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The Danish Institute for Human Rights: Visionary Department DIRECTOR at human rights and development


The Danish Institute for Human Rights


Onsdag, 20. september 2017 - 12:00


Visionary Department DIRECTOR at human rights and development



Are you ready to lead a team of highly qualified international human rights experts committed to induce accountability into sustainable development and business? The Human Rights and Development Department is seeking a new director.

The Human Rights and Development Department works at the intersection of responsible business and sustainable development. It builds knowledge, standards, and capacity that help governments and businesses achieve sustainable development by putting respect for people and their rights at the centre of decision-making. The Department is internationally recognised for agenda setting in the field of responsible business and sustainable development.


Read more on our website: www.humanrights.dk


Your position involves management responsibility for three programmes with some 12 professionals in Copenhagen as well as 3 staff abroad. As Department Director, you are part of the International Division management group referring to DIHR’s Deputy Executive Director for the International Area.


Your own professional skills– in human rights, programming, strategizing and management – will be challenged and nourished on a daily basis.

Your qualifications, expertise and experience

  • Master’s degree in international development, law, Policy Studies or similar.
  • A minimum of 10-15 years’ of experience in the field of human rights and responsible business and/or sustainable development
  • Significant experience in personal and administrative management in an international context
  • Experience from fundraising and administration of donor funds
  • A ‘principled pragmatist’ approach – ability to translate policies, norms and standards into practice in a business and/or government setting
  • Ability to build partnerships, build trust and adapt to different country situations and stakeholders
  • Strong communication skills
  • Living and working experience from different countries, ideally including developing countries

Indispensable - English (working language)

Preferable – Scandinavian, French, Spanish, Arabic.

Personal skills

  • You know how to build and maintain “winning teams” and enjoy managing teams and colleagues
  • You are visionary, driven and analytical
  • You are motivating and proactive.


The duty station is Copenhagen with expected international travel. Salary is at “chief advisor” level with the possibility to negotiate individual supplements in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.


Please submit your application no later than 12.00 CET 20 September 2017 by using the form found on our website http://humanrights.dk/about-us/vacancies.


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


Deputy Executive Director, Head of International Division,

Eva Grambye, [email protected] or + 45 41904128.


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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