Hivos: 2 Programme Officers Rights and Citizenship, Kenya

The Regional Office for East Africa of the Dutch Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos) promotes economic and social empowerment of poor and marginalized people in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. We are looking for 2 Programme Officers Rights and Citizenship (full time).
2 Programme Officers Rights and Citizenship (full time)
The job
The Rights and Citizenship aims to develop a critical and representative civil society rooted in the power of citizens who take action to bring about a democratic, just and pluralistic society. Spearheads are women’s rights, good governance, sexual and reproductive rights and equal rights and treatment for Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders (LGBTs). It incorporates programme development and implementation focusing on the strengthening of a vibrant civil society. The programme builds on Hivos’ track record in the field of human rights, women’s emancipation, democratisation, LGBT Rights and HIV/Aids. As a member of the global Rights and Citizenship team and reporting to the Regional Director, the programme officer contributes constructively and positively to the overall and regional Hivos policies in this field; positions Hivos in the region in line with its’ policies; initiates and coordinates innovative and creative programmes and initiatives that contribute to Hivos Rights and Citizenship objectives, forges strong relationships and builds supportive networks with relevant stakeholders notably in civil society and takes responsibility for the administration and management of the Rights and Citizenship partner portfolio.

The person
You are a qualified individual with strong analytic skills and an ability to translate analysis into practice. You are passionate about equal rights for all citizens irrespective their ethnic background, social status. beliefs, sexual orientation or profession. You are familiar with the processes of democratization, inclusion and empowerment of minorities. You are entrepreneurial and not afraid to contribute to taboo breaking initiatives and challenging vested interests and embedded norms and values. You have strong communication skills, both orally as in writing. You are a good networker with a proven ability to mobilize your network in support of the programme objectives. You are well respected in your community of practice, a team player, flexible and open minded. You are self disciplined and do not shy away from administrative tasks as part of your responsibilities.

  • An academic background, with a masters degree in a relevant field;
  • Experience with human rights and democratization processes and empowerment of marginalized groups in the region;
  • Experience with accountability and/or good governance issues;
  • A minimum of five years of relevant work experience;
  • Strong networking and fundraising skills;
  • Proven experience in project management and implementation;
  • Track record in programme development in the field of human rights and gender equality;
  • Affinity with developmental, political and socio-economic issues;
  • Preparedness and ability to travel.
Hivos offers a challenging position in an international environment. The regional office is based in Nairobi, Kenya . Hivos welcomes applications from citizens from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda but only with a valid workpermit for Kenya and can only offer employment on local terms and conditions.
If you meet the above mentioned qualifications (please look carefully), send a letter explaining your motivation and your CV to: HIVOS e-mail:jobs@hivos.or.ke With reference code for PO Rights & Citizenship: “vac PO R&C” Deadline: April 9th 2011

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.


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Antumi Toasijé

Antumi Toasijé
Doctor en Historia, Cultura y Pensamiento