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3 months project (11 July to September, 2016) under UNDP South Africa and the Dept. for Justice. Open Link below.


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS


ADVANCED COURSE ON JUSTICIABILITY OF ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS: THEORY AND PRACTICE
21-25 November 2016, at the Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, Turku/Åbo, Finland
Deadline for applications: 14 August 2016

This intensive course offers participants an opportunity to develop specialist-level knowledge in the field of economic, social and cultural rights, with a particular focus on justiciability at the national, regional and international level. The course is organized jointly by the Åbo Akademi University Institute for Human Rights, the Socio-Economic Rights and Administrative Justice Project at the University of Stellenbosch Law Faculty and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo.

Full programme and more information:
https://www.abo.fi/fakultet/en/Content/Document/document/35451

Please see also the attached course flyer.

We would kindly ask you to spread this information to your own networks. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

With kind regards,

Raija Hanski
Institute for Human Rights
Åbo Akademi University
Fänriksgatan 3 A
20500 Turku/Åbo
Finland

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http://www.abo.fi/humanrights


Two PhD scholarships on Migration and Urbanisation, University of Sussex

The department of Geography, University of Sussex, has two fully funded PhD studentships to support the Migrants on the Margins research project. Migrants on the Margins is the Field Research Programme of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute for British Geographers (RGS/IBG). Research aims to contribute to the urban governance of new migration into underserviced urban areas of selected cities, in contexts of environmental change and political uncertainty. The RGS/IBG Field Research Programme involves partnerships with other UK universities (SOAS and Durham) as well as research institutes in Colombo, Dhaka, Harare and Hargeisa.

The two PhD candidates will focus their research on either the city of Colombo (Sri Lanka) or Harare (Zimbabwe). The scholarships, co-funded by the RGS/IBG and University of Sussex, cover all fees at non-EU student level and three years’ annual stipend at current Research Councils UK level (£14,296 for 2016/17).

In order to meet the requirements for a PhD, candidates will be expected to conduct their own research independently of the Migrants on the Margins project. This research should relate directly to the central concerns of the broader project, but we are otherwise open about the nature of this research. Successful candidates will need to demonstrate capabilities and previous experience of conducting social science research in urban settings and familiarity with the attendant challenges and opportunities.

In addition to their own research, candidates are expected to make a limited contribution to the broader project through data collection and to support other research and training activities. Data collection includes questionnaire surveys, focus groups and interviews, including with key actors in urban governance in each city. Candidates can use data collected through the project as part of their own PhD research, though this should not be their only source of data.

Deadline 20 May 2016

Before the deadline, applicants should apply for a PhD online at the University of Sussex (see links in the online postgraduate prospectus for Geography http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/research/1660), indicating that they are seeking funding through the Migrants on the Margins project, specifying Colombo or Harare. They should include a two page statement of research interests highlighting previous experience of research in the areas of migration and/or urbanisation, particularly in the relevant city. They should build on this to consider areas in which they would be interested in developing their own independent research around migration and urbanisation in either Colombo or Harare.

Shortlisted applicants will be informed by 1 June 2016. All shortlisted applicants will be interviewed over skype at an individually arranged time.

Requirements:

Candidates should have/be able to demonstrate:

  • An excellent undergraduate degree in Geography or another Social Science from a recognised institution and ideally a Masters qualification.
  • Familiarity with either Colombo or Harare, through residence and/or previous research experience.
  • Fluency in English, at least to the level required for acceptance by the University of Sussex
  • Interest in migration and/or urban governance, ideally demonstrated through previous research or civil society engagement on these topics.
  • Fluency in other relevant languages. In Colombo candidates should be able to function in both Sinhala and Tamil. In Harare, candidates should speak Shona.

Academic enquiries in relation to Colombo should be directed to Dr Michael Collyer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and in relation to Harare to Professor JoAnn McGregor ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).



Developing a Strategic Plan for the Zimbabwe Gender Commission for the period 2016-2021



Advertised on behalf of : UN WOMEN

Location : Harare, ZIMBABWE
Application Deadline : 28-Apr-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 6d 15h 13m
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required :
English
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
02-May-2016
Duration of Initial Contract : 45 Working Days


Background

The UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security

The Zimbabwe Gender Commission (the ZGC) is one of the five independent commissions established in terms of Section 245 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment Number 20 of 2013 (the Constitution) and the Gender Commission Act [Chapter 10:31]. The mandate and functions of the ZGC are set out in Section 246 of the Constitution as follows:

  • To monitor issues concerning gender equality to ensure gender equality as provided for in the Constitution;
  • To investigate possible violations of rights related to gender;
  • To receive and consider complaints from the public and to take such action in regard to the complaints as it considers appropriate;
  • To conduct research into issues relating to gender and social justice and to recommend changes to laws and practices which lead to discrimination based on gender;
  • To advise public and private institutions on steps to be taken to ensure gender equality;
  • To recommend affirmative action programmes to achieve gender equality;
  • To recommend prosecution for criminal violations of rights relating to gender
  • To secure appropriate redress where rights relating to gender have been violated; and
  • To do everything necessary to promote gender equality.

The Gender Commission Act further provides for the power of the ZGC to investigate violations of gender equality, gender equity and efforts at gender mainstreaming.  Nine Commissioners, drawn from different backgrounds, were appointed in June 2015 and sworn in, in September 2015 by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. As a newly established constitutional commission, the ZGC intends to establish a framework to become operational in order to carry out its mandate effectively.

From 3-4 February 2016, the ZGC held its first induction workshop, supported by UN Women with a view to increasing its capacity to carry out its mandate effectively. One of the resolutions of the induction workshop was for the ZGC to subsequently, develop a Strategic Plan to carve its role and map out its activities. This Strategic Plan will run from 2016-2021. It is against this background that the ZGC requested UN Women, to facilitate the recruitment of a Consultant with Strategic Planning Expertise (hereinafter referred to as “the Consultant”) tasked to assist the ZGC in developing a comprehensive 5-year Strategic Plan to support the implementation of its mandate.



Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the UN Women Country Representative the Consultant will have the following responsibilities, which are to be implemented in close collaboration and consultation with the Zimbabwe Gender Commission:

Assess the overall mandate of the Zimbabwe Gender Commission and prepare a guiding framework that will enable the Commission to achieve the following specific objectives:

  • Identify the key gender issues that affect Zimbabwean society;
  • Assess and analyse the ZGC external environment and stakeholders;
  • Assess and analyse ZGC internal environment;
  • synthesise results and identify strategic opportunities;
  • plan and facilitate a 5-day workshop with Commissioners and staff to prioritise strategic direction;
  • Support the ZGC in developing a strategic plan using appropriate model(s) including identification of strategic priorities; and
  • Draft and finalise the ZGC strategic plan.


Enable the ZGC to answer the following critical questions:

  • What is the contextual environment in which the ZGC is currently operating?
  • What is the current structure/set up of the ZGC?
  • What would be the optimal structure of the ZGC given its mandate?
  • What would be the ZGC’s objectives, for its 5-year Strategic Plan and particularly in its first two years of operation?
  • What factors will enable the ZGC to become operational?
  • What resources does the ZGC need to effectively execute its mandate and what strategies should it employ to mobilise these resources?
  • What specific results (and results areas) does the ZGC want its efforts to yield between 2015 and 2021?

The The Strategic Plan will enable the Commission to spell out its vision and goals, set out priorities, and guide operations including resource mobilization and allocation. The Strategic Plan will also be achieved through the adoption of participatory and inclusive processes that will involve stakeholder consultation to ensure relevant, effective and efficient approaches in the execution of the ZGC’s mandate.


The Consultant will also provide the ZGC with:

  • An analysis of the operating context including the social, political and economic aspects of the national operating environment;
  • A gendered analysis of the situation of human rights in Zimbabwe;
  • An analysis of the Constitutional mandate of the ZGC as a basis for identifying strategic priorities and approaches;
  • A review of the strategic and policy documents from related national institutions to establish synergies within the human rights and governance sector(s) and map out a strategy for interface between those other institutions and the Gender Commission;
  • A review of national/government policy documents in order to position or identify the ZGC’s role in the implementation of national policies;
  • A review of strategic and policy documents by similar institutions in the region and beyond to gauge how they prioritize gender equality work to inform the ZGC’s strategic and policy direction;
  • A clear articulation of the ZGC’s strategic focus areas, objectives and priorities benchmarked against international norms and standards in particular, the Paris Principles;
  • A stakeholder analysis that includes role clarity as well as identifying requisite enablers for the delivery of focus areas such as ICT, communication drivers etc.;
  • A review of the organizational structure, leadership and administrative functions to the extent that they are imperative to delivery of strategic focus areas; and
  • A formulation of the strategy of the ZGC with due consideration to opportunities, competitive advantage, and risk assessment.


Output:

The key output is the Strategic Plan which will determine the strategic direction of the ZGC over the next 5 years. This Strategic Plan will articulate:

  • How the ZGC will achieve its set goals;
  • How the ZGC will evaluate progress and success towards the intended goals;
  • The direction the ZGC will take in line with its set priorities and goals; and
  • A monitoring and evaluation framework that enables tracking and reviewing progress based on clear and agreed benchmarks.


Deliverables :

  • An inception report, submitted in response to these TORs, detailing the methodology of the workshop and defining the tools and instruments that will be used for data collection, validation and analysis;
  • A strategic workshop agenda and facilitation plan;
  • A draft Strategic Plan produced within 5 weeks of the commencement of the assignment including but not limited to an executive summary, background, external and internal analysis, strategic priorities, annual plan including objectives, and a monitoring and evaluation framework for the delivery of the plan; and
  • A comprehensive final Strategic Plan document due within the 7th week of commencing the assignment.

Competencies

Core Values/Guiding Principles:

Integrity:

  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

Professionalism:

  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
  • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Development and Innovation:

  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative.

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.


Functional Competencies:

  • Extensive knowledge of, and demonstrated ability in strategic planning facilitation for institutions in the public sector within Africa in general and Zimbabwe in particular;
  • Knowledge of the gender equality and rights based programming of UN agencies and government;
  • Strong and sound knowledge of national, regional and international human rights and governance frameworks;
  • Demonstrated ability to draft/edit a variety of written reports, studies and other communications and to articulate ideas in a clear, concise manner in English and Shona or Ndebele;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in teams;
  • Results oriented, exhibiting high levels of enthusiasm, tact, diplomacy and integrity; and able to work with minimal supervision.



Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • At least a Masters Degree in Gender and Development, Law and Human Rights, Strategic Planning and Management, Organisational Strategy, Business Management, Development Studies, Business Management, Political Science, Public Administration or a related discipline.

Experience:

  • At least 10 years’ experience in guiding teams through strategic planning exercises using appropriate methods especially within international development projects;
  • Vast experience in writing reports and publications which have made a significant contribution to public policy, programmes or learning in the field of development practice and studies;
  • Working with independent constitutional commissions within the framework of human rights, international law and Zimbabwean law, in particular, the Constitution of Zimbabwe; and
  • Working with government, UN system and civil society organisations in designing effective strategic plans.

Language:

  • Excellent written and verbal command of English;
  • Knowledge of at least one local language, preferably Shona or Ndebele.



UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.




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For the ladies! -- Call for Applications: Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women. More details here

The Peace and Security Fellowship Programme for African Women is designed to expose professional African women at early stages of their careers to the complexities of conflict, security and development. The exposure is to equip them for careers in this field by developing their expertise to generate African-led ideas and processes of change for addressing challenges on the African continent. The Fellowships aim especially to ground this expertise on peace and security in integrity and the pursuit of excellence.

This Fellowship is aimed at challenging the existing tendency that seems to reinforce the male dominant discourse on conflict and security related matters. The Fellowship is designed to develop the network of African women scholars working in the field whilst linking them with the peace and security mechanisms of relevant institutions.

Eligibility

·         Candidates must be female citizens of African countries.
·         Successful candidates must hold valid travel documents prior to acceptance.
·         Candidates must have knowledge of, or experience of women’s rights, gender and development issues.
·         Candidates must be able to demonstrate a commitment to contribute to work on peace and security in Africa
·       Candidates must demonstrate commitment to the core values of the programme: Independent thinking; Integrity; Pursuit of Excellence; and a Value for all forms of Diversity;
·      Candidates must have a relevant institutional base and be endorsed by an organisation with which they have been involved for at least two years. Exceptional candidates without such organisational ties may be given special consideration;
·       Candidates must have a demonstrable plan for how to utilise knowledge gained in the Fellowship upon return to their countries and organisations.
·         Candidates must hold a Master’s or Bachelors degree with an equivalent level of professional experience.
·         Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English
·         Applications will be accepted Online at the following link: Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women
·         The following documents are required, before your application will be considered complete: (1) A letter of application detailing your relevant experience and qualifications. (2) A supporting statement no longer than 1,000 words, detailing why you think that this programme is important and future plans for engagement with peace and security issues. (3) 2 letters of recommendation (To be received directly from the Referees). (4) Recent curriculum vitae. (5) Two writing samples (maximum 3000 words each).

Funding
This is a fully funded* opportunity, not including any visa application and processing costs. Funds will be made available to the Fellows to cover tuition, subsistence in the UK and Africa, and travel expenses related to the programme in both phases. While funding will be made available to pay for accommodation, successful applicants are expected to find their own accommodation both in the UK and Africa. Fellows are strongly advised to make all necessary accommodation arrangements prior to taking up their positions on the Fellowship Programme.

DEADLINE: Friday 18 March, 2016 at 17:00 hrs

https://africaismoving.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/call-for-applications-peace-and-security-fellowship-for-african-women/











 
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