President and CEO

The Fund for Global Human Rights Multiple Locations, - None Specified -

About The Fund for Global Human Rights

The Fund for Global Human Rights equips grassroots activists with the financial and strategic support they need to improve lives, mobilize movements, and build a better future for their communities. The Fund supports courageous activists who speak truth to power, challenge wrongdoing, and strive to build a more just and equitable world. By investing in those on the front lines of human rights struggles, we help build stronger, more resilient movements that can take on abusive actors—and win. We envision a world where all people live with dignity and can secure their rights.
Since 2002, the Fund has delivered more than $124 million into the work of community activists in more than 50 countries. We have played a unique and catalytic role in bridging the gap between funders and those working on the front lines in the fight for human rights.  The Fund’s work has supported bold local leaders with the funding, tools, and contacts they need to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges.
The Fund provides flexible financial support, technical assistance, and emergency grants to activists across South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, North Africa and the Mediterranean, and Southeast Asia. We convene defenders to exchange knowledge and brainstorm solutions to common challenges.  Our global initiatives seek to expand labor rights, civic power, climate justice, legal empowerment, and rights for children and youth, women, migrants, and LGBTQ+ people.  For example, the Legal Empowerment Fund, a promising new initiative, offers long-term core funding to grassroots activists and organizations who are supporting their communities to tackle systemic injustices and advocate for expanded protections under the law.
Across all the Fund’s work we lead with our values of Respect, Integrity, Agility, Sustainability, and Inclusivity. As a global human rights fund, founded on feminist principles, the Fund for Global Human Rights is committed to creating and sustaining a work environment that enables all staff to thrive in their diversities. This requires a practiced commitment to challenging discrimination and bias including around race, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, class, caste, ability, and linguistic background.
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Role Purpose

The Fund for Global Human Rights has been on the forefront of shifting trends in grant making.  We have worked to provide resources to local activists and organizations who best understand their own context through general operating support and flexible grants.   This approach, which has increasingly been taken up by other funders, has allowed the Fund to act responsively and work in partnership with donors, peers, and grantees.  The Fund continues to reflect and learn as we navigate an increasingly complex global ecosystem in the throes of grappling with the impacts of climate change, economic disparity, shifting democratic norms and shrinking civic space.  The next President and CEO of the Fund will need to be a visionary, strategic, and dynamic leader to tackle these challenges and push to the organization to continue to evolve within this context.
The Fund for Global Human Rights is looking for a courageous and inclusive leader with a passion for global activism and human rights who will work collaboratively with the Fund’s staff, Board of Directors, donors, grantees, and wider network to deepen the impact of our work.  The ideal candidate will have demonstrated commitment to the Fund’s core values of respect, agility, integrity, sustainability, and inclusivity and will work to realize and build beyond the Fund’s five-year vision to:
  • Bridge activists and movements across issues and geographies
  • Enable experimentation through agile systems and flexible funding
  • Invest to build stronger, healthier, and more impactful movements
  • Nurture a healthy organizational culture where people are respected, motivated, and supported to thrive in their roles
As a strategic and empathetic leader, the CEO will be adept at analyzing context and trends, assessing risk, and identifying strategic priorities. They will challenge convention as they push to find new, activist-centered approaches to funding human rights. In doing so, they will demonstrate their ability to actively listen, make evidence-informed decisions and take smart risks. They will have an innate ability to determine moments for consultation, delegation, or decisive action. They will be energized by sharing the Fund’s vision and will empower and motivate others to join in achieving its mission using high emotional intelligence to connect with and inspire others.
As a relationship builder, they will understand what it takes to build, maintain, and nurture relationships with staff, peers, grantees, donors, and our wider network.  They will understand what it takes to build an effective organization and global movement through collaboration and utilizing the right strengths at the right time.  Excellent communication and humility will allow them to listen, adapt messages for different audiences, and be clear and candid to mobilize their audience to positive action.
As the leader of a vibrant human rights organization, the CEO will build the resilience of people and teams, harnessing and developing the strengths of the leadership team and staff to navigate change.  This means both leading and living organizational culture and values and setting a precedent for learning as the Fund explores, tests, and refines its approaches both internally and externally.  As a leader, the CEO will guide the Fund to see, hear, and value people in their diversity.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead development and delivery of the Fund’s strategy and goals in line with organizational values and the needs of grantees and human rights activists
  • Work with the leadership team and staff on strategic initiatives that respond to cultural, political, and human rights trends
  • Ensure that the organization is aligned to deliver on strategy, meet its budgetary and operational goals and carry out its programs
  • Lead evaluation processes to adjust strategic priorities and operational plans to mitigate risks, capitalize on opportunities, learn, and continue to improve
Organizational Representation and Fundraising
  • As a primary spokesperson of the Fund, raise awareness for key issues and work of grantees and others in the field to the public, government officials, donors, networks, and other civil society actors
  • Communicate the story of the Fund, its significance, and its vision to continue to build a community of donors to support front-line activism
  • Lead and evolve fundraising strategy in light of changing donor trends and innovative funding approaches
  • Maintain, build, and diversify funding relationships
  • Promote the work of the Fund and build its profile in new and current networks
  • Utilize various media to spread awareness and motivate action (e.g., publishing, podcasting, speaking, social media)
  • Support and strengthen the leadership team and drive the practice of shared leadership throughout the organization
  • Work with the leadership team to ensure that strategies and systems are in place to mobilize, manage, and optimize all resources both human and financial
  • Work with the leadership team to evolve the Fund’s operating model to respond to changes in context and ensure agility, responsiveness, and innovation
  • Cultivate change leadership by investing in change management skills, tools, and processes as the organization navigates operational and strategic challenges
  • Lead, champion, and ensure appropriate support to nurture an intercultural, inclusive, and supportive learning culture
  • Ensure that all staff are valued and heard and that processes are in place to evidence this
  • Model the values of the Fund in daily operations and key strategic decisions.
  • Ensure appropriate risk management systems are in place and integrated with the day-to-day operations of the Fund
  • Ensure integrity in all the Fund’s operations, including compliance with government regulation, employment, and equality legislation.
  • Communicate timely, appropriately, and effectively with the Board of Directors on organizational performance, risk, compliance, and sustainability
  • Recruit and engage board members

Qualifications & Experience

  • A proven commitment and passion for community-led activism, movement-building, and human rights
  • Experience in a leadership position with similar accountabilities in a global organization focused on global development or fighting for social justice, human or environmental rights
  • Demonstrated commitment to shared leadership and appreciation of feminist principles with previous experience as part of a shared leadership team preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Previous experience implementing, embedding, and / or living DEI policies and practices in an international organization preferred.
  • Experience in building profile and network for either programming, fundraising, or both with existing portfolio of compelling communications in the public domain preferred.
  • Some to significant national or regional experience in: North African and the Mediterranean, Central and South America, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Fluency in English required with a strong preference for fluency in French and / or Spanish.

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position. Salary is competitive and comprehensive benefits will be available including health and life insurance, retirement contributions, and a generous leave package.  Exact details of compensation and coverage may vary by country.

Role Location

The candidate is expected to work in similar locations to current staff and time zones that will be effective to communicating with key stakeholders and collaborators including the fund’s leadership team and staff, Board of Directors, donors, partners, and grantees. Preferred locations include: Barcelona, London, Mexico City, Nairobi, New York, and Washington D.C.  Significant travel is expected in addition to frequent virtual collaboration.  Relocation of candidates to one of these locations may be discussed.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please send the most recent English version of your CV to [email protected] on or before 6 September 2022. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by TFGHR to undertake this assignment.