USAID Project Jobs - Advocacy Specialist at State University of New York’s Center for International Development (SUNY)

Organization: State University of New York’s Center for International Development (SUNY)
Project: Uganda Rights and Rule of Law program (USAID- Project)
Reports to: SUNY Project Chief of Party (COP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About SUNY:
The State University of New York’s Center for International Development (SUNY/CID) is one of the preeminent leaders in the field of democracy and governance with more than 25 years of experience managing more than $200 million dollars in funded projects. The State University of New York’s Center for International Development (SUNY) seeks superior candidates to serve in several positions for an upcoming Uganda Rights and Rule of Law program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  The project is designed to support a number of critical national-level institutions and civil society organizations in safeguarding the rule of law and human rights in the country through work to strengthen the judiciary, access to justice and advocacy activities, and the free flow of information. The project will also work closely with a wide range of civil society organizations to strengthen their capacity to carry out effective initiatives in the above areas.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The Advocacy Specialist will be responsible for provision and oversight of technical assistance related to program activities supporting Component 2 of the Project and some of Component 3.
  • The Component 2 work will entail a focus on civil society engagement/outreach work aimed at advancing targeted legal reform and human rights-oriented initiatives, especially those concerned with expanding access to justice for ordinary Ugandan citizens; monitoring human rights and access to justice problems; increasing citizen awareness of their civil rights; mobilizing support for certain law reform efforts; designing and implementing relevant information campaigns; and creating support for certain strategic litigations efforts, particularly those aimed at redressing problems faced by disadvantaged or vulnerable population groups.
  • The Component 3 work will entail similar efforts aimed at drawing attention to the importance of free media in Uganda and monitoring and safeguarding media freedom in the country. 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The Advocacy Specialist should hold a bachelor’s degree.  A degree in law, political science, social policy, or a related social science discipline is desirable. 
  • At least three years experience in civil society advocacy/engagement work, including a focus on the capacity-building of CSO’s in a variety of dimensions, including advocacy skills and methods, organizational management, outreach and communications, strategic planning, and financial management. 
  • Two years’ experience involving engagement with various key stakeholders relevant to this program, including representatives from the judiciary, CSO community, and other formal or informal adjudication institutions in Uganda or other developing countries. 
  • Experience in civic participation/advocacy/engagement work in Uganda. 
  • Possession of cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Proven sound work ethics.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to initiate and implement activities with minimal oversight and supervision, assess priorities, and competently complete a variety of activities with a high level of accuracy and timeliness.

How to Apply:
All suitable candidates should send an updated resume, cover letter and three professional references to Please include “Uganda Rights and Rule of Law - Advocacy Specialists” in the subject line of your transmission. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 2nd August, 2013 

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