We’re hiring a Project Coordinator to lead the 30th Anniversary celebration 2024!

January 9, 2024

The Award is approaching its 30th anniversary in 2024 – a moment which calls for a celebration of past achievements, as well as for some reflection on the future. The objective of the MEA 30th Anniversary project is to rally the Award’s friends and partners in Geneva to reinforce the message that protecting and bolstering HRDs is fundamental to the realization of UDHR and the HRDs Declaration.

The Martin Ennals Foundation is hiring a Project Coordinator to deliver on the 30th Anniversary project in 2024 and renew the Award for 2025. The Project Coordinator will be at the center of the Award’s activities, providing an essential link between the Board, Jury members, donors, consultants, and partners to the celebration in 2024-2025. An estimated 60% FTE is envisioned for this role, with peak periods at the nominations and Ceremony stages.

The Project Coordinator’s main responsibilities include:

  • Primary responsibility for the nominations process and coordination of the Jury for the selection of the 2024 Laureate. Maintenance of the Martin Ennals Award nominations database and oversight of the Jury voting process. Preparing and follow-up to Jury meetings – two or three during the year, as necessary.
  • Primary responsibility for the development and execution of the annual Award Ceremony. Liaises with the Ville de Geneve on a concept for the 2024 Ceremony, a new graphic identity, and the agenda of the event. Oversees organizational aspects of the Ceremony in consultation with the Ville de Geneve and event consultants.
  • Collaborates with consultants in the development and execution of an Award communication strategy aimed at raising the visibility of the Laureates and celebrating the MEA’s 30 years’ history.
  • Facilitates conduct of financial and administrative aspects of the Award project, including fundraising and advocacy-related activities together with the heads of departments and the Program Officer.
  • Supports fundraising for 2024-2025 and donor management, in collaboration with the relevant departments.
  • Supports the Program Officer in executing an advocacy strategy for MEA Laureates within Geneva-based advocacy and human rights policy development.
  • Contributes to monitoring and evaluating the 30th anniversary project, and annual narrative reporting for donors.

We are looking for a versatile and experienced project-manager who is passionate about human rights and rigorous in their planning and management style. The ideal candidate would bring the following qualities and skills:

  • A master’s degree or +8 years of work experience in international relations, sustainable development, human rights, security policy, or related fields.
  • Familiarity with the international relations, human rights advocacy, and development cooperation ecosystem of Geneva.
  • Bilingual or professional fluency in both English and French.
  • A track-record in management of complex projects with many moving pieces. Ability to oversee several service providers and consultants simultaneously. Ability to budget and keep-track of financial aspects of the project.
  • Event planning experience.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven emotional intelligence and diplomatic abilities in the conduct of consensus-building or coalition-management.
  • Exposure to fundraising, monitoring and evaluation, or general reporting on projects.

The Project Coordinator will be offered a two-year contract with possibility of renewal.

To apply, please send your CV, a motivation letter, and a 300-word response to the following question to the MEF Board at barbara-lochbihler@gmx.de by February 2nd, 2024 cob:

For the 30th anniversary celebration of the Award, the Martin Ennals Foundation and the City of Geneva will conduct a call-for-tender to identify a provider who can deliver a new graphic design for the Ceremony. How would you go about this task? Describe the steps you would take, a check-list of important items to consider, or your overall approach.”

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview in the month of February.