and a second language relevant to the work of HRDs (e.g. French/ Spanish/ Arabic/ Russian/Farsi /Turkish/ Chinese);

• Excellent relationship-building skills.


• Preferable starting date: ASAP.

• Duration and conditions: the candidate will be offered a two-years renewable contract.

• Remuneration of approximately 3,200-3,400EUR gross/month depending on experience.

• also provides work 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.

• The candidate needs to be willing to be based in Belgium and have a valid work permit.


Please send your CV and cover letter (please include information about your availability) before October 4 2021 by email at with the subject: ‘Canada Programme Officer – 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!


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