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  • Terms of Reference (TOR) External Evaluation of “Strengthening the Voices of African Civil Society and Human Rights Defenders in the International Human Rights system”

    Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa CIVICUS

    CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation ( is an international alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. In 2011 CIVICUS entered into a three year contract with Irish Aid for the implementation of the project: "Strengthening the Voices of African Civil Society and Human Rights Defenders in the International Human Rights system". The project aimed to increase space for African civil society activists and organisations to influence on-going deliberation, strengthen capacity and enhance the ability of its African members to engage with international human rights systems. The evaluation is expected to provide insights on the achievement of project objectives and also recommend areas that need to be addressed in CIVICUS' work in Africa.


    • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the project interventions and produce findings, lessons and recommendations to guide and inform future plans and activities;
    • Develop an evaluation action plan which will outline the organisation's future strategy for engagement in the region;
    • Analyse the partnership between Irish Aid and CIVICUS;
    • Assess how the project has contributed to CIVICUS' strategic objectives; and
    • Investigate how these findings can inform the new Irish Aid funded project "Promoting an enabling environment for marginalised civil society in Sub-Saharan Africa", which is due to commence at the end of 2014.

    The project will cover the CIVICUS Irish Aid project activities from 2011- 2014, a period of 3 years. The evaluation will run for 25 effective days commencing 13 October and completed by 12 December 2014.

    • Experience evaluating NGOs and non-profits;
    • The ability to act with discretion, to not put human rights defenders and civil society representatives at risk through extra publicity or the disclosure of sensitive data or information;
    • Good knowledge of civil society issues and the challenges facing African Human Rights Defenders; and
    • Knowledge of the human rights workings and mechanisms of the UNHRC and ACHPR.

    Please send non-returnable copies of CVs, testimonials and sample of previous work by Friday, 3 October 2014 via email to

    A detailed terms of reference can be found here

    All applications should include the following:

    • Cover letter (max 1 page)
    • Technical proposal (max 4 pages)

    The technical proposal should include:

    (i) Previous experience in this kind of work

    (ii) Profile of consultant

    (iii) Understanding of the TOR and the task to be accomplished

    (iv) Draft evaluation framework and plan

    • Financial proposal (max 2 pages)

    The financial proposal (not exceeding EUR 10,000) should be submitted together with the technical proposal. Travel, data collection and data processing costs are on the account of the consultant, and the consultant should use his/her own computer.

    • Samples

    Ends October 2, 2014, 10:00 PM

  • Offices for Rent at Downtown Long Beach Church

    Long Beach, CA, US St Luke's Long Beach

    Two 250 sq ft. offices. Available to non-profit organizations starting September 16. Free parking. Free meeting spaces.

    Please contact the office at 562-436-4047 or if you're interested.

    Ends October 3, 2014, 7:00 AM

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  • PHAP Live Online Consultation: State of the Humanitarian System, Session 2 of 2


    On 2 October, PHAP members are invited to attend the second of two live online consultation events organized together with Humanitarian Outcomes for the upcoming State of the Humanitarian System report. This will be an opportunity for humanitarian practitioners from around the world to give their views on some of the most pertinent topics for humanitarian action today and to discuss how the humanitarian system has changed over the past years.

    While the first event on 25 September focused on the areas of key trends, timeliness, and accountability, the second event on 2 October will focus on the areas of protection, innovation, and gender and diversity.

    Event time

    New York: 8:00 – 9:30

    Dakar: 12:00 – 13:30

    Geneva: 14:00 – 15:30

    Amman/ Nairobi: 15:00 – 16:30

    Bangkok: 19:00 – 20:30

    The second edition of the State of the Humanitarian System report is to be released in July 2015. The first edition was published in early 2012, and therefore the upcoming consultations will focus on the period from early 2012 to the present. The State of the Humanitarian System report creates a comprehensive picture of the humanitarian system by providing a system-level mapping and assessment of international humanitarian assistance. It delves deeper into trends and performance in the sector, and defines key criteria for evaluating system performance and progress. Every three years, the system is reassessed against these criteria. At the same time, lessons, perspectives, and experiences are shared between practitioners from the international humanitarian community and those who receive aid. The report is commissioned by ALNAP and the research is being conducted by Humanitarian Outcomes.

    Following a general discussion of overall humanitarian performance and key trends, participants in the upcoming 2 October event will be encouraged to share their own experiences with both successes and failures from past humanitarian responses across various sectors and regions.

    These live online events are meant to complement the online survey for the State of the Humanitarian System. All individuals involved in humanitarian work, including event participants, are encouraged to complete this survey.

    Starts October 2, 2014, 12:00 PM

  • Education in America: Separate and Unequal?

    Jennifer Hochschild, Professor of Government and of African & African American Studies, Harvard University, discusses a topic of social importance relevant to our community.

    This lecture is part of a 10-week lecture and discussion forum addressing topics relevant to our society, aimed at better understanding our world and ourselves. The Fall 2014 series examines the theme of " Class and Privilege Through a Feminist Lens."

    Please visit, and "Like" us on Facebook.

    Starts October 2, 2014, 3:30 PM

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