Human Rights Officer will join House Development and Support team at HRHF and have primary responsibility to support Human Rights Houses and their member organisations in Eastern Europe and Caucasus and oversee sub-grants implementation. The work will involve close cooperation with the partners and other international organisations.

Applicants should have experience in working to support civil society, including through grants, in Eastern European countries within the field of human rights. This position will be located in one of HRHF´s locations (Oslo, Geneva, Brussels or Tbilisi) and report to the Head of House Development and Support.


  • Support established Human Rights Houses and other partners to ensure sustainable national and regional networks.
  • Facilitate sharing of knowledge and expertise within the network.
  • Participate in assessment of incoming grants applications from partners, as requested.
  • Provide effective oversight of sub-grants implementation, including monitoring implementation, evaluating progress and providing technical support to partners.
  • Represent organisation, as directed, in various country coordination, protection coordination, other externally facing events with other international organisations, other stakeholders and donors.
  • Organise and implement cross-border events with the partners, including capacity building events.
  • Contribute to HRHF´s fundraising efforts.
  • Monitor relevant country trends and developments and provide regular updates to HRHF and partner staff.
  • Contribute to the development of communication materials aimed at promoting the work of the programme.
  • Contribute to and support broader organisational priorities and initiatives, as assigned.


  • Commitment to advancing human rights with a locally-led mindset.
  • Three to five years of relevant work experience;
  • Knowledge of political and social situation in Eastern Europe and Caucasus; knowledge of political and social situation in other regions where HRHF works is an advantage.
  • Experience in working directly with local partners, including supporting them through grants and capacity building activities
  • Experience working in multi-cultural environment
  • Strong communications skills including writing and speaking;
  • Language requirements
    • English (fluent)
    • Russian (fluent, but intermediate may be considered)
    • Fluency in another Eastern Partnership country language is an advantage


This is a 2-year position with an opening for extension. Work authorisation in Europe and ability to travel internationally is required.  Starting date as soon as possible.

Equal employment opportunity

HRHF aims to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting equal opportunities regardless of religious belief, age, ethnicity, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, family status or disability. This commitment applies to all areas of the work environment, all employment activities, resource allocation and all employment terms and conditions.

About Human Rights House Foundation

Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) is an international organisation which protects, empowers and supports human rights defenders and their organisations. To accomplish this, HRHF brings organisations together in Human Rights Houses and unites the Houses in an international network.

HRHF advocates with partner organisations to promote the freedoms of assembly, association, and expression, and the right to be a human rights defender at home and abroad, utilising its consultative status at the United Nations and participatory status at the Council of Europe.

Today, independent human rights organisations work together in 16 Human Rights Houses in 11 countries. The Houses are located in Eastern & Western Europe, the Caucasus, and the Balkans.

HRHF has 16 staff and is headquartered in Oslo, with an office in Geneva and representations in Brussels and Tbilisi.