Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa) is a pan-African and feminist Fund, established in 2001 in Nairobi, Kenya. Using a rapid response grant making (RRG) model, the Fund supports unanticipated, time-sensitive, innovative, and bold initiatives. These resources enable African feminists and women’s rights organisations to seize windows of opportunity, fracture patriarchy, amplify their voices, enhance their visibility, and become significant actors who can influence policy and law while shaping discourse. This way, UAF-Africa fills a unique grant making niche within the African feminist movement, providing stepping stones to activists as they use their agency and resilience to achieve social, economic, political and environmental justice.
UAF-Africa operates as a virtual organisation with an imprint across five sub-regions. The Fund has strategic and physical presence in East Africa: Nairobi, Kenya; Central Africa: Bujumbura, Burundi; North Africa: Cairo, Egypt; Southern Africa: Harare, Zimbabwe and West Africa: Cotonou, Benin. Funding urgently and strategically is a 24-hour and 365-day exercise and the Fund has acquired the expertise, tools and resilience needed to thrive in this environment. Our high-tech funding mechanisms ensure that we respond to urgent requests within 24 hours. To date, the Fund has supported over 700 women’s strategic initiatives in 48 African countries. Grant applications are accepted in the 5 African Union official languages (English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Arabic).
UAF-Africa seeks a Communications Attaché who will work with the UAF-Africa team to translate the Fund’s strategic plans into effective development initiatives and results. Guided by feminist principles and values, UAF-Africa advocates for women’s equality, not only as a matter of human rights, but also as a fundamental prerequisite for social justice, global security, and sustainable peace. The Attaché acts as a nexus between UAF-Africa portfolios with the mandate of creating and sharing information on issues and trends in Africa and highlighting the lessons, experiences and successes of UAF-Africa and the constituency of African women that it serves. The candidate will assist in communicating the Fund’s work nationally, regionally and internationally. The candidate is a team player who is exceptional, dynamic, and self-driven, with a unique hybrid of expertise in journalist activism using social media. Supported by a values oriented team, she has research experience, sound knowledge of and commitment to feminist principles and values and women’s human rights issues, and a sophisticated ability to forging mutually reinforcing partnerships with relevant activists and women’s rights organisations. She has respect for diversity and employs a collaborative working style.
Qualifications and Experience
A degree in social sciences with a Major in Communications or Mass Journalism. The Attaché is contracted based on her growing expertise, skills and understanding of communications, research and knowledge management in the women’s rights and social justice sector.
- Must be a feminist with contextual knowledge of the women’s rights situation in Zimbabwe and beyond;
- Must commit to adhering to individual and organisational feminist principles and values;
- Demonstrated communications (especially using social media), publishing and knowledge management skills-Please share profiles in application;
- Ability to multitask using various Information Technology (IT) and media techniques;
- The candidate must have excellent time management skills, enabling them to work quickly and efficiently under pressure;
- Ability to work both independently, as a member of a team and virtually;
- Must have outstanding oral and written skills in English. Knowledge of any AU language will be an added advantage- Please share any YouTube or amateur media recordings of your work;
A modest stipend will be provided by the organisation.
This assignment is valid for 6 months and is subject for renewal upon satisfactory performance.
To apply: Applicants fulfilling the requirements should submit their application letter together with a CV and all relevant profiles of their efforts via email to; firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, Communications Attaché by 1600 hours on or before the 25th March, 2016. UAF-Africa will only respond to candidates who are short-listed for interviews.
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