CIVICUS and Counterpart International are collaborating on the establishment of innovative mechanisms to support civil society on a regional level. Specifically, the project aims to establish six regional civil society hubs to improve the effectiveness and viability of civil society initiatives.
The Africa Hub for provision of support to civil society, movements, and human rights defenders with cutting edge and responsive technical services was conceived through a series of consultations at different levels to expand the shrinking civil society space. The consultations took place in various locations in Africa, bringing together different actors, civil society activists, HRDs, women’s representatives, advocates and community based activists. The consultations were attended by over 85 individuals from different backgrounds and different countries. The Africa Hub will be constituted of regional connectors that feed into the continental hub, but enjoying institutional autonomy, connected only with the provision of services.
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Participants of the various consultations constituted a team of incubators responsible for structuring, consolidating and distilling the contributions from the various meetings. The final list of support activities was reached based on the priorities and gaps identified during these consultations. Meetings were held in Dar es Salaam (2014), Dakar (2014), Kampala (2015), Nairobi (2016) by a team of the incubators to finalize the activities and plan of action for the Africa Hub. The incubators now wish to recruit a Hub Coordinator.
- Ensure the implementation of the Hub’s mandate. Responsible for the overall design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting of all programs undertaken by the Hub at its offices in Nairobi
- Manage the Hub and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the Hub and act as a Chief executive officer to the Board of Directors
- In collaboration with staff, develop a Communications Strategy with a clear strategic direction and operational guide for implementation.
- Overseeing the setup and upkeep of the Hub database, and producing monthly reports from the database. Ensure the registration, compilation of information and other data concerning all service seekers and users.
- In collaboration with staff, develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the Hub
- Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the Hub.
- Serve as a focal point for and coordinate and monitor the work of the five regional coordinators.
- Develop and establish working relations with local service providers and consultants, human resources planning and management.
- Liaise with like-minded organizations for cooperation and support to the Hub.
- Implementing human resources management duties, including recruitment, inductions, staff performance, salary planning, staff benefits, staff development and training
- Supervising the financial management of the Hub, including financial planning, budget monitoring, procurement and financial reporting
- Work with the Hub Grant Manager and staff to prepare comprehensive budgets and reports
- Support the strategic development of the Hub through identification of opportunities and risks, and contribute to the refinement and reformulation of planned outputs and activities, where necessary, as well as ensure proper implementation of the strategies and policies of the Hub
- Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the activities and expenditures of the Hub and its requirements
- A Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline (e.g Social Science, Law, Politics, Economics and Human Rights). A Post-Graduate degree is preferred.
- At least 4-6 years of progressive experience in running and implementing projects.
- Demonstrated interest in working on use of new technologies to advance human rights work, civil society space and innovative approaches
- Proven track record in coaching, process facilitation, team /rapport building with local stakeholders.
- Knowledge, skills and abilities in: leadership and management principles, human resources management, financial management, and project management
- Knowledge of the socio-economic and political dynamics as well as the social justice issues in the Africa region
- Knowledge of web authoring and web design.
- Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the architecture of human rights organizations, in the region.
- Fluency in English and French is a must; a third language is an added advantage.
Reports to: Interim Board of Incubators
Duty station: Nairobi- Kenya
The contract will be for a period of 3 months, renewable up to one year upon satisfactory performance, and work is expected to take place from 16 January 2017 to 14 April 2017. A one month probation period applies.
Competitive remuneration will be offered taking into account the qualifications and experience of the candidate. Travel expenses (flight ticket, accommodation, per diem) will be covered by CIVICUS for any necessary travel.
To apply, submit a CV, a one-page motivation letter and contact details of three current references to Mouna.firstname.lastname@example.org before 4 December 2016.
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