End Sex Trafficking Program Officer
Based in: Nairobi, Kenya (open to Kenyan nationals only)
The Program Officer will report to the End Sex Trafficking Manager and will work closely with program, development and communications staff across all offices.
In our work towards eliminating sex trafficking, sex tourism and the commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls, we call for the decriminalization and support of those selling sex and the criminalization of those exploiting people in prostitution (traffickers, pimps, brothel owners and buyers). We work closely with grassroots organizations working on the ground to assist victims, including those led by survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.
Founded in 1992, Equality Now is an international human rights organization dedicated to ensuring that women and girls around the world can live their lives free from violence and discrimination. Combining grassroots activism with international, regional and national legal advocacy, we envision a world in which women and men have equal rights under the law and full enjoyment of those rights. Our issue areas encompass Legal Equality, Justice for Girls, and Ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Sex Trafficking and Sexual Violence.
Duties and Responsibilities
- In collaboration with End Sex Trafficking Manager and program staff, implement and shape Equality Now’s program on combatting the sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls, with a particular focus on Sub Saharan Africa.
- Develop Equality Action campaigns targeting governments and policymakers on the elimination of sex trafficking and sex tourism and the demand that fuels them and actively move forward existing campaigns with a particular focus on Sub Saharan Africa.
- Develop a good understanding of the various dynamics influencing government policies on sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls or lack of such policies in Sub Saharan Africa.
- Engage, including through correspondence and meetings, with relevant government officials and United Nations agencies and the Africa Union mechanisms on active anti-trafficking campaigns.
- Draft high-quality technical submissions to public consultations (e.g. on draft laws, policy, etc.) and human rights treaty bodies and mechanisms (e.g. UN CEDAW Committee, African Commission on Human Rights).
- Coordinate and work closely with partners in line with our Africa strategy on sex trafficking (e.g. on building an understanding of the issues, identifying potential strategic litigation cases and other campaigning opportunities).
- Communicate regularly with partners in Africa and around the world, including survivors and survivor-led organizations, to share information, seek their input, call for joint action, and support their work.
- Coordinate and work closely with partners on strategic litigation cases involving the rights of adolescent girls subjected to trafficking or sexual exploitation through our Adolescent Girls' Legal Defense Fund.
- Represent Equality Now in anti-trafficking coalitions and at conferences and meetings.
- Engage with media on anti-trafficking issues.
- Assist in coordinating anti-trafficking work, including weekly thematic calls, updates for the Board of Directors, etc.
Due to the collaborative nature of our work, the post holder will work with and support other teams, i.e. Legal Equality, End Sexual Violence and End Female Genital Mutilation, as required by their Manager.
Desired Skills and Experience
- Degree certificate in any of the social sciences including law, psychology, sociology, criminology, cultural studies, anthropology, etc. A law degree will be considered a plus
- 2- 5 years working on women’s rights, violence against women and/or anti- trafficking issues;
- Proven experience working on sex trafficking will be an added advantage;
- Fluent English required;
- Initiative and ability to work independently at a distance from the supervisor;
- Knowledge of international and regional human rights framework and relevant human rights mechanisms/instruments;
- Excellent research and writing skills;
- Attention to detail;
- Experience working with the United Nations and Africa Union mechanisms;
- Previous experience developing written materials (analyses, reports, talking points, etc.);
- Experience in public speaking (e.g. presenting at conferences) and engaging with the media (e.g. giving interviews);
- Proven ability to work as part of a global and remote team; and,
- Ability to effectively work with a diverse range of partners and colleagues
Benefits & Compensation
- Salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package.
To apply: Please send resume and cover letter detailing how your qualifications, skills, and experience are relevant to the position with the subject Program Officer – Africa to email@example.com. The deadline for applications is close of business on Monday, 17 April 2017.