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30 Sep 2016

Full-Time French-speaking Strategic Advisor

DIHR – Danish Institute for Human Rights – Posted by admin København, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark


Job Description

French-speaking Strategic Advisor

As programme strategic advisor, you will be responsible for providing high-level advice and expertise to the Africa programme and project managers on the overall strategic direction and the development of the programme and the projects.

The Africa programme works to improve the national human rights systems of Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali and Zambia. This is done through partnerships with national human rights institutions (NHRIs), ministries, justice actors and civil society as well as with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. DIHR has permanent presence in Africa through local offices in each of the four programme countries.


  • Maintain a close cooperation with local partners, including promoting local ownership of projects;
  • Provide expert input on key programme deliverables and implementation of programme outputs and coordinate the provision of technical expertise to local partners in accordance with identified needs;
  • Conduct political dialogue with local authorities in the programme countries to ensure political support to the programme and projects;
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the situation in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger and develop personal contacts with relevant stakeholders in these countries, including with present and potential donors, especially the Danish Embassies (Danida), Swedish Embassies (SIDA) and EU delegations;
  • Provide support and sparring to the local offices in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, in particular to the new local representative in Mali in his work with partners;
  • Advise the programme manager and project manager on all aspects of strategy, development and implementation of the Africa programme;
  • Assist the Africa team in identification of strategic opportunities, synergies and partnerships, particularly in finding ways to broaden the funding base of the African programme which is currently highly dependent on Danida funding;
  • Develop the project documents and annual terms of reference in close cooperation with local partners, local offices and project manager.


  • Relevant advanced degree in law, social sciences, development or similar;
  • Minimum ten years professional experience working with human rights and state and justice system actors in a development context;
  • Fluency in French and English (spoken and written), Danish is an advantage;
  • Solid context knowledge of West Africa, including field experience from Burkina Faso, Mali and/or Niger;
  • Knowledge of Danish foreign policy in West Africa and of the main issues relating to donors in this region;
  • Knowledge and interest in human rights and development issues, preferably within an Africa context;
  • Experience in being part of a team and contributing to team building;
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, including a proven ability to interact well with partners and to work in politically sensitive contexts;
  • Well-organised, flexible and able to work independently.


You will be based at the DIHR’s head office in Copenhagen within the Human Rights Systems Department. You must be prepared to travel up to 40 % of the time, including on longer missions (three to six weeks at a time).

The position is from 1 January 2017 (although it would be good if the chosen candidate could participate in some meetings earlier). The position is a full time position (37 hours per week), and salary will be determined in accordance with Danish Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations with the possibility to negotiate individual supplements. The initial contract will be until the end of 2017 with the intention to prolong, based on performance and the availability of funding.


We shall receive your application no later than 14 October 2016 at 12:00 (GMT+1). First round interviews are expected to take place during the week starting 31 October. The successful candidate is expected to start 2 January 2017.

Applications in English must be submitted by using the form found on our website, and the application should include cover letter, CV and academic grades.

The DIHR appreciates diversity in the workplace. If qualified, we strongly encourage you to apply for the position.

How to Apply

For further information please contact Africa Programme Manager in the Human Rights Systems Department, Ulrik Spliid,, +31 646 95 11 65, or Africa Programme Strategic Adviser Monique Alexis,, +45 32 69 88 34.

Job Categories: Consulting. Job Types: Full-Time.

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