In order to ensure a high level of accuracy in the selection of projects, the NHRF operates with local consultants in most of its priority countries. The main tasks of the consultants are capacity building of grantee organizations, monitoring of projects, and providing advice to the Secretariat on strategies and project applications. The NHRF also uses international networks and references from like-minded donors and national and international human rights organizations in the selection of projects. All NHRF consultants are qualified human rights activists with extensive experience from working with grassroots organizations in their respective countries. Currently the NHRF has consultants in Pakistan, India, Mexico, Thailand and Indonesia.
The NHRF organizational structure
The NHRF is anchored in Norwegian civil society organizations, providing imperative support to human rights projects. Correspondingly, five member organizations and institutions contribute strategically, professionally, and financially to the NHRF’s work and are represented in its Board.
The Board and supporters
The NHRF is managed by a Board of Directors that represent each of the member organizations.
As of 2017, the NHRF's members are:
- Amnesty International Norway
- Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Relations
- Norwegian Centre for Human Rights
- Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions
- The Atlas Alliance
John Peder Egenæs
Ingvild Gjone Lyberg
Peris Sean Jones
Knut D. Asplund
NHRF's Secretariat in Oslo
Head of Finance
Project Coordinator (Colombia team)
Kristin Storaker Skutlaberg
Project Coordinator (Mexico)
Scott M. Sandvik
Project Coordinator (Pakistan, Thailand and Indonesia)
Project Coordinator (India, Sri Lanka, HRDs at Risk) and MEL (based in Seattle)
Maya Sunde Singh
Communications and Organization Officer
NHRF's Colombia Office
Dhayana Cuellar Becaría
Finance and Administrative Manager
Víctor M. Linares
Senior Communications Officer
Mateo Corrales Hoyos
David Pico Garcia
Program Officer (MEL)
Local consultant in Mexico
Local consultant in Pakistan
Local consultant in India
Local consultant in Indonesia
UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders. Founder and Board member of Front Line Defenders. Adjunct Professor in the School of Business, Trinity College, Dublin. Member of the steering committee to develop an ethics policy for the School of Business. Former Director and Chair of Amnesty International Irish Section.
Deputy Director at Human Rights Watch, Asia Division. Previous program manager of the UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP). Before that, he led the Mainland Southeast Asia office of the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center, working on trade union rights, democratic political reform, and rights of migrant workers, focusing primarily on Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Thailand.
Associate Professor - Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo. M.Phil. and Dr.Polit in Human Geography, UiO. Doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo. Researcher and Post-doctoral research fellow at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, UiO.
Secretary General of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT). Previous Director of Center for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers (CIJL) and Director of its Global Security and Rule of Law Initiative at the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). Coordinator of rule of law and anti-torture projects at OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
Nora Sveaass is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. She is a former member of the UN Committee Against Torture, and currently a member of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture. Sveaass is the founder of Health and Human Rights Info, and the Human Rights Committee at the Norwegian psychological association, and is part of NHRF’s Advisory Board. In 2018, she was awarded the Human Rights Prize of the University of Oslo and in 2019 the Royal Norwegian Order of Saint Olav.
President of UPR Info Geneva. Previously, he has been Convenor of the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN (WGHR) and appointed the first United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing.