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Offer: Job: Human/Women Rights Researcher, Uganda

The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA Network).
Location: Kampala, Uganda with travel in the Horn region.

Closing date: September 20, 2011.

We require a researcher for one of the currently running SIHA projects titled, Reinforcing Community Activism and Intergenerational Bridges for Women Rights and Equality to compile and produce a guide on community activism for women rights and gender equality in Ethiopia, Somaliland and South Sudan.

The guide will look at the past best practices of community activism for women rights, specifically the challenges that hinder social change towards gender equality and women/ human rights. These challenges are manifested in the horn through harmful traditions and militant ideologies and policies and trends that contribute to further alienation of women in the sub region.
Duties and Responsibilities:

Research on the socio-political context, in relation to women rights and women organizations roles and practices in the three countries.
Analyze the different generations and the history of the women’s movement in relation to the communities in these countries.
Compile and produce a guide on best practices in community activism for women rights and gender equality in Ethiopia, Somaliland and South Sudan.
Incorporate in the guide, ideas on how to sustain this initiative, how to spread it and how to engage younger generations (including men) in the activism for gender equality and women rights.
Plan and convene consultative meetings with relevant stakeholders in the 3 countries.
Report directly to the SIHA Regional Director.

Requirements & Qualifications:

Advanced academic background and strong experience in human rights, women studies and activism and civil society is essential
Experience in activism work for women & human rights at grass roots level and knowledge of the Horn of Africa region
Experience in developing guides and manuals for activists and community based groups
Strong research background and skills, especially in gender and human rights
Familiarity with women rights issues in the Horn communities
Willingness to travel
Sense of initiative and ability to work independently
Commitment to SIHA objectives & mission
Fluency in spoken and written English is essential
Direct work experience in any of the three countries; South Sudan, Somaliland and/or Ethiopia is an asset

To Apply:

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, sample of your writing (preferably on a human/women rights related topic) and CV to and/or before 20th September 2011.


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