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Vacancy: Learning and Innovations Programme Attaché

Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa), is a consciously feminist and women’s human rights pan-African Fund, registered in Nairobi, Kenya. Operating as a virtual organisation, the Fund boasts of a strategic presence in Africa’s sub-regions in East Africa: Nairobi, Kenya & Kampala, Uganda; North Africa: Cairo, Egypt; and Southern Africa; Harare, Zimbabwe. Recognising the need to move resources rapidly on a continent where opportunities and threats arise and decline quickly, UAF-Africa uses a Rapid Response Grantmaking model to support unanticipated, time sensitive, innovative and unique initiatives that promote women’s agency in democratic governance, economic justice, natural resources governance, conflict transformation and justice processes while protecting their personhood, integrity and rights.

UAF-Africa seeks a Learning and Innovations Attaché who will work with the UAF-Africa team to translate the Funds strategic plans into effective development initiatives and results. Guided by feminist principles and values, UAF-Africa advocates for women’s equality, not only as a matter of human rights, but also as a fundamental prerequisite for social justice, global security, and sustainable peace. UAF-Africa supports women activists in Africa through Rapid Response Grant making in five major contexts: Defending the defenders, Protecting women’s individual dignity, safety and autonomy, Justice and rule of law, Economic justice and Natural resources governance and climate change.

UAF-Africa’s Rapid Response Grant-making model is a unique funding model that allows urgent and timely financial response to women’s rights organisations for strategic, unanticipated and time urgent interventions that advance women’s rights or protect the lives of women human rights defenders who often find themselves targeted for their activism. UAF-Africa also implements alliance building and advocacy initiatives in collaboration with other human rights organisations including ground-breaking initiatives, research and publications – to deepen understanding on gender dimensions and implications of conflicts and marginalised sexual rights; provide women with tools needed for strategic engagements and policy advocacy and to encourage knowledge and information sharing in critical areas affecting women’s rights.

The attaché acts as a nexus between the other UAF-Africa programmes with the mandate of creating and sharing information on issues and trends in Africa and highlighting the lessons, experiences and successes of UAF-Africa and the constituency of African Women that it serves. The candidate is responsible of communicate the Funds work nationally, regionally and internationally. The attaché is a team player who is an exceptional, dynamic, and self-driven, with unique hybrid qualities. Supported by a values oriented team, she has research experience, sound knowledge of and commitment to feminist principles and values and women’s human rights issues. She has experience in liaising with colleagues and partners from varying cultural backgrounds. She has respect for minority, diversity and employs a collaborative working style. The selected candidate will report to the Learning and Innovations Programme Officer.

Key Deliverables
The Learning and Innovations attaché will assist the Learning and Innovations Officer in seeking out information and trends through various information mediums on matters impacting the advancement of women’s human rights on the continent.

Assist the Learning and Innovations officer in:

  • Maintaining an existing database that tracks grants’ outputs and impact;
  • Monitoring trends that arise out of grantmaking requests;
  • Assist in the production of quarterly updates on the impact of the work of the Fund;
  • Assist in the production of quarterly internal updates and reflections on the successes of grants provided and areas of improvement.

Qualifications and experience:

The Learning and Innovations attaché is contracted based on his/her expertise, skill and understanding of democracy, governance and leadership, including the African context, and her ability to synthesize and incorporate relevant information as necessary.

Previous experience in monitoring and evaluation and working knowledge of feminist and women’s rights organisations and movements are a plus.

In addition to the specific terms detailed in this contract, the Attaché will utilize these skills and abilities in assisting UAF-Africa achieve its goals in a vibrant, innovative and clear manner.

Duration and Location

The Learning and Innovations attaché will be contracted for an initial duration of 6 months from 1 August 2018 to 30 January 2019, subject to extension. The attaché will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

How to apply
Applicants fulfilling the above mentioned requirements should submit their CV by email to: jobs@uaf-africa.org with the subject line: Learning and Innovations Programme Attaché.

UAF-Africa will only respond to candidates who are short-listed for interviews.