• Contract
  • Amman


Do you have solid experience in human rights and in particular with state actors with a human rights mandate in Jordan?

The Danish Institute for human rights (DIHR) is looking for a proactive and experienced partnership advisor to be responsible for the overall management, implementation, and further development of the DIHR´s engagement with our local partner the Jordanian National Centre for Human Rights. The partnership advisor will also oversee the resumption of our collaboration with the Government Coordinator for Human Rights at the Prime Minister’s office and explore potential new partnerships.


The DIHR contributes to strengthening the national human rights system in Jordan with:

  • Technical support and capacity building to actors within the national human rights system in particular state actors,
  • Support to our sister organisation, the Jordanian National Centre for Human Rights
  • Support to governmental human rights focal points in fulfilling their mandates, both in regard to international obligations and national human rights agendas

As partnership advisor you will support the implementation of DIHR´s engagement under the Danish Arab Partnership Program (DAPP), consolidate and establish partnerships with state actors following our partnership approach and international strategy, liaise with the DAPP representation, and other key stakeholders such as OHCHR, EU Delegation, UNDP etc.

The position is based in Jordan where we currently do not have an office. You will work remotely under the close guidance of the Senior Project Manager based in Copenhagen. You will join a team of 3 partnership advisors based in Tunisia and Morocco and 2 senior experts based in Copenhagen. The project team is placed within the Human Rights Capacity Department.


As partnership advisor your responsibilities will be to:

  • Support and further develop our partnership with our sister organisation, the Jordanian National Centre for Human Rights with a focus on strengthening mandate areas and organisational development
  • Re-establish a partnership with the governmental human rights focal points in the prime minister´s office and in the ministry of foreign affair
  • Develop, together with the above partners, work plans using DIHR´s concepts and methods
  • Provide substantive support & technical expertise to DIHRs partners on their mandate areas for example with regards to inclusive and participatory monitoring and reporting on human rights and follow up on implementation of recommendations from treaty bodies and the UPR process.
  • Identify, with the partners, the need for additional expertise
  • Maintain updated the country context analysis including the stakeholder mapping.
  • Develop other analysis as required and provide input into the analytical work at project and programme level.
  • Develop and update the project´s theory of change for DIHR´s work in Jordan
  • Implement the project activities including budgeting and reporting. Ensure that the monitoring of project results is based on the “outcome harvesting” method.
  • Provide technical / substantive input into and drive the continued development of DIHR´s country engagement in Jordan in close collaboration with the Senior Project Manager and experts in Copenhagen.
  • Establish and maintain a regular dialogue with key actors of the national human rights system in Jordan and other stakeholders.
  • Develop DIHR´s network in Jordan.
  • Represent the project internally and externally and maintain close cooperation and communication with our partners, including the partners in the consortium and other key stakeholders in Jordan.
  • Eventually support DIHR´s plan to establish a project office in Jordan
  • Miscellaneas ad hoc tasks.


The successful candidate speaks both English and Arabic, has expert knowledge of the international human rights system and is conversant in dealing with public authorities, as well as international and multinational organisations, in Jordan.

We expect that you:

  • have minimum 8-10 years of proven professional experience working with human rights and state actors in a development context, preferably in the MENA region.
  • hold an MA in human rights, international affairs, law, political science or equivalent
  • have several years of direct experience from a similar position e.g. in an international organisation.
  • have demonstrated experience in capacity building of state actors in particular actors with a human rights mandate
  • have a good knowledge of the Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions (The Paris Principles) and the working of national human rights systems including the particular role of Governmental human rights focal points
  • are a natural networker and can engage with all layers of government.
  • are fluent in Arabic and English


The ideal candidate:

  • has substantial analytical skills
  • has strong interpersonal skills, including proven experience in developing partnerships and interacting with state partners.
  • Is comfortable driving and facilitating capacity development & learning processes also as a subject matter expert
  • has good diplomatic skills, with a personal drive that is reinforced when given the opportunity to make your mark.
  • works independently, is structured and with a service-minded approach and can multi-task.
  • has experience in project management including strategic planning, implementation, budgeting, monitoring and narrative reporting.
  • has good communications skills, both verbally and in writing, both in English and Arabic.
  • has good analytical and problem-solving skills and the related ability to use adaptive management techniques on the basis of the conclusions and recommendations coming out from the project’s regular monitoring and self-assessment of activities.
  • enjoys being part of a dynamic and engaged team.


For more information about the position, please contact Senior Project Manager Ms. Amal Loubani ([email protected]).


Terms and conditions are dependent on the successful candidate’s competencies, qualifications and prior experience and are subject to negotiation upon offer of appointment.

The duration of the contract is end of 2022, with a possibility of extension.

The position is full time, based in Amman, Jordan.

The Danish Institute for Human Rights appreciates diversity in the workplace. If qualified, we strongly encourage you to apply for the position.

How to apply


We wish to fill this position as soon as possible. Send your application and CV using the link on this page: PROACTIVE AND EXPERIENCED PARTNERSHIP ADVISOR – STATE ACTORS WITH A HUMAN RIGHTS MANDATE (

The deadline for applications is 5 November 2021 at 12:00 (GMT+1).

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