MINELRES: The European Roma Rights Centre invites applications for the post of PROGRAMMES DIRECTOR

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Original sender: European Roma Rights Centre <errc@errc.org>

The European Roma Rights Centre invites applications for the post of

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is an international public
interest law organisation defending and promoting the human rights of
Roma across Europe.  

The ERRC pursues its goals through strategic litigation, international
advocacy, research and policy development, and training. Established in
1996 and based in Budapest, the ERRC as a Hungarian foundation has an
international Board of Directors, employs approximately 20 staff, as
well as consultants and interns, and has an annual budget of over EUR
2.5 million. For more information, see the ERRC website:

The PROGRAMMES DIRECTOR (PD) develops and implements, with relevant
staff, the research and policy, advocacy and human rights education work
of the organisation.  The PD ensures informed and timely action on all
advocacy issues related to Roma rights and guarantees the production of
high quality advocacy materials.

The main duties of the post-holder include: 

· In cooperation with the Executive Director and senior staff,
developing and refining a policy and advocacy strategy for the
organisation, including research and human rights education components

· Supervising the implementation of this strategy

· Ensuring high quality and timely delivery of programmes department
work in accordance with the strategy and annual work programme

· Contributing to ERRC budgeting and annual work programme design

· Overseeing programmes department budget and grant project budgets for
which programmes department has primary responsibility

· Staying abreast of developments in human rights and Roma rights, at
domestic and international levels

· Coordinating policy input to all ERRC published materials, including
reports, press releases and letters of concern

In specific the position’s tasks cover the following programmes areas:

Research, policy analysis:

· Analysing the situation concerning Roma in Europe and advising the
Executive Director in taking appropriate advocacy measures

· Determining the focus of research work and developing the research
programme according to the organization’s strategy

· Liaising with qualified professionals as relevant to ensure informed
policy responses

· Overseeing the production of thematic and country-specific reports,
ERRC journals and newsletters

Human rights training and other capacity building: 

· Supervising the development and implementation of capacity
building/human rights training activities of the organisation, including
the Roma internship program


· Designing and undertaking advocacy work directed at domestic and
international bodies

· Determining the focus of advocacy work and developing the advocacy
programme according to the organizational strategy

· Liaising and building partnerships with relevant stakeholders to
maximise the impact of ERRC advocacy work.

· Coordinating the submission of policy statements to intergovernmental
structures and instruments concerning Roma

· Representing the organisation in domestic and international fora

Cooperation with legal department:

· Ensuring information flow between programmes and legal departments

· Working with legal department to plan and execute joint activities, in
particular on advocacy and implementation of significant court decisions

· Where appropriate, incorporating a litigation component into
programmes department research and reporting

Project development and supervision:

· Proposing project activities

· With the Operations Director, coordinating project-specific

· Overseeing project activities and project management

· With the Operations Director, coordinating donor reporting


· Supervising the staff of the programmes department

· Undertaking performance evaluations of programmes department staff

· In consultation with the Executive Director and Finance Manager,
creating the budget for the programmes department and overseeing and
approving expenditures from that budget


· Contributing articles to ERRC publications and periodicals as

· Facilitating constructive work relations with relevant stakeholders

· Other tasks as requested by Executive Director

Essential Requirements: 

- Strong commitment to promotion of Roma rights; 
- Proven record of leadership in complex environments, coordination
skills and initiative in fulfilling the goals of the organisation; 
- Superior analytic ability; 
- Independent judgment; 
- Familiarity with international and European human rights law and
advocacy, the European political context and the position of Roma, with
special reference to Central and Eastern Europe; 
- Familiarity with existing EU and member-state Roma policies and
integration initiatives; 
- Proven ability to lead a culturally diverse team of highly-skilled
- Strong administrative and budgetary skills; 
- First-class drafting skills including an ability to write clearly and
- Fluency in oral and written English; 
- Excellent networking skills; 
- Willingness to travel as required inside and outside Europe 

Further advantages: 

- Broad involvement in the work of human rights institutions at the
international, European and national level 
- Fluency in other languages of Eastern Europe and/or Romanes 
- A mixture of experience in non-governmental and other settings 
- Knowledge of the principles and techniques of grant administration 

Salary and Benefits:

The remuneration level shall be commensurate with experience, from
annual level of 52.000 – up to 58.000 ˆ (paid in HUF) plus benefits.

Applicants should send a letter of interest (up to 500 words) indicating
why they are ideally qualified for the position, a full CV, and the
names of two referees who may be contacted before interviews are held to
the address indicated below.  Candidates are encouraged to submit their
documents in electronic form.

Application deadline:  15 June 2009.
ERRC – Programmes Director Position Search 
PO Box 906/93 
H-1386 Budapest 62 
Fax: (36 1) 41 32 201 


The European Roma Rights Centre is an international public interest law
organisation which monitors the human rights situation of Roma and
provides legal defence in cases of human rights abuse. For more
information about the European Roma Rights Centre, visit the ERRC on the
web at http://www.errc.org 

To support the ERRC, please visit this link:

European Roma Rights Centre
1386 Budapest 62
P.O. Box 906/93
Tel: +36.1.413.2200

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