Resilient Roots Intern

ABOUT US:

At CIVICUS our focus is simple: to strengthen civil society and citizen action for a more just, inclusive and sustainable world. We do this by defending civic freedoms and democratic values; strengthenging the power of people to organize, mobilise and take action; and empowering a more accountable, effective, and innovative civil society.

We strive to promote marginalised voices, especially from the Global South, and have more than 4000 members in more than 175 countries. We work for civil society, protecting and growing ‘civic space’ by which we mean; the freedoms of expression, association and assembly – the fundamental freedoms on which rest peoples’, citizens’ and organisations’ right to speak out, organise and take action.

We know that this is a time of big global challenges for civil society and the world, but we also know that our members and partners have big responses. Our role is to connect, amplify and scale these responses and, in doing so, strengthen the contribution of citizen action and civil society.

Drawing on over 25 years of experience, we are working to build on our strengths while also exploring new ways of working. CIVICUS’ Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022 sets the strategic direction for the secretariat and alliance. It articulates who we are, what we strive to achieve, how we work and how we define our success.

How we make a difference:

Given the nature and extent of the challenges facing humanity, it is our responsibility to take bold and brave action, and to strengthen citizen action and civil society by:

  • Building solidarity among civil society across borders and at scale
  • Supporting civil society to connect with others
  • Producing timely and world-class knowledge and analysis
  • Advocating for open spaces and systemic change
  • Amplifying voices of those usually not included
  • Promoting resourcing of diverse and resilient civil society
  • Innovating and incubate bold initiatives
  • Promote, model and disseminate civil society best practice

CIVICUS Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

CIVICUS positively promotes diversity and inclusion across all areas of the organisation. CIVICUS ensures that its policies and practices do not discriminate on the basis of gender, family status, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or race. Furthermore, CIVICUS ensures that its recruitment policies are designed to enable candidates from under-represented regions, with diverse educational backgrounds and with diverse language skills to access employment opportunities with CIVICUS.

      DESCRIPTION OF ROLE:

The Resilient Roots Intern will support various aspects of programmatic, research, communications and administrative functions of CIVICUS’ Innovation Stream, whose mission is to empower a more accountable, effective and innovative civil society. This will involve working across a variety of programmes, and the Resilient Roots initiative in particular.

Under the guidance of the Coordinator, Resilient Roots, the intern will additionally assist with activities such as stakeholder mapping and outreach, identifying and engaging project partners, research into civil society organisations’ constituent-driven accountability and resilience, collating and summarising learnings from the initiative, and workstream management.

In this process, the intern will gain knowledge of CIVICUS’ work with civil society around the world - particularly in the Global South – in particular on the socio-political challenges they face, how tech and data based approaches are being leveraged to help developing their capacities, and how to communicate complex issues with both internal and external audiences.  

The Resilient Roots initiative is testing whether organisations who are more accountable and responsive to their roots - namely, their primary constituencies - are more resilient against external threats. To do so, CIVICUS is joining forces with civil society organisations in various countries to design and rollout innovative accountability experiments over an 18-month period. These experiments will explore the factors which increase public support and trust in organisations, in order to identify different pathways to greater, longer-lasting efficacy and legitimacy.

Successful interns may be considered for staff positions in line with CIVICUS’ structure and staffing needs after the end of their internship appointment.

QUALIFICATIONS, BEHAVIORAL SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree in a related field of study, including international relations, sustainable development, human rights, public policy, and/or others, with relevant work experience.
  • Strong interest in working in non-profit organisations, charitable networks, and/or public service institutions.
  • Available for work in London.

EXPERIENCE:

  •   Prior internship in non-profit organisations and/or international settings beneficial but not required

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • Fluent in English; 
  • Proficiency in other languages, particularly UN languages, helpful.
  • Knowledge of civil society and the broader sustainable/international development sector
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google software
  • Experience in research, activity management, and communications and outreach, helpful.

BEHAVIOURAL SKILLS:

  • Self-starter willing to take initiative with attention to detail and not inspired by problem solving
  • Resilient interpersonal and networking skills, especially working with multi-country, multi-time zoned teams
  • Great degree of agility and ability to ‘roll with the punches’
  • Passion and deep interest in technology and tech tools; Digital native characteristics are very helpful
  • Deadline driven, with ability to multi-task, especially on the part of job description that says: ‘and other tasks as assigned’

DETAILS:

DEPARTMENT:                                                                  Innovation

JOB TITLE THIS POSITION REPORTS TO:  Coordinator, Resilient Roots

DURATION:                                                                        Three months, full time

SALARY:                                                                               £1,530 per month (London Living Wage)

LOCATION:                                                                         London

START DATE:                                                                      6 August or as soon as possible

To Apply, please submit :

  • A motivational letter (no longer than one page A4);
  • Your CV;
  • Contact details of three references;

to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday the 26th July 2018

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should you not have heard from us within 3 weeks after your application, please consider your application as being unsuccessful.

 

 

SPEAK! Campaign Results Enabler

ABOUT US:

At CIVICUS our focus is simple: to strengthen civil society and citizen action for a more just, inclusive and sustainable world. We do this by defending civic freedoms and democratic values; strengthenging the power of people to organize, mobilise and take action; and empowering a more accountable, effective, and innovative civil society.

We strive to promote marginalised voices, especially from the Global South, and have more than 4000 members in more than 175 countries. We work for civil society, protecting and growing ‘civic space’ by which we mean; the freedoms of expression, association and assembly – the fundamental freedoms on which rest peoples’, citizens’ and organisations’ right to speak out, organise and take action.

We know that this is a time of big global challenges for civil society and the world, but we also know that our members and partners have big responses. Our role is to connect, amplify and scale these responses and, in doing so, strengthen the contribution of citizen action and civil society.

Drawing on over 25 years of experience, we are working to build on our strengths while also exploring new ways of working. CIVICUS’ Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022 sets the strategic direction for the secretariat and alliance. It articulates who we are, what we strive to achieve, how we work and how we define our success.

How we make a difference:

Given the nature and extent of the challenges facing humanity, it is our responsibility to take bold and brave action, and to strengthen citizen action and civil society by:

  • Building solidarity among civil society across borders and at scale
  • Supporting civil society to connect with others
  • Producing timely and world-class knowledge and analysis
  • Advocating for open spaces and systemic change
  • Amplifying voices of those usually not included
  • Promoting resourcing of diverse and resilient civil society
  • Innovating and incubate bold initiatives
  • Promote, model and disseminate civil society best practice

CIVICUS Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

CIVICUS positively promotes diversity and inclusion across all areas of the organisation. CIVICUS ensures that its policies and practices do not discriminate on the basis of gender, family status, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or race. Furthermore, CIVICUS ensures that its recruitment policies are designed to enable candidates from under-represented regions, with diverse educational backgrounds and with diverse language skills to access employment opportunities with CIVICUS.

Role Summary:

SPEAK! is a global campaign to help give a voice to everyone, everywhere. In 2017, the campaign culminated in four days of global action from 22-25 September. Over 46,000 people participated in 232 events in 65 countries, while more than 7.5 million were reached online.

This year, SPEAK! will focus on the theme of "speaking with" -- breaking down barriers of division between citizens and communities. We believe that the global solidarity needed to tackle the key challenges of our time can only be achieved if we stop shouting at each other and, instead, seek to understand those of different backgrounds or perspectives through constructive dialogue.

To help achieve this ambitious vision we are looking for three highly capable individuals to fill the role of SPEAK! Campaign Results Enabler. These individuals will work both independently and collaboratively with each other.

Each Enabler will be responsible for supporting between 20-40 partner organisations (primarily civil society organisations) in a geographic region. They will assist partners in the design and development of their SPEAK! 2018 events and walk alongside them in the implementation and evaluation of those events. Key to the success of the campaign will be the use of the data process to inform dialogues, increase trust, empower communities and measure results.

Specifically, Enablers will:

  • Review existing research to help understand the current state of social division in target countries/regions
  • Help partners consider ways in which such research can inform the design and objectives of their SPEAK! event(s) (as part of the global days of action)
  • Act as a source of ongoing support and accountability for partners as they prepare for and implement their event(s)
  • Work with the CIVICUS Data Shift team to use the data process as a way to create dialogues, increase trust, and empower communities
  • Roll out the agreed data collection approach, including necessary training of partners
  • Receive training in digital security and, subsequently, provide digital security training/support to partners with the support of a digital security expert
  • Assist in the collection and analysis of results from relevant events in line with CIVICUS' monitoring and evaluation standards
  • Share social media content on the data journey process and support partners to do the same

Priority regions for the campaign are Africa and Latin America. Facilitators should be located in the relevant region (or, at least, in a similar time zone) and be proficient in key language(s) spoken in the region.

Facilitators will be hired as consultants and required to work approximate three days per week for up to 18 months (i.e. June 2018 – December 2019) at a rate of US$120-$200 per day depending on experience and location. The duration of the role is open for discussion/negotiation.

Requirements:

Education

  • A bachelor's degree

Work experience

  • At least three years work in civil society, non-profit or social responsibility sectors
  • Experience in coordinating/supporting multiple partners, both online and in-person
  • Direct experience helping to break down barriers (social/cultural/economic) in the region for which you are applying is highly desirable

Preferred

  • Experience in creating/coordinating campaigns and advocacy work
  • Experience with design thinking or human-centered design
  • Active followers on at least one social media platform
  • Lean data experience

Skills

  • Highly proficient in the use of online technology, including search engine, video meetings, DropBox, Google Docs, Skype and other internet and cloud-based applications
  • Moderate to advanced skill working with spreadsheets and the Microsoft suite of programmes
  • Ability to consistently and concisely document work
  • High reading and writing proficiency in English and at least one other common language of the region applying

Attitude

  • Growth mindset -- i.e. a willingness to reflect, learn, and make necessary changes to strategies and techniques
  • Desire to enable and empower communities to find their own positive solutions to the challenges they face

Other requirements

  • Reliable high-speed internet for video conferencing
  • Complete CIVICUS Digital Security Training within two months of beginning the role
  • At least three hours overlap with Johannesburg (South Africa) office hours, at least twice a week
  • Legal status to live and work in the country in which you would be located
  • Willingness to do some local/regional travel if required

Application Process:

Applicants can mail CV and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In your cover letter, please include answers to the following:

  • What resonates with you concerning the objectives of the SPEAK! Campaign?
  • How does your previous experience demonstrate your ability to support/empower others to run successful events or actions?
  • What do you believe is an example of best practice in the area of breaking down barriers of division? (Please describe the specific techniques used and any lessons learnt)

Applications close at 5pm Johannesburg time (GMT +2) on July 15, 2018 or until positions filled.   

Civil Society Organizations’ Capacity Assessment on Policy Analysis & Influencing

About the Network:

The Innovation for Change network is a global network of people and organizations who want to connect, partner and learn together to find positive approaches to overcome barriers to closing civic space and restrictions to our basic freedoms of assembly, association and speech. We are a community-led network inspired by ideas, methods, and technologies from across sectors, to create solutions that drive positive social change. We work together on advocacy, research, network building, education and training, fundraising, digital literacy and technology development.

Our six connected Regional Hubs are growing in both physical and online spaces across Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and the Pacific and. A seventh Helper Hub is co-facilitated by Counterpart International and CIVICUS to support project implementation and drive innovation across the entire Network.

Innovation for Change-Hub Afrique:

The mission of Hub Afrique is to protect, respond, strengthen, expand and recover civil society space across Sub-Saharan Africa. The Hub was launched in November 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa and was conceived to support civil society, movements, and human rights defenders with cutting edge and responsive technical services. The Hub is managed by a Secretariat based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Hub Afrique is seeking a qualified Consultant to conduct a digital mapping of civil society organizations (CSOs) working on influencing policies and resources available in Africa.

Project Description:

Innovation for Change is requesting a technical proposal and financial proposal from interested Consultants and agencies to perform an assessment of its members on policy analysis and influencing. The study should:

  • Conduct an assessment of capacity/needs/skills gaps within CSO’s members in working with technology tools, engaging with the Government and Media, generating stories and engaging with public policies and laws;
  • Map resources available in English, French, Arabic and other African languages to build capacity around policy analysis and influencing;
  • Develop and compile a resource folder for policy influencing and advocacy and available capacity support for CSO’s and avenues to access this support; and
  • Develop a list of recommendations for interventions and support needed.

Scope of Work (SOW) for CSO Assessment Activity:

Civil Society Organizations’ Capacity Assessment on Policy Analysis & Influencing

The methodology for the assessment and mapping will use various instruments including questionnaires, interviewing (in-person and by phone), focus groups and other. The focus will be on local, national and regional CSOs, initiatives, think tanks, community-based organizations, and civil society activists; especially those focused on women and youth. The mapping process will include:

  1. Comprehensive background research, including both primary and secondary research to identify resources available and capacity gaps;
  2. An assessment questionnaire will be developed based on the background research;
  3. Creation of a database of relevant organizations, resources, capacity building toolkits and websites;
  4. Completion of report which will include a situational analysis, findings and recommendations;
  5. One case study reflecting best practices in policy analysis and influencing.

Outputs:

  • Comprehensive primary and secondary desk review of CSOs capacity on policy analysis and influencing;
  • A resource folder on building capacity in policy influencing;
  • Data on online surveys conducted through emails, regional CSOs networking platforms, and social media;
  • Database including all-collected data;
  • Report including a situational analysis, findings, and recommendations;
  • A detailed case study of best practices in policy analysis and influencing.

Deliverables:

  • Produce one capacity assessment report of I4C Hub Afrique members on policy analysis and influencing;
  • Produce a database of resources that support building CSOs capacities;
  • One case study that reflects best practices.

Timeframe:

July - August 2018

Profile of Eligible Consultants:

Eligible Consultants will have 5-10 yrs work experience in Africa, a demonstrated background in conducting mapping activities and methodical research, experience working with regional and international donors, and extensive knowledge of CSOs working on civic spaces and civic rights-related issues.

If interested please submit a detailed technical and financial proposal to the Hub Afrique Coordinator at nThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

International Civil Society Week 2019 Event Co-ordinator

ABOUT US:

At CIVICUS our focus is simple: to strengthen civil society and citizen action around the world.  We are a global movement with 4,000 members in over 180 countries who fight for the freedoms of ordinary people.  We believe that together we are stronger.   Our supporters are inspired by hope for a better world and work to strengthen civil society through campaigning and international solidarity.

WHAT WE DO:

  • We monitor, research and analyse global events and trends that impact civil society.
  • We strengthen civil society by bringing it together to generate and share knowledge, to improve its working and to act collectively. 
  • We work to ensure that civil society voices are heard. To achieve impact we communicate, campaign and advocate.

HOW WE DO THIS:

In seeking to amplify the voices and opinions of ordinary people CIVICUS adheres to certain principles in the way we act:

  • Justice and Equality - CIVICUS believes in the equality and dignity of every person, and that all people should be free to exercise their rights as citizens as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Reciprocity - CIVICUS exists to ensure that people treat one another with the respect with which they themselves wish to be treated. Civil society cannot thrive without mutual respect.
  • Knowledge - CIVICUS realizes that, in order to increase its global awareness of civil society and before it can assist to take action, it needs to form alliances with other concerned bodies to increase its influence and knowledge.
  • Vision - CIVICUS is realistic about conflict in today’s world, but remains optimistic that most people, organisations, governments and businesses will work together for the benefit of all.
  • Principled Courage - CIVICUS will always promote civil justice and pledges to act in a manner that honours the principles of democratic civil society.

CIVICUS Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

CIVICUS positively promotes diversity and inclusion across all areas of the organisation. CIVICUS ensures that its policies and practices do not discriminate on the basis of gender, family status, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or race. Furthermore, CIVICUS ensures that its recruitment policies are designed to enable candidates from under-represented regions, with diverse educational backgrounds and with diverse language skills to access employment opportunities with CIVICUS.

ABOUT THE POSITION:

Purpose: To deliver an inspiring, inclusive and high quality International Civil Society Week 2019.

Responsibilities:

  1. To convene and oversee an interim ICSW 2019 event team composed of CIVICUS staff;
  2. To work collaboratively with the local host partner to make key decisions, including the proposed theme, timing, venues, programme, etc.;
  3. To research and analyse the relevance of potential event tracks and discussion topics in consultation with the local host partner;
  4. To determine the proposed tracks and discussion topics through a co-creation process with the local host partner and our key constituents;
  5. To work with the local host partner to identify potential event partners, speakers and moderators, and prepare them for their event engagement;
  6. To write/co-write the event programme and related promotional materials with the local host partner;
  7. To oversee participant outreach, registration and engagement in coordination with the local host partner;
  8. To assist with communications, including publicity and promotional campaigns, as well as on-site coverage;
  9. To assist the local host partner in logistics planning, as well as onsite and post-event logistics;
  10. To assist in budgeting, financial and cash management;
  11. To ensure event evaluation and analysis, reporting back to participants and management;
  12. To create a comprehensive event concept note, including an overview of the theme and relevant stakeholders/participants; highlights of the current issues faced by global civil society and how they relate to the event tracks/discussion topics; potential speakers/resource persons/sponsors; key objectives/targets/outcomes

Experience:

  • Organising international events and conferences
  • Relevant event marketing and familiarity with online/virtual event communications
  • Excellent written communications skills (including strong editing skills); writing samples required
  • Working within multicultural and international environment
  • Ability to use an international of contacts for convening purposes
  • Budgeting and managing projects to tight deadlines
  • Strong work ethic and attention to quality and detail
  • Ability to solve problems and successfully engage with appropriate technical and internal resources
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects through highly effective organisational skills
  • Ability to make sound decisions quickly and efficiently
  • (Desirable) Excellent knowledge of developments in the global civil society sector
  • (Desirable) Proficiency in other UN official language/s.

Location:             Worldwide, with strong preference Johannesburg office

Start date:           1 September 2019 (or earlier)

Duration:             1-year

Salary:                  USD$40,000.00 per annum, based on experience

Submit a motivational letter (include salary history/expectation) and detailed CV with contact details of three current referees to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 22 July 2018.

Appointment of CIVICUS Secretary General

CIVICUS is a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa and with more than 4,000 member organisations and individuals in over 175 countries CIVICUS is committed to confronting the challenges that face humanity.

Given the scale of the current crackdowns on civic freedoms and the closing of civic space around the world – from attacks on human rights defenders and civil society to deep social inequality and threats to democratic values – the need for CIVICUS has sadly never been greater.

At such a critical time for civil society, shifting forms of participation are offering new, fluid spaces for citizens to find common ground across borders. CIVICUS is ideally positioned as an alliance and convenor to champion the cause of civil society as it finds solutions to those problems which existing governance mechanisms are failing to tackle.

Our current Secretary General has been highly successful and effective. CIVICUS finds itself currently in a position of strength. With strong donor relationships, a committed and diverse board, a broad and growing membership and a talented secretariat team, CIVICUS is poised to be bold and brave.

You will be an individual adept at leading through influence in a local, national or global network or membership-based organisation. You might be particularly experienced, accomplished and networked in your field, or you might be a young, dynamic and politically savvy leader. Either way, you will be able to inspire and connect with audiences and peoples of all kinds, from staff in the office to protesters on the street to Presidents. You will have excellent knowledge of the challenges and crises facing humanity, as well as civil society’s efforts, strategies, and shortcomings in confronting them. You will value and understand the role of youth and the grassroots in social movements and important civil society issues. You will demonstrate great integrity in your work, alongside past evidence of implementing and embedding change in a civic or systems context and working constructively across sectors. You will think globally and across cultures, ideally speaking several languages and having worked in different country contexts.

You see, we are looking for a very special kind of leader! For more information please visit www.macaulaysearch.com/opportunities. Applications must be received by 19th July 2018.

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Introduction

CIVICUS is a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society for a more just, inclusive and sustainable world.  We do this by: defending civic freedoms and democratic values; strengthening the power of people to organise, mobilise and take action; and empowering a more accountable, effective and innovative civil society.  We strive to promote marginalised voices, especially from the Global South, and have more than 4000 members in more than 175 countries. We work for civil society, protecting and growing `civic space’, by which we mean: the freedoms of expression, association and assembly - the fundamental freedoms on which rest peoples’, citizens’ and organisations’ right to speak out, organise and take action.

CONNECT WITH US

SOUTH AFRICA

Johannesburg Office
CIVICUS
25  Owl Street, 6th Floor
Johannesburg, 2092
Tel: +27 (0)11 833 5959
Fax: +27 (0)11 833 7997

SWITZERLAND

Geneva Office
11 Avenue de la Paix
CH-1202
Geneva
Tel: +41 (0)22 733 3435

UNITED STATES

Washington DC Office
CIVICUS World Alliance
1775 Eye Street NW Suite 1150
Washington DC 20006, USA
 

New York Office
205 East 42nd Street, 15th Floor
New York, New York, 10017

UNITED KINGDOM

London Office
Unit 60
Eurolink Business Centre
49 Effra Road
SW2 1BZ, London
Tel: +44 (0)20 7733 9696