Job Announcement

October 30, 2018

Job Announcement – Programme Officer – 50%

Martin Ennals Foundation

The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA) seeks to recognize and protect outstanding human rights defenders at personal risk. Three finalists and then the laureate are selected by a jury of ten global human rights organizations. Protection is provided through widespread publicity. International advocacy opportunities are intended to build longer term relationships.

Job Title: Programme Officer, Martin Ennals Foundation (MEF)

Organizational setting and reporting relationships: the Programme Officer reports to the MEF Director.

This is a new position that expands the secretariat from one full time position (1 FTE) to 1.5 FTE.  The programme officer works closely with the Director to ensure the Martin Ennals Foundation functions correctly. While focusing on the areas as outlined, s/he will be expected to share in a wider range of tasks as may be required for continuity of operations and administration.

While this position is 50% over the course of the year, the operation of the Martin Ennals Award (MEA) is cyclical with intense periods during the year where the work level will be higher. These include the Finalist announcement in late October/early November and the Laureate ceremony in Mid – February, and are balanced by flexibility in other parts of the year.



  • Working with the Director to establish social media priorities (Website, Twitter, Facebook) and then developing the messages. This will be proactive for planned elements and reactive when Laureates and Finalists require support.
  • Seeking out journalists worldwide who follow human rights in order to build up media contacts who will report on the Finalist/Laureate announcement.
  • Tracking media coverage of the Finalist and Laureate announcements and the ceremony, and mentions of the MEA in other coverage of past Finalists and Laureates.
  • Assisting in the development of the MEA’s visibility and network in Geneva.

Programme support

  • Working with the Director to prepare for the Finalist announcement in October/November. This involves getting to know the Finalists with a view to preparing materials to tell their story.
  • Working with the Director to prepare for the Laureate announcement at the ceremony. This includes preparing global media outreach, organizing advocacy meetings, the logistics of bringing in the Finalists, Jury and Board, and working with counterparts at the City of Geneva, which hosts the ceremony.
  • Engagement with past Laureates and Finalists to raise their profile through MEF communications (Social media, Web) and to provide support within the means of the MEA.


Donor relations – assisting with the preparation of donor proposals and reports.


  • Motivation and demonstrated interest in communications and advocacy on human rights;
  • Master’s degree in appropriate discipline or Bachelor’s degree with significant international experience;
  • Excellent writing, analysis, and communication skills; problem-solving ability, take initiative, and organize priorities;
  • Proficiency with MS Office and with the main social media applications;
  • Familiarity with fundraising, including online, would be an asset;
  • Ability to work under pressure, to meet deadlines, and to adapt to multidisciplinary work;
  • Fluency in English and French;
  • Willingness to travel when required;
  • Permission to work in Switzerland;
  • Familiarity with the Geneva setting and network would be desirable.

  • Applications should be sent by 20 November to Michael Khambatta, Director, at:
  • Please apply by sending an email indicating ”Programme Officer” with your name in the subject heading, with the following attachments, in PDF or WORD:
    • a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for this position;
    • a CV/resume.