Project Officer for Business & Human Rights at University of Pretoria

The Project Officer in the Business and Human Rights unit will essentially play two roles.  Firstly, he/ she will be the Coordinator for the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA).  Secondly, he/ she will coordinate, assist with and support the work of the Business and Human Rights unit at the Centre for Human Rights (CHR).

POSITION SUMMARY:

The priority of the Project Officer is to coordinate ACCA.  ACCA is looking for a dedicated, creative, and energetic leader who will serve as the coalition’s first official Coordinator.  The Coordinator will be responsible for the planning, coordination, and management of ACCA.  In addition to helping to develop and manage the coalition’s policy and advocacy campaigns, the Coordinator will oversee ACCA membership, raise financial support, and build the coalition by recruiting new member groups and deepening the engagement of existing networks and partners both inside and outside the African region.  The Coordinator will also coordinate annual meetings, periodic membership calls, external communications, and all communications with the Steering Committee, which is comprised of seven ACCA member organizations.  The Steering Committee, together with the Project Manager at the CHR, will provide the Coordinator with management and decision-making support.

This posting is for a FULL-TIME (40 HOURS PER WEEK) contract position, for a period of ONE YEAR, with the option to extend after completion of the first year.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Coalition-Building

o Shape and define ACCA’s strategic vision and overall direction;

o Help coordinate ACCA members’ grassroots-based field campaigns, using the existing resources of member groups as well as developing new resources;

o Serving as the primary spokesperson for the coalition as a whole, whether in the media, via governmental contacts, at conferences, or in other venues;

o Engage member groups in ACCA’s work, as well as recruit new partners into the coalition.

Advocacy

o Help to implement advocacy campaigns to change the actions of corporations and African governments, in both legislative and administrative forums;

o Assist ACCA members in developing advocacy strategies;

o Represent ACCA in meetings and in public platforms, along agreed-upon positions;

o Develop position statements along agreed-upon work streams;

o Assist in other research and writing tasks as needed.

Administrative

o Oversee the coalition’s management, including hiring, training, and supervising any future staff and consultants;

o Organize and facilitate logistics and organizing related to regular ACCA-hosted meetings and/or conference calls with the ACCA Steering Committee and ACCA membership, as well as other key partners and networks;

o Draft publications and external communications in support of ACCA work streams;

o Maintain comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date files, records, and systems.

Financial Planning and Fundraising

o Set and manage the organizational budget;

o Manage financial accounts;

o Lead all fundraising activities, including the writing and submission of funding proposals and periodic reports via foundation and large-donor fundraising.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A minimum of three years of professional experience with non-profit organizations, advocacy campaigns, government offices, or relevant positions in the private sector;
  • A successful track record of raising funds for not-for-profit organizations from major donors, foundations, and members;
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills;
  • Pre-existing relationships within the NGO community, as well as with foundations, media, and relevant policymakers, are desirable;
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; advanced degrees in fields related to human rights and business are desirable.
  • Experience working in a multicultural setting preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Citizenship from an African country;
  • Fluency in both English and French essential; additional languages, such as Swahili or Portuguese, a plus;
  • Enthusiasm for the organization’s mission and campaigns;
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills;
  • Experience working in coalition-based organizations;
  • Highly motivated;
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and consistently meet deadlines;
  • Confidence and the ability to be proactive, think quickly, and work independently;
  • Familiarity with international and regional human rights treaties, the UN system, and international legal frameworks relevant to corporate accountability, including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights;
  • Requires regional and international work-related travel.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Interactions with ACCA’s Steering Committee, members, partners, and networks;
  • Interactions with government representatives, as well as representatives from intergovernmental bodies and regional/international organizations (e.g., the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights);
  • Interactions with some business representatives; Interactions with funders.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Ability to use mediums of communication including telephone, e-mail, and Skype;
  • Desk-based work for periods of time;
  • Ability to work remotely, either from home or from the office of a host organization (to be determined).

REMUNERATION WILL BE DETERMINED BASED ON THE QUALIFICATIONS AND WORK EXPERIENCE OF THE APPLICANTS.

ABOUT ACCA:

The African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) was launched with the support of Global Rights in November 2013.  To date, 89 organizations from 28 countries on the African continent have endorsed the declaration of ACCA.  ACCA is a coalition of civil society organizations based in Africa and supporting communities and individuals whose human rights are adversely impacted daily by the activities of corporations, both multi-national and domestic.

ACCA’s members work on issues ranging from mining and other extractive industries to public and private security sector accountability; natural resource rights, including land acquisition, tenure, and property rights; financial regulatory policy; accountability mechanisms for human and peoples’ rights; and environmental rights.

ACCA’s vision is a continent where victims and affected communities of human rights violations have access to adequate and effective remedies.  ACCA’s overall goal is to facilitate an alliance that crosses borders and creates a strong and united African network of civil society organizations and communities, and to protect and promote human rights in relation to business activity.

In aiming to fulfill this goal, ACCA will use policy advocacy, evidence-based research, capacity building, and technical support to promote community rights, while also focusing on regional and international standards and mechanisms.

ABOUT THE BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS UNIT AT THE CHR:

The Business and Human Rights unit at the CHR started operating in early 2013, and has since been involved in various projects focusing on different aspects of business and human rights.  Its focus include issues around the extractive industries in Africa, international developments around business and human rights (including the treaty process), supporting the special mechanisms of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the United Nations, and education and capacity building in the field of business and human rights.

NB – PLEASE NOTE THAT NO APPOINTMENT CAN BE MADE WITHOUT HAVING THE NECESSARY WORK PERMITS IN PLACE.

Job title: Project Officer for Business & Human Rights

Location: Pretoria

Contract: Full time for 1 year (with the option to extend after completion of the first year)

Closing date: 25 May 2015