11 Jan 2017

SIHA Jobs in Uganda : Advocacy and Research Officer

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The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa – SIHA Network – is a coalition of civil society organisations from Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Somaliland and Uganda. Founded in 1995, the organisation advocates for social change and gender equality in the Horn region and works specifically on protecting women’s human rights, promoting women’s access to justice, supporting economic empowerment and activating women’s political participation. SIHA’s secretariat/HQ is located in Kampala, Uganda and SIHA maintains field offices in Sudan and South Sudan.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • The Advocacy and Research Officer will be tasked with the development and support of advocacy components of SIHAs current and future projects.
  • Work closely with grassroots communities, including SIHAs beneficiaries and members, to elevate advocacy priorities and stories from the grassroots.
  • Actively contribute to SIHA newsletters, press statements, research papers, media releases, Twitter and SIHA website. Monitor local media and document statements and news that involves violation of womens rights.
  • Work in liaison with SIHA’s Legal Officer to document cases and do legal advocacy.
  • Maintain awareness of security considerations.
  • Provide input into SIHAs current and future research projects.
  • Contribute to research publications related to the countries of operation, including formal research reports as well as position papers, briefings, and other smaller publications.
  • Write and edit research and project reports; use reports to inform advocacy efforts and priorities.
  • Through working with grassroots communities, area coordinators and with SIHA project officers, regularly identify needs and opportunities related to prospective research that is relevant to current needs in the countries and to SIHAs strategy.
  • Regularly monitor relevant calls for papers/research and alert SIHA to potential opportunities to carry out research or present research.
  • Build and maintain close connections with SIHA beneficiaries and members in order to identify relevant issues for research.
  • Lead coordination of SIHAs current and future visual and creative products, including documentaries and films, visual media, and campaigns.
  • Work closely with SIHA beneficiaries and local communities to find creative ways for them to tell their own stories; use visual and creative means to represent women’s perspectives and needs connection with SIHAs advocacy and research priorities.
  • Identify opportunities for SIHA to creatively engage in current issues in the Region related to advocacy and research priorities.
  • Create and maintain an active, detailed database of artists and videographers who have supported or can support SIHAs work in the Region.
  • Work closely with SIHA Regional programme Officer and provide assistance and support as needed.
  • Participate, as requested, in SIHA meetings, trainings, and events.
  • Other Assist with other job-related duties as required by SIHA management and colleagues.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant should preferably hold a University-level  degree in human rights, women’s rights, project management, development / humanitarian studies, gender studies, law, or a related field;
  • Previous experience working on advocacy and/or research in the human rights / non-governmental organization sector, with ability to provide relevant references;
  • Keen interest in gender and women’s rights / empowerment and improving conditions for women and girls in the Horn of Africa;
  • Hard-worker, with ability to put in extra hours during peak periods of activity;
  • Proven knowledge of local-level political / social / cultural dynamics;
  • Proven knowledge of local-level stakeholders, persons of influence, and the ability to liaise with these actors in reference to SIHA work in the region;
  • Ability to travel regionally as required;
  • Punctual, attentive, and enthusiastic;

How to Apply

All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send a current CV and cover letter via Email to: [email protected]

Deadline: 15th January 2017 by 5:00pm






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