Lesvos Solidarity (LeSol) is a grassroots organisation based on Lesvos Island, Greece. LeSol has been operating since 2012. LeSol’s community believes in an open society free of racism, fascism, and discrimination. LeSol is an assembly-run organisation and the participation of refugees in shaping knowledge and skills is vital for integration and social inclusion.
LeSol’s mission is to provide community-based solidarity spaces and its vision is to inspire society and to expand its solidarity model, which promotes equality, trust, and respect for each other and for the environment, creativity, empowerment, and active participation.
Project / Department
3 months, with high possibility of renewal
Full time, 40 h/week
Overview of Project and Position
This position is for an advocacy expert to coordinate all aspects of human rights related advocacy work within an expanding grassroots organisation.
Key objectives / responsibilities of the role
Defining and adjusting advocacy priorities and strategies, identifying advocacy opportunities, and undertaking lobbying and advocacy directed at influencing governments, intergovernmental organisations, and human rights bodies and experts.
Undertaking research and analysis, and preparing reports and publications, in relation to matters relevant to human rights defenders and human rights systems.
Acting as a spokesperson for LeSol where appropriate, including through the preparation of statements, media releases and op-eds and representing LeSol on panels and at events.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with key partners including NGOs, intergovernmental organisations, human rights bodies and experts, journalists, and funders.
Working closely with international, regional, national, and local civil society organisations and activists through formal and informal coalitions.
Monitoring key developments in relation to human rights defenders / systems and preparing and publishing timely commentaries on such developments.
Assisting with the planning, preparation and conduct of LeSol events.
A minimum of three (3) years working to influence human rights laws, policies, and institutions, preferably with NGOs.
A degree in law, international relations, journalism, politics, or social science.
Experience in designing and implementing successful human rights programs, campaigns, and initiatives.
Fluency in Greek with proficiency in English (oral and written)
A strong commitment to, and passion for, the principles and practice of human rights.
Desire to work in a solidarity organisation.
Ability to think and act quickly, creatively, and strategically under pressure.
Ability to work independently.
Ability to create a respectful work environment where an atmosphere of trust and integrity prevails, and everyone is accountable for one’s conduct and performance.
Please note: By applying for this vacancy applicants provide their consent to Lesvos Solidarity to process the data provided for recruitment purposes.