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Apr 11, 2019

Research Officer

  • CIVICUS
  • Pretoria, South Africa
Full time Research

Job Description

CIVICUS seeks to appoint a Research Officer for the Civic Space, to be based in South Africa.

The purpose of the position is to support the continued publication of high-quality daily content on the CIVICUS Monitor platform, to support the strengthening of the Monitor’s global research collaboration and to support the technical development of the Monitor platform itself. In addition, to advance the civic space research agenda at CIVICUS through contributions to periodic research papers, analysis of trends and continued tracking of violations, abuses and positive developments.

Responsibilities:
Research
Coordinate and assist with the publication of daily updates on the CIVICUS Monitor site
Provide editing and feedback for content submitted to the CIVICUS Monitor
Contribute to the identification, planning and implementation of research papers, policy briefs and any other internal or external documents on civic space
Conduct structured interviews with in-country civil society contacts
Provide advice on research and research methodology on civic space to ensure quality and consistency of work
Maintain a comprehensive overview of trends and developments on civic space, particularly in the assigned region
Other tasks related to the furtherance of CIVICUS research on civic space, as assigned
Support the managing of partners relations

Manage updates for research partners, as assigned
Help with the organisation of regular online meetings of research partners, and one annual research partners workshop

Advocacy / Communications
As required, speak about CIVICUS research to external audiences during online or in-person meetings or conferences
Coordinate with the CIVICUS Communications teams to ensure maximum visibility for posts on the CIVICUS Monitor and any other related material
Coordinate and support the CIVICUS advocacy team to ensure a clear connection between Monitor content and CIVICUS advocacy efforts
Promote the Monitor through social media and other channels as appropriate

Requirements:
Candidates must have five to seven years’ experience working directly with civil society organisations and/or human rights defenders, ideally in the Americas region
In addition, diplomas/degrees in the following domains will be taken into account, although are not mandatory for this position:
Political science
Law
Sociology
International relations
Journalism
Competence with a wide range of languages – these can be either UN or non-UN languages – is considered a strong asset, preferable Spanish
Understanding of global civil society, human rights and development issues and trends
An understanding of international human rights frameworks related to fundamental freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression
Preference for candidates with practical hands-on experience and/or understanding of working with civil society organisations or human rights defenders, preferable in the Americas region
Previous experience of working on research or advocacy projects related to human rights, social justice or democracy
Computer literacy, with any web-based publication experience an advantage
Previous experience of drafting documents in any language for publication

To apply, submit your applications

Application should comprise of:
A full CV, including educational and professional qualifications, a full employment history showing the more significant positions and responsibilities held
A covering note of not more than one page outlining your motivation for applying for the role
Contact details of three references
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted a week later to schedule interviews.

Due to high volumes of applications received, should you not have received feedback on your application within three weeks of the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful.

CIVICUS reserve the right to withdraw any of our vacancies at any time.

Employment
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is one of the leading and most diverse international civil society networks, with members and partners in more than 100 countries and a staff of 35 people from over 20 countries. CIVICUS implements a range of programmatic activities focusing on strengthening civil society and its role in governance and development worldwide. It also serves as a convener of global civil society leaders through its annual World Assembly.


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