Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa) is a feminist, pan-African, Rapid Response Fund committed to transforming power relations through resourcing African feminists and womn human rights defenders and their formations as an act of solidarity. Recognising the need to move resources rapidly on a continent where opportunities and threats arise and decline quickly, UAF-Africa uses a Rapid Response Grant making mechanism to support unanticipated, time sensitive, innovative and unique initiatives that promote womn’s agency in peace and political participation, social and economic power building as well as natural resources governance and stewardship. The Fund works to support African Womn Human Rights Defenders (AWHRDs), particularly in the feminist and womn’s rights movements, in their actions, which enable them to support and sustain themselves, each other and their work before, during and after urgent situations.
UAF-Africa mobilises resources from a broad base of international and increasingly local funders committed to protecting and advancing womn’s rights and feminist agendas in Africa. Our primary purpose is to provide funding to AWHRDs and their groups, organisations and the movements to help them prepare for and navigate urgent situations with appropriate actions. This puts them in the position to support and sustain themselves, each other and their work during and after the urgent circumstances they find themselves.
UAF-Africa is registered in Kenya and Zimbabwe. Operating as a virtual organisation, the Fund boasts of strategic physical presence in East Africa: Nairobi, Kenya and Kampala, Uganda; North Africa: Cairo, Egypt; Central Africa: Bujumbura, Burundi and Yaoundé, Cameroon; Southern Africa: Harare, Zimbabwe; Antananarivo, Madagascar and West Africa: Abuja, Nigeria, Cotonou, Benin and Dakar, Senegal.
The Programmes Support Officer will perform a range of programme tasks to support the Knowledge Leadership & Advocacy & Agenda Setting functions of the Fund that are supervised by the Knowledge Leadership Manager and the Programmes Director. Splitting their time between the two portfolios, they will assist in the timely technical and political support to AWHRDs, womn’s rights organisations and movements with the aim of building a culture of learning for deeper consciousness within and without the Fund, consistently theorising and articulating a pan-Africanist perspective. Additionally, they will support the advocacy and agenda setting function of the Fund to co-create agendas for both direct and indirect influence on policy and practice related to philanthropy and urgent situations advancing feminist activism and womn’s rights in Africa. The candidate will report to the Knowledge Leadership Manager (engaging directly with the Programmes Director on the advocacy and agenda setting work). Working on the African continent to support the mandate of the Fund, the Programmes Support Officer position will be based in the successful candidates’ North African country of residence.
Support to Knowledge Leadership
· Collaborate with the MEAL team to collate, analyse and process information from internal frameworks for staff and partners to deepen and escalate a culture of learning and the politics of knowledge;
· Support the implementation of special projects birthed by the Fund to apply learning and meet the needs of AWHRDs and feminist movements (including the groundation & roll out of the AWHRDs registry);
Research and Publications
· Assist in the development of a research agenda as well as provide administrative and technical support in coordination of research projects commissioned by the Fund;
· Support the publication and dissemination of research findings, and diverse trends analysis reports;
· Manage documentation and publication of the lived realities of AWHRDs with a view to elevating AWHRDs’ coping mechanisms and networks of support among other lessons;
· Perform other duties as may be required.
Support to Advocacy and Agenda Setting
· Administrative and technical support to the management and expansion of UAF-Africa’s regional and global advocacy programme portfolio;
· Support the development and implementation of the Fund’s Advocacy strategy in line with her new strategic priorities and conceptual framework;
· Support the coordination of advocacy coalitions and campaigns led by UAF-Africa and those in which UAF-Africa is an active member;
· Participate in and support activities agreed upon within coalitions and networks that UAF-Africa is part of;
· Support the processes of regular monitoring, analysing regional/ global trends on the Fund’s advocacy priorities outlined in the advocacy strategy, for action;
· Support the organisation of diverse processes convened by the Fund to work with partners, setting agendas for direct & indirect influence on policy/practice that impacts philanthropy and urgent situations related to feminist organizing and womn’s rights matters in Africa;
· Support the ideation and organisation of UAF-Africa’s online and in person convenings related to the Fund’s advocacy and agenda setting priorities;
· Perform other duties as may be required.
· Masters degree in Social Sciences, Gender/Women’s Studies, Political Sciences, International Development, Law or related fields. **
Skills and Experience
· Minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience working in or with organizations in Africa, at the national or regional level, preferably with womn’s rights, social justice or development oriented organisations;
· Strong knowledge and understanding of feminism, feminist activism, advocacy and movement building;**
· Skills and experience in feminist research in action, knowledge production and policy advocacy;**
· Proven commitment to social justice and power shifts within the womn’s rights field, including in philanthropy;
· Excellent English verbal and written communicator who is responsive, thoughtful, culturally humble, and able to convey complex content in clear ways to a range of audiences with excellent written skills. Fluency in written and spoken French and Arabic a plus;
· Passionate about UAF-Africa’s mission, committed to teamwork, and achieving results; including a commitment to gender justice, evidence based advocacy, community-led development, and grassroots movement building;
· Strong group facilitation, team coordination and presentation skills;
· Detail oriented with the ability to manage and track big picture data and deadlines across multiple grantees;
· A self-aware and strategic thinker who thrives in complexity and ambuiguity-possessing strong problem-solving, analytical, and organisational skills;
· Self-starter, proactive teammate who thinks creatively, ambitiously, nimbly and can make decisions under conditions of uncertainty;
· Strong initiative with ability to work independently and as part of a team managing multiple deadlines;
· Proven experience working effectively in a cross-cultural and virtual team;
· Flexible and willing to perform other tasks as assigned, in a fast-paced, team-oriented work environment;
· UAF-Africa is a part of a global UAF-Sisterhood network and staff are expected to occasionally work collaboratively with UAF-Sister Funds.
This is a regional position that involves some national, regional and international travel. UAF-Africa is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices. In order to build the strongest possible workforce, UAF-Africa actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. The Fund is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. The position can be based in North Africa.
How to apply
Please submit a cover letter, and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Programme Support Officer” in the subject line. References, writing samples and other information will be requested. No phone calls please.