Vacancy: Consultant in Mexico

The Norwegian Human Rights Fund is looking for a consultant in Mexico. Deadline for applications: September 23, 2019.

The Norwegian Human Rights Fund’s mandate is to promote and protect human rights through direct support to organisations working in the first line of defence for human rights. The NHRF prioritises initiatives where communities and people affected by human rights violations mobilise and take the lead in the struggle for their rights.

Work conditions

  • The work involves initially a few days per month and will be agreed upon with the individual consultant and according to a work plan, but this might increase during 2020.
  • The contract is for 12 months with possibilities for extensions
  • The consultancy fee and conditions will be discussed with the short-listed

Job description

The main role of the consultant is to advice the NHRF in funding human rights projects in Mexico by:

  • Screening the applications, including assessing the track record and potential of grantees and the quality of project proposals, taking due account to the guidelines and the priorities of the NHRF
  • Assisting the country’s project coordinator in the review of proposals submitted to NHRF, providing contextual insight and due diligence concerning the applicant’s background
  • Some pro-active networking and project identification with the aim of improving the quality of the project portfolio and ensuring that the portfolio develops in consistency with the NHRF’s guidelines and priorities
  • Some monitoring and evaluation of projects and organisations, including visits to and follow-up of supported organisations, as agreed in each case
  • Contributing to long-term strategies and/or strategic planning of the NHRF’s engagement in Mexico, including fundraising
  • Identifying the needs of grantees for safety and security mechanism
  • Assisting the country’s project coordinator in planning and executing annual visits to the country and the possible capacity building seminar for the grantee organisations
  • Assisting the NHRF in the systematization of good practices and learned lessons

Qualifications needed

  • Extensive experience in the country, especially with work on human rights issues
  • Solid network of contacts
  • Good reputation among human rights actors and organisations in the country
  • Proven experience in working with grassroot organisations
  • Fluent in English and Spanish
  • Experience with project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience in protection and security of human rights defenders desirable
  • Experience in fundraising desirable
  • A team player and ability to be flexible and to give input to new ways of working

Deadline for Letter of Interest

Please send your CV and Letter of Interest to The Norwegian Human Rights Fund at by 23rd of September 2019. Please mark the e-mail “Consultancy Mexico”. The letter should clarify your motivation for applying and how your experience and background match the NHRF’s list of qualification needed for this position. The letter should not exceed 1 page. Interviews for short-listed candidates will be held in Mexico City, between 14th to 18th of October 2019.

About the NHRF

The NHRF was established in 1988 and sprung out of Norwegian civil society, academia and workers’ unions. The following organisations and institutions contribute strategically, professionally and financially to the NHRF’s work and are represented in the NHRF’s board:

  • Amnesty International Norway
  • Norwegian Centre for Human Rights
  • The Atlas Alliance
  • The Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Relations
  • The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions

The NHRF has a small and active head office in Oslo with consultants in four countries. In addition, the NHRF works closely with its network of owner organisations and extended human rights network.

The NHRF has been supporting local human rights organisations in Mexico since 2012, and efforts were increased in 2015 after the country was made a prioritized country. The NHRF supports projects focusing on work against impunity and for access to justice, as well as work against discrimination and/or marginalisation of vulnerable individuals and groups, with a specific focus on indigenous people, victims of torture and disappearances, migrants, and human rights defenders at risk. In 2020, the NHRF will develop a new 5 years strategic plan for its work, that might also affect the work in Mexico. The consultant will be included in the strategy process and discussions.

Some of the work NHRF supports in Mexico