Counterpart International, Inc.

  • Human Rights Specialist

    Job Locations SV-San Salvador
    Employment Type
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  • Overview

    Counterpart International helps people build better lives and more durable futures, community by community.  We equip individuals, organizations and communities-our counterparts- to become solution creators in their own families, communities, regions and countries.  We work with them in some of the world’s most challenging places to tackle social, economic, environmental, health and governance issues that threaten their lives and undermine their futures.


    For more information on Counterpart, please visit our website at


    Summary and Job Profile: 

    The Strengthening Human Rights Systems (Rights & Dignity) program is a five-year project implemented in El Salvador that aims to help strengthen governmental and non-governmental human rights protection systems resulting in an increasingly tolerant, just, and equitable El Salvador.


    Counterpart International is currently seeking a Human Rights Specialist to serve as the Human Rights subject matter expert for the Rights & Dignity program. This is a full  time position based in San Salvador, El Salvador. This position will report to the Rights & Dignity Chief of Party.


    Primary Responsibilities

    • Oversee the execution of the Project’s Human Rights Observatory, including providing key technical and strategic support to the Observatory Activity Manager.
    • Provide human rights expertise to inform Project activities, reports, and communications.
    • Prepare human rights technical expertise and analyses and reports (including work plan, quarterly report, M&E reports, etc.), as well as contribute to success stories and other external communications for the Project.
    • Provide relevant technical input in the Projetc´s grants program, including the development of Request for Applications, and contribute technical input into the Project’s subgrant selection and implementation. This includes providing and assuring technical quality control over the technical reports coming from the subgrantees.
    • Lead in the design and execution of trainings on human rights subjects relevant to the Project’s objectives.
    • Implement technical assistance, to include mentoring, to HROs to increase their knowledge on human rights and related fields.
    • Supervise the implementation of technical assistance provided by the Project to governmental entities through consultants
    • Provide technical assistance to local Human Rights Organizations (HROs) on human rights issues across all three objectives of the Rights & Dignity Project.
    • Provide ongoing strategic and analytical assessment to COP and DCOP on Human Rights subjects carried our by implementing partners.



    • Master’s degree or higher in relevant subject matter such as Law, Human Rights, Political Science, Democratic Studies, International Development, Public Policy or Administration, Latin American studies, or a similar field;
    • Demonstrated expertise in human rights subject matter, including transitional justice and conducting research;
    • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in the field of human rights in El Salvador;
    • Demonstrated experience with developing analytical reports on human rights, security, policing, and social inclusion in El Salvador and/or Latin America;
    • Knowledge of the Salvadoran political context, particularly with respect to human rights and relevant policies and reform processes;
    • Demonstrated project management experience in human rights field;
    • Excellent technical writing skills in both English and Spanish; if selected, writing samples will be requested for review.
    • A high level of interpersonal and communication skills;
    • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment, able to work effectively with civil society organizations, USAID, project staff, Counterpart´s headquarters staff and other beneficiaries;
    • Excellent ability to amiably collaborate and coordinate activities with multiple stakeholders, including government, civil society, and individuals; and
    • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Word, Database management, Excel, PowerPoint).



    • Spanish and English professional proficiency is required; fluency strongly preferred.
    • Experience with Salvadoran legislative processes.
    • Experience working in and familiarity with academic settings.


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