Vacancy open at our Colombia Office: Senior Communications Officer - 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 Norwegian Human Rights Fund is looking for a communications professional to join our new country office team based in Bogota and that will report to the Colombia Country Director, but the person will be instrumental in giving input to the NHRF overall communication work and will also work with team members at the Head Office in Oslo to advance this work.

About the position

Deadline for applications: August 7th.

Startup date: Preferably September 1st.

Duty station: Bogotá, with travel 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.

Professional experience:
• University degree in communications or journalism.

• At least 5 years of relevant working experience.

• Proven experience in creation of content in the thematical areas of the NHRF (human rights and peace) and preferably from working with a similar institution and/or organisation.

• Proven record in developing and implementing communications strategies, communications handling plans and campaigns.

• Knowledge of programmes for graphic design, audio, and video editing for communications pieces for campaigns and public events.

• Experience in working with human rights defenders/human rights organisations and/or positive narrative work is an advantage.

Personal qualifications:
• Excellent writing, editing and content creation skill in Spanish and preferably also in English

• Good at building effective, lasting relationships and can bring people round

• Team player and can work independently

• Willingness to travel in the field in Colombia (when COVID 19 allows for his)

• Good level of English to be able to communicate with staff at the head office in Oslo

A motivated person able to work under pressure and with a high working capacity. The NHRF is seeking an ambitious and creative person in a period of growth and development that is reliable, self-driven, but committed to be a part of a new team in Colombia to develop our work that can benefit marginalized and vulnerable groups and the organizations and human rights defenders we are supporting.

The NHRF communication work is under development. In addition to be working on communication strategy development, implementation and coordination of the communication work in Colombia, we are seeking a person that can be instrumental in piloting new ways of working with local human rights defenders and organizations that can be positive when it comes to protection and to create public support, empathy and solidarity of the role of human rights defenders and defense. The person will work with other team members in the NHRF on advancing this part of the work. 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 human rights organizations and NHRF 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, and have the ability to interact with donors, grantees, relevant networks and institutions, the team and NHRF staff in a respectful, flexible and supportive manner.

Work amount and conditions:
We are seeking a person who can work full time from the office in Bogota during regular office hours, when the COVID-19 situation again allows for this. Travel in the country will be expected. Salary and other benefits 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 “Communications Professional Colombia 2020”.

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 and should include at least two references. References will not be contacted before a possible interview.

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.