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  • Foundation for Human Rights: Coordinator

    Foundation for Human Rights
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Foundation for Human Rights (the FHR) is a partner of the Department of Justice on the National Task Team to address gender- and sexual-orientation-based violence against LGBTI persons (NTT). In addition to implementation work related to the NTT, the FHR also undertakes and funds other rights-promoting work in the LGBTI sector.
     
    The FHR seeks to appoint a Coordinator for the LGBTI Rights Project, based in Johannesburg.

    This is an 80 percent position (four days a week) and requires a thorough knowledge of LGBTI rights and experience in the LGBTI nonprofit sector in South Africa.
     
    Responsibilities:
    • Manage and coordinate the LGBTI rights work within the FHR;
    • Work closely with the Department of Justice on the implementation of the National Intervention Strategy (NIS) developed by the NTT;
    • Oversee and shape all events, trainings and special programmes of the FHR concerning LGBTI rights;
    • Oversee and provide expert input into proposals related to LGBTI rights;
    • Write reports on specific projects or areas of work;
    • Conduct provincial site visits;
    • Prepare Terms of Reference for specific aspects of work outlined in the NIS and oversee timely delivery of appropriate deliverables;
    • In collaboration with the Grants Unit, prepare contracts for grantees and service providers;
    • Manage and supervise work commissioned through the NIS;
    • Advise the Executive Director of the FHR and the Management Committee (MANCOM) about developments that may impact the proper functioning of LGBTI-related work;
    • Make regular reports to MANCOM about LGBTI-related work;
    • Implement any other tasks assigned by the Programme Managers or Executive Director of the FHR.
    Requirements:
    • An undergraduate or higher degree in social sciences or law;
    • Minimum of five years of experience in the LGBTI or women’s rights sector in South Africa as researcher, project coordinator, advocate or similar position;
    • Deep and demonstrable understanding of the LGBTI rights landscape in South Africa and, to some extent, regionally and globally, including the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality and other vectors of historical and ongoing oppression in the global South
    • Demonstrable ability to work with government departments as well as grassroots civil society organisations;
    • Must be a good team player and also have the ability to work independently;
    • Demonstrable ability to conceptualise and oversee long-term advocacy and/or education projects, preferably with project management experience;
    • Fluency in English and, preferably, at least one other South African language;
    • Strong writing skills in English;
    • Strong commitment to the principles and practice of human rights and feminism.
    To apply, submit a CV, a one-page motivational letter, writing sample of approximately 1 000 words on a subject related to LGBTI rights and the details of three referees (providing both telephone numbers and email addresses) to vacancies@fhr.org.za or received at the offices of the Foundation for Human Rights by 17h00, at

    Physical Address: 209, Smit Street, Braamfontein, Postal Address: Private Bag X124, Braamfontein. 2017
     
    Please note applicants using email must ensure that the emails have been received by the Foundation for Human Rights on or before the stipulated deadline.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about the Foundation for Human Rights, refer to www.fhr.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • POWA: Legal Services and Advocacy Programme Manager

    People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, June 13, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) is a women’s rights organisation that aims to create space for women to enjoy their fundamental human rights in a free and safe environment.

    POWA seeks to appoint a Legal Services and Advocacy Programme Manager, based in Berea, Johannesburg.

    This is a one-year renewable contract position.

    Responsibilities:
    • Manage and oversee the direct legal services and advocacy work;
    • Manage and oversee school sexual violence programme;
    • Conduct community human rights workshops;
    • Network and build strategic alliances with partners;
    • Fundraise and control expenditure within agreed budgets;
    • Develop National, Regional and International advocacy strategies;
    • As part of a management team contribute to the development and implementation of the organisation strategy.
    Requirements:
    • Degree in law and experience in gender-based violence;
    • Minimum of three years experience in the South African women’s rights sector;
    • Demonstrated management experience for a minimum of two years;
    • Experience in networking, fundraising and liaising with the donor community;
    • Knowledge of national, regional and international advocacy on women’s rights;
    • Ability to engage in media representation;
    • Ability to carry high workload and work under pressure;
    • Commitment to advancing women’s rights;
    • Excellent written and spoken English;
    • High level of computer literacy;
    • Driver’s licence.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivational letter (outlining how you fit the job requirements) and the name and full contact details (telephone, fax and e-mail) of three recent referees to The Hiring Committee, People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA), Email: winnie@powa.co.za, fax to 011 4843195

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Enquiries: Tel; 011 642 4345/6
     
    If you have not heard from POWA by 20 June 2014 consider your application unsuccessful.

    Shortlisted candidates will be expected to submit written work.

    For more about People Opposing Women Abuse, refer to www.powa.co.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Legal Resources Centre: Law Library Director

    The Legal Resources Centre (LRC)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, June 20, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Legal Resources Cen­tre (LRC) is South Africa’s largest pub­lic inter­est, human rights law clinic. Estab­lished in 1979, we use the law as an instru­ment of jus­tice for the vul­ner­a­ble and mar­gin­alised, includ­ing poor, home­less and land­less people.

    The LRC has libraries in four locations, including its National Office in Johannesburg and its three regional offices in Cape Town, Durban, and Grahamstown.

    The LRC seeks to appoint a Law Library Director, based at its National Office in Johannesburg.

    The LRC’s Law Library Director will be responsible for administering and managing all aspects of the LRC’s library system, including budgeting, planning, policies, personnel, collection and resource development, and library services.
     
    Responsibilities:
    • Develops, implements, administers, and monitors all operational procedures and programs associated with the law library;
    • Develops and implements policies and procedures for collection development, including acquisition, retention, and disposition;
    • Catalogues new and recurring resources;
    • Responds to library correspondence;
    • Prepares, administers, and monitors the law library budget and participates in negotiating contracts with publishers and vendors;
    • Formulates and implements library policies, programs, and scope of services;
    • Instructs, trains, and assists attorneys, researchers, interns, and other staff members in legal bibliography, print, and electronic legal research;
    • Provides research support within required time frames by conducting in-depth research and developing specialized research expertise as needed to support the work of the LRC;
    • Responds to short project deadlines and rapidly changing priorities;
    • Plans the layout of library space, and recommends the purchase of furniture, equipment, and supplies;
    • Hires, trains, develops, and manages the Law Library researchers, librarians, and other staff; and
    • Represents the library in professional committees and organizations.
     Requirements:
    • LLB or BSc General MSc advantageous;
    • minimum of five years of increasingly responsible administrative, supervisory, and managerial experience in a law library;
    • English fluency; and
    • Valid driver’s licence.
    • In-depth familiarity with legal information and technology;
    • Excellent computer and telecommunications skills, including proficiency with web-based information tools;
    • Skill in the use of legal databases provided by Juta, Sabinet, Lexis, and Westlaw, and familiarity with and understanding of legal research materials in all formats;
    • Evidence of strong teaching and presentation skills;
    • Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills;
    • Ability to respond flexibly to changing institutional needs;
    • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, and to work independently as well as collaboratively; and
    • Demonstrated strong service philosophy and commitment to supporting the research needs of the LRC.
    The LRC is committed to transformation; applications from previously disadvantaged candidates are therefore strongly encouraged. 

    To apply, submit a CV, copies of qualifications, contact details of two contactable references and motivation letter to madile@lrc.org.za. Specify the position for which you are applying.
     
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by 04 July 2014, consider your application unsuccessful.

    Applicants for the above position must share in the mission and values of the LRC and its commitment to using the law as an instrument of Justice.

    For more about the Legal Resources Centre, refer to www.lrc.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • ProBono.Org: Attorney

    ProBono.Org
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, April 11, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    ProBono.Org is a young, dynamic non-governmental organisation (NGO) that works with the private legal profession to provide pro bono legal services to the poor. The organisation harnesses the enormous skill, might and strength of the South African private legal fraternity to cases and clients that we identify.

    ProBono.Org seeks to appoint a Attorney, based in Johannesburg.

    The Attorney will extend access to justice and promoting our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    Responsibilities:
    • Direct and manage the family law and general law departments at ProBono.Org, Johannesburg;
    • Manage all cases in the family and general law departments in accordance with ProBono.Org’s management system. This includes ensuring that clients are interviewed, screened and where necessary referred to private legal professionals;
    • Have a thorough knowldege of all cases that have been referred to attorneys, advocates and mediators and monitor the progress of such cases;
    • Set up, manage and monitor all legal clinics that fall within your department;
    • Maintain and build strong relationships with legal professionals that render pro bono services and to actively recruit additional lawyers on an ongoing basis;
    • Create pro bono opportunites for pro bono legal professionals;
    • Conceptualise, prepare, plan and implement special projects;
    • Report pro bono hours on behalf of attorneys to law societies when required;
    • Maintain and build strong relationship with NGOs, CBOs, law clinics and other pro bono or public interest initiatives;
    • Undertake financial planning, budgeting and management of your own cost centre;
    • Prepare funding proposals, budgets, implementation plans for donors and to ensure compliance with donor agreements;
    • Ensure that all information pertaining to your department is recorded and stored correctly on the electronic data management system;
    • Manage, train and monitor the performance of interns in your department;
    • Write up reports on cases, events and the work of ProBono.Org for newsletters, the website, social media, newspapers and other media;
    • Organise workshops and seminars throughout the year for attorneys and other legal professionals, and for CBOs and NGOs.
    Requirements:
    • Organisational and adminstrative excellence, and project management skills;
    • Ability to write reports, publicity materials and other required documents;
    • Ability to asses cases, determine the merits and prepare memoranda on cases for attorneys and mediators, and briefs for advocates;
    • Ability to evaluate and monitor success / failure of your work;
    • Management, financial and fund-raising skills;
    • Financial skills that include the ability to budget and prepare financial reports;
    • Excellent communication and networking skills;
    • Drivers licence and own car;
    • Attorney’s admission.
    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to phumi@probono.org.za.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about ProBono.Org, refer to www.probono.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • South Africans Should Continue Mandela's Work

    Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) states that South Africans could best remember former president Nelson Mandela by working to continue his life's work.  

    LHR believes Nelson Mandela's renowned legacy is what has kept civil society's eye focused on human rights in South Africa and across the continent.

    LHR considers the international peace icon as a role model who shared many of his aspirations of upholding the rule of law and championing the rights of those who did not have the voice to fight for themselves.

    To read the article titled, “Complete Mandela's goals: Lawyers for Human Rights,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Studies in Poverty & Inequality Institute: Intern

    Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, November 13, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is an independent, non-profit think tank, committed to the eradication of poverty and inequality in South Africa and the sub region. Through research they seek to develop innovative, evidence-based solutions that address the causes and consequences of poverty. SPII is rooted in the values of the South African constitution. The organisation believes that poverty undermines democracy and inhibits the development of society as a whole.

    SPII is currently undertaking a 24 month project entitled 'Social Protection and local economic development (LED): Graduation Pilot Programme.' The project seeks to link the child support grant (CSG) and local economic development by targeting small, micro and survivalist enterprises that have a recipient of a CSG within the household in Evaton. The aim is that through targeted sequenced interventions at an enterprise level, small, micro and survivalist enterprises will graduate after 24 months from their survivalist nature into resilient enterprises.

    SPII is seeks to appoint an Intern to be based in Evaton, Gauteng.

    The incumbent will assist the project manager on this project. A bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite for this position. The internship is for a period of six months starting as soon as 25 November 2013. SPII will provide the successful candidate with a stipend.

    Responsibilities:
    • Assisting the project coordinator;
    • Capturing and data analysis.
    Requirements:
    • Computer skills are necessary;
    • Language proficiency: English, and preferably an African language;
    • Stakeholder management and field worker support;
    • A driver’s licence will be an advantage.
    For more information, call: 011 833 0161

    To apply, submit a CV with contactable references and a motivational letter to fortunate@spii.org.za and brian@spii.org.za 

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Shortlisted candidates will be requested to make a presentation as part of their interview process.

    For more about the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute, refer to www.spii.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • ProBono.Org: Staff Attorney

    ProBono.Org
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, October 25, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    ProBono.Org is a young, dynamic NGO that works with the private legal profession to provide pro bono legal services to the poor. The organisation harnesses the enormous skill, might and strength of the South African private legal fraternity to cases and clients that we identify.

    ProBono.Org seeks to appoint a Staff Attorney, based in Durban.

    Responsibilities:
    • Interview persons seeking legal assistance or any person acting on their behalf;
    • Assess matters in terms of the ProBono.Org criteria;
    • Undertake relevant legal research;
    • Prepare detailed briefs for legal practitioners;
    • Manage and participating in pro bono projects;
    • Write reports as part of ProBono.Org’s reporting and communications functions;
    • Contribe to the advancement functions of ProBono.Org;
    • Maintain strong relationship with NGOs, CBOS, law clinics and other institutions;
    • Maintain and building strong relationships with legal and other professionals.
    Requirements:
    • LLB degree;
    • Admitted attorney;
    • Minimum three years post-admission experience rendering general legal advice and assistance to individuals, communities and nonprofit organisations;
    • Knowledge / experience of constitutional and/or human rights matters and issues;
    • Established network and contacts with various NGOs;
    • Commitment to and interest in public interest law;
    • Computer literate (MS Office);
    • Valid driver’s licence, own transport.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter and three contactable references to michelle@probono.org.za.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

    For more about ProBono.Org, refer to www.probono.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Censorship by South African Film and Publication Board

    The Film and Publication Board's rigid and simplistic interpretation of the law seems to mean that even a film that exposes and opposes child abuse might be banned. We are in a Catch-22 situation: we want to discuss whether this film promotes or helps prevent abuse, but we are prevented from seeing it to decide that. We are expected to simply trust the Board and, given our history of the abuse of censorship powers, that is not going to happen.

    If the organisers of a reputable film festival deemed it worthy to open their proceedings, then there is an argument for the merits of this film. But that is an argument we cannot have, unless the Board allows us. It is vital that the Board's ham-handed decision be challenged, and they be made to show that this film is so dangerous and harmful that it cannot even be shown before the limited audience of a film festival.

    We have to deal with and confront issues of child abuse, not hide from them. The danger is that a ham-handed and conservative Board might impose its own predilections on the nation and try and sweep this kind of film under the carpet.

    Anton Harber
    Chair, Freedom of Expression Institute

     

  • ActionAid International: Project Manager - Young Urban Women Project

    ActionAid International
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, August 5, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The vision of ActionAid International is a world without poverty in which every person can exercise their right to a life of dignity.

    Action Aid International seeks to appoint a Project Manager - Young Urban Women Project, based in Johannesburg, South Africa or Nairobi, Kenya.

    Lead ActionAid’s innovative project on young urban women’s life choice and livelihoods! Over the next three years ActionAid will implement a ground-breaking project that focuses on young women from the age of 15-25 who are living in poor urban areas in Ghana, India and South Africa. The project will explore the intersection between women’s sexual and reproductive health rights and their right to decent work. The aim of the project is to support young women to organise and mobilise so that they can address the barriers that are affecting their life choices and livelihoods such as early marriage, access to contraception, unemployment and unfair working conditions.

    ActionAid is looking for a dynamic project manager with considerable experience working with young women on issues such as sexual and reproductive health and workers’ rights or managing projects on similar or related themes.  The project manager will provide leadership and guide the project’s implementation in Ghana, India and South Africa.  A key part of this project will be to collaborate with international policy makers, civil society organisations and research institutes working on youth rights, SRHR and workers’ rights. The project manager will also have budgetary and reporting responsibilities. This is a perfect role for an experienced project manager with proven expertise working with young women, the ability to support work in diverse settings and the ability to build new partnerships across different countries and policy contexts.
     
    For full job description, refer to http://www.actionaid.org/jobs/project-manager-young-urban-women-project.

    To apply, submit an up to date CV and motivational letter highlighting specifically how you meet the criteria for this role to programmes.jhb@actionaid.org. Applications that do not meet these criteria will not be considered. 

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
     
    Due to high volumes of applications received, ActionAid International can only correspond with shortlisted applicants. 

    Should you not have received feedback on your application within two weeks of the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful. 

    ActionAid International will not consider candidates from recruitment agencies.  ActionAid reserves the right to withdraw any of our vacancies at any time.

    ActionAid International promotes diversity and welcomes applications from all section of the community.
     
    For more about ActionAid, refer to www.actionaid.org.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Dignified Service Delivery

    The concept, 'dignified service delivery', emerged from the scenario development discussions initiated by the Unit for Human Rights Mainstreaming and Capacity Building (Stellenbosch University). According to the Oxford English Dictionary, dignity refers to ‘the state of being worthy of respect’ as well as ‘a sense of pride in oneself’.

    When service delivery is dignified we would expect that those who benefit from the service will feel that they are being treated with respect and those who provide the service will feel a sense of pride in themselves and their work. When thinking of the work of government, there are two areas where politicians and public officials can facilitate dignified service delivery. One area would be when developing policy, the policy tools can be chosen based on whether they will bring dignity.

    To assess whether a policy instrument would facilitate feelings of dignity -  those who plan policy responses may ask whether their proposed policy solutions carry the message that they view beneficiaries as people who are worthy of respect. Another area for intervention is how public officials interact with people they provide a service to. To evaluate their own behaviour, public officials should ask themselves whether their behaviour shows that they respect those who they are meant to serve and that they are proud of themselves.

    For more information on the scenarios or to obtain a copy of the discussion document 'Human Rights Scenarios for the Western Cape Province', e-mail to wcscenarios@iafrica.com or Website, Facebook or Twitter
    page.

    - Dr Ubanesia Adams-Jack (D.Phil, University of Sussex, United Kingdom) is a lecturer in Political Science at Stellenbosch University.

     

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