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The Danish Institute for Human Rights is looking for an Experienced Strategic Adviser with expertise in Human Rights and State Actor Engagement


The Danish Institute for Human Rights


Onsdag, 13. juni 2018 - 16:00


Experienced Strategic Adviser with expertise in Human Rights and State Actor Engagement




The Danish Institute for Human Rights is looking for an experienced human rights expert specialised in state actor engagement to provide technical human rights and legal advice to our international work. 


The Danish Institute for Human Rights works to develop strong national human rights systems in countries in Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia, Caucasus and Europe, focusing on collaboration with partners such as national human rights institutions, ministries,  justice and security actors.


The strategic adviser will be part of the Human Rights Systems Department in the international area of the Institute.


AS A STRATEGIC ADVISER you are as a member of the programme team responsible for providing high-level advice and expertise to the Programme and Project Managers on the overall strategic direction and development of programmes and projects. You will report to the Department Director.


The role includes the following responsibilities:

  • Advise the Programme Manager on all aspects of strategy, development and implementation of the programme;
  • Support the Programme Manager and Project Managers in integrating DIHR’s international strategy and theory of change into programme and project design and implementation;
  • Assist the Programme Team in identification of strategic opportunities, synergies, partnerships and resource mobilisation;
  • Provide expert input on key programme deliverables and implementation.
  • Engage in dialogue with authorities in the programme countries to ensure the support necessary for the programme and projects;
  • Develop and maintain close working relations with nationalpartners as well as promote local ownership of projects;
  • Provide support and sparring to DIHR’s local offices in selected programme countries;
  • Provide technical and substantive contributions to concept notes and programme development.





  • 8-10 years professional experience working with human rights, state and justice system actors in a development context;
  • Experience with legal analysis and review of legislation etc.;
  • Experience from partnership-based programmes and diplomatic management of relations with partners and other stakeholders;
  • International experience from working with National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI);
  • Fluency in English and French (spoken and written) required, Arabic, Chinese and/or Russian an advantage;
  • International work experience in human rights protection, ideally from Asia, Africa and the Middle East & North Africa (MENA);
  • Experience with donor relations highly preferred, knowledge of Danish foreign policy and development cooperation an advantage;
  • Experience with information and communications technology an advantage.

Personal skills

  • You are a team player who contributesto a positive working atmosphere in an exciting, multi-cultural setting;
  • You are visionary, strategic and work according to the objectives set;
  • You possess excellent communication and inter-personal skills, including a proven ability to work in partnership with a variety of organisations and state actors;
  • You have demonstrated strengths in cross-cultural interaction and work in politically sensitive contexts;
  • You have strong facilitation and capacity building skills;
  • You are solution and opportunities oriented;
  • You are a good networker;
  • You are well-organised, flexible and able to work independently;
  • You enjoy and are able to travel internationally on a regular basis.




It is a one-year position from 1 August 2018. The position is full-time; it is based in Copenhagen with significant international travel (up to 40% of the time). The salary is set in accordance with the Danish Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.


Please submit your application no later than 16.00 CET on 13 June 2018 by using the form found on our website http://humanrights.dk/about-us/vacancies. Your application should include a letter of motivation, CV and any relevant diploma/academic certificates.


The Institute strives to achieve diversity in its staff composition and therefore invites all qualified candidates to apply for the position.


For any inquiries related to the position, please contact Department Director, Elsebeth Krogh, via e-mail [email protected] or phone: (+45) 9132 5750


The Danish Institute for Human Rights is a state institution, independent of government with a national and international mandate provided by law. The Danish Institute is known by its partners for being collaborative and trustworthy and for taking responsibility for creating long-lasting solutions. This allows the Danish Institute to operate in the nexus between governments, NGOs and businesses.




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