TRIAL International is a non-governmental organization fighting impunity for crimes under international law and supporting victims in their quest for justice. TRIAL International takes an innovative approach to the law, paving the way to justice for survivors of unspeakable sufferings. With offices in Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nepal and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the organization provides legal assistance to victims, litigates cases, develops local capacity and pushes the human rights agenda forward.

TRIAL International is seeking a Program Manager to notably coordinate a project funded by the European Union (EU) to help prevent crimes of enforced disappearance and extrajudicial execution and prosecute the perpetrators of these crimes in Mexico, Nepal and The Gambia, and to improve the search for victims of these crimes around the world.

Program Manager (80 to 100%)

Reporting to the Director and in close collaboration with TRIAL’s Nepal and Gambia Program Managers, the Program Manager is responsible for the overall coordination of the project in consortium with four partner NGOs located in Switzerland, Nepal, Mexico and The Gambia. He/she ensures the implementation and coordination of the activities, the management as well as the technical, administrative and financial follow-up of the project and assumes the following responsibilities:

  1. Implementation and monitoring of project activities
  • Analyze and study the context related to the project’s themes to ensure the strategic and operational planning of the activities;
  • Develop partnership frameworks (drafting memoranda of understanding, terms of reference, etc.) and project management tools to ensure effective coordination with partners throughout the project (implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the activities, coordination of the reporting to the EU, coordination at operational and administrative levels, etc.);
  • Plan and coordinate the proper implementation of activities in compliance with validated project documents: project description, logical framework, budget and implementation timeline;
  • Establish a monitoring and evaluation system to meet the requirements of the donors and measure how activities are performed (quantitative and qualitative), including by centralizing partners’ data, coordinating the steering group in charge of monitoring (developing the work plan, organizing meetings, etc.) and supporting the external evaluation of the project;
  • Coordinate with the communication officer in relation to the planning of activities and their visibility;
  • Ensure the drafting of situation reports and the updating of program indicators;
  • Represent the project and the consortium of partners before stakeholders.
  1. Relations with donors and financial management
  • Be the focal point for contractual and operational relations with the EU and other potential donors;
  • Coordinate and monitor the implementation of narrative and financial reporting to the EU and other donors in coordination with partners;
  • If necessary, participate in the search for additional funding;
  • Ensure overall budget monitoring of the project;
  • Ensure the implementation of the budget monitoring tools and compliance with financial procedures at the level of the expenditure incurred and the accounting management of partners;
  • Ensure a monthly monitoring of the expenses made by TRIAL International;
  • Assist the organization in the preparation of financial reports and financial revisions (audits) carried out on the program.

The Program Manager may also be expected to coordinate the organization’s operations around a few ongoing legal cases involving Russia, Morocco and Spain. He/she will also lead the organization’s strategic reflexion on the development of new activities in contexts where TRIAL International is not yet operating, with a view to the possible opening of future programs, and will cultivate links with new partners.


Your profile

  • Training (academic) in project management, advanced business training, or other relevant field ideally complemented by additional training in a field related to human rights;
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in a project management and coordination function within an NGO. Prior experience in the field of human rights and in the management of EU-funded projects is an asset;
  • Collaborative experience with local actors is highly desired. Experience in complex partnership management including consortium is an asset;
  • Bilingual English/Spanish and solid writing skills in English. Fluency in French is an asset;
  • Organization, rigor, respect for deadlines and ability to develop simplified management and accounting tools;
  • Very good communication, negotiation and listening skills;
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize;
  • Strong interest in – and a very good understanding of – human rights and international justice issues, as well as a strong identification with the mandate of the organization;
  • Swiss, European Union or EFTA national or prior authorization to work in Switzerland.

What we offer you

An exciting challenge awaits you in a dynamic and professional NGO in full development. The duration of the engagement is linked to the length of the EU projet (31 months), but with the possibility of extension. The working conditions offered correspond to those in force in the NGO sector, with flexible working arrangements, allowing to find a balance between your needs and those of the organization.

Start date: January 1, 2019, non-negotiable.

Workplace: Geneva, Switzerland.

Please send your application (CV, motivation letter, work certificates and references) to secretariat@trialinternational.org by November 18, 2018 at midnight (CET).

Interviews will normally take place during the week of 26-30 November, 2018.