Costa Rica: Head of Mission (Human Rights) – Costa Rica

Organization: People in Need
Country: Costa Rica
Closing date: 30 Nov 2016


For our office in Central America, People in Need (PIN)- Center for Human Rights and Democracy is seeking Head of Mission to lead our Latin American Team in San Jose, Costa Rica. The Head of Mission will lead our programs in PIN´s target countries in Latin America and will have a chance to work on important human rights projects in the region.

PIN is a non-governmental, non-profit organization based on the ideas of humanism, freedom, equality and solidarity. We consider human dignity and freedom to be the basic values. We believe that people anywhere in the world should have a right to make decisions about their lives and to share the rights expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Overall responsibility for the program of the field office in Latin America, participates in formulation of its strategy together with relevant personnel – LatAm desk officer in HQ, HRD Director
  • Oversee good quality and timely implementation of current projects in Latin America in conformity with PIN’s policies, strategy and guidelines
  • In cooperation with LatAm Desk Officer ensures programatic and financial sustainability of the Latam program and its further expansion
  • Regular communication and cooperation with HQ Prague – HRD department
  • Manage team of project and financial mangers in Costa Rica and national coordinators abroad (approx. 10-15 team members)
  • Overall responsibility for HR agenda – recruitment, employee performance, guidance, conflict management, capacity building of employees
  • Develop and maintain relations with partners, donors and local authorities and actively engage in seeking of new funding opportunities
  • Supervise functioning and cost-effective administrative and logistic support to programs as well as overall mission budget


  • Min. 5 years relevant managerial overseas experience in human rights and/or humanitarian sector
  • Fluent written and spoken Spanish and English
  • Empathy with the PIN's Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives
  • Good knowledge of current situation and of historical context in Latin America
  • Clear understanding of basic human rights concepts
  • Experience in executing grants and projects
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work both as part of a team & independently
  • Ability to motivate and develop skills of others
  • Ability to work under pressure often to strict deadlines
  • Ability to travel regionally and overseas
  • Cultural sensitivity, previous work/travel in countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America is a great advantage
  • As a part of the introduction process willingness to spend 30-45 days at PIN's headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic at the start of the contract
  • Willingness to relocate to San Jose, Costa Rica for at least 18 months


  • Participation in the development and execution of meaningful projects with civil society leaders across the region
  • Working with the biggest NGO based in Central Europe with branches around the world
  • Opportunity to solidify PIN’s presence in Central America
  • Cooperation with a young and motivated team
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations
  • Free accommodation for Head of Mission and their family
  • 25 days of paid leave annually

How to apply:

To apply, please fill in the application through the following link:


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