Senior Trustee - Advisory board member  

(Unpaid/Home-Based) Deadline: 28.02.2019

About Laissez-Passer 

Laissez-Passer is incorporated in Estonia as a private limited enterprise and is dedicated to developing programs and tools that ease international human mobility barriers, and access to protection and services for individuals with vulnerable identity documents and undocumented migrants. 


Globalization has created an increasingly dynamic and interconnected world, where goods and people can engage with distant markets and opportunities. Yet nations have consistently adopted a closed-border policy to regulate the entry of certain nationalities and restrict access to marginal groups of limited market/ economic value.

As a result of the instability in Syria, Libya, Yemen, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Venezuela, and Myanmar many countries experienced a surge in arrivals of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. Since then, such countries of destination have reacted by initiating a series of policy and legislative changes aimed at restricting travel, tightening border controls and imposing barriers to the movement to stem migration flows. The crackdown, however, has not only concerned undocumented migrants, but also other travelers deemed suspect because of nationalities such as Middle Eastern, African and Latin American nationals.

A poll by the RAND Corporation found African & Asian researchers are, respectively, 3 to 4 times more likely as European or North American ones to report visa-related obstacles. A study by academics from University College London (UCL), University of Birmingham, and Royal Holloway University of London, found that increased visa restrictions on migrants encourage the irregular routes of migration. Researchers suggested governments should consider the wider impacts of controls and take into account the aspirations of the individual in order to stem illegal immigration countries.

About the Senior Trustee/ Advisory board member role

Laissez-Passer aims to create an interdisciplinary cohort of advisors with significant expertise in a variety of fields. Ideal candidates demonstrated high-level experience in their specialized field and are currently fulfilling key operational/technical/specialized positions at an organization with an explicit mandate in migration, protection, cross-border operations, detention or research and who have time to dedicate to offer advice, partnership development, representation and mentorship to Laissez-Passer executive team. In coordination with the managing director, Senior Trustee/ Advisory board member is expected to dedicate 6 to 12 hours per week to support Laissez-Passer operations and for a period of one year.
Disclaimer: This is an unpaid/volunteer role. Successful applicants are not required to reallocate, Trustee/ Advisory board member is a home-based no-duty of care position.

Desired qualifications

  • BA in social sciences/ humanities / liberal arts is preferred. MA is an advantage. 
  • 6 to 10+ years of experience in any Advocacy, Project Management, Fundraising, Communications, Journalism, Human rights (Particularly detention and deportation), Case Management or Public Policy.
  • Full proficiency in written and spoken English is a must, advanced level in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Swahili or Arabic is a considerable advantage
  • Experience in early or mid-stage entrepreneurial organizations is advantageous
  • Experience working with the African Development Bank and the African Union is particularly desirable 

How to apply

Deadline: 28.02.2019

Interested applicants should send their CV and cover letter via email to with the subject line STAM - (Your Country of Residence) before February 28th.

Applicants will be screened and interviews are expected to take place on a rolling basis and prior to the due date, applicants are advised to apply early. 

Disclaimer: This is an unpaid/volunteer role. Successful applicants are not required to reallocate, Trustee/ Advisory board member is a home-based no-duty of care position.

In Laissez-Passer we celebrate diversity and we strive to develop, maintain and support a culture of equality and diversity within our team. We do not discriminate against applicants based on their age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, parental status, religion, belief or non-belief, social or economic class, employment status or any other criteria that can not be shown to be properly justifiable.


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