Head of Capacity Building


Head of Capacity Building

Front Line Defenders

Dublin, Ireland

Front Line Defenders is seeking an exceptional candidate for the role of Head of Capacity Building. This role has the overall responsibility to lead and develop the Capacity Building Programme and its team members. The role will be responsible for fostering and supporting an effective team to ensure the provision of holistic protection support to HRDs which is coordinated, strategic, targeted and effective, and the delivery of team products, initiatives and events. The role will lead on agreeing and developing the work of the team, and ensuring monitoring, learning and innovation of the programming. The role will be based in the Front Line Defenders office in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. It is part of the Management Team and contributes to the collective management and leadership of Front Line Defenders, directly supporting the Directors in the strategy, planning, management and evaluation of all aspects of the organisation.


Front Line Defenders, The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (www.frontlinedefenders.org) was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the aim of providing practical assistance and protecting human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk - people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Front Line Defenders maintains its headquarters in Dublin, an advocacy office in Brussels, and regionally based field staff in all world regions.

The purpose of the Capacity Building Team is to provide practical support to human rights defenders (HRDs) and organisations at risk, to strengthen their capacities to analyse, manage, and mitigate the risks they face and to build their longer term resilience. The Team will achieve its purpose through the development, implementation and evaluation of participatory methodology on holistic protection, including a comprehensive and adaptive training programme, training of trainers, mentoring, individual and collective consultations, and products and events. The team focuses on holistic protection including risk assessment and protection planning (RAPP), visibility for protection and well-being, in partnership with security advice. (Support on capacity building regarding digital protection comes from a separate programme within the organisation, and those teams will collaborate closely).

Knowledge and Skills:


  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral in English and at least one other relevant language (eg Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish);
  • High level leadership, management and interpersonal skills, leading by example to motivate the team and others engaging in the work;
  • Broad knowledge of holistic protection, protection needs and HRDs;
  • Strong knowledge of best practices for culturally appropriate capacity building methods;
  • Strong understanding of the political environment for human rights defenders and excellent political judgement;
  • Sound decision-making, particularly in high pressure and high risk situations;
  • Flexibility in time, scheduling, travel and supporting other staff, both from the same team and on other teams;
  • Ability to offer advice, guidance and support to meet the organisational needs;
  • Ability to work as a team member at different levels;
  • Financial skills for budgeting;
  • Mentorship experience.


  • Ability to learn on the job about different political and cultural contexts in order to develop effective programming.



  • Extensive experience as a trainer as well as in the development and management of training programmes in diverse cultural contexts;
  • Proven experience as a manager including in managing budgets;
  • Experience in driving innovation and creative programming;
  • Experience in event planning and organising;
  • Experience in managing diverse teams and working in different cultural contexts.


  • Demonstrated experience and judgment in high risk situations that pose security concerns to individuals as well as the organisation.

Other requirements:

Requirement to travel internationally at least four times per year.

Keep up to date on developments related to human rights defenders on global basis, and also in specific contexts as needed.

For full role profile: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/sites/default/files/head_of_capacity_building_role_profile.pdf.


The minimum salary for this role is €64,200 per annum, progressing in an additional eight annual increments. Salary to be agreed on appointment.

21 days of annual leave per year in addition to public holidays in Ireland and three special leave days which will be specified each year between 25 and 31 December.

Benefits include: matching pension contributions, a contribution to private health insurance, death in service benefit, income protection and an employee assistance programme.

Application Process:

If this sounds like the role for you please submit your CV and Cover letter via the ''Apply now'' link below. Please include your CV and cover letter in the same attachment and title it with: the position you are applying for, and your last name. Applications should be addressed to Olive Moore, Deputy Director and the deadline is 9am Dublin time on Tuesday 4th October 2022.

For additional information or queries please contact recruit@frontlinedefenders.org with the title of the role you are querying. Please do not send your application to this email address.

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