Program Manager – Care4CareGivers+

The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) is recruiting a Program Manager to lead our strategic work on Care4CareGivers+ given a dramatically increased demand for support from civil society organisations – in particular torture rehabilitation centers in the global south – to address vicarious trauma, burn out, staff well-being and organisational health.If this type of work motivates you, then we would love to explore if we can be a good match!

IRCT is the leading global association on torture rehabilitation, with 167 members in 76 countries. We support the collective global work of our members who are healing over 71.000 torture survivors annually and supporting survivors to seek justice. We act when there is a documented demand for support from our members. We are based in Copenhagen with an office in Brussels and staff in the US. This position would be in Copenhagen. So, applicants must have work permit for DK.

We are a small, lively, high-performing team of international staff working independently but with a strong focus on supporting and challenging each other to perform with excellence and continue to grow. If you join our team in Copenhagen, you will get the unique opportunity to work directly (virtually and field work) with frontline health and human rights experts and organisations in human rights hot spots.

To do this job, you need project management experience in Care4Caregivers+ from the development, emergency, or human rights field. You are aware of the human rights mechanisms, CAT and the humanitarian architecture. You have natural leadership skills, and you are an active listener who follows your intuition. You can fundraise for your work. You are humble and facilitate a group of civil society actors with a sure hand. You can organise trainings, present convincingly to donors and monitor and adjust program progress in difficult to foresee scenarios.

Your key work tasks include:

  • Develop and support the implementation of the IRCT Care4CareGivers+ strategic project, incorporating guidance from the IRCT Health Advisory Board and inputs from your network of mental health colleagues
  • Facilitate training on-site to cultivate vicarious trauma-informed organisations
  • Motivate member-led training vetting for best practice and then profiling this (online and, occasionally, in-person) to colleagues and staff of member centres.
  • Fundraise to build a sustainable foundation for this IRCT program
  • Write input to social media and donor reporting
  • Represent IRCT in meetings with EU/UN institutions to convincingly place the role of vicarious trauma-informed organisations as sustainable front-line human rights defenders on the international agenda.

To successfully undertake these tasks, we expect the candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • You have a university degree in a relevant field. We imagine that you have 5-10 years of works experience including field experience from torture rehabilitation organisations or similar organisations working in the field of human rights or mental health.
  • You to have solid project management skills and experience with fundraising from your work in the development or human rights sector at the global level. You know how to address different stakeholders at various levels, enjoy direct contact and are not shy to pick up the phone.
  • You navigate comfortably in a remote working environment across time zones and cultures and can work independently, spotting and solving potential problems rapidly. You know when to seek guidance and collaborate naturally.
  • You speak and write English fluently; you may speak another language important for our work.
  • You have strong planning and organisational skills that enable you to prioritise and multiple concurrent processes and you navigate virtual platforms and tools with skill.

We encourage applications from all cultures and backgrounds because we believe that increasing the diversity of our team will help us achieve more together.

Terms of employment:

The position is a time-limited position based at IRCT’s office in Copenhagen. The period foreseen for this position is from August 1, 2024 – December 31, 2025, with possibility for extension, given delivery of results!

How to apply:

If you are interested in the position, please submit your CV and a motivation letter in English via the button “Apply”. We do not accept applications sent by e-mail.

Deadline for applications is 18 June 2024. Interviews will be held on 21 June 2024 at IRCT office, Fælledvej 12, 2200 Copenhagen DK. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews immediately after the deadline. Should you have any questions regarding this position, please contact IRCT Secretary General, Lisa Henry +45 29 61 99 04 or

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