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Monday, January 16, 2017

Learning exchange at the UN, Geneva

CIVICUS is offering one learning exchange opportunity for an African based individual to be based and involved with activities at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. This opportunity is sponsored by Irish Aid, focused on Strengthening the Voice of African Civil Society and human rights defenders in the international human rights system.
The opportunity is time based, starting on the 27th Feb 2017 – 27th May 2017
This opportunity serves to:
·         Familiarise the candidate with the United Nations system and bring information pertaining to African civil society to the Human Rights Council (HRC), the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, and Special Procedures, (Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups are part of Special Procedures);
·         Assist in the preparation of reports or statements and help to coordinate engagement during the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council, 27 February – 24 March, the 119th session of the Human Rights Committee, 6 – 29 March, and the 27th UPR session, 1 - 12 May; and
·         Assist to organise side meetings for CIVICUS and partners with relevant officials from the OHCHR, particular Officers supporting the Special Rapporteurs, Governments with permanent missions in Geneva and NGO partners with permanent representatives in Geneva.
Who you are
You are passionate about Human Rights and dream of becoming the new voice in Africa. You see this as an opportunity to further your dream and the advancement of civil society and human rights, especially in Africa, an opportunity to understand the processes and get to know and meet the actors in these. You will act as a bridge between civil society actors in Africa and Special Procedures as well as other human rights mechanisms, gathering, preparing and presenting reports on human rights issues thus keeping information affecting the region on the horizon at the UN through key engagements.
You will be based in Geneva for the 3 months of this learning opportunity.
Who we are
CIVICUS is a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society around the world. We strive to promote marginalised voices, especially from the Global South, and have members in more than 170 countries throughout the world. Since 1993, we have been dedicated to enhancing the rights, freedoms, health and vitality of civil society as a whole. We’re also a global team, using new technologies to connect us around the world.  We’re passionate about what we do. We share links to provocative articles and talk about what they mean to us. The highlight of our week is having an impassioned conversation with an activist or social change group about what’s happing in the world around us.
·         We work for civil society, protecting and growing `civic space’ – the freedoms of expression, association and assembly - that allow citizens and organisations to speak out, organise and take action.
·         We monitor, research and analyse global events and trends that impact civil society.
·         We strengthen civil society by bringing it together to generate and share knowledge, to improve its working and to act collectively. 
·         We work to ensure that civil society voices are heard. To achieve impact we communicate, campaign and advocate.
Why CIVICUS?
·         Be part of the leading global alliance of civil society organisations and activists.
·         Be part of a global, highly effective team, driven by civil society.
·         Grow and be challenged by the dynamic responses to our ever-changing world.
·         Global outlook with meaningful content and the passion and drive to make a change wherever you are.
Required qualifications and competencies:
A degree in Human Rights, International Affairs or a related field;
Experience of working with human rights community in one or more African countries and a thorough knowledge of regional human rights issues within Africa;
Fluency in English is essential, French would be an advantage; 
Demonstrated professionalism, diplomatic skills and analytical diligence;
Willingness to travel to Geneva for three months.
Location:              Geneva, Switzerland
Start date:            27 February 2017 – 27  March 2017
Remuneration:    Accommodation in Geneva, round trip airfare and a stipend of €600 a month to cover living costs.
Duration:            3 months
To apply, please submit:
·  A motivational letter;
·  A detailed CV; and
·  Contact details of three current references.
 To jobs@civicus.org by 20th January 2017.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should you not have heard from us within 2 weeks after your application, please consider your application as being unsuccessful.



APPLICATION ANNOUNCEMENT – MILEAD 2017

2017 MILEAD FELLOWS PROGRAM- For Young African Women Leaders
 Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa (Moremi Initiative) hereby announces its annual call for applications for the 2017 MILEAD [Moremi Initiative Leadership Empowerment and Development] Fellows Program- to identify Africa’s most outstanding emerging women leaders. 

The MILEAD Fellows Program is a long-term leadership development program designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African female leaders to attain and thrive in leadership in their communities and Africa as a whole. The program targets dynamic young women interested in developing transformational leadership skills that help them address issues facing women and girls across communities in Africa. The MILEAD Program equips Fellows with the world class knowledge, skills, values and networks they need to succeed as 21st century women leaders. Applications are invited from young African women between 19 – 25 years of age, living in Africa and the Diaspora.
The MILEAD Fellowship will be awarded to 25 outstanding young women who have exhibited leadership potential in their community, organization, and/or profession. To be eligible for the program, an applicant must be African, living on the continent or in the Diaspora; agree to participate in all required activities related to MILEAD – beginning with a three-week residential Summer Institute in Ghana; and commit to a community change project. Specific requirements of the program and related dates are outlined in the application package. Please review program and application guidelines carefully, before completing your application.
Please note that this one year program is not a full-time fellowship. Selected candidates may remain full time students or work full time for the program duration, except during the 3–week summer institute. The 3-week summer institute is an intensive and full-time residential program and all fellows will be required to attend. The rest of the program involves community-based, online and other distance activities.
We invite you to share this application information with emerging African women leaders in your network who have the passion and potential to help transform the continent.
How to Apply: Applications are available online at www.moremiinitiative.org or by request via email. Download the full 2017 Application Package and Forms below.
Completed application forms must be submitted along with a CV and two recommendation lettersAll applications and supporting documents must be submitted via email.
The application deadline is: Wednesday 15th March 2017.
For more information, visit: www.moremiinitiative.org or Join us @www.facebook.com/MoremiAfrica or contact the MILEAD Program Coordinator
GHANA: Email: partners@moremiinitiative.org    Tel:  +233 302 50701+233 242 901222 USA: Tel: +1 510 648 1021 | +1 917.327.5235


Monday, January 9, 2017

World Bank Group Recruitment Drive

The World Bank Group is launching a recruitment drive aimed at attracting qualified candidates to fill positions in selected areas. Employment opportunities will be in various technical areas and professional streams for talented and diverse young and mid-career professionals.

A career with the World Bank Group offers a unique and exciting opportunity for exceptionally talented individuals who have a passion for international development. As a staff member at the Bank Group, you will get the opportunity to contribute to the effort to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.
World Bank Group staff work with governments, civil society groups, the private sector and others in developing countries, assisting people in all areas of development, from policy and strategic advice to the identification, preparation, appraisal, and supervision of development projects. In addition to strong technical competencies, ideal candidates must have a demonstrated capacity for strategic thinking and be fluent in English with very good writing and communication skills. Positions may be based in Washington, D.C. or in a regional office.
Most of the positions require a Master’s degree plus 5 years of relevant professional experience. Please see description of each of the positions below to find the exact requirements.
All CVs and resumes must be received by January 21, 2017. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Qualified candidates will be interviewed beginning February 2017.
The World Bank group values diversity and encourages all qualified individuals, with diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds to apply. Specifically, women, persons with disabilities, Caribbean nationals, and Sub-Saharan Africans are encouraged to apply.
The World Bank Group offers a total reward package that includes competitive salary, retirement plan, life insurance, medical benefits, paid leave, mobility support, accidental death protection, and financial assistance.

To apply to any position, please click the vacancies below.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Call for applications: 5th East Africa Human Rights Training Program (EAHRP), October 15 -27, 2017



5th East Africa Human Rights Training Program (EAHRP), October 15 -27, 2017

We are delighted to announce that the application period for the 5th East Africa Human Rights Training Program (EAHRP), is now open and we will be accepting applications until January 31, 2017.

The East Africa Human Rights Program (EAHRP) is the human rights education initiative of alumni of the annual International Human Rights Training Program from the East African region and alumni of the East Africa Human Rights Program in partnership with Equitas.

The EAHRP is a regional training program which provides a unique opportunity for human rights workers, defenders, activists and educators to deepen their understanding of human rights and the essential role of human rights education in effecting and sustaining social change.  The program’s participatory methodology provides a framework for the sharing of expertise, experience and reflection among a tremendously diverse group of participants, facilitators and highly qualified resource persons. The program contributes to networking at both the national and regional levels and to collaborative partnerships among representatives of civil society, national human rights institutions, regional, and international organisations, and governments.
 
If you wish to attend the 2017 EAHRP, find below information about the application process, the application form and the memorandum of agreement. Please note that the application form, the memorandum of agreement and the other supporting documents must be received BEFORE January 31, 2017


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Call for Applications: Tanzania and Rwanda Reporting Fellowships, February 2017




The IWMF is now accepting applications for two Reporting Fellowships, set to take place in February 2017. As part of the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, one group of six journalists will report on rural and economic development from Mwanza, northern Tanzania. Concurrently, a second group of six journalists will cover civic engagement in Kigali, Rwanda.

The coverage of new and under-reported narratives is a cornerstone of the Great Lakes program. To date, 75 journalists from 16 countries have pursued a wide range of stories that go beyond the well-established beats of political instability, armed conflicts, and humanitarian crisis in the region. Their work has been aired and published by leading media outlets around the world.
Between 2015-2018, the IWMF will continue to lead groups of women journalists to the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. By 2019, more than 250 reporters will have together reshaped traditional media narratives about the region.
FELLOWSHIP DATES:
February 17 – 28, 2017
ABOUT THE REPORTING TRIP TO TANZANIA AND RWANDA:
Both groups of reporting Fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete orientation and a three-day Hostile Environments and First Aid Training (HEFAT) February 17 – 19. Fellows then depart for eight days of in-country reporting February 20 – 28 from Mwanza (northern Tanzania Reporting Fellowship) or Kigali (Rwanda Reporting Fellowship), where they will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, report independently and collaboratively with their peers, and gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to their reporting.
TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND EXPENSES:
The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all Fellows within the scope of the Fellowship base location and trip dates. The IWMF also covers Fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, lodging, meals, and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected
journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. Visa costs will also be covered. Fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas, for which they will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the Fellowship.
ELIGIBILITY
  • Affiliated or freelance women journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working in news media. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
  • Women journalists of all nationalities are welcome to apply.
  • Non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
  • Applicant must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.
Before submitting an application, journalists are encouraged to review the application criteria and frequently asked questions (FAQs).
APPLICATION:
The IWMF will accept online applications from November 14 – December 6, 2016.
Have questions about the application process? Want to hear from IWMF Fellows about their experiences on the ground? We’re hosting a Twitter chat on November 30! Follow @IWMF and include #IWMFfellow to join the conversation.
Apply to Tanzania reporting trip HERE
Apply to Rwanda reporting trip HERE