Advocacy and Research Officer NGO Jobs – Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA)

Organisation: Strategic
Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: SIHA Regional
About US:
The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa – SIHA Network
– is a coalition of civil society organisations from Sudan, South Sudan,
Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Somaliland and Uganda. Founded in 1995,
the organisation advocates for social change and gender equality in the Horn
region and works specifically on protecting women’s human rights, promoting
women’s access to justice, supporting economic empowerment and activating
women’s political participation. SIHA’s secretariat/HQ is located in Kampala,
Uganda and SIHA maintains field offices in Sudan and South Sudan.
Job Summary: The Advocacy
and Research Officer will work within the framework of SIHA’s current and
future project activities. The ARO’s primary responsibilities will be to
support advocacy, research, and communication products related to SIHA’s
programs and projects in the Region. Specific project documentation will be
made available to the ARO upon agreement to this contract. The incumbent will
be SIHA’s main coordinator for all advocacy and written communication elements
of the project occurring in and around the countries of operation in addition
to being involved in regional activities as requested by the SIHA Secretariat.
Key Duties and
Advocacy and Communications:
  • Work closely with program and fundraising
    officers to develop and support advocacy components of SIHA’s current and
    future projects.
  • Work with SIHA country offices and area
    coordinators to elevate advocacy priorities and stories from the
  • Oversee the development of SIHA
    newsletters, initiate preparation of press statements, research papers,
    media releases and updating of SIHA Twitter page and official website.
  • Keenly monitor local media in all SIHA
    countries of operation and document statements and news that involves violation
    of women’s rights.
  • Render support in the development of all
    SIHA publications e.g. SIHA Journal (Women in Islam), manuals and guides,
    among others and coordinate launch events.
  • Maintain awareness of security
  • Provide input into SIHA’s current and
    future research projects.
  • Actively contribute to research
    publications related to all countries of operation, including formal
    research reports as well as position papers, briefings, and other smaller
  • Keenly review and edit research and
    project reports; use reports to inform advocacy efforts and priorities.
  • Through working with area coordinators and
    SIHA country project officers, regularly identify needs and opportunities
    related to prospective research that is relevant to current needs in the
    countries and to SIHA’s strategy.
  • Monitor relevant calls for papers/research
    and alert SIHA to potential opportunities to carry out research or present
  • Coordinate research paper launch events.
Visual Products:
  • Lead coordination of SIHA’s current and
    future visual and creative products, including documentaries and films,
    visual media, and campaigns.
  • Work closely with SIHA country offices and
    areas coordinators and support their efforts to find creative ways tell
    their own stories; use visual and creative means to represent women’s
    perspectives and needs in connection with SIHA’s advocacy and research
  • The incumbent will identify opportunities
    for SIHA to creatively engage in current issues in the Region related to
    advocacy and research priorities.
  • Create and maintain an active, detailed
    database of designers, production houses, artists and videographers who
    have supported or can support SIHA’s work in the Region.
  • Assist with other job-related duties as required
    by SIHA management and colleagues.
  • Work closely with SIHA Regional programme
    Officer and provide assistance and support as needed.
  • Participate, as requested, in SIHA
    meetings, trainings, and events.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate must hold a
    University-level with post graduate degree in human rights, women’s
    rights, project management, development / humanitarian studies, gender
    studies, law, or a related field;
  • Previous exposure and experience working
    on advocacy and/or research in the human rights / non-governmental
    organization sector, with ability to provide relevant references;
  • The candidate for this position should
    have strong knowledge and understanding of the Horn of Africa,
    specifically, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Somaliland, Djibouti, Kenya and
  • Show commitment to women’s rights and the
    principles of gender equality and interest in social movements is
    essential, with proven track-record on right-based programming being a
    precondition for shortlisting.
  • Show commitment to indigenous civil
    society organizations and their essential role in promoting the
    improvement of conditions for women and girls across the Horn of Africa.
  • Keen interest in gender and women’s rights
    / empowerment and improving conditions for women and girls in the Horn of
  • Hard-worker, with ability to put in extra
    hours during peak periods of activity;
  • Proven knowledge of local-level political
    / social / cultural dynamics;
  • Proven knowledge of local-level
    stakeholders, persons of influence, and the ability to liaise with these
    actors in reference to SIHA work in the region;
  • Ability to travel regionally as required;
  • Punctual, attentive, and enthusiastic;
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send
a current CV and cover letter via Email to: with
the subject line indicated as “Application Materials: SIHA Advocacy and
Research Officer.”
Deadline: 30th April 2017
by 5:00pm
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