Work with us: Senior Capacity Building Officer

Human Rights House Foundation seeks a Senior Capacity Building Officer for a newly established position in the organisation. Position based in Europe, location can be negotiated. Deadline 15 June, candidates will be considered on a rolling basis.

Senior Capacity Building Officer will lead the development and implementation of HRHF’s capacity building programme that will support broader organisational objectives. The work will entail capacity building support to human rights organisations in the areas of organisational development, human rights and advocacy in the countries where HRHF and the network of Human Rights Houses operate.

Applicants should have demonstrated experience in all aspects of capacity building and training – including needs and capacity assessment, design of capacity building programmes, facilitation, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity strengthening processes. Applicants should have experience working with civil society organisations in Eastern Partnership countries within the field of human rights. This position reports to the Head of House Development and Support and its location can be negotiated.


  • Develop and implement a capacity building programme, based on assessment of needs, in the countries where HRHF works.
  • Support implementation of HRHF´s programmatic objectives by working with local organisations to define their training and capacity needs;
  • Working with the rest of HRHF staff, develop action plans to enhance organisational and human rights capacity of local organisations and coalitions;
  • Review, adapt and systemise existing training materials in collaboration with content experts to develop high-quality training curricula and capacity strengthening approaches;
  • Coordinate in-country capacity building activities to assess training needs, identify experts, and provide technical and administrative support for training programmes;
  • Identify potential trainers and design and carry out trainings to transfer training and capacity building skills and tools;
  • Provide input into the development of monitoring and evaluation tool for HRHF’s capacity building programme, including key capacity building benchmarks and outcome measures;
  • Identify and support local trainers or organisations that can provide follow-up and support following training workshops to address ongoing training needs;
  • Write project reports, document results achieved, and share best practices for training and capacity building;
  • Other duties as assigned by Head of House Development and Support Programme. 


  • Commitment to advancing human rights with a locally-led mindset.
  • At least seven years of relevant work experience planning and designing, and implementing training programmes and other capacity building activities;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in a wide range of capacity building activities, including conducting institutional capacity needs assessments, curricula design, participatory training and facilitation, training evaluation, and follow-up action planning;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and substantial experience in designing and using participatory, learner-centered methodologies for both training and capacity building;
  • Strong communications skills including writing and speaking;
  • Fluency in English and Russian required; fluency in another Eastern Partnership country language is an advantage;
  • Experience working in multi-cultural environment;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of political and social situation in Eastern Europe; knowledge of political and social situation in other regions where HRHF works 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.

Apply now, Deadline 15 June 2021

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV in English to  The deadline for applications is Tuesday, 15 June 2021 at 12:00 (GMT +1). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Should you have any questions about this opening, please feel free to contact Viktorija Syciova, HR Manager at Baltic Assist (phone no. +370 62 16 1074) or Daiva Petkeviciute, Head of House Development and Support at HRHF (, phone no. +47 40618154).

About Human Rights House Foundation

Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) envisions a world in which everyone can freely and safely promote and enjoy all human rights. Empowered human rights defenders and strong and independent civil society are key to this vision.

Human Rights House Foundation establishes, supports, and connects Human Rights Houses – coalitions of civil society organisations working together to advance human rights at home and abroad. Today, 17 Houses in 11 countries are united in an international network of Human Rights Houses.

Together, we advocate for the freedoms of assembly, association, and expression and the right to be a human rights defender. These four rights underpin a strong and independent civil society and protect and empower human rights defenders.

HRHF is an international non-profit organisation headquartered in Oslo with an office in Geneva and representation in Brussels and Tbilisi. HRHF holds consultative status at the United Nations and participatory status at the Council of Europe.


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