Executive Director

Deadline : 22 Nov 2018

Position: Executive Director
Starting: 1 March 2019 (or as soon as possible)
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Reports to: The President and the Executive Committee of EuroMed Rights
Application deadline: 22 November 2018 CET
Job Interviews: 3 December 2018 and 12 December 2018

EuroMed Rights is looking for a new experienced and dynamic Executive Director based in the Copenhagen Headquarter.

EuroMed Rights is a network of 80 human rights organisations from over 25 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region. Its key working topics are migration and asylum, women’s rights and gender equality, shrinking space for civil society, discrimination, justice and economic and social rights. Its main actions consist in supporting members’ networking and capacity building, and their advocacy mainly targeting EU institutions and governments in the region and conducting documentation and communication activities. It has offices and/ or staff in Copenhagen, Brussels, Tunis, Paris and Rabat.

EuroMed Rights is one of few settings where civil society organisations from all strands of the Euro-Med region meet at equal level to work together, while providing regional civil society responses to issues of regional and national concern.

Position summary

The Executive Director has both a strategic and management role: he/she has the leading role in shaping and taking forward EuroMed Rights’ strategy, work program and fund raising, working closely with the President and the Executive Committee that he/she refers to.

The Executive Director is also the lead officer of EuroMed Rights’ Secretariat in charge of ensuring the development and sustainability of the organisation. He/she manages the staff (35 persons in total, 7 in Copenhagen) and organises the work of the Secretariat in close cooperation with the management group.

Essential functions

  • Supports the Executive Committee and General Assembly in developing and implementing EuroMed Rights’ policies and ensures the efficient implementation thereof by the Secretariat
  • Suggests strategic initiatives to the Executive Committee as well as financial plans and annual activity plans.
  • Ensures that close contact is maintained to EuroMed Rights’ members about the activities of EuroMed Rights and members’ work.
  • Monitors the human rights situation and political developments in the region.
  • Represents and speaks on behalf of the EuroMed Rights upon delegation of the Executive Committee.
  • Leads fund raising activities and maintenance of good relations with donors.
  • Ensures the implementation of relevant monitoring and evaluation instruments including the implementation of EuroMed Rights’ gender mainstreaming policy
  • Leads a highly professional group of department directors, a.k.a. the management group
  • Ensures a sound human resource management and staff development initiatives

Profile, skills and background

  • A university degree in political science, social sciences, law or similar experience
  • At least 10 years’ experience in a leading management position servicing an elected board, preferably in an NGO environment
  • Good understanding of EU mechanisms
  • Extensive knowledge of the
    • international human rights system
    • human rights and political situation in the EU, the Mediterranean and the MENA region
    • functioning and situation of civil society organisations
  • Fluent knowledge – oral as well as in writing – of two out of three working languages of EuroMed Rights, Arabic, English and French, and ideally sound knowledge of the third language
  • Strong external/ internal communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills, including capacity to tackle issues with diplomacy and to contacts with NGOs and government representatives
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment with a keen interest in the cultural dimensions of the work

Starting date: 1 March 2019 (or as soon as possible)

How to Apply

If you believe you qualify for this position, please send your CV and motivation letter (in one of the three EuroMed Rights working languages) by 22 November 2018 at midnight CET to president@euromedrights.net

First round of interviews will take place on 3 December 2018. An eventual second round will take place on 12 December 2018.

For further information about the position, please call EuroMed Rights President Wadih Al-Asmar on +961.70.950.780 or EuroMed Rights Vice President Catherine Teule on +

The wage and other benefits are negotiated considering the candidate’s experience and standards for Danish NGO Directors. EuroMed Rights will assist a successful non-EU citizen candidate in obtaining the relevant residence permits.

EuroMed Rights guarantees that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the ground of race, colour, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origins, gender, marital status, caring responsibilities, sexual orientation, disability or chronic illness.