SWEAT: Advocacy and Human Rights Defence Manager

Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force (SWEAT)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Tuesday, 24 July, 2012
Opportunity type: 
Employment

The Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force (SWEAT) is a nonprofit that works to ensure that sex workers rights are defended, that they have access to health and other services, that they are respected and are valued members of society.

SWEAT seeks to appoint an Advocacy and Human Rights Defence Manager, based in Cape Town.

The person will manage SWEAT Advocacy Programme.

The incumbent will be responsible for implementation of the Advocacy Programme and will be responsible for advocating and lobbying for changes, legal reform in laws and policies affecting sex workers in South Africa. The primary focus of this job is to manage the Decriminalisation of Sex Work Campaign, which involves:

  • Coordinating parliamentary lobbying engagements and correspondence with parliamentarians and influential players in government and civil society;
  • Managing a team of staff and coordinating a civil society working group which contributes to the campaign;
  • Identifying and managing emergent strategic opportunities to push the campaign forward;
  • Formulating and managing media strategy, including monitoring and media responses.

The second aspect of the incumbent’s work is to co-manage a human rights defence programme which seeks to facilitate the defence of sex worker human rights. This work includes:

  • Managing day- to-day reports of violations;
  • Documenting and monitoring trends in human rights violations and using these for advocacy follow up;
  • Facilitating sex workers’ consciousness building, skills and knowledge to strengthen capacity to defend their human rights;
  • Partnering with legal assistance organisations to provide legal redress for violations;
  • Participating in the provision of human rights defence in other provinces and supporting other organisations to participate in human rights defence.

The Position is a management level and involves:

  • The supervision of at least two staff members;
  • Participation in management activities, processes and decisions.

Requirements:

  • Relevant degree in humanities and/or law;
  • Minimum of five years of experience of working in the non-profit field (with gender/women, health or human rights)
  • Experience in working with sex workers;
  • Knowledge of the law (demonstrated in academic or experiential terms) and especially as it pertains to sex work;
  • Demonstrated ability to write and articulate human rights arguments;
  • Management Level experience and supervision of others;
  • Experience and knowledge in policy level processes and human rights defence processes will be highly advantageous. Must be computer literate and able to communicate effectively through information technology;
  • Good networking skills and ability to form and use strategic alliances;
  • Civil society campaign skills and experience;
  • Media advocacy skills;
  • Previous experience advocating for rights of minority groups;
  • Ability to strategise and implement the components of the Advocacy Strategic Plan as well as constant revision thereof according to operational requirements.
  • Goal and results orientated including the ability to produce work within agreed upon time frames so that output targets are met.

Starting date: 1 August 2012.

To apply, submit a CV, contact details of two referees and motivation letter to sallys@sweat.org.za or hand post to The Director, 19 Anson Street, Observatory, Cape Town, 7945. Alternatively, you can post to P.O. Box 373, Woodstock, 7915.

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

Only successful short listed applications will be contacted.

WEAT reserves the right not to make an appointment.

For more about the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force, refer to www.sweat.org.za.

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

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