ERRC Seeks Assistant Director

The ERRC is one of the main international NGOs defending the rights of Romani people across Europe. Roma are the continent’s largest ethnic minority. We face forms of discrimination unimaginable in the lives of most Europeans. The ERRC supports Roma to fight antigypsyism in and out of court, through strategic litigation and advocacy. The ERRC’s decentralised team of activist lawyers, advocates, communications specialists, and monitors are undertaking some of the most radical human rights work in Europe, exposing the worst cases of antigypsyism and holding public authorities accountable.

Purpose of the position: The Assistant Director will support the President to oversee the day-to-day operations of this unusual organisation – with colleagues spread across Europe – so that they can carry out this important work.

Reports to: President

Areas of responsibility:

Planning and Implementing Strategies and Workplans

  • Keeping in regular, close contact with the President to identify, manage, and execute the ERRC’s work.
  • Implementing the policies and decisions taken by the President and by the organisation’s Board.
  • Supporting the President in drafting strategic and operational plans and work programmes to identify and implement organisational priorities.

Oversight of Day-to-Day Operations

  • Ensuring timely and complete reporting to donors and statutory authorities, including by drafting narrative reports, overseeing the preparation of financial reports, facilitating the work of the organisation’s accountants and auditors (including liaising with them regularly), and making sure that all reports have been lodged in a timely fashion with the right individuals or bodies.
  • Drafting and reviewing contracts and grant agreements with cooperation partners.
  • Overseeing the execution of contracts and grant agreements, notably in relation to the payment approval process: securing approval from the President for payments, ensuring that all required documentation has been received and approved, ensuring that finance colleagues are able to code each payment properly for the purpose of compiling reports, and making sure that there are no outstanding payments, documents, or reports in relation to cooperation partners with whom the ERRC has agreements.
  • Supporting the President in ensuring final quality control in the delivery of ERRC  work, including research, litigation, policy submissions, and human-rights education.
  • Supporting the President in securing funding, including by working with colleagues to identify funding opportunities and submitting applications.
  • Facilitating the work of the President and the Board in providing information and reports on a regular basis.
  • Overseeing preparation of the meetings of the Board, including preparatory and follow-up materials.


  • Ensuring that the organisation is in compliance with all provisions of its statutes, by-laws, staff manual and policy manual and taking steps to bring the organisation into compliance when necessary.
  • Proposing updates to the staff manual and policy manual when appropriate and ensuring that they are approved and updates are made and implemented.

Human Resources

  • Overseeing all recruitment procedures for new employees and searches for long-term consultants.
  • Organising induction programmes for new colleagues (employees and consultants).
  • Ensuring measures are in place to guarantee the well-being of all ERRC staff and that all staffing matters are in compliance with labour law.
  • Ensuring that employees receive performance evaluations and, as needed, coaching and guidance.

Budget Planning

  • Working with colleagues to create annual budgets as well as budget updates and revisions, in coordination with finance colleagues.
  • Working with colleagues to create and update project budgets.
  • Information Management
  • Overseeing the storage of all documents in the organisation’s cloud server and ensuring that colleagues and external partners have access to required documents or templates quickly and easily.
  • Suggesting and implementing improvements in the organisation’s information management infrastructure.

Other Duties:

  • Scheduling events and overseeing their preparation.
  • Representing the organisation in agreement with the President.
  • Other related duties assigned by the President.

The successful candidate will have:

  • a bachelor’s or master degree, and significant experience working in a related field;
  • a good understanding of human rights norms and their enforcement mechanisms at the regional and international levels;
  • at least 5 years’ experience working in the NGO sector;
  • the ability to present written work clearly and accurately;
  • the ability to deal with time pressure and a demanding work environment;
  • fluent written and spoken English.

The following is desirable but not essential:

  • Professional and/or personal experience with Roma rights issues, Romani communities, cultures and languages;
  • Knowledge of languages which many Roma speak;
  • Previous experience working remotely and/or independently.

Where will the job be based? The ERRC operates a mostly virtual office. So we are flexible about where you will be based, as long as it is possible to hire you and work with you effectively. This is something for you to discuss further with us at the interview stage.

How do I get to the interview stage? To be considered for this position you must submit the following materials to by Wednesday, January 22nd!

  • a CV or resume not exceeding two pages
  • a motivational or covering letter not exceeding 1 page. Please state clearly in the covering letter how you meet the criteria, why you want the job, and how you can contribute to our team.
  • two contact references 
  • your salary history 

Salary? The ERRC offers competitive salaries, which are based on the cost of living of your location as well as on your employment rank and level of your experience. The exact amount will be discussed at the interview stage.


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