Hivos International

Project Associate- Access to Justice and Workers’ Representation

Hivos East Africa is seeking qualified candidates for the position of:
Vacancy Name: 
Project Associate- Access to Justice and Workers’ Representation
Number of hours: 
40
Region: 
East Africa
Office: 
Nairobi

About us

Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organisations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.

Job Context

You support the Regional Project Manager Women@Work  Programme (Eastern Africa) in developing and implementing the programme in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Rwanda (Herein-after, “The 5 Countries”). You will provide technical and strategic advice in the implementation of the Access to Justice and Workers Representation projects, through the specific tasks, below:

  • Conduct a status audit of State Parties’ reporting obligations and compliance with labour rights as stipulated under: the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR); and, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (The Banjul Charter).
  1. Identify relevant and current practical and systemic labour rights issues and advocacy opportunities across The 5 Countries;
  2. Coordinate in-country and cross-country partner clusters and reflection sessions on women’s labour rights, and facilitate the development of policy positions to be advanced at the Committee on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and to the respective national governments.
  • Conduct a scan of advocacy and lobbying opportunities in respect women’s labour rights, with reference to: the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW); the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights (UNFBHR), the East Africa Community (EAC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), to determine suitability and relevance for advancing core Women at Work Campaign issues.
  1. Identify relevant and current practical and systemic labour rights issues and advocacy opportunities across The 5 Countries;
  2. Coordinate Women at Work Campaign partners in Eastern Africa, through in-country and cross-country clusters, partner clusters and facilitate the development of a plan and policy positions to be advanced at the UNCSW; UNFBHR; the EAC frameworks and the ILO;
  3. Coordinate in-country and cross-country partner clusters on women’s labour rights, for identifying good practices in the promotion and protection of women’s labour rights, showcasing good practices through participation at the UNCSW, UNFBHR, EAC and the ILO.
  • Working closely with the Regional Project Manager, coordinate the timely execution and completion of the study on Workers’ Representation in The 5 Countries and provide quality assurance and stakeholder buy-in of the report, including through convening a stakeholder validation meeting.  
  • Working with the Women at Work Campaign Communications Officer, contribute to the development of external communication about the Access to Justice Project of the Women at Work Campaign in the Eastern Africa Region.

Your profile

  • Advanced university degree in Social Sciences or a relevant discipline.
  • At least 3 years of relevant working experience and good knowledge of labour rights or business and human rights, and/or gender protection programming.
  • Demonstrable experience and knowledge of lobbying and advocacy in the national, regional and international arena.
  • Ability to work effectively in multi-regional teams and partners with members drawn from a diverse range of nationalities, cultures and disciplines.
  • Ability to work under pressure, often under tight deadlines without compromising the quality of deliverables.
  • Strong English language skills; both written and spoken; Ability to write articles, blog posts, reports and media briefs and strong oral presentation and meeting facilitation skills.
  • Willingness to undertake frequent travel.
  • High level of personal integrity and accountability.
  • Willingness and ability to take the initiative and work independently with minimal supervision.

Contract duration

1 November 2017- 15 March 2018