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Protection & Advocacy Manager
Right Livelihood Award Foundation (RLA)
Domain Droits de l'homme
Type Contrat à durée indéterminée
Location Geneve
Rate 100 %

Protection & Advocacy Manager

Addressing the root causes of social and political problems is a defining feature of the work of Right Livelihood Award Laureates. It is also the reason why many of them are at risk in their home countries. By leading the protection and advocacy work of the Foundation, you will be directly supporting these leading global changemakers.

You will organise meetings in Geneva and solidarity missions abroad contributing to Laureates’ protection and security. Using your diplomatic skill and understanding of relevant channels and networks you will advocate on behalf of our Laureates. Your role will involve the strategic planning of the Foundation’s protection and advocacy work, its on-the-ground implemen­tation, as well as sharing the insights and results of your work with a wider audience.


  • Manage and lead the Foundation’s protection programme for Laureates at risk and represent the Foundation in communi­cating about the threats to civil society around the world.
  • Lead and implement advocacy for increased protection of threatened Laureates at relevant fora, e.g. the United Nations in Geneva. 

  • Organise and join solidarity missions to Laureates’ countries to advocate for their protection and security. 

  • Contribute to international advocacy activities of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, in close coordination with our communications team.

  • Liaise regularly with Right Livelihood Award Laureates to explore meaningful ways to support their work. 

  • Contribute to the overall development of the Geneva office of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, mindful of the Foundation’s values and history and capable of developing the opportunities provided by International Geneva.

The Protection and Advocacy Manager will be an integral part of a highly motivated international team. S/he will report to the Executive Director. 


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field. 

  • Prior professional experience advocating/campaigning for the protection of human rights defenders. 

  • Excellent research and writing skills. 

  • Proven experience of public speaking and networking. 

  • Fluency in English is required. 

  • A high degree of cultural sensitivity, empathy and a willingness to be on call and respond to Laureates in distress/risk, even if on
weekends and holidays. 

  • Ability to organise complex high-profile events/missions internationally.
  • Experience working in diverse teams. 


We believe that you are an outgoing person who likes to work with people of all backgrounds and from different walks of life. You have high ambitions, pay attention to detail and deliver with quality. You are a good listener and meet our Laureates with a sense of service and hospitality. When challenges are rising, you are happy to try new solutions to overcome them. As a person, you bring a positive mind-set and a humble, can-do attitude.  


Established in 1980, the Right Livelihood Award honours and supports courageous people and organisations offering visionary and exemplary solutions to the root causes of global problems. In total, there are now 170 Laureates from 69 countries leading pioneering change across the globe.

The Right Livelihood Award Foundation sees its role as being the megaphone and shield for the Laureates, and provides them with long-term support. The Foundation seeks to create awareness about the Laureates and their work in order to inspire change. It helps protect those award recipients whose lives and liberty are at risk due to the nature of their activities.

The Foundation is a charity registered in Sweden with seven employees and offices in Stockholm and Geneva.


This is a permanent full-time position based in Geneva.
Some international travel will be required as part of the position. Possession of a Swiss work permit, and/or the right to work in the European Union is required.
Starting date: 1 June 2018 or earlier.


Qualified candidates may submit their application, including a letter of motivation and a CV to, latest on 26 February 2018. Mark your application with “Protection & Advocacy Manager” in the subject line.

In case you have any questions, please contact Alessandra Canova,, +41-22-555 09 55.

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Right Livelihood Award Foundation (RLA)
2E Chemin Eugene-Rigot
1202 Geneve (Geneva)