Project Coordinator

Deadline: Monday, January 23, by midnight Central European Time

Location: Strasbourg, France

ABOUT THE VACANCY

The Advocacy Centre on Council of Europe Standards “ACCESS” is recruiting a Project Coordinator for the implementation of its project “Promoting the social rights of persons with disability by building the capacity of Armenian civil society organisations to engage with the Council of Europe monitoring mechanisms”. The project is funded by the European Commission under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights and co-implemented with our Armenian partner NGO, the Armenian Association for Persons with Disabilities “Pyunic”.

This project aims to improve the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in Armenia. As its main outcome, the project will strengthen the capacity of a network of Armenian civil society organisations to engage with the Council of Europe mechanisms and to promote domestic implementation of the social rights of persons with disabilities. It therefore seeks to achieve four objectives:

  • Increase the capacity of civil society to promote the implementation of Council of Europe standards and participate in its monitoring procedures;
  • Improve the national legal and policy framework for the social rights of persons with disabilities in Armenia;
  • Raise awareness in Armenian society and law and policy makers on the rights of persons with disabilities;
  • Increase understanding of the intersectional approach to discrimination among the civil society in order to better address multiple forms of discrimination faced by persons with disabilities and other social groups.

The approach combines the recognised and established expertise of Pyunic on the situation of the rights of persons with disabilities in Armenia, as well as the experience and the know-how of ACCESS on the applicable Council of Europe human rights standards and monitoring procedures.

The project will be implemented over a two-year period.

DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the Director of ACCESS, and in close cooperation with Pyunic and the Yerevan-based project team, the Strasbourg-based Project Coordinator will be responsible for the implementation of the project and will carry out various duties to meet the overall and specific objectives of the project. Key duties will include: 

  • Plan, organise, and implement project activities in accordance with the project work plan and calendar of activities, in close cooperation with the local partners;
  • Engage and coordinate the cooperation with the relevant representatives of the CoE Secretariat, international experts and international civil society representatives;
  • Ensure cohesion between the international and national components and activities of the project, engaging and communicating regularly with international experts and civil society representatives;
  • Ensure the project’s work plan remains on schedule and the logical framework is fulfilled, with regular documentation of outputs and monitoring of results;
  • Oversee compliance with EU reporting and financial obligations and related quality control, including budgetary follow-up of expenditures in coordination with the finance officer in Yerevan;
  • Develop effective communication and cooperation with civil society organisations in Armenia, the authorities and other national stakeholders and experts as regards the project implementation;
  • Draft and contribute to the drafting of reports, thematic and other documents related to project activities and objectives; provide input for publications;
  • Draft contracts in consultation with the Director; take care of administrative and logistical matters for engaged international experts and service providers;
  • Identify additional opportunities to increase the impact of the project;
  • Help lobby and raise the profile of the project by disseminating information to those concerned and ensuring adequate information flow between the project stakeholders, relevant partners and experts;
  • Ensure quality and relevance of programmes for activities, secure speakers, prepare documentation and oversee preparation of activities; report any problems encountered; provide guidance and feedback for the implementation of activities on the ground;
  • Provide regular updates to the Director on the implementation of the project and on developments in the legal and policy framework relevant to the project; inform the Director in case of problems or changing situational priorities, and advise on action to overcome them;
  • Prepare and participate in relevant meetings, draft meeting minutes and lists of decisions, and conduct proper follow-up;
  • Carry out other responsibilities as may be requested.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

A bachelor’s degree in political science, human rights, law, or a related humanities field is required; a master’s or other graduate-level degree will be preferred.

A successful candidate will have proven experience in project management and human rights, working with civil society or international organisations, as well as a familiarity with the issues central to the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities. Knowledge of relevant procedures and previous experience with projects funded by the European Union will be a strong advantage.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Excellent drafting skills
  • Commitment to quality work-product, attention to detail and accuracy
  • Vision and strategic insight on influencing social change
  • Independence, motivation, and results orientation
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and adapt to changing priorities and needs
  • Commitment to human rights
  • Being able to demonstrate the right to work in France
  • Knowledge of Armenian will be an asset

PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING

To apply please submit by the date indicated above the following to the address info@accessrights.org:

  • Curriculum vita
  • Personal statement of maximum one page indicating why you would be a good fit for this position
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