Jobs @ Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Recruitment for human rights capacity development programme in Turkey

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) is an independent academic institution established in 1984. The mission of the Institute is to promote universal respect for human rights and humanitarian law by means of research, academic education, and institutional development. The vision of the Institute is to be a centre of excellence meeting the highest international standards in all its fields of operation. In addition to research and academic education programmes, RWI has since 1990 been implementing a wide range of human rights capacity development programmes for institutions in developing countries, mainly with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). RWI works in support of government efforts to advance human rights.

RWI is committed to gender equality promotion. Gender equality is achieved when women and men, girls and boys, have equal rights, conditions, opportunities and power to shape their own lives and affect society. The equality promotion work must be targeted towards all groups and aimed at changing institutions and social structures.


RWI is seeking a Programme Officer to fill a full time position at RWI’s office in Istanbul, Turkey, with the Institute’s Programme Human Rights Capacity Development in Turkey, which is an institutional capacity development programme for the justice sector and academic sector that is implemented in support of government reform efforts with financial support from Sida.

In RWI’s Turkey programme a consolidated effort is currently taking place in relation to gender equality work and gender integration as well as in relation to the implementation of adequate results based management systems and tools. For this reason RWI in Turkey is recruiting a programme officer who can spearhead these processes, in cooperation with the other staff members.

Initially, the contract will have duration from 1 July until 31 December 2016, but it will be renewable depending on funding. The assignment is expected to continue until 31 December 2017, with possible extension.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement activities as outlined in approved annual/periodic programme work/activity plans, in accordance with relevant templates and guidelines and in consultation with closes manager and partners, including: developing terms of reference and other contractual documentation for activities, partner institutions and resource persons as well as agendas and materials for training activities; securing resource persons and other necessary inputs for activities; making necessary logistical arrangements (travel, accommodation, etc.) for activities when relevant; and coordinating completion of activity deliverables
  • Together with programme partners and programme staff, facilitate the integration of gender equality considerations into the programme work;
  • Together with programme partners and programme staff, manage the process of addressing the established needs in relation to results based management
  • Facilitate capacity development of programme partners and support programme staff in relation to gender equality promotion and integration of gender equality considerations.
  • Develop and monitor, an accordance with relevant templates and guidelines and in consultation with closest manager and partners, programme budgets, as well as to ensure that budgetary resources are efficiently utilised to achieve expected results;
  • Regularly assess and monitor Programme developments and results, in accordance with approved annual/periodic programme work/activity plans and relevant overall programme documents, including monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
  • Stay informed of relevant developments for the successful carrying out of duties and responsibilities, with particular focus on gender equality promotion;
  • Initiate and maintain regular contact, as well as participate in meetings, with partners as well as relevant authorities, organisations, donors, etc.
  • For completed activities and programmes, prepare narrative reports to analyse the results of the respective activity/programme carried out, in accordance with relevant templates and guidelines, and in consultation with closest manager;
  • Develop annual/periodic programme work/activity plans, in accordance with relevant templates and guidelines, and in consultation with closest manager and partners.
  • Conduct relevant research that informs and enhances the quality of programmes.
  • Periodic travel to programme activity sites to facilitate the achievement of programme results objectives, and to promote and assess programme development


  • Relevant university degree with preferably specialisation in gender studies, human rights or related field;
  • Knowledge of human rights and human rights framework to gender equality;
  • Relevant professional experience in programme management, with particular experience in results based management and monitoring and evaluation tools;
  • Knowledge of means and methods of international development cooperation work.
  • Extensive experience (minimum six years) from gender equality work and gender integration in the development cooperation context, as well as from Results Based Management;
  • Proven extensive experience from working in teams, preferably in a coordinating role;
  • Excellent writing skills in English and Turkish;
  • Experience from building capacity of others (teaching or similar)
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to take initiatives and prioritise work tasks;
  • Ability to work under pressure and complete tasks within given timeframes;
  • Supportive of a learning organisation with a strong willingness to share knowledge
  • Flexible, proactive and solution-oriented mindset with a desire to continuously improve work performance
  • A high sense of responsibility and commitment as well as strong attention to detail.

Contact and Application:

For further information about the position please contact Emma Melander Borg, Head of Unit, tel: +46 46 222 12 44 or +46 70 582 94 18.

Please provide your CV and cover letter by clicking on “register” and follow the instructions.

Please note that we only accept applications via the RWI website unless otherwise agreed.

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