Campaigning Advocacy Officer

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BACKGROUND

Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA), Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) and People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) have initiated a social media campaign, titled Her-Voice-Her-Peace-She-Matters to promote peace and security of women in Africa as provided in Article 10 & 11 of the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol).

The campaign aims to generate and document voices of women and girls who continue to endure severe sexual violence in armed conflict and post conflict countries in Africa. The campaign was launched on the fringes of the African Union Heads of States and Governments Summit held in January 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since then, the campaign has continued stimulating debates around the relevance and applicability of the current text and language of the UN Security Council 1325 Resolution in light of emerging threats and realities of African women.

The Beijing + 20 processes and  59th Session of the UN Commission on Status of Women provided unique opportunities to strengthen the campaign and a gathering was facilitated which identified obstacles faced by African women impeding enjoyment of their right to peace and security. The endorsement of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa as Champion of the campaign and the secondment of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders in Africa is a mile stone achievement.

TITLE

Campaigning Advocacy Officer

DUTIES

  • Under supervision of the ED, work with partners of the campaign for promotion of peace and security in Africa for women and girls in all their diversity
  • Coordination of advocacy, campaigning events, meetings and reporting
  • Communications: Use of Twitter, Facebook, blog and website to increase empowerment of women and girls about  peace and security issues and  participate  in  regional programmes at national level
  • Establish contact with relevant national bodies spearheading (UN Security Council 1325Resolution ) national process and ensure the involvement of campaign partners in the National Plan of Action processes
  • Support content development of project ]
  • Any other tasks required for coordination and project management.

COMPETENCIES

  • Demonstrates a high level of professionalism, ethics and enthusiasm for the project
  • Specialised knowledge in the African Union (AU), African Commission on People and Human Rights (ACHPR) and UN peace and security legal frameworks with regards to women’s participation in peace building and mediation efforts.
  • Experienced in advocacy and campaigning, which includes communications and proficiency in social media tools (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, management of website content for the campaign)?
  • Ability to work in an NGO environment and maintain relations with key stakeholders, working group members and partners. Understanding of working and managing in CSO networks

WORKING HOURS

  • Part Time

 

QUALIFICATION

Advance university degree (Maters Degree or equivalent) in either of the following, legal, political, social, arts and culture

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Experienced in working in an NGO environment, networks, donor, and ability to work with diverse groups.
  • Experienced in understanding the procedure and legal frameworks pertaining to AU, ACHPR and UN CSO processes, including developing interventions, recommendations, follow ups and advocacy strategies.
  • Project management and reporting.
  • Use of Microsoft software office programme, including knowledge and ability to communicate through use of social media, twitter, face-book, blog and website, telephonically as well as email is a necessity

LANGUAGES

Fluency in oral and written English is required. Any other additional language will be a bonus and it would be worth mentioning

TIMEFRAME OF THE JOB

This post is a six (6) months contract which will commence running from 1 June till December 2015. However should resources be available and based on satisfactory performance of work contract renewal may be considered

REMUNERATION

Salary is negotiable

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Send your CV at: jobs@hurisa.org.za, past experience, brief information highlighting your previous employment and motivation brief explaining why you should be considered for this post

CLOSING DATE: 26 May 2015