Outreach Officer

The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) is a coalition of civil society organizations from Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and Somaliland. SIHA was founded in 1995 by a collection of women\'s groups with the view of strengthening the capacities of women organizations in the Horn of Africa countries. SIHA advocates for social change and gender equality for men and women in the Horn region and works specifically on: gender equality, women rights activism, women economic empowerment, eliminating violence against women and girls, promoting human rights, peace building and conflict transformation, enhancing women’s leadership and political participation and the production and dissemination of knowledge. More information about SIHA is available at www.sihanet.org.


 No. of Post: 1
 Closing Date: 21 Jan 2021


SIHA Background

The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) is a network of civil society organizations from Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Uganda. SIHA’s Secretariat in Kampala provides programme support, guidance to active country programmes in Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Somalia in additional to carrying out regional programming and advocacy work.

SIHA’s core mandate focuses on the following:

  • • Work to support women’s access to justice across the Horn of Africa in line with international and regional human rights mechanisms and to challenge the concepts and practices that promote violence against women through the application of militant religion and customary/traditional law;
  • • Engage with women community leaders, activists and women rights defenders and provide direct support to them and contribute to their skills development and promotion of their roles inside their countries and communities;
  • • Engage with women living in conflict situations, particularly in Sudan, South Sudan, and Somalia and provide support that contributes to the elimination of all forms of SGBV and other forms of violence directed against them and support their participation and voices in their country’s peace and security processes;
  • • Recognize and support the human rights of women IDPs / migrants and racial / religious minorities through strengthening their self-reliance and access to services, enhancing their capacity for collective activism, reducing their vulnerability to violence, and promoting their social and economic well-being.

As a regional platform for activists on gender equality and women’s human rights in the Horn of Africa, we have a unique role of being one of the few indigenous networks run by Civil Society from across the region. At SIHA, we are very keen on further maintaining our work to support education on effective campaigning and lobbying to address regional and international platforms using collective and coordinated approaches to create both powerful and sustainable social change in the Horn of Africa.


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The Outreach Officer will be responsible for conducting local-level data collection and establishing a link between SIHA projects and the targeted communities. The Outreach Officer will be responsible for the coordination, evaluation and monitoring of SIHA activities in Sudan as well as the conducting of local-level advocacy, awareness, and education activities. Specific project documentation will be made available to the Outreach Officer upon agreement to this contract. The ‘OO’ will be SIHA’s main coordinator for all elements of the project occurring in and around North Darfur, Sudan in addition to being involved in regional activities as requested by the SIHA Secretariat.

 Duties and responsibilities:

  • Assisting in the implementation of ongoing programme plans in accordance with the programme manager guidance.
  • Following up on budget monitoring, collecting and arranging invoices for activities and workshops inside and outside the office in coordination with the financial management and the supervisor of the activity.
  • Assisting the programme team and the literacy centers in organizing and maintaining activities’ files, reports, and forms.
  • Assisting the management in archiving any materials, reports or files.
  • Assist in documentation by writing minutes during meetings, workshops and seminars that are held for the benefit of the first party.
  • Follow up on periodic meetings with the relevant institutions.
  • Assist in purchases related to routine work and work-related activities.
  • Assist and supervise training and capacity building provided to partner organizations and all members and beneficiaries.
  • Direct supervision of girls ’associations in the centers and creating programs to increase girls’ skills.
  • Connecting associations with external bodies and networking with them at the level of programs in health, education and legal aid.
  • Establishing programs that assist girls in the girls association to transition from centers to the work market.
  • Issuing a monthly internal bulletin that summarizes the different problems of girls, and presents opinions and formulates them in a report.
  • Carry out any other tasks assigned by SIHA senior team when necessary.
  • To observe confidentiality of all internal materials until permission is given from SIHA management for disclosure (as needed).

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

  • University-level education in human rights, women’s rights, project management, development / humanitarian studies, gender studies, law, or a related field;
  • Experience working in the human rights / non-governmental organization sector, with ability to provide relevant references;
  • Expressed interested in gender and women’s rights / empowerment and improving conditions for women and girls in the Horn of Africa;
  • Hard-worker, with ability to put in extra hours during peak periods of activity;
  • Proven knowledge of local-level political / social / cultural dynamics;
  • Proven knowledge of local-level stakeholders, persons of influence, and the ability to liaise with these actors in reference to SIHA work in the region;
  • Ability to travel regionally as required;
  • Punctual, attentive, and enthusiastic;

To Apply

  • Interested Candidates are asked to provide their current CV and Cover Letter, expressing her/his motivation in applying and relevant experience/expertise, in relation to the assignment by 21 January 2021.
  • Due to the anticipated volume of applications, please note that SIHA will contact only shortlisted candidates. We thank you for your interest!

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