Programme Manager for ‘Human Rights on the Frontline’

The Syria Campaign is recruiting a PROGRAMME MANAGER to join its small and creative team. We are looking for a strategic, organised and efficient individual with a strong background in programme management and with experience in developing and maintaining relationships with civil society partners on collaborative programmes. The candidate must have a commitment to working for human rights and a free and democratic future for Syria.

This is a full time position for 15 months. It can be done remotely, with European and Middle Eastern Time zones preferred.

The Programme Manager will work on the ‘Human Rights on the Frontline’ programme. The programme will support three Syrian civil society organisations to receive grants to carry out activities campaigning for human rights and democracy. The programme includes both well established and emerging new groups. The programme will seek to achieve two key outcomes:  1) Syrian civil society groups carry out advocacy and community engagement activities that increase the civic space and support for human rights and fundamental freedoms in Syria. 2) Syrian civil society groups and activists engage effectively with the international community to promote human rights and pluralism in Syria. 

We are an equal opportunity and inclusive employer and encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply. We do not and will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, nationality or citizenship, gender expression or identity, religion, economic background, disability, or sexual orientation.

Application Deadline: Open until filled. We will do our first review of applications on 18 October 2021 and encourage anyone interested to apply by that date. 

About us

The Syria Campaign is a small, fast moving and powerful human rights organisation that has impact through stories, news and campaigns. We work to support Syria’s heroes in the struggle for freedom, justice and democracy, partnering with civil society partners inside and outside the country. 

The Syria Campaign works to keep Syria in the international spotlight to increase the cost of attacks on civilians, help build the power of civil society, advocate for a vision of real peace and justice and build international solidarity with the Syrian people.

We’ve raised the profile of Syrian groups such as the White Helmets rescue workers, helping secure them millions of dollars to continue their life-saving work and making them famous around the world. We’ve supported the Families for Freedom, a women-led movement of the families of the disappeared in Syria, to ensure their demands are heard. We work with dozens of partners across Syria who trust us deeply. Syria is full of heroes and we’re privileged enough to work with them. 

We have to fight hard to make sure the issues that matter to us and our partners get the focus and support they need. We refuse to let Syria disappear from the attention of the world, and we will work until we see justice served. The programme manager will play a key role in helping The Syria Campaign tell stories that stop the heart and move the mind.

What you’ll be responsible for

You will be responsible for:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with Syrian organisations advocating for human rights and democracy in Syria.
  • Management of an overall programme plan, including planning the timelines and resources needed for activities.
  • Lead on the reporting, monitoring and evaluation of key activities.
  • Develop templates for reporting for programme partners.
  • Support partners to devise goals and strategies for human rights and advocacy campaigns on detention and enforced disappearance.
  • Organise and coordinate events and activities that influence decision makers and meet the demands of programme partners.
  • Ensure that programme activities, both for The Syria Campaign and programme partners, are compliant with the terms and conditions of the grant 
  • Support and coordinate training for partners to tell their stories across digital, broadcast and print channels.
  • Work with the communications team to identify media stories, gather testimonies and liaise with the media.
  • Planning advocacy tours for the programme partners. 


A successful candidate will demonstrate: 

  • A proven track record of managing complex programmes with multiple stakeholders.
  • A proven track record of working with civil society partners. 
  • Experience within human rights advocacy, storytelling, digital mobilisation, or content creation.
  • Experience in reporting to large institutional donors.
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to work with a remote and global team.
  • Strong spoken and written English
  • Strong spoken and written Arabic (highly preferable)
  • Commitment to a free and democratic future for Syria and human rights
  • Proven ability to work on a remote and global team
  • Knowledge of the Syrian context
  • A proven track record in delivering training/capacity building programmes (desirable).

The deal

The Syria Campaign is committed to making sure everyone on the team is happy, productive and motivated. Here’s how we do that:

Salary is competitive and in line with international organisations.

The job is remote and can be done anywhere in European or Middle Eastern time zones. We have team members in Germany, the US, the UK, Morocco and Canada and provide you with a space in a co-working office wherever you are based. We have full staff retreats every year to keep us connected.

We provide budget, time and support for your professional development.

We give 25 days of leave a year, public holidays and discretionary break over the end of year holidays. We offer family friendly parental leave policies.

To apply for this role, please send a CV to [email protected] with a cover letter describing why you’re the ideal candidate. Please put ‘Programme Manager’ in the email subject line.