Job: Senior Finance and Operations Officer, Natural Justice

Senior Finance and Operations Officer: Kenya – Closing Date: 3 May 2021

Senior Finance and Operations Officer: Kenya

Natural Justice is an African non-profit organization specializing in environmental justice. Natural Justice uses the law to support communities participate in decisions that affect their land, culture and environment.

Natural Justice has been working with communities, NGOs and government agencies in Kenya since 2009. Together with our partners, we conduct comprehensive research on environmental and human rights law, use community legal empowerment approaches, including community paralegals, to support communities protect their access to lands, resources and traditional knowledge, provide legal advice and training to project partners, comment on environmental impact assessments, and make submissions on law and policy. To learn more about the work of Natural Justice please refer to http://www.naturaljustice.org.

What are we looking for?

NJ seeks a full-time Senior Finance and Operations Officer in Nairobi who will be responsible for the financial management and administrative operations, including procurement, human resource administration, processing and recording of all financial transactions, financial reporting to donors and the Natural Justice Kenya board, managing relationships with suppliers and partner organizations. This position will also be the custodian of organization assets and supervise office administration.

The senior finance and operations officer will report to the Natural Justice Kenya Director and the organizations Chief Financial and Operations Officer based in Cape Town. The successful candidate will be based in our Nairobi office, with travel required on occasion and will be expected to begin work as soon as possible.

Consultancy: Research on access to archives for creatives in KE, UG, TZ (Hivos)

Consultancy: Research on access to public and private archives for creatives in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania

Region: East Africa Office: Nairobi Hours: To be determined Application deadline: May 7, 2021

About Hivos

Hivos is an international development organization guided by humanist values. Together with citizens and their organizations, it aims to contribute towards just, inclusive and life sustaining societies where people have equal access to opportunities, rights and resources. It works in partnership with others in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America on three impact areas: civic rights; gender equality, diversity and inclusion, and climate justice. Hivos’ approach is solution driven, and it builds wider movements for change by amplifying and connecting voices.

About Resource of Open Minds (R.O.O.M) Program

Hivos is continuing with its long history of support to artists and makers through the Resource Of Open Minds (R.O.O.M) program. R.O.O.M seeks to deploy creative forces in the defense of civic space through supporting a new generation of makers to produce critical content. Critical content in the context of R.O.O.M means creative content that counters hegemonic narratives in society hence generating dialogue, debate, and dissent across different socio-political issues.

Background of consultancy

R.O.O.M seeks the following outcomes:

  1. Makers become more self-sufficient
  2. Makers are more independent.
  3. Makers produce more critical content
  4. Makers reach wider audiences
  5. Creative hubs have increased capacity to facilitate audio-visual productions.

As such, the delivery of the current assignment is to help the creatives achieve outcome 3 since access to archived material will complement already on going production of critical content across social, political, and economic themes.

The current cohort of R.O.O.M partners works on critical content across the following medium: online radio programming, podcasts, music production, documentary films, data artistry, puppetry and animation, film, fashion, literature, and infomercials. They then promote their content on digital platforms like social media channels and their organizational websites.

R.O.O.M would now like to improve artists access to archives and also support the work of National archive institutions as a way of improving criticality in the region amongst creatives.

Going by the above, this is assignment involves the following:

  1. The researcher to conduct an exploratory study on the present state of National Archive institutions in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania detailing some of the existing resources that could be of use to creatives.
  2. The researcher developing a tool kit/set of resources on how creatives can better utilize the existing archives for the work and how they can develop their organizational archives. This can be separate or incorporated in the report.
  3. The researcher to conduct 1 day workshop on how creatives can utilize the tools/resources developed.

Job: Project Officer, Hivos Digital Defenders Partnership

Region: Africa Office: Hivos East Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya. Hours: 40 Application deadline: May 3, 2021 LINK

Job context

Are you committed to defending human rights offline as well as online? Do you have some experience in facilitating trainings, digital security, organizational security, or coordinating networks? Are you flexible, and able to contribute to a whole range of tasks within the Digital Defenders Partnership program? The DDP team would love to have you as a colleague.

About Hivos

Hivos works for a world where people can realize their full potential, unleashing their ingenuity and creativity to build fair, just and life-sustaining societies for themselves and generations to come. Our mission is to amplify and connect voices that promote social and environmental justice and challenge power imbalances. We particularly work to empower marginalized rightsholders to raise their voice and demand freedom of choice.

Canon Student Development Programme (for student photographers)

VIRTUAL EVENT – SEPTEMBER 2021

Applications for the Canon Student Development Programme 2021 are open. 250 students will have the exclusive opportunity to have their portfolio reviewed by professional photographers. Submit your portfolio now for a chance to take your first step into the pro world. Closing date for applications is the 9th June 2021.

https://en.canon-cna.com/student-development-programme/

Entry criteria: https://en.canon-cna.com/student-development-programme/submit/

Full scholarship at USIU-Africa, Fall 2021 Intake (Mastercard Foundation Scholars)

https://www.usiu.ac.ke/2098/call-for-applications-mastercard-foundation-scholars-program-usiu-africa-fall-september-2021-intake

Scholarship Overview:

United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation in its global Scholars Program. This initiative will offer academically talented youth from Africa facing financial, gender, displacement, or disability constraints an opportunity to access world class university education.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa will provide full-cost scholarships to young Africans who are first-time undergraduate degree-seeking applicants. By completion of their studies, scholars will be required to lead changes in their communities and contribute to meaningful transformation across the continent, having been equipped with internationally recognized and locally applicable qualifications.

Eligibility:

  1. Only women not exceeding 29 years old in the following categories qualify: 
    • Young women
    • Refugees and displaced youth
    • Youth with disabilities.
  2. Scholars must demonstrate the following qualities: 
    • Academic talent: They must value learning and have a personal motivation to complete their education. Must meet the university admissions requirement as per the Kenya Commission for University Education or its equivalent.
    • Commitment to giving back: Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to improving their communities through previous and/or past engagements with community outreach activities.
    • Leadership potential: Scholars must show commitment to becoming change makers, role models and mentors who embrace ethical leadership.
  3. Must be interested in, and meet USIU-Africa’s admissions criteria and academic qualifications to undertake, any of the approved 11 undergraduate degree programs for the Scholars Program at USIU-Africa as follows: 
    • School of Science and Technology (SST) – Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology;
    • School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SPHS)-Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics;
    • School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts (SCCCA) – Bachelor of Arts in Animation, Bachelor of Arts in Film Production and Directing;
    • Chandaria School of Business (CSB)- Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Accounting;
    • School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) -Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology)

More information about the above highlighted degree programs can be found at the university website: undergraduate-programs/

Application process:

  • Interested applicants can download the application forms from Here or pick the forms from the Admissions Office, located in the Main Administration building at USIU-Africa at no cost.
  • Submit completed application forms by email as an attachment, ensuring that the scanned copy of the scholarship application form and all the required documents are clearly legible and send to: mcfsp-applications@usiu.ac.ke or drop your application at at Admissions Office, located in the Main Administration building at USIU- Africa, or post your application to:

Program Director, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, USIU-Africa, P.O. Box 14634 – 00800, Nairobi

Any queries can be directed through e-mail at mcfsp@usiu.ac.ke or phone +254730 116 218 or in person.

APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO SEND ONLY ONE COMPLETE APPLICATION. DUPLICATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE REJECTED. PLEASE NOTE THAT CANVASING WILL LEAD TO AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFICATION.

Benefits of joining the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program: 

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars at USIU-Africa will receive holistic support which includes:

a) Tuition and functional fees;

b) Laptops, books and other learning materials;

c) Reasonable accommodation and meals;

d) Medical insurance;

e) Stipend;

f) Transport to and from home;

g) Access to leadership training;

h) Access to entrepreneurial training;

i) Psycho-social support, career counselling and mentorship;

j) Disability needs will be reasonably catered for.

Important dates and deadlines: 

a) Release of call for applications –Thursday, March 11, 2021.

Application Deadline- Friday, March 26, 2021.

b) Review of applications –Thursday April 1 to Friday, April 30, 2021.

c) Communication to shortlisted Candidates-Monday, May 3 to Friday, May 7, 2021.-if you do not hear from us by this date, please consider your application not successful 

d) Interviews Monday, May 10 to Friday, May 15, 2021.

e) Communication to Successful Candidates- Thursday, May 20 to Saturday, May 22, 2021

f) Home Visits- Tuesday, June 1 to Friday, June 30, 2021.

g) Travel preparation, assistance for passport, visa and flight tickets application for international students- Thursday, July 1 to Friday, August 6, 2021.

h) Reporting for Pre-Orientation- Sunday, August 15,2021.

i) Scholars Pre-University Orientation- Monday, August 16 to Friday, August 27, 2021.

j) University wide orientation- Monday, August 30 –Friday, September 3, 2021.

Application Form.

Course for journalists: Wits Media Management

Apply now for a scholarship place in a Wits Media Management short course!

KAS Media Africa and Wits Journalism invite African journalists and editors with management ambitions to apply for a Media Management short course accredited by the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The course will be offered online with weekly virtual seminars from April to May 2021 and facilitated by former editor and frayintermedia CEO Paula Fray, supported by a range of speakers from across the continent.

Students will be introduced to the skills needed to reach their career goals including legacy and digital management principles, marketing strategy, financial management, human resource management, strategic planning and a better understanding of audiences. They will be required to complete pre-readings, self-directed learning and workplace-based assignments and on successful completion will receive a Certificate of Competence accredited at postgraduate level by Wits University.

Who should apply:

Senior journalists working in newsrooms across sub-Saharan Africa who are interested in taking on management responsibilities.

They should have

  • 3-5 years of newsroom experience; and/or
  • A first degree in any field; and
  • Evidence of ability to manage the course, including writing skills;

The selection process will seek to balance the class in terms of race, gender and country of origin. To apply, complete the Wits short course application form and submit with your CV and a motivation of around 700 words, outlining your current situation, plans and how you hope to benefit from the course.

Application deadline: 15 March 2021

Send you applications to: researcherone.johannesburg@kas.de

An allowance to cover data costs could be provided to ensure participants are able to participate virtually in all sessions.

Consultancies: Environmental Law, Gender (Katiba Institute)


Consultancy: Environmental Legal Expert

  • Download to see full requirements:  Environmental Legal Expert
  • “Katiba Institute seeks to engage the services of a consultant for 15 consultancy days spread over 5 months to provide expert analysis of Environmental Impact Assessments and related documents presented to the National Environment Management Authority, in support of infrastructure development projects. The consultant must be able to analyse environmental regulatory documents, determine the extent to which they comply with Kenyan and national laws, regulations, and best practices, and concisely synthesize this information in preparation for litigation”

Gender Coach

  • Download the full requirements of Gender Coach
  • “Katiba Institute (KI), in partnership with the Social Justice Center Working Group (SJCWG), is implementing a project titled “Enhancing Prevention and Response to Gender-Based Violence Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic”, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Physical, sexual, and other forms of violence against women and men have devastating consequences, including serious physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health problems, including unplanned pregnancies. Violence against both genders, be they adults or minors, is also a crime and vulnerable persons have a right to protection under the law, in all circumstances. The project, therefore, seeks to enhance freedom from Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in various informal settlements in Kenya, by improving SGBV response and prevention through greater community engagement and ownership. The Gender Coach will provide technical assistance in the implementation of the project. Which will be implemented in six counties, namely: Nairobi, Kisumu, Kakamega, Mombasa, Kajiado, and Vihiga.”

Jobs: Hub Directors, Accountant (Natural Justice) in Nairobi, Cape Town

Positions open in Cape Town:
Hub Director and Financial Accountant

Please assist us to find the right people for the two positions open in the Cape Town Hub by sharing the following two adverts:

Natural Justice seeks a Director for the Cape Town Hub who is committed to the organisation’s mission of pursuing social and environmental justice.  The current geographic focus of the Hub is South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique. The Hub Director will serve as the principal strategist and thought leader of the Cape Town hub, working closely with the Executive to realise the programmatic and operational strategy of the hub.  As a member of the Africa-wide Management Team, the Hub Director will work collaboratively with the team to advance the objectives of the organisation.

Read more: https://naturaljustice.org/job/director-cape-town-hub/
Applications close: 28 February 2021

Natural Justice seeks a full-time Financial Accountant in Cape Town who will assist the Chief Financial and Operations Officer (CFOO) with the financial management and administrative operations, including procurement, processing and recording of all financial transactions, financial reporting to donors and managing relationships with suppliers and partner organisations.

Read more: https://naturaljustice.org/job/financial-accountant-cape-town/
Applications close: 17 February 2021

All applications must be sent to Applications@naturaljustice.org with the job title in the subject line.

Position open in Nairobi:
Hub Director

Natural Justice seeks a Director of the Nairobi Hub who is committed to the organisation’s mission of pursuing social and environmental justice. The Hub Director will serve as the principal strategist and thought leader of the Kenya hub, working closely with the Kenya Board and the NJ executive to realise the programmatic and operational strategy of the Hub. As a member of the Africa-wide Management Team, the Hub Director will work collaboratively with the team to advance the objectives of the organisation.

The Hub Director is a key leadership position, responsible for the overall strategy and management (programmatic, financial and administrative) of the Hub. The Hub Director reports to the Natural Justice Executive Director (ED) and Chief Financial and Operations Officer (CFOO). In collaboration with the Management Team, the Hub Director will provide input and direction to the organizations vision and mission, strategic plans, budgets and policies.

Job: Africa Legal Coordinator (IDI)

Africa Legal Coordinator at Inclusive Development International

Start Date: As soon as possible

Location: Remote in Africa. Location is negotiable, with a preference for Dakar, Senegal

Status: Full-time contractor (40 hours/week)

Compensation: Competitive for NGO sector, commensurate with experience

Application Deadline: Open until filled

About the Position

We are seeking a dynamic, experienced bilingual advocate to serve as our Africa Legal Coordinator, advancing IDI’s casework and capacity building activities in the sub-Saharan Africa region. In close collaboration with our Global Legal and Policy team, the Africa Legal Coordinator works with our civil society partners in the region to support communities threatened by harmful investment projects in the mining, energy, industrial and agribusiness sectors.  In cases in which IDI is currently engaged in Guinea, Liberia, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the coordinator plays an instrumental role in building the capacity of community partners to engage effectively in non-judicial grievance redress processes and advocate for their rights with a range of actors, including government authorities, corporations, financiers, and investors. The Africa Legal Coordinator manages IDI’s Africa team and reports to the Legal and Policy Director.

We have a preference for candidates based in Francophone West Africa, but we will consider all qualified candidates no matter where on the African continent they are based.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate strategic, administrative, and logistical aspects of cases where IDI is accompanying local advocates and communities seeking redress, including:
    • Supervising IDI’s small Africa team to ensure relevant expertise and knowledge is integrated into IDI’s casework in Africa.
    • Facilitating good communication, coordination and cooperation between partners on cases.
    • Providing mentoring support to reinforce the capabilities of local civil society partners to support communities.
  • In collaboration with the Africa and Global Legal and Policy team, support community and local civil society partners to develop and implement advocacy strategies. This may include:
    • Explaining international advocacy options, their potential benefits and risks.
    • Facilitating strategy decisions.
    • Fact-finding to obtain evidence for complaints to grievance redress mechanisms and publications.
    • Accompanying partners throughout complaints processes, including preparing them for and supporting them in mediations with companies.
    • Monitoring and reporting outcomes on the ground.
  • Promote IDI’s Follow the Money Initiative in the region and support the communication between the Research team and local organizations requesting our research and advice, as needed.
  • Support the Global Legal and Policy team to incorporate lessons learned from casework into IDI’s policy research and advocacy.
  • Initiate, organize and facilitate workshops, webinars and other training events in the region.
  • Represent IDI in meetings, conferences and other events.
  • Network and develop strong collaborative relationships with grassroots advocates, public interest lawyers, social movements, NGOs, and members of the academic community working to advance corporate and development finance accountability in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Support IDI’s donor commitments, including grant proposals and reports, and contribute to fundraising efforts in the region.

Qualifications

  • A degree in law or an advanced degree in a relevant field
  • At least 5 years of work experience in the field of business and human rights, environmental justice, corporate accountability, finance, or a related field.
  • Strong commitment to human rights and social justice
  • Experience managing a small team in geographically dispersed locations and working as part of an international team.
  • Excellent communication, advocacy, and negotiation skills.
  • Experience working with communities affected by harmful investment projects and facilitating community-led strategy development and decision-making.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and comfortable both engaging respectfully with local communities and advocating with large corporations and financial institutions to represent community interests.
  • From the region or substantial experience working in Africa.
  • Able to travel frequently to remote locations in various countries across the continent and elsewhere, as needed.
  • Patience and strong ability to balance competing priorities and objectives both within and outside of the organization.
  • Fluency in English and French
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications

Application Process

To apply, please use the form below to submit a cover letter describing your interest in and suitability for this position, along with a resume.
Please indicate in your cover letter the city in which would you would prefer to be based.

Inclusive Development International values diversity on our team. We strongly encourage people of color, Indigenous Peoples, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and all qualified persons to apply for our open positions.