Director, Human Rights and Advocacy at Equal Rights

The Initiative for Equal Rights is a registered non-governmental organization working towards the protection and promotion of the human rights of sexual minorities in NigeriaJob Title:Director, Human Rights and AdvocacyPosition description The Initiative for Equal Rights (“TIERs”) is hiring for the position of a Director of Human Rights  and  Advocacy(“DHRA”) The  position  holder  will  design  programs and provide strategic direction toward programs that address the stigma, discrimination and  violence  experiencedby  LGBT  persons  in  Nigeria The DHRA will  also  engage policymakers   and   relevant   stakeholders in   ensuring   issues   of   LGBT   rights   are prioritized by CSOs and policy makers The person will also be responsible for leading the  program  team  and  giving technical  assistance on  all  programs within  the department   and   ensuring   that   initiative   implemented   reflects   the   priorities   of advocacy and human rights needs of LGBT personsRole and Responsibilities:Developing advocacy   priorities   and   strategies,   identifying   advocacy opportunities,     and     undertaking     advocacytargeting governments, intergovernmental organizations, and the general publicCoordinating and providing training and other capacity building activities to human rights defenders/activists, nascent LGBT organizations both in Nigeria and within the West Africa sub-regionProviding strategic direction, technical assistance and networking support to human  rights  defenders/activists  and  networking  with  mainstream  human rights CSOsUndertaking   and   working closely   with   the   research   and   knowledge management   team   to   research   and analyze,   prepare   reports   and publications focusing on SOGIE based issues and rightsWhen  necessary,  serve  as  spokesperson  for  TIERs,  including  through  the preparation of statements, media releases and op-edsEstablishing and maintaining effective working relationships with key partners including   NGOs,   governments,   intergovernmental organizations,   human rights bodies and experts, journalists and fundersWorking  closely  with  international,  regional,  national  and  local  civil  society organizations and activists through formal and informal coalitionsMonitoring   key   developments   in   relation   to   human   rights   violations experience  by  LGBTI persons,  and  preparing  and  publishing  annual  reports highlighting human rights violations based on SOGIEContributing  to  the  writing,  editing  and  publication  of  TIERs  publications, including papers, shadow reports and other related publicationsWorking closely  with  other  team  members  to  prepare  and  submit  funding proposals   that   can   support   the   advancement of   the   work   of   the departmentAssisting  with  the  planning,  and  preparation  of  TIERs  public advocacy eventsSupervising  and  managing  other  direct  support  staff  and  other  personnel where appropriatePerforming other duties that might be assigned by direct supervisors

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