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Human Rights Defenders Coalition(HRDC) in collaboration with the Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Center for Development of people (CEDEP) conducted a two days training on safety and security. The training whose objectives were to Deepen skills and advocacy strategies on safety and security in the civic space, strengthen skills and experiences of risk and risk mitigation and familiasing rights defenders on security plans development, drew a cross section of media practioners, University students and Civil Society leaders. As one way of expanding the work of activism, HRDC has incorporated HRD’s from University and college chapters which will operate across the country.
Meanwhile, four Chapters have since been established which includes Mzuzu University (MZUNI), University of Livingstonia (UNILIA), Chancellor College (CHANCO) and Malawi Assemblies of God University (MAGU).
Safety and security for Human Rights Defenders remains a major challenge to the civic space of activism. Rights Defenders have heavly been attacked by regimes for their critical advocacy. The training has since provided an insight eye opening for Rights Defenders to strategize on how best they can defend their civic space amidst security and safety challenges. HRDC has since been registerd as an Organisation. This was announced during the press brieifing that was held in Mponela along with the newly established College and University Chapters.
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As one way of advancing levels of knowledge in open contracting, the Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) with funding from African Freedom Information Center (AFIC) held a two days training workshop with women entrepreneurs. The workshop, whose objective was to appreciate the levels of awareness and knolwedg on open contracting, targeted 40 women in both formal and informal sector.
Inceptionally, the training workshop centered on assessing women experiences in accessing procurement information in open contracting. These women were trained in open contracting, its advantages and the laws under public procurement and disposal of assets.
The training articulated the social-cultural, legal and gender relational factors that affect women participation in public procurement and open contracting. Business women also brainstormed recommendations on how to improve women participation in public contracting. Among the key recommendations that came out included intensive civic education for women so that they are aware of opportunities that are there for them in public contracting, capacity building of women on how to bid for government contracts and also having a data base of the women in business so that whenever there is government tender, selection can be made on the list.
On his part, Programmes Manager for CHRR, Michael Kaiyatsa, expressed excitement with the workshops outcomes. “We wish to assure participants that CHRR will continue to contribute towards the protection, promotion and consolidation of good governance by empowering rural and urban communities in Malawi to be aware of and exercise their rights in open contracting as well as maintaining a well-informed society in accessing open contracting information” said Mr Kaiyatsa.
CHRR has since been carrying a baseline research with various government and private institutions with the aim of cross-examining various levels of gender mainstreaming in relation to women participation and decision making in open contracting and government partnership. Access to information one open contracting is one of the key issues CHRR is heavly advocating for in its project.
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The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) is one of the leading human rights and governance institution in Malawi. Established in 1995 as a non-profitable, a-political non-governmental organization, the CHRR aims to promote a vibrant Malawian culture, which embraces the values of Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law.
The CHRR mission is to contribute towards the protection, promotion and consolidation of good governance by empowering rural and urban communities in Malawi, through increased awareness to exercise their rights through research, civic education, advocacy and networking in order to realize human development.
CHRR seeks to contribute towards the realization of its vision through a number of programmes carried out through five core activities namely: Public Awareness and Community Empowerment; Civic and Human Rights Education; Training and Research; Advocacy; Litigation; Capacity Building and Networking.
Through these core programmes CHRR implement its programmes using the following core strategies: Public Awareness through debates, theatre and development, information material distribution and radio programmes, Training on human rights and democracy for special groups, human rights documentation, monitoring and reporting and research.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the vacant position of Advocacy and Resource Mobilisation Coordinator for CHRR tenable at its Head office in Lilongwe.
Reporting to the Programmes Manager and being the head of Advocacy and Resource Mobilisation, the successful applicant will provide strategic leadership, guidance and direction in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Advocacy and Resource Mobilisation initiatives in line with the policies and procedure of CHRR.
Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Coordinator
Position of Staff to supervise
Position of Supervision and Method of Supervision
CHRR Programmes Manager
Basic Purpose of Positions
Lead and manage the advocacy and resource mobilization initiatives of CHRR including heading the resource mobilisation department
The Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Coordinator is a senior management position and will work under the supervision of the Programmes Manager and will be responsible for:
- Leading the CHRR Advocacy and Resource mobilization department and Programmes
- Sourcing and developing relevant advocacy training and awareness raising materials
- Developing concept papers and proposals for funding from donor partners
- Develop and implement resource mobilisation initiatives, strategies and policies beyond proposals to development partners
- Build the Capacity of CHRR’s staff on Advocacy and Resource mobilisation
- Networking with other civil society Organizations and government department to develop joint Programmes and proposal for donor funding
- Compiling progress reports on all advocacy and community mobilizing activities, including those implemented by the country programmes.
- Manage and monitor the work of project officers and volunteers under your department
- Work with and advise the programmes manager and the Executive Director to develop resources mobilisation and sustainability strategies
- Support and build the capacity of national partners to engage in advocacy and lobbying for human rights based response to resolving national matters and conducting human rights and advocacy training.
- Identify human rights and governance challenges in Malawi and raise national, regional and international awareness on the issues
- Work with the Executive Director to design and implement advocacy campaigns to address human rights and governance challenges and advocate for the development of national legal and policy frameworks that accord adequate human rights protection
- Identify and build strong alliances with human rights organizations in Malawi to establish and strengthen a coalition to support advocacy efforts.
- Ensure adequate monitoring and evaluation of the advocacy programmes activities
- Represent CHRR at both national and international foras
- Perform such other duties as required by the CHRR Executive Director and Management for achieving institutional objectives.
QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Ideal candidates should possess the following attributes:
- Degree-level education from a reputable university preferably in Social Sciences, Arts Humanities, Education, Human Rights and other related fields.
- Relevant professional with a minimum of 5 years of work experience after graduation
- Proven record NGO program planning, development, budgeting and management
- Proven experience in winning proposal writing
- Proven record of being an effective networker
- Strong background in advocacy, research and training including monitoring and evaluation
- Leadership experience including knowledge in budgeting
- Analytical sense with well-developed oral and written communication skills
- Knowledge of the political, economic and social development of the country
- Principles and practices of effective supervision
- Analyzing administrative, personnel and organizational problems and identify appropriate solutions
- Coordinating outreach initiatives
- Preparing and maintaining complex reports and records
- Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, beneficiaries and other networks
- Excellent command of English, both spoken and written; additional proficiency in Chichewa, Tumbuka and any other Malawian native languages is preferred
- Organizational experience, especially through grassroots work
- Gender mainstreaming and awareness
- Knowledge on human rights, governance and gender issues
- Social commitment
If you believe you meet the above requirements, please send in your application along with the CV, three traceable referees (one of them being the most recent line manager), a note of not more than 1000 words clearly stating why you are suitable for this position and any of your recent literary work on policy analysis, governance, human rights and any development related discourse. The candidates are advised to carefully go through the key responsibilities, skills and competencies for the position outline herein. Addressed to the Executive Director, applications should be sent to address or Email below.
DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING APPLICATIONS
Applications complete in all respects should be sent by Friday, the 7th June 2019. Only short-listed applicants will be acknowledged.
CHRR as a Human rights institution is an equal opportunity employer, therefore anyone regardless of their gender identity, tribe, ethnicity, race, physical ability and any other characteristic is encouraged to apply.
The Executive Director
Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR)
Area 47, sector 3
P.O. BOX 2340