The Fund’s Children’s Rights Program supports grassroots organizations in sub-Saharan Africa working to prevent violence against children and promote access to social services including health and education. The Fund plans to significantly scale up its children’s rights program, with the ultimate goal of driving transformational change that will lead to concrete, lasting improvements in the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children. More specifically, the Fund hopes to have an impact on five key issues: ending the recruitment and use of child soldiers and facilitating their reintegration into families and communities, combatting child trafficking and human rights abuses against children on the move, the reform and strengthening of child justice systems, combatting child sexual abuse, and promoting access to and quality of social services for children, including health and education. The rights and unique needs of girls will be an overarching focus across all of these issues. The program currently supports work in West Africa (Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone) and the Great Lakes region (Burundi, Congo DR and Uganda) with plans to expand to other countries in Africa and globally.
The successful candidate will act as the principal assistant to the Program Officer for Thematic Initiatives in facilitating grantmaking, technical assistance and supporting movement building for children’s rights organizations in the focused countries. The position reports to the Program Officer for Thematic Initiatives and will work as a part of an integrated team including Program Officers for the Great Lakes and other Fund staff and consultants. Preference will be given to candidates who are based in either West Africa or the Great Lakes.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities | Where You’ll Make the Most Impact
- Monitor and keep abreast of key trends and developments in the field of children’s rights in Africa and globally by attending relevant meetings and conferences, reading current literature, and maintaining contact with leaders and actors in the field
- Facilitate and support the growth of children’s rights movements, including providing technical support to national and regional children’s rights coalitions and building connections between children’s rights organizations and other human rights sectors to break down silos
- Identify grassroots and emerging organizations whose work advance the Fund’s children’s rights strategy and recommend them for funding to program staff;
- Work with Program Officers in setting strategic goals, evaluation and learning plans for the children’s rights program
- Contribute to building a participatory grantmaking model that would situate children, youth, and communities at the center of grantmaking, program development and implementation
- Support the Program Officer for Thematic Initiatives in identifying and recommending innovative and experimental project ideas for funding and scaling up
- Monitor and provide regular communication, information, and updates to the Program Officer regarding the children’s rights context and issues, donor landscape, relevant trends and activities in Sub-Saharan Africa;
- Thoroughly review all proposals, reports and other written materials submitted by children’s rights grantees with follow up emails and phone calls as necessary on outstanding points with existing grantees;
- Conduct site visits, at least one per year, with every existing grantee. Be prepared to do these visits alone or in some instances, together with the Program Officer for Thematic Initiatives and other Fund staff;
- Provide monthly written updates to the program officer, highlighting success stories that could be fed into communication and donor materials and challenges that individual groups are having that require programmatic intervention;
- In consultation with the Program Officer for Thematic Initiatives, contribute content for communications materials (e.g. social media postings, blog postings, opinion pieces, photography)
- Provide capacity and mentoring support to grantees and assist them by fielding questions about the grantmaking process and help trouble shoot problems;
- Help prepare for program officer written materials about grantees, strategies, and budgets for the organizations we support;
- Work with program officer to carry out capacity assessments of grantees, provide technical assistance where possible to grantees, identify and liaise with technical consultants where needed, and be a point of contact for visiting funders and donors to the Fund for Global Human Rights;
- Participate in weekly telephone calls with program officer to discuss grantees, changes, work plans, and the contexts for children’s rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. In instances where the program officer, the consultant, or both are travelling, these telephone calls may be replaced by email communication;
- Work with Program Officer and grantees to organize, facilitate and write reports of grantee convenings and other meetings where grantees are brought together to further programmatic work
Qualifications | What You’ll Need to Be Successful
- Demonstrated commitment to children’s rights and to building a vibrant and powerful grassroots children’s rights movement nationally and regionally
- 5+ years of experience working in the field of children’s rights; 3+ years of grant-making or fundraising experience strongly preferred
- Good knowledge of and contacts with grassroots and international children’s rights NGOs as well as regional, continental, and international intergovernmental children’s rights mechanisms
- Strong knowledge of key trends and evolving standards in the children’s rights movement in Africa and globally
- Proven track record of planning and delivering technical assistance and mentoring support to civil society organizations especially emerging and rural based groups
- Experience living, working, or traveling extensively in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in the Great Lakes and West Africa
- Strong critical thinking skills, including the ability to identify emerging human rights trends, analyze issues from multiple perspectives and spot innovative and scalable project ideas
- Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills
- Proven track record of excellent relationship development and management, both in-person and remotely
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Team player, willing to contribute to any and all efforts underway to strengthen the Fund and the children’s rights program
- Organized and able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously while producing excellent quality work
- High level of comfort traveling independently in developing countries required
- Ability to travel from four to seven times per year, including to West Africa and the Great Lakes, often for stretches of seven to ten days or longer
- Excellent communication and writing skills required
Level of Language Proficiency
- Fluency in English and French required
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
The nature of this position is contractual for the term of the consultant agreement. This is not a full-time, permanent role.
The Fund for Global Human Rights encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply;we especially encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants. As a human rights organization, cultural competency and sensitivity are requirements for all staff positions at the Fund.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Earliest anticipated start date is July 2018.
We do our best to ensure that qualifications are aligned with position needs but if you are unsure about whether to apply, please do so anyway! Please contact email@example.com if you need accommodations or special assistance to complete the application.
The Fund for Global Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer. Personnel selection decisions are based on relevant knowledge, skills, and experience without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, in accordance with U.S. federal and state law