Campaigns & Mobilisation Manager (Parental Leave Cover)

Campaigns & Mobilisation Manager (Parental Leave Cover)

CHF 5200 - CHF 5200 / month
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

International Service for Human Rights

  • Work percentage: 80%
  • Based in: Geneva, Switzerland (preferable) or any other remote location
  • Report to: Executive Director
  • Length: 1 May 2022 - 28 February 2023 (10 months)
  • Application deadline: 24 March 2022 (Midnight Geneva time)

The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) is an independent, non-profit organisation with offices in Geneva and New York. This position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to our work supporting human rights defenders, strengthening human rights systems, building and leading human rights coalitions, and responding to significant and systemic human rights concerns. For more information, consult our website 

The position

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, and in close collaboration with the Communications Director, the Campaigns & Mobilisation Manager plays a key role in expanding the reach and influence of ISHR’s advocacy with more strategic and participatory campaigns, more effective narratives and by building and mobilising communities of support. The position holder will work closely with the Communications Team while supporting the broader global ISHR team. 

Key responsibilities

The Campaigns & Mobilisation Manager will be responsible for:

  • Identifying campaign priorities and objectives (with Programme Directors and Managers)
  • Developing and implementing campaign strategies, including identifying key advocacy targets and audiences, as well as tactics and effective narratives to engage and influence them (with the Communications Director and Programme Directors and Managers)
  • Testing and developing campaign content, messages/stories, copy, resources and materials (with the Communications Director and Programme Directors and Managers)
  • Following up on the implementation and further refinement of an effective narrative and strategic messaging about human rights and those who defend them that motivates more people and helps achieve change. Building capacity and training ISHR staff and external allies on this narrative and methodologies/tools to develop effective narratives. 
  • Developing and implementing ISHR’s mobilisation strategy. Identifying further opportunities, and developing and implementing strategies, to build, motivate and mobilise constituencies and coalitions to take action, both online and offline, to support campaigns, and to support and strengthen ISHR more generally (with the Communications Director and Programme Directors and Managers)
  • Conducting and commissioning research, and collating and analysing data, to assess and enhance the reach, influence and impact of ISHR campaigns and communications (with the Communications Team)
  • Evaluating the conduct of campaigns, including in relation to relevance, effectiveness, outcomes and impacts, and documenting findings, lessons learned and recommendations;
  • Any other administrative, fundraising or further functions delegated by Director or reasonably necessary for the effective functioning of ISHR



  • University degree or diploma or equivalent experience in international relations, social/political science, human rights, communications or public relations, community development, business administration or development, or related fields;
  • 4 or more years of relevant professional experience;
  • Excellent level of written and spoken English,  including drafting and editing skills. Proficiency in French, Spanish, Chinese and/or Arabic is an advantage; 
  • Strong command of Word and Excel;
  • Experience working for an NGO highly desirable;
  • Experience in the development and implementation of campaigns for human rights or progressive social change;
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in human rights;
  • Proven attention to detail, time management and organisational skills;
  • Experience in project management is a strong asset;
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently under pressure to meet tight deadlines;
  • Excellent communication and people skills;
  • Able to work as a member of an international, agile and diverse organisation;
  • Swiss Work Permit or EU/EFTA national if based in Switzerland. 


The monthly gross salary for a Geneva based candidate is CHF 6500 (for a full-time role - will be prorated for an 80% occupation rate). If the candidate is based outside of Switzerland, the salary will be adjusted based on location.

Equal opportunity 

ISHR is firmly committed to having a diverse team and to the principle of equal employment opportunity. ISHR’s policy is to practice fair and non-discriminatory recruitment and selection procedures and strive for diverse, international and multicultural personnel.

We welcome all kinds of diversity. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction including on grounds of race, colour, national origin, age, religion, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or sex characteristics, pregnancy, genetic information, protected veteran status, socio-economic status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We particularly welcome applications from systematically, historically and/or traditionally discriminated against groups, including women, persons of colour, LGBTIQ+ persons, persons with disabilities and other groups.


Please submit your application by filling out this form and attaching a cover letter, a CV (no profile picture please) and a writing sample. In their cover letter, candidates should demonstrate their commitment to human rights and social change.  

ISHR will review these products only for the purpose of this recruitment and will not use them for any other purpose.  

Application deadline: 24 March 2022 (Midnight Geneva time). 

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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