GFoD invites Roma candidates to apply for Rights Experts position

GFoD invites Roma women and men to apply for Rights Experts positions

Call for applications for “Rights Experts” from Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent*[1]

We are looking for 2 Roma Rights Experts to work closely with ERGO Network and Global Forum on Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (GFoD). We particularly encourage Roma women to apply for the Rights Experts due to low representation in this position.

The Roma human rights defenders will be working together with others, coming from the Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (CDWD), including Dalits, Quilombola, Burakumin, Haratin, Oru, and countless others, who experience discrimination based on their ancestral occupation. Such discrimination is one of the common practices, yet also one of the least understood form of discrimination in the world.


Global Forum on Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent is the global advocacy mechanism of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent. More than 260 million people across the world are discriminated on the basis of work and descent and are more commonly known as Dalits, Roma-Sinti, Quilombola, Burakumin, Hartin amongst many other names.

Discrimination on Work and Decent (DWD) is a global phenomenon which lacks public recognition and acknowledgement and affected communities are among the most marginalised and excluded people. The ERGO Network is a member organization of the GFoD ensuring the voice of Romani people from Europe.

Position Overview

GFoD has started the CDWD Rights Experts program in 2021 and is currently seeking applications for the next cohort of Rights Experts from Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent to support global advocacy and data collection processes at the national, regional and global level. Candidates will be recruited on the basis of requirements and qualifications listed below.

Two CDWD Roma Rights Experts will be recruited and work in close cooperation with the ERGO Network and will be recruited on the basis of requirements and qualifications listed below ensuring the knowledge about the Romani communities and related legal and policy backgrounds in European countries.

The position requires a high level of autonomy and responsiveness to engage in advocacy processes and a high interest and willingness to engage in national, regional and global advocacy processes. Elevating the national level advocacy of the Roma community towards collective global advocacy engagement for all Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (CDWD) at the United Nations and other levels.

The positions require approximately 20-24 hours per month for the duration of 12 months with a 3-month trial period with potential international travel.

Duties and responsibilities of the Rights Experts (REs)

  • Dedicate at least 3 full working days per month to this role.
  • Participate and organise capacity building, mutual learning and general advocacy activities.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the GFoD global advocacy strategy adopted in 2022 in New York.
  • Author statements, critical interventions and articles or contribute to specific ideas and concept notes on the concerns of CDWD as per the requirement of HLPF and other UN and human rights instruments, mechanisms or initiatives.
  • Communicate regularly with the GFoD Secretariat and the ERGO Network and undertake national, regional and take part in global consultation processes within the local, regional and national CDWD community.

Requirements and qualifications

In order of preference, characteristics and qualifications are listed below. Please note that given our preference for candidates, applicants are not required to have English as a working language.

  1. Anchored and rooted in Communities Discriminated by Work and Descent (CDWD): Persons from Romani origin are highly encouraged to apply to this position. Women, youth, LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented and marginalized groups from CDWD are highly desired for this position.
  2. Experience: Are social leaders within their own community with considerable experience in advocacy actions and processes at national, regional and international level. It is highly desirable that candidates are established human rights defender in their country/region/community and are experts in one particular field area related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For example, (Access to water and sanitation – SDG 6, decent work – SDG 8, Inequalities – SDG10 etc.). Please mention in your application which SDGs you are most interested in/have worked on.
  3. Commitment: Candidates who have shown ongoing commitment and leadership to the cause of CDWD and Roma, Sinti and Travellers in particular are encouraged to apply.
  4. Academic qualifications: Academic qualifications such as University qualifications, publications of book, articles or other journalistic work will be considered in the application process.

Recruitment and timeline

Please submit your applications to until Sunday, 20th of November 2022 midnight CET with a subject line “GFoD Rights Expert – application”.

Please submit your CV together with a one page over letter referencing relevant experience mentioned under Requirements and Qualifications. Interviews will start in late November 2022. We prefer applications in English.

Successful candidates will be appointed for a 12-month period with an initial 3 moth trial period.

Due to the high volume expected applications only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

[1] *Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (CDWD) are oppressed through caste like discrimination, often forced into conditions of traditional and or modern slavery/bonded labour.

GFoD invites Roma candidates to apply for Rights Experts position – ERGO Network