Raoul Wallenberg Institute Job Vacancy: Programme Officer, Lund

Vacancy: Programme Officer, Lund (ref. no. POLU12)

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) is an independent academic institution established in 1984. The mission of the Institute is to promote universal respect for human rights and humanitarian law by means of research, academic education, and institutional development. The vision of the Institute is to be a centre of excellence meeting the highest international standards in all its fields of operation, contributing to the development of societies based on a human rights culture. In addition to research and academic education programmes, RWI has since 1990 been implementing a wide range of human rights capacity development programmes for institutions in developing countries, mainly with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The Department of International Programmes manages and coordinates RWI’s human rights capacity development programmes and projects. The Department consists of three units, whereof one deals with thematic work and the two other have geographic areas of responsibilities covering Asia, and Europe and the Middle East and North Africa, respectively. RWI’s thematic unit largely focuses on programmes and projects with National Human Rights Institutions.

Summary: RWI is currently seeking candidates immediately for a position as Programme Officer, based in Lund, Sweden, working with the component on support to academic institutions forming part of the Institute's regional human rights capacity development programme in Asia. The position is temporary for one year covering the current programme officer’s maternity leave, and is expected to start in mid-March.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Programme Officer’s primary responsibilities are to ensure that RWI’s programme activities focusing on support to academic institutions in Southeast Asia are planned, implemented and followed up on so as to achieve expected results enhancing the overall impact, quality and coordination of the regional Asia programme. In accordance with relevant templates and guidelines and reporting to the Head of the Unit for Asia, the Programme Officer’s tasks would include:

• Initiating and maintaining regular contact, as well as participating in meetings in Sweden and Southeast Asia, with relevant academic institutions, authorities, organisations, donors, etc. • Drafting and monitoring programme budgets and work plans; • Drafting agreements and contracts with partner institutions and external consultants; • Regularly assessing and monitoring programme results; • Staying informed of relevant programme developments; • For completed activities, preparing narrative reports to analyse the results of the respective programme activities carried out; • Preparing annual progress reports to analyse the results of the programme • Assessing new programme opportunities within the mandate of RWI, and when relevant drafting proposals for new programmes; • Participating in the work of other Units of the Department as necessary and as agreed by the Head of Unit, performing the same tasks as above.

The position will involve periodic travel to programme sites in Southeast Asia to facilitate the implementation of project objectives, and to assess and report on project developments and results. At times, the workload can be high.

• A minimum of three years of relevant professional experience in programme management, with a demonstrated ability to prepare project proposals and administer budgets; • Strong knowledge of international human rights law, including university degree with preferably a specialisation in international human rights law or related fields; • Strong knowledge of and relevant experiences from programme work concerning Southeast Asia and preferably experience of working with academic institutions. • Strong experience of results based management and monitoring and evaluation tools; • Demonstrated organisational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills; • Ability to work independently, take initiatives and prioritise work tasks; • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and complete tasks within given timeframes; • Proven skills to work in teams and generate innovative, practical solutions to challenging situations; • Fluency in English is required; • Cultural sensitivity and judgement; and • Sound knowledge of means and methods of Swedish and/or other international development cooperation.
How to apply: 
To apply for this position, please send cover letter and detailed CV/resume in English as well as copies of relevant certificates by e-mail to: linda.hiltmann@rwi.lu.se.
RWI is an equal opportunities employer and welcome all applicants regardless of sex/gender, disability, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation or age.

The application deadline is 8 February 2012. RWI will review applications as soon as they are received and might interview relevant candidates before the deadline for application.

Interested applicants are therefore encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

For further information on the position please contact Andreas Ljungholm, Head of Unit, +46 (0) 46 222 12 07. (andreas.ljungholm@rwi.lu.se), or Amelie Sällfors Ewing, Programme Officer, +46 (0) 46 222 1232, (amelie.sallfors_ewing@rwi.lu.se).

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