Junior Programme Officer—Grants and protection work.

Job title: Junior Programme Officer—Grants and protection work.

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Application deadline: February 20, 2022

The Prague Civil Society Centre supports and empowers civil society and independent media in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. As a grant maker and capacity-building organisation, it’s our job to make sure activists and journalists, many of whom work in some of the region’s most repressive countries, get the support they need.

The Junior Programme Officer will be working with the Centre’s partners (grantees). He or she will contribute to decision making on whom to support, document project results through monitoring and evaluating reports, and help to create a supportive environment for our partners beyond just funding. This role will be combined with assistance to individuals in need of protection—victims of unjustified prosecution and harassment in their countries, namely human rights defenders, activists and media professionals.

We are looking for a person with a passion for human rights and civil society who has a keen interest in developments in Eastern Europe (particularly Belarus), the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Even if you don’t have extensive experience in this field, if you are strongly value driven, dedicated to helping the Centre’s partners and willing to learn, we encourage you to apply. We offer a stable, welcoming team of recognised professionals, the opportunity for meaningful work and room for professional development.

In this position, you will:

• Communicate with human rights defenders, activists and media professionals and participate in their needs assessment;

• Receive requests for support, review project proposals and reports as well as conduct monitoring and evaluation of supported activities;

• Experience the successes and challenges of active citizenry, and of those working towards a greater respect for human rights and more democratic rule in their countries;

• Co-organise grant competitions;

• Support the financial management of the Grants team;

• Provide individual rapid response and follow up in cases of human rights abuses;

• Liaise and coordinate with relevant human rights organisations for referral of cases and/or collaboration on protection work;

• Undertake research tasks.

Qualifications and requirements:

• Excellent command of spoken and written English and Russian, full fluency in Czech is a significant plus;

• University degree in any relevant field (area studies, media studies, international development, law, history, political science, international relations, development, public policy etc.);

• Knowledge and interest in the political, social and economic situation in Eastern Europe;

• Understanding the role of civil society;

• Advanced computer and cybersecurity literacy and experience working with databases;

• Excellent communication and relationship-building skills, capacity to work in a multi-national team, stress-resistance, patience and team spirit;

• High level of self-organisation, reliability and diligence in approach to work;

• Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of the organisation.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should fill in the candidate information form, including their CV and motivation letter in English by February 20, 2022. All documents must be in PDF format. Due to the high volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should you have additional questions, contact us at jobs@praguecivilsociety.org.

*The information provided in the applications is subject to EU legislation on protection of personal data and confidentiality of information.

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