Inclusive Development International is seeking an experienced human rights advocate to support our expanding work in sub-Saharan Africa. The consultant will work with Inclusive Development International’s case advocacy team and local partners in West and Central Africa to support communities harmed by investment projects in the mining, energy, and agribusiness sectors. The consultant will use Inclusive Development International’s training resources to build the capacity of community partners to defend their rights, including by engaging effectively in international accountability and grievance redress processes. The consultant will support local partners and communities in advocating for effective remedies with a range of actors, including government agencies, corporations, financiers and investors, as appropriate. This is a part-time consultancy, initially for approximately 40 days over a period of six months, with the potential to evolve into a permanent position as Inclusive Development International establishes a new office in the region in 2018.
The consultant will support Inclusive Development International’s casework in West and Central Africa. This entails working with our team to fulfill the following responsibilities:
- Supporting affected communities through mediation processes with companies, government agencies, and other parties, including:
- Helping community representatives prepare for mediations by conducting training on negotiation skills and strategies, including methods to address extreme power imbalances, and facilitating strategy development.
- Being present at mediation meetings to advise and support community representatives leading the negotiation.
- Other activities necessary to support community partners to achieve their advocacy goals.
- Communicating the results of Inclusive Development International’s investment chain mapping and pressure point analysis of harmful projects, including new opportunities for advocacy, to local human rights defenders in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Providing advice to local human rights defenders on investor advocacy strategies aimed at preventing or securing redress for human rights violations.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
- An advanced degree in law or a related field.
- At least five years work experience in the field of human rights, environmental justice and/or corporate accountability.
- Strong communication, advocacy and negotiation skills.
- Experience working with communities affected by harmful investment projects, and especially explaining complex information in an accessible manner and facilitating community-led strategy development and decision-making.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort both engaging with local communities and advocating/engaging with large corporations and financial institutions to represent community interests.
- From the region or substantial experience working in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Excellent English and French verbal and writing skills.
- Ability to regularly travel in the region, including to remote locations that may be difficult to reach.
- Proficiency in Malinka or Swahili will be an added advantage.
To apply, please complete this application form and upload an expression of interest (maximum 3 pages) demonstrating your suitability for this consultancy and elaborating on your past experience conducting similar tasks. Please include a financial proposal with your daily rates. Applications will be accepted until November 10, 2017.
Should your application be short-listed, we will be in touch to schedule an interview with you and may request further written materials.
Start date: December 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Inclusive Development International is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or other prohibited category. We are committed to diversity on our team and strongly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.