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

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  • “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.

Job: Nairobi Hub Director, Natural Justice

The call for applications for the position of Hub Director: Nairobi, Kenya closes on the 31st of January 2021. We have advertised the position here: https://naturaljustice.org/job/hub-director-nairobi-kenya/

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…

Webinar Tuesday 26 January: The Urgent Need for Community-Led “Accountability in Africa”

Webinar Tuesday 26 January: The Urgent Need for Community-Led “Accountability in Africa”

On Human Rights Day last month, Accountability Counsel and African Coalition for Corporation Accountability (ACCA) published a major report “Accountability in Africa: Harm from International Financial Flows and Strategies for Supporting Community-Led Access to Remedy.” This report, available in both English and French, is part of a collaborative effort to ensure that communities throughout Africa have meaningful avenues to demand justice and remedy for environmental and social harm caused by internationally financed projects. 

Now, we invite you to join us for the next stage of this report’s important findings: on January 26 at 3PM SAST | 4PM EAT | 1PM GMT | 8AM EST, Accountability Counsel and ACCA are co-hosting the first in a series of events to explore the report’s recommendations and its implications for communities, their advocates, and international investors in Africa. The webinar will be held in English and French. Please complete your registration here to receive the webinar link. Finally, please use the attached flyer to spread the word about this event — all are welcome!

Further events will follow, including ones designed for at-risk communities, and another webinar in early March at a more US-friendly hour. Please let us know if you have any specific recommendations or requests for events or written materials that would be helpful for you in your work. (info at accountabilitycounsel.org)

COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists – National Geographic

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
Please note: This call for proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The final deadline for applications is November 15, 2020. We aim to send out decisions every two weeks, but the volume of submissions might slow that process at times.

In the most difficult of times, journalism can play several roles in supporting communities around the globe. It can disseminate critical information to keep people safe and informed, it can illuminate stories that bring us hope and remind us of our shared human experience, and it can help us find and share solutions to wicked problems. 

As COVID-19 continues to evolve and impact communities around the globe, the National Geographic Society is launching an emergency fund for journalists all over the world who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities. This fund will place particular emphasis on delivering news to underserved populations, particularly where there is a dearth of evidence-based information getting to those who need it. We are interested in local and even hyper-local distribution models. This fund is designed to quickly deliver support so that both individual stories and longer series of content may be created. 

The fund will distribute support ranging from $1,000–8,000 USD for local coverage of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting. Beyond reporting on medical and physical health related to COVID-19, we especially encourage reporting that covers social, emotional, economic, and equity issues. Narratives around the Pandemic necessarily include facts and numbers, but ultimately, must also go deeper—telling the stories of inequities that COVID-19 has brought to light.

We seek writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts to apply for this funding. Journalists should seek placement of this work within their local media ecosystems and must attribute their support to the National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists. However, you do not need to submit any formal commitments of publication or letters of support from editors or publishers. National Geographic Society or National Geographic Partners may also choose to publish some of this work as part of its global coverage. 

Reporting may cover any aspect of the virus and its fallout, including but not limited to: 

  • Social consequences of COVID-19 and measures to contain it, particularly related to equity—such as its impact on immigrant communities, domestic violence, and early childhood education. 
  • Stories of resilience and solutions that could be applied on a regional or global scale.
  • Novel forms of data visualization or science communication to help communities better understand how to protect themselves.
  • Lessons learned from local response(s) to COVID-19 that could be applied to other large-scale challenges, such as climate change or the refugee crisis. 
  • Best practices of how educators, students, and schools are reacting to this crisis, particularly as they illuminate under-resourced schools. 

Priority communities include: Those at high risk or hit especially hard by the virus, indigenous communities, immigrant or refugee communities, underserved, urban, rural, elderly populations, and children. 

Applicants may use up to 100 percent of their budget as personal reimbursement for their reporting time. We ask that applicants estimate their standard fee for reporting on or creating such content.

We also ask that recipients of this funding prioritize the health of yourselves and the communities in which you work. Many journalists are accustomed to putting themselves in harm’s way in pursuit of a story. We ask that you not only consider all precautions to protect yourself, but that of the people you are covering as well. Please follow local, regional, and national guidelines in terms of access for accredited journalists in your region. This guide provides advice for visual and other journalists. 

Finally, all reporting must be fact-based and accurate. For the best and most up to date COVID-19 resources, see below: 

All application materials must be in English, and applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time they submit an application. Normally, we require a project start date six months after application submission, but for this fund, immediate start dates are acceptable.

Call for submissions to new magazine Insurrectionist

Insurrectionist is a new East African magazine established by a network of radical theorists, organizers, intellectuals, and visionaries. The magazine nurtures left, radical, queer, feminist, and Pan-Afrikan theory and practice. It also highlights and analyzes the resistance of East Africans to capitalism, dictatorship, and other forms of oppression.

Insurrectionist welcomes pitches for its first issue. Share your ideas for articles, photographs, art, and other content with SUBMITtoINS@gmail.com ideally before September 25. Selected submissions will be modestly compensated.

African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC2020)

We are just a few hours away from the opening of the 16th annual African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC2020), and registrations have already surpassed our in-person gatherings in Johannesburg. You can still register here.

For conference news and as we announce speakers and programme details follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

We offer a fee waiver to freelancers, students, community media and others who need it.  To qualify, please send a motivation for a fee waiver to aijc@journalism.co.za.

Once you’ve registered for the conference, please download the conference app. You will be granted access to the app within 24 hours. This is where you will receive instructions on how to join all the sessions and receive daily communication from the team. 

Look out for these sessions THIS WEEK at #AIJC2020

  • Anas Anas went undercover to expose those who profit from quack Covid cures – Tues, Oct 6 at 14:00 GMT+2. 
  • A true Master Class, with BBC’s Paul Myers, in accessing open source information for investigative work with cutting edge skills and resources – Tues,  Oct 6 at 15:30 GMT+2.
  • The FinCEN Files, which reveal the role of global banks in industrial-scale money laundering, is one of ICIJ’s largest investigations, involving more than 400 reporters, including journalists from more than a dozen African countries – Wed, Oct 7 at 14:00 GMT+2. 
  • Tips and techniques as well as easy-to-use online tools for fact-checking and verifying the authenticity of videos – Fri, Oct 9 at 15:30 GMT+2. 

All this and 30 more sessions on the programme at this year’s #AIJC2020. Don’t miss out. 
 Best
#AIJC2020 Team 

Job: Oilwatch Africa Coordinator

Old one, but post is still up…

Oilwatch Africa Coordinator – Job Opening
by oilwatch | Sep 9, 2020 | link

Oilwatch Africa (OWA) seeks the services of a Coordinator, in order to efficiently meet its objective of building solidarity, supporting resistance and promoting a common identity in the peoples of the global south who seek to stop the expansion of fossil fuel extraction activities that degrade territories both socially and environmentally.

The network supports independent monitoring of the devastations and violations of fossil fuel activities and members act at the local level and join together at the international level to protect the environment.

Job Description

The role of the Coordinator will be to link up actions of the different members, expand membership and organize the international campaigns and struggles to meet the overall objectives of the network. The Coordinator will report to the steering committee of the network.

Responsibilities

Organising meetings (virtual or physical) of members.
Mapping of other groups, network or campaigns active in similar struggles and facilitating linkages
Mapping conflicts arising from fossil fuels activities
Linking OWA with Oilwatch International, strategic allies, and resources.
Communication

External:
Amplifying the work of OWA to reach a wide audience including regional and international audience.
Collating information and resources for the OWA website.
Internal:
Maintaining communications amongst members and sharing news updates related to the OWA’s focus.
Maintaining an email list and giving updates on upcoming events.
Organising regular communication with members to document information and amplify struggles and campaigns
Campaign strategy

Creating campaign strategies with direction from the Steering Committee.
Administration

Convening meetings of the Steering Committee and general meetings including the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and conferences.
Compiling information and resources and expertise useful to the network, and ensuring the compilation is easily shareable with different groups.
Fundraising with support of the Steering Committee.
Drafting project declarations/statements and preparing meeting reports
Skills and Experience Required

Demonstrated commitment to the mission of the OWA.
Experience and understanding of environmental justice, energy, climate, and related policy issues
Strong networking and interpersonal skills with the ability to make new contacts and connections between individuals and groups.
Time management and project management skills, with the ability to manage priorities depending on urgency
Adaptable and effective at working as part of a team
Must be fluent in English. Fluency in French and/or Portuguese is an added advantage.
Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
Good understanding of organising in Africa.
Proficiency with the use of Microsoft Office packages
University degree or similar
Experience with organising information to make it easily accessible
Salary: The salary for the role will be competitive

Location: Anywhere in Africa, hosted in a suitable organisation. Work will be mostly virtual with some travel within Africa and abroad.

We are seeking candidates who are excited to make an initial commitment of at least one year to this work. Willingness to travel is required.

Suitable candidates from across Africa are encouraged to apply by sending a CV, with two contactable references, and covering letter to: coordinator.oilwatchafrica@gmail.com

Closing date: 20th September 2020.

Funding for story concepts, OSIEA, deadline 14 August

Open Society Institute for Eastern Africa:

Call on creatives across Eastern Africa to submit concepts on story ideas:

COVID-19 and Eastern Africa’s Stories of Innovation, Resilience and Solidarity
Timelines/Duration: 
This will run for three months – September, October and November 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken all aspects of our lives. This spans health, economic, political, social to overall wellbeing.  In the midst of all these, the people of Eastern Africa are showing great promise in the way they are responding to this pandemic, including communities banding together to support each other through this very strange times. Many Eastern African countries have ignited their innovative instincts and have been able to take measures to bridge the medical supplies and protective gears gaps in some ways.. Governments have turned to local manufacturers and innovators to bridge these gaps. Young people in Universities are innovating to produce ventilators, community members are using their skills to produce face masks that they are distributing to community members that cannot afford them, while communities in low resourced neighborhoods are banding together to support each other to access food, sanitation services and other social amenities. Helplines are being established to support gender-based violence victims, while efforts are being made by communities to raise awareness to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in communities.

These are the stories reverberating across all Eastern Africa communities—the stories of innovation, resilience and solidarity.

Our Call and Purpose

As the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa, we would like to capture these stories in different forms to inspire communities across the region and enable learning and action even as we race against time to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impacts.

We are therefore calling on creatives across Eastern Africa – Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Rwanda—to share with us a concept note on how they might capture these stories.

These could be captured as creatively written pieces, photo stories, short video stories, poems, creative designs, artistic expressions or simply podcast conversations among others.

These will cover innovations in the fight against COVID-19, how communities are coping despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, the initiatives by communities to contribute towards the fight against COVID-19, the resilience in the face of the pandemic among others.

Our Approach

We will pick two creatives per country who will submit five stories each (to have 10 stories per country) on different aspects of COVID-19 pandemic. The successful creatives will use different media to present the stories for diversity—integrating photo/short video clips to the written formats, arts among others. These stories will also cover diverse settings to ensure differentiation in terms of the experiences, coping mechanisms and responses.

How to Bid

Submit a concept giving examples of stories you would like to tell regarding COVID-19 in Eastern Africa that demonstrate innovation, resilience and solidarity. Indicate in what format you would wish to tell the story and the budget/how much it would cost you to tell the story. The concept should be 500 words or less. You can suggest up to five story ideas.

Submit the concept to romondi@osiea.org and wngunjiri@osiea.org by August 14, 2020.