People in need is looking for Head of Eastern European Program

People in Need, Center for Human Rights and Democracy: Head of Eastern European Program

Position: Head of Eastern European Program
Job location: Prague (with business trips abroad)
Starting date: October/November 2016

Workload: full

People in Need, o.p.s. is looking for Head of Eastern European Program within the Center for Human rights and Democracy (HRD).

Since nearly two decades People in Need has been supporting civic groups and individuals from countries with repressive regimes that strive for respect for basic human rights and democracy, and often are target of persecutions, bullying or unlawful arrests because of their opinions or independent activities. The Eastern European program is currently focusing on support of civil society in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova/Transnistria, Russia, Ukraine and countries in Central Asia. The main programmatic focus includes:

  • Support of activities of civil society and their capacity building
  • Direct aid to politically persecuted individuals and their families
  • International support and advocacy activities to human rights defenders

More information about Eastern European program can be found here.

Main responsibilities:

  • Overall responsibility for the Eastern European program, creation of its strategy in cooperation with HRD Director, ensure programmatic and financial sustainability of project countries, further expansion of the program
  • Management of the team of project coordinators, circa 10 people
  • Oversight and responsibility for high quality implementation of running projects, support of project coordinators, guidance in solving project issues
  • Coordination and cooperation with other programs within HRD as well as with other departments within People in Need
  • External relations with donors and strategic partners on local and international level


  • University degree
  • Fluent English and Russian both spoken and written. Knowledge of Czech language is an advantage
  • Good insight and understanding of the topic of human rights and democracy assistance (or development area) in the Eastern European space, previous work experience in this field is an advantage
  • Experience with project and finance management
  • Organisational and managerial skills
  • Conceptual thinking, reliability and self-reliance, stress resilient
  • Good communication and presentation skills. Public speaking is an advantage

PIN offers:

  • Possibility to work in a well-established and locally recognized NGO
  • Interesting and meaningful work in the team of experienced and motivated colleagues
  • Possibility for self-fulfilment and personal development
  • Standard remuneration + 25 days of vacation
  • Business trips abroad

Interested candidates please submit your CV and motivation letter by 02.10.2016 via e-mail to Mr. Jakub Zais . Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place in the first half of October.