Hivos Southern Africa: Programme Officer - Rights and Citizenship

Hivos Regional Office for Southern Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 1 June, 2012
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Hivos - Humanist Institute for Cooperation in full, in Dutch: Humanistisch Instituut voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking, is a Dutch organisation for development co-inspired by humanist values. Hivos provides financial and political support to over 800 partner organisations in over 30 countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and South-Eastern Europe.

Hivos Regional Office for Southern Africa promotes economic and social empowerment of poor and marginalised people in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia.

Hivos Regional Office for Southern Africa seeks to appoint a Programme Officer for the Rights and Citizenship programme, based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The Rights and Citizenship programme aims to strengthen citizen agency to improve governance and to defend basic human rights. As a member of the global Rights and Citizenship (RC) team and reporting to the Regional Director, the Programme Officer contributes constructively and positively to the overall and regional Hivos policies in this field; positions Hivos in the region in line with its’ policies; initiates and coordinates innovative and creative programmes and intitiatives that contribute to Hivos R and C objectives, forges strong relationships and builds supportive networks with relevant stakeholders notably in civil society and takes responsibility for the administration and management of the Rights and Citizenship partner portfolio.

The person is expected to be a qualified individual with strong analytic skill and an ability to translate analysis into meaningful interventions. S/he will be passionate about human rights and good governance without being dogmatic. With a creative outlook on how human rights can be protected and good governance stimulated in a non-confrontational manner, s/he will be entrepreneurial and not afraid to try something new. The person will have strong communication skills, both orally as in writing.

This is a full-time contract position.


  • Academic background, with a Master’s degree in a relevant field;
  • Experience in governance in at least two of the countries in the region;
  • Experience in downstream accountability is an asset;
  • Minimum of five years of relevant work experience;
  • Strong networking skill, ability to mobilise networks in support of the programme objectives;
  • Proven experience in project management and implementation;
  • Track record in programme development in the field of good governance and human rights;
  • Affinity with developmental, political and socio-economic issues;
  • Preparedness and ability to travel.

Hivos offers a challenging position in an international environment.

Hivos welcomes applications from citizens from South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia but only with a valid work permit for Zimbabwe and can only offer employment on local terms and conditions.

To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to or hand deliver to 20  Phillips Avenue, Belgravia, Harare.

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

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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