Call for Programmes Director,The European Roma Rights Centre, Budapest

Deadline: 22 November, 2012
Open to: experienced human rights professionals with fluency in oral and written English
Remuneration: depending on education, experience and demonstrated skills


The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) invites applications for the post of Programmes Director (Maternity Cover). The ERRC offers a competitive salary over a definite period contract to end upon the return of the post holder. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced human rights professional to contribute to the strategic management of a dynamic European human rights organisation.

The  ERRC is an international public interest law organisation defending and promoting the human rights of Roma across Europe.

The Programmes Director (PD) develops and implements, with relevant staff, the research and advocacy, communications and human rights education work of the organisation. The PD ensures informed and timely action on all advocacy issues related to Roma rights and guarantees the production of high quality advocacy materials.

Main tasks

  • In cooperation with the Executive Director and senior staff, supervising the implementation of the programme strategy for the organisation, including research, advocacy, communications and human rights education components
  • Ensuring high quality and timely delivery of programmes department work in accordance with the strategy and annual work programme
  • Contributing to ERRC budgeting and annual work programme design
  • Overseeing programmes department budget and grant project budgets for which programmes department has primary responsibility
  • Staying abreast of developments in human rights and Roma rights, at domestic and international levels
  • Coordinating policy input to all ERRC published materials, including reports, press releases and letters of concern


  • Excellent knowledge of human rights standards
  • Strong commitment to promotion of Roma rights
  • Proven record of leadership in complex environments, coordination skills and initiative in fulfilling the goals of the organisation
  • Superior analytic ability
  • Independent judgment
  • Familiarity with international and European human rights law and advocacy, the European political context and the position of Roma, with special reference to Central and Eastern Europe
  • Familiarity with existing EU and member-state Roma policies and integration initiatives
  • Proven ability to lead a culturally diverse team of highly-skilled individuals
  • Strong administrative and budgetary skills
  • First-class drafting and editing skills including an ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Fluency in oral and written English
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Willingness to travel as required inside and outside Europe


Remuneration depending on education, experience and demonstrated skills. ERRC also offers a fringe benefit package.

Further advantages:
  • Broad involvement in the work of human rights institutions at the international, European and national level
  • Fluency in other languages of Eastern Europe and/or Romanes
  • A mixture of experience in non-governmental and other settings


Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary history and a list of three referees by email, to: Hajnalka Nemeth –

Deadline for applications: As soon as possible and at the latest by 22  November 2012.

All applicants will be notified of our receipt of application; only selected applicants will be contacted. Short-listed candidates will be required to attend a formal interview. The job offer will be conditional upon the receipt of satisfactory references.

The ERRC is committed to equal opportunity for all. Romani candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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