Vacancy open at our Colombia Office: Program Officer (Land and environmental rights) - Full Time

The Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF) has expanded its work in Colombia in 2020 through the establishment of a local office in Bogota. The office is responsible for all funding in Colombia and will operate independently while remaining an extension of and accountable to the NHRF and its mandate. The NHRF is looking for a highly-skilled, proactive, and flexible Programme Officer, with expertise preferably in land and environmental rights or gender, to join our new dynamic country office team based in Bogota.

About the position

Deadline for applications: August 7th.

Startup date: Preferably September 1st.

Duty station: Bogotá, with travels in the country to be expected (when the COVID-19 situation allows for this)

Timeline for the position: 1 year and 4 months, with a strong possibility of extension.


Under the supervision and guidance of Colombia Country Director, this position will coordinate programme activities with the team in Norway and Colombia following the NHRF mandate. The Programme Officer is to:

• Follow up and monitoring of a portfolio of NHRF grantees work in Colombia in all phases of the project cycle and ensure the monitoring and documentation of this.

• Participate in the NHRFs objective selection process of grantees.

• Conduct field visits to visit grantee organizations, including field visits.

• Maintain the grantee's information updated in the NHRFs monitoring system (Induct) and secure it being correspondent to NHRF, donor standards, and national legislation; and ensure all necessary documentation is uploaded in the Induct Software.

• Participate in results analysis of the NHRF and the grantees work, and participate in Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation tasks related to the NHRFs work.

• Monitor, analyse, and document issues of concern arising during the casework with grantees.

• Ensure to follow activities that are implemented according to the work plan. Ensures reporting tools are in place for daily tracking of activities/training.

• Elaborate draft reports on the activities implementation status and relevant administrative affairs;

• Prepare, organize, and facilitate training, workshops, webinars, and other events according to the plans/requests.

• Represent NHRF in external meetings, as needed.

• Adhere to NHRF policies, guidance, and procedures.

• Readiness to perform additional tasks that are needed.

Professional experience:

• Relevant university degree, and specialization in human rights, land rights and/or environmental rights, preferably.

• Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience.

• Documented results related to job responsibilities.

• Excellent liaison, networking and communication skills, ability to ensure acceptance by different stakeholders.

• Understanding of the main concepts of monitoring and evaluation, quality control of organizations.

• Experience in NGOs and working with local partners is an advantage.

• Fluent Spanish and working proficiency in English (willingness to improve English if necessary). The candidate must be able to interact with NHRF team members who do not speak Spanish.

• Advanced computer skills.

• Knowledge and experience from countries in the region will be positively evaluated.

Personal qualifications:

The NHRF is seeking a person in a period of growth and development that is reliable, self-driven, but committed to be a part of a dynamic new team in Colombia to develop the work that can benefit marginalized and vulnerable groups.

We are seeking a person that share our values of equality, dignity and diversity and keep these at heart when working with staff, grantees, and our stakeholders.

The person will be working in a multicultural working environment and with grantees of all sizes and in different parts of the country and must, therefore, be ready and willing to be open to new ways of thinking and in ways of communication.

We seek a person able to work under pressure and with much working capacity, and that can interact with donors, grantees, the team and NHRF staff in a respectful and supportive manner.

Work amount and conditions:

We are seeking a person who can work full time from the office in Bogota (when the COVID-19 situation allows for this) during regular office hours. Travel in the country will be expected. Salary and conditions will be discussed with the suitable candidate.

Please send your CV and a letter of interest to The Norwegian Human Rights Fund to: by the deadline 7th of August. Please mark the e-mail “Programme Officer Colombia 2020”.

The letter should clarify your motivation for applying and how your experience and background match the NHRF’s list of qualifications needed for this position. The letter should not exceed 1 page and should include at least two references.

We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, sex, gender identity and expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances.

About the NHRF in Colombia

The NHRF supports locally driven and grassroots organizations and social movements that work to promote the human rights of marginalized and vulnerable groups throughout the world. We currently support projects in eight priority countries and in many others through our thematic Human Rights Defenders Protection program, which does not have geographical boundaries. The NHRF operates with a mission to be a bold, non-bureaucratic, risk-willing donor that can support small and local initiatives and organizations with a limited budget, including new initiatives, to help drive and support those working in the front lines of defense for human rights.

The NHRF has worked extensively and strategically in Colombia for three decades and has established long-term relationships, partnerships and networks with relevant actors in the human rights field and in civil society. The NHRF plans to make a significant contribution to civil society in Colombia by supporting local, grassroots, national and regional organizations/projects and initiatives through grants management, network support and communications on the work supported. We are localizing our grantmaking to civil society in Colombia by establishing a strong and experienced team and office in Bogota that will enable us to increase close monitoring and follow-up of the grantees and to ensure targeted, fit-for-purpose capacity building and increased funds based on verifiable needs for front line human right defenders’ and civil society work at a crucial time in the country’s history.

The central activity of this program is aligned with our overall mandate to promote and protect human rights internationally with a focus on the most marginalized and vulnerable groups and operates within the NHRF’s overall strategy and three strategic areas: work against impunity and access to justice, work against discrimination of marginalized and vulnerable groups rights and support to improved working conditions of human rights defenders at risk. Further, we have prioritized, but do not limit projects to the following methods:

• Advocacy towards decision-makers

• Competence building that equips vulnerable groups to make better use of existing legal frameworks to defend their rights.

• Legal aid/assistance

The NHRF also prioritizes gender within its overall mandate and strategy by integrating specific criteria for potential projects and applying a gender lens to our assessment of applications.

Grantmaking through our Colombia office will be focused within three thematic areas that were determined according to our current country strategy for Colombia. Projects that may be eligible for funding in Colombia will work within the following thematic areas: (1) work for peace and work against impunity, for access to justice for the victims of the armed conflict and use the transitional justice mechanisms; (2) work for the protection of and guarantees for human rights defense and defenders; and (3) work for access to and protection of land, territory and the environment.