Advancing Rights in Southern Africa (ARISA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
Call for Training Experts on Engaging with Regional and International Human Rights Mechanisms
Training Dates: 1-3 December 2020
With support from USAID, the PROGRESS Consortium is currently implementing the Advancing Rights in Southern Africa (ARISA) Program to improve the recognition, awareness, and enforcement of human rights in the region, including protection of the region’s most vulnerable and marginalized groups. The Progress Consortium is made up of Freedom House, the American Bar Association (ABA), Internews and PACT. The ARISA Program will run for a period of five (5) years with a focus on the following thematic issues which have been identified as crucial for the promotion of human rights in the region:
- Women’s customary land rights;
- Rights of indigenous populations;
- Media freedom and digital rights and;
- The rights of human rights defenders as a cross-cutting theme.
As part of its work in Southern Africa, the ABA is seeking the services of an experienced legal and/or human rights expert to train its legal civil society partners in the utilization of regional and international human rights mechanisms in promoting and protecting human rights. The objectives of the training are to improve the skills and knowledge of legal CSOs to engage with international and regional human rights mechanisms and to capacitate legal CSOs to leverage local and international human rights law to promote and protect the rights of citizens.
In line with these objectives, the expert will be required to develop training materials and deliver online training to participants in three different countries in Southern Africa. The focus of the training will include but not limited to the following:
- The structure, nature and roles of different African and United Nations (UN) human rights mechanisms;
- Applicable international law when litigating in or reporting to the different mechanisms;
- National level processes to engage with in preparation for litigating/reporting to the different mechanisms;
- The different ways of engaging with the international mechanisms; litigation, submitting statements, communications, shadow reports and other thematic reports to regional and international bodies; and
- Procedures for accessing and utilising international and regional human rights systems.
Outputs and Deliverables
The trainer/expert will be expected to:
- Prepare relevant training materials/presentations for the training in close consultation with the ABA and provide all the materials/presentations to the participants at least 7 days before the training;
- Deliver the online training to participants in three different countries over a period of two days;
- Provide offline support and mentoring to the participants during the two-day training period; and
- Draft and submit a training report to the ABA within 10 days of the end of the training.
Format of the Training
The training will be delivered virtually to participants who include lawyers, paralegals and support staff from legal CSOs located in three different countries in Southern Africa. The expert will facilitate sessions and provide guidance and mentoring during the workshop. The expert will also provide the participants with written material to engage with offline, prior to the online sessions. Participants will be required to read the workshop material in advance, in order to ensure that the online sessions are interactive and encourage discussions. In addition to addressing questions during the online sessions, the expert should be available to provide offline mentoring to the participants over the course of the workshop. The expert will also be required to provide strategic and technical expertise on the questions that the participants will bring to the training to ensure that participants are better equipped to litigate using regional and international human rights mechanisms at the end of the training.
Online Platform and dates
The training sessions will take place online utilizing Zoom. The training will take place over a period of two days from 1-3 December 2020, with the training running for 4 hours a day. The expert/trainer will be required to have access to the internet during the designated workshop days and ABA will provide financial support for the purchasing of data and lunch.
Expert Trainer Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Law or Human Rights;
- At least 5-10 years of professional experience at national, regional or international levels working on strategic litigation;
- Candidates must demonstrate a strong understanding and knowledge of utilizing regional and international (UN) human rights mechanisms in promoting and protecting human rights through litigation and submission of relevant communications and thematic reports;
- Demonstrated experience in training lawyers and non-legal support staff on strategic litigation or experience in teaching human rights or law;
- Good understanding of country contexts in Southern Africa; and
- Familiarity with the legal systems in Southern Africa
Interested and qualified applicants must submit their applications to email@example.com by the 9th of November 2020. The application must contain an application letter demonstrating the suitability of the applicant for the assignment, a detailed curriculum vitae and a daily rate for the 5-day assignment (including days for preparing the training materials and writing the training report).