The Zero Tolerance Initiative (ZTI) in collaboration with Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) are seeking a part time, human rights specialist to facilitate activities of the coalition working to end violence and killings in supply chains.

The ZTI coalition brings together indigenous peoples’ leaders and organisations, local communities, and Afro-descendant community representatives, and enables joint collaboration with a wide range of international and national NGOs working with human rights defenders. The ZTI is led by a multi-stakeholder steering committee of indigenous, Afro-descendant and southern NGOs that shapes coalition priorities around three pillars of work: i) collective protection and community-led resilience; ii) solidarity actions in support of communities and defenders under threat; and iii) coordinated advocacy to promote meaningful reforms by state and non-state actors to improve protections for defenders and tackle the root causes of violence and intimidation. FPP is a founder member of the coalition and is providing facilitation support for its global networking, collaborative actions and local self-protection initiatives led by southern organisations and communities.

This facilitator role, hosted by FPP, involves enabling the mutual exchange of information, facilitating dialogues, and ensuring effective internal and external communications and networking. The facilitator will liaise closely with the ZTI steering committee, FPP colleagues and other ZTI members making up its backbone team working to promote coherent actions across the three ZTI pillars of work. The role will also provide technical support to FPP’s Strategic Legal Response Centre in matters relating to human rights defenders. We particularly encourage applications from people with indigenous backgrounds, or experience supporting indigenous peoples or local communities directly.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Assist the coalition in networking and facilitate collaborative alliances and actions, in particular those working with defenders, on human rights and development, and business and human rights.
  • Facilitate coalition general meetings in liaison with coalition members and the wider coalition, including organisation of digital conferences/webinars, interpretation, minute-taking, invitations, translation of resources for the ZTI network etc.
  • Enable and support ZTI governance processes, including steering group decision-making and ensuring regional focal points and steering group members are consistently engaged.
  • Assist with organisation of ZTI national, regional, and global advocacy, communications, and events and meetings with companies and investors, including helping facilitate advocacy and support statements when relevant.
  • Support the coalition in compiling its calendar of actions, activities, and events.
  • Share resources/events etc. with coalition and ZTI steering group.
  • Ensure up to date and relevant information and a record of decisions are available to the ZTI’s steering group.
  • Act as a focal point for ZTI knowledge and learning networks.
  • Network with related global initiatives and coalitions working with defenders, human rights issues and development, and business and human rights.
  • Assist the coalition to identify and access potential funding sources.
  • Work with ZTI members and the steering group to compile funding proposals.
  • Ensure smooth management of grants that enable the functioning of the initiative, including through sub-granting to the organisations that host regional facilitators.
  • Be a contact point for those interested in the coalition.

Person Specification

  • Prior experience of work with, or in support of, human rights defenders, especially indigenous land and forest defenders and local and Afro-descendant communities.
  • In-depth knowledge of international human rights systems and/or strong familiarity with national, regional human rights legal systems, including collective rights.
  • Knowledge of international standards on business and human rights/corporate accountability.
  • Experience of working and networking within or with social movements and civil society organisations, ideally including on issues relating to corporate justice.
  • Proven experience of advocacy and engagement with global decision makers and international policy processes.
  • Prior experience of facilitating, or working within, coalitions is a major advantage.
  • Excellent networking, teamwork, and communication skills.
  • Good writing skills in English.
  • Effective administrative, organising and coordination skills.
  • Fluency in English, as well as Spanish and/or French is a requirement.
  • Knowledge of collective/community-led protection as well as national and international systems of protection of human rights defenders is desirable.


  • Part-time role at 75% time to start as soon as possible (with a 6-month probationary period).
  • Salary range £33,500 – £36,000 pro rata, dependent on qualifications and experience.
  • Applicants should be based in an area which allows for stable and strong internet connection. A location compatible to working across different time zones in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas would be an advantage
  • The role will work in close coordination with the ZTI Global facilitation team and the FPP Responsible Finance Programme (RFP). S/he will report to the FPP RFP Coordinator.

To apply, please click below.

Closing date: 22 May 2021

Interviews: week beginning 24 May