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Organizational Structure

Orpe Human Rights Advocates structure is highly decentralized. Decentralization enables the Organization to acquire the capacity to deliver an ever-increasing number and diversity of projects. OHRA’s Field structure is composed of:

  • Regional Offices, which formulate regional strategies and plans of action and to provide programmatic and administrative support to OHRA's Divisions within their jurisdictions. 

  • Special Liaison Office which strengthen relations with specific divisions, regions, counties, non-governmental organizations, private sectors entities, and government agencies. This office is located in Maryland, Twin Knolls Road, Suite 300, MD 21045.

  • Administrative Centers which provide core support in the areas of information technology and administrative services to OHRA’s network of offices.

  • Programs Coordination Offices with Coordinating Functions that have the additional responsibility of ensuring that human dignity realities within a defined areas are taken into account in programmatic activities of the region. 

  • In addition, National Offices with Resources Mobilization Functions have the additional responsibility of resource mobilization by assisting in fundraising activities as well as providing advice on fundraising policies, priorities, and procedures. These offices are located at Ellicott City, 2800 Westchester Avenue, MD 21043.

  • National Offices and sub-offices, which implement a wide range of projects addressing specific needs of people in the state of distress including homeless, veterans, and low income families.

  • The Restoring Human Dignity Capacity Building Coordinating Center is located in Columbia, Twin Knolls Rd, Suite 300, MD 21045. The Center provides technical assistance in matters pertaining to capacity building, skills building, professional training, and executive and leadership empowerment.

  • Global Human Dignity Data Analysis Center (GHDDC). The Center is based in Washington, DC, United States of America. The center will be established as OHRA’s response to growing calls for comprehensive high-quality data on global human rights abuses trends.


Projectization is used by OHRA (similar to activity-based costing), whereby staff and office costs associated with implementing a project are charged to projects through a time allocation concept referred to as projectization. Every activity in OHRA is assigned a distinct project code. Every project is managed by a project manager to ensure that projects are monitored in a responsible, transparent, and efficient manner.

In order to achieve efficiencies and manage growth, OHRA has embarked on an exercise to transfer certain functions from Headquarters and other high-cost locations to lower-cost locations. Administrative Centers provide support in the areas of finance, information technology, staff security, project tracking, health and insurance, and so on. Each Administrative Center covers different geographical regions for most of its functional areas: 

Total Funding: more than 97 percent of OHRA’s funding is in the form of voluntary contributions for projects. The remainder represents the administrative budget, funded from contributions and fundraising.

Lowest Rate of Administrative Support: To cover its indirect costs, OHRA charges a standard 7 per cent on total costs of projects for administrative support. OHRA prioritizes cost efficiency in the implementation of projects.


Note: Field Location does not necessarily refer to offices as physical premises, but to presence of OHRA staff.

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