VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Children’s Rights Project Manager
The Global Campus of Human Rights (hereafter Global Campus) is an inter-disciplinary centre of excellence supported by the EU, by the foundation Right Livelihood and other partner institutions, pursuing the continued promotion of human rights and democratisation through education, specialised training, and research cooperation worldwide through a network of regional academic partners. Its main headquarters are based in Venice-Lido, Italy and its regional hubs are based in Argentina, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, South Africa, and Thailand.
The Global Campus is looking for a qualified full-time Project Manager to coordinate its activities related to the human rights of children. Other cross-cutting topics which will be of interest in the upcoming project cycles will be climate justice and artificial intelligence seen through the lens of children’s rights and the rights of future generations. The manager will be based at the Global Campus’ main headquarters in Venice-Lido, Italy.
The Children’s Rights Project Manager will be responsible for the overall management and coordination of the projects concerning children’s rights, which the Global Campus develops in the framework of its agreement with Right Livelihood. The position is primarily a managerial position involving both coordination and oversight of projects assigned to institutional partners of the Global Campus and Right Livelihood, and direct management of activities performed at GC headquarters. Research skills in the field of children’s rights constitute an added value.
The Children’s Rights Project Manager will lead the department at headquarters and coordinate the network of Children’s Rights Regional Officers (employed by the regional hubs of the Global Campus).
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES
The Children’s Rights Project Manager will work as a member of the permanent Global Campus staff, based in Venice-Lido. Tasks will include the following:
To coordinate the advanced planning of the children’s rights activities developed by the Global Campus in partnership with Right Livelihood;
To develop and implement specific projects, conferences and other events related to the rights of children;
To strengthen the teaching on human rights of children in the education and training activities of the Global Campus;
To promote the objectives of the cooperation between the Global Campus and Right Livelihood;
To oversee the daily management of such activities, maintain their scientific coherence, and ensure compliance with the budget;
To cooperate closely with the Financial Department of the Global Campus to prepare and develop the budget for each cycle as well as the bilateral agreements of projects to be implemented each year;
To ensure that the mapping of the existing expertise on children’s rights within the Global Campus network remains up to date and relevant, to establish contact with academics, lecturers and experts in order to facilitate their contribution to the planned activities;
To liaise with other Global Campus colleagues involved in the planned activities, in order to support with substantial inputs, provision of expertise, exchange of information;
To promote and develop meaningful child participation across the Global Campus network;
To support the mainstreaming of the topics of climate justice and artificial intelligence in the 2024-2029 plan of action, as cross-cutting issues to children’s rights activities;
To draft the annual reporting to Right Livelihood in line with the agreement’s regulations and cooperate with the finance department in relation to the project’s audit;
To coordinate and support the work of the Children’s Rights Regional Officers in promoting the rights of children – this includes the organisation and chairing of regular coordination meetings;
To act as the children’s rights focal point of the cooperation, especially in relation to maintaining effective lines of communication between the Right Livelihood and the Global Campus – this includes regular meetings with the Right Livelihood’s Education Manager, attending events organised by the Right Livelihood and the coordination of at least one Steering Group meeting a year.
REQUIREMENTS AND RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS
Master’s degree in a field relevant to human rights;
Experience in project and financial management, preferably in the educational or non-profit sector;
Experience in working with children’s rights;
Excellent communication, diplomatic and networking skills suited to a multinational and multicultural environment;
Leadership, collegiality and willingness to work as part of a team;
Strong proven organisational and time management skills;
Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
Excellent knowledge of English, including drafting and editing abilities;
Proficiency in MS Word and Excel;
Experience in the fields of climate justice and/or artificial intelligence is an added value.
This job description summarises the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties.
The Children’ Rights Project Manager will be required to take up full service as soon as possible, and no later than January 2024. The position will be based in Venice, Italy. Travel to the regional hubs or other relevant locations might be required. The gross salary depends on qualifications and seniority.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 15 September 2023.
The Global Campus of Human Rights aims at building an inclusive workforce with diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives. We encourage people of all ages, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, sexual orientation, disability to apply and are interested in receiving applications from those who are marginalised and underrepresented.