Terms of reference
Invitation to bid for position of Freedom of Expression Consultant
Dates of engagement: 21 August 2020 to 31 August 2020 (inclusive of a round table day on August 26, 2020)
Location of assignment: Johannesburg, South Africa
Advancing Rights in Southern Africa (ARISA) is a five-year USAID-funded human rights program being undertaken by a consortium of four partners - Freedom House, ABA Rule of Law Initiative, Pact and Internews.
ARISA works in select Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries to improve the recognition, awareness, and enforcement of human rights in the region, including protecting the region’s most vulnerable and marginalized groups.
Internews is leading the implementation of activities in ARISA that will support media in the SADC region to undertake human rights reporting and that amplifies human rights public education campaigns in the areas of media freedom and digital rights, women's customary land rights, indigenous peoples’ rights and the protection of human rights defenders.
Internews, is an international media development organization which empowers local media worldwide, and which has been in operation since 1982. With international headquarters in Washington DC and Africa headquarters in Nairobi, Internews works to ensure access to trusted, quality information that empowers people to have a voice in their future and to live healthy, secure, and rewarding lives.
In November 2019, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights adopted the revised Declaration of Principles of Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa at an Ordinary Session.
The Declaration replaces the 2002 one and now accommodates issues to do with the Internet. It is part of the framework falling under the African Charter Article 9 and falls under soft law upon which member states may develop country legislation.
Scope of Work
Conscious that in line with ARISA’s mandate and key focus areas, freedom of expression and access to information are cross-cutting rights that are important for the realization of all other human rights, including socio-economic rights and having agreed that the new declaration presents a good advocacy opportunity, the Consortium seeks to appoint a Freedom of Expression Consortium to lead the following work;
- Produce a simplified version of the revised Declaration of Principles of Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa
- Assist in mobilizing civil society representatives in Southern Africa to attend an online roundtable webinar on the updated principles;
- Suggest and assist in inviting two other presenters for the online roundtable;
- Assist in designing the invitation;
- Facilitate and present the simplified version to the online webinar on the revised principles;
- Finalize a list of CSOs who will take up advocacy initiatives after the webinar.
- Write a report of the online webinar and make recommendations to ARISA on further advocacy work after the webinar;
After the webinar roundtable, attendees should have;
- Gained knowledge on the updated Principles;
- Be knowledgeable on how the Principles relate to their line of work;
- Have clear advocacy areas to engage on the Principles after the Webinar;
All costs associated with the training will be borne by Internews.
Interested consultants are invited to email their CV’s and proposed costs no later 7 August 2020 to ZA-Info@internews.org