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Job vacancy

Democracy Advisor

Do you want to work for democracy in an international organization that makes a difference? Diakonia is now looking for an advisor to help develop our work for democracy and an enabling environment for civil society in our program countries.

Diakonia is a politically independent Swedish non-profit organization for international development cooperation and humanitarian assistance. Diakonia supports over 400 partner organisations in 25 countries – in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Diakonia operates on feminist principles and the rights-based approach. The basis for our work is people’s right and desire to improve and change the world. Our focus areas are human rights, democracy and gender equity. Since the beginning of 2021 Diakonia is working with a new strategy, containing four movements that will lead to an interesting and exciting journey for the organization.

Role and responsibilities

As Democracy Advisor you will take a global role in developing Diakonia’s work to strengthen democracy, and an enabling space for civil society. This is done adhering to a rights-based approach and feminst principles. You are part of the International Department at Diakonia’s head office in Stockholm, and report to the Deputy International Director. You will work closely with colleagues in Diakonia’s regional and country offices, as well as with partners and networks. Your responsibilities include:

  • Develop knowledge, methods and capacity internally and with partners.
  • Facilitate experience-sharing and synergies between programmes and teams.
  • Lead and inform advocacy and networking in your area.
  • Develop donor relations and fundraising for the area.
  • Global planning and reporting.

Experience and qualifications

We are looking for a solution-oriented and creative person, with an analytical mind and the ability to communicate effectively. You value working in teams and are flexible and responsible. You also have:

  • Experience in development work, including international postings.
  • Experience in strengthening democracy together with other civil society organizations.
  • Experience in program design, monitoring, and learning.
  • University degree in political science, development studies, human rights, or equivalent experience.
  • Proficiency in English, speaking and writing.

This is a plus

  • Experience of work in complex settings and addressing closing space for civil society and democracy.
  • Proficiency in Swedish, Spanish, French, Arabic or Portuguese.


We offer

We offer you an exciting job in an international environment, where you become part of a culture that is characterized by our core values: solidarity, justice, courage, commitment and accountability.

Location: Diakonia Head Office, Alvik, Stockholm
Start date: As soon as possible or according to agreement
Employment type: Temporary position for 1 year, with possibility of extension

Diakonia is certified against the Core Humanitarian Standard on quality, accountability and transparency.

Send us your application by October 17

We ask you to send us your CV and cover letter in English, marked “Democracy Advisor” to rekrytering.diakonia@diakonia.se.

Diversity and inclusion reflect the world we want to see. We also know that different perspectives, experiences, and competences are key for Diakonia to be a relevant, capable and successful organisation. We therefore strive to recruit staff with different ethnic and socio-economic background, gender, gender identity and/or expression, religion, age, disability and sexual orientation.

Interviews may start before the end of the application period.

Contact information

If you have questions about the position or the recruitment process, please contact Domingo Torres Santos, Deputy International Director: +46-70-6649025

Union representatives
Unionen: Esther Flores Sedman, +46 (0)76 501 17 47, or Annette U. Wallqvist +46 (0)70 415 08 46
Akademikerföreningen: Julle Bergenholtz-Foglander, +46-76-5011744

Diakonia is committed to provide a safe environment for all employees, free from harassment, exploitation, abuse and discrimination. Further, Diakonia is committed to the prevention and protection against sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse of the rights holders that we work with and support, with zero tolerance against breaches of this commitment.

Diakonia processes personal data in order to administrate applications and fill vacant positions. We use consent as legal basis. By sending us your CV and application documents, you at the same time consent to Diakonia processing your personal data under the Data Protection Regulation.

We use this information only for and during the recruitment process. For this purpose, we may use the information you have shared with us, such as your resume, personal letter, notes from interviews and conversations with reference persons. No personal data is saved after a recruitment process is completed.

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