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  • Posted on: 22 November, 2016 Deadline: 29 November, 2016
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    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 Nigeria

    Director, Human Rights and Advocacy


    Job Start: January 2017
    Reporting to: Executive Director 
    Position 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 persons

    Role and Responsibilities

    • Developing advocacy   priorities   and   strategies,   identifying   advocacy opportunities,     and     undertaking     advocacy
    • targeting governments, intergovernmental organizations, and the general public
    • Coordinating 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-region
    • Providing strategic direction, technical assistance and networking support to human  rights  defenders/activists  and  networking  with  mainstream  human rights CSOs
    • Undertaking   and   working closely   with   the   research   and   knowledge management   team   to   research   and analyze,   prepare   reports   and publications focusing on SOGIE based issues and rights
    • When  necessary,  serve  as  spokesperson  for  TIERs,  including  through  the preparation of statements, media releases and op-eds
    • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with key partners including   NGOs,   governments,   intergovernmental organizations,   human rights bodies and experts, journalists and funders
    • Working  closely  with  international,  regional,  national  and  local  civil  society organizations and activists through formal and informal coalitions
    • Monitoring   key   developments   in   relation   to   human   rights   violations experience  by  LGBTI persons,  and  preparing  and  publishing  annual  reports highlighting human rights violations based on SOGIE
    • Contributing  to  the  writing,  editing  and  publication  of  TIERs  publications, including papers, shadow reports and other related publications
    • Working closely  with  other  team  members  to  prepare  and  submit  funding proposals   that   can   support   the   advancement of   the   work   of   the department
    • Assisting  with  the  planning,  and  preparation  of  TIERs  public advocacy events
    • Supervising  and  managing  other  direct  support  staff  and  other  personnel where appropriate
    • Performing other duties that might be assigned by direct supervisors

    Qualification and Experience

    • A  degree  in  law,  international  relations, the social   sciences or  related discipline
    • A Masters-level degree would be an advantage
    • At  least three-fiveyear’s previous  professional  experience  working  on human rights laws, policies and institutions preferably with NGOs
    • Experience   in   designing   and   implementing   successful   human   rights programs, campaigns and initiatives
    • A  strong  commitment  to,  and  passion  for,  the  principles  and  practice  of equality, social inclusionand human rights
    • Ability to think and act quickly, creatively and strategically under pressure
    • Excellent    writing    skills    with    a    proven    ability in interpersonal    and communication skills
    • Good with networking and managing complex situation
    • Ability to deliver task with minimal supervision
    • Understanding of issues affecting members of the LGBT community in Nigeria and  abroad including,but  not  limited  to,homophobia,  transphobia  and heterosexism

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    Director, Sexual Health and Well being


    Job Start: January 2017
    Reporting to: Executive Director 
    Position description
    The  Initiative  for  Equal  Rights (“TIERs”) is hiring  for  the  position  of  a  Director Sexual   Health   and   Wellbeing(“DSHW”)
    The   position   holder   will design programs and  provide  strategic  direction  toward sexual,  social  and  mental health
    programs specific  to  LGBT  persons in  Nigeria
    The  person will also  be responsible for leading the program team and giving technical assistance on all   programs   implemented   within   the   department

    The DSHW will   be responsible   for   liaising   with   donors   on   emerging   issues   identified   within programming  and  best  possible  approach  to  address  them  while  ensuring quality programming and service delivery to the community

    Role and Responsibilities

    • Designing, implementing and supporting sexual  health  and  wellbeing programs targeting LGBT persons
    • Designing, delivering,evaluating and monitoring training to professionals on heath issues affecting LGBT people
    • Designing, delivering, evaluating and monitoring a range of health and wellbeing initiatives for LGBT people including,education sessions, one to one support, social and peer support and advocacy
    • Maintaining a  working  knowledge  of  local  and  national  guidance, policy and research relating to sexual health
    • Identifying     and     maintaining community     resources     useful     in implementing program activities
    • Supervising the  implementation  of  program  activities  and  providing technical  guidance  to  staff,  other  agencies  and  service  providers  as necessary to ensure quality program implementation
    • Researching HIV/AIDS  information  and  preparing bulletins,  periodic reports, and educational materials
    • Performing various  technical  tasks  related  to  the  HIV/AIDS  program such  as  conducting  educational  presentations,  conducting  statistical surveys, liaising with  relevant state  officials,and developing  specific health education plans
    • Identifying  and  utilizing the linkages  between  sexual health,  human rightsand wellbeing
    • Planning and/or  participating in  workshops,  forums,  and  discussions to highlight the emerging issues at the community level
    • Promoting the   health   and   wellbeing   services   of LGBT   persons to relevant stakeholders and ensuring wider support services that enables appropriateuptake of services
    • Ensuringaccessibility of safer sex packs throughout a range of venues
    • Developing new   and   innovative   sexual   health   services   based   on identified needs and emerging issues
    • Performing  other  duties  that  might  be  assigned  by direct supervisors

    Qualification and Experience

    • A  degree  in public  health  or social science  or relevant  discipline
    • A Masters-level degree would be an advantage
    • Good understanding of LGBT community in Nigeria
    • Three-Five years’prior work experience in public health or similar fieldWork experience in non-profit entity would be an advantage
    • Excellent   writing   skills   with   a   proven   ability in interpersonal   and communication skills
    • Good with networking and managing complex situation
    • Ability to deliver tasks with minimal supervision
    • Commitment to equality and social inclusion
    • Understanding  of  issues  affecting  members  of  the  LGBT  community including    but    not    limited    to    homophobia,    transphobia    and heterosexism

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    Director, Research and Knowledge Management


    Job Start:
    January 2017
    Reporting to:
    Executive Director

    Position description
    The Initiative for Equal Rights (“TIERs”) is hiring for the position of Director of Research and Knowledge Management (“DRKM”)
    The position includes conceptualizing and directing research and analysis around sexuality and gender,discriminatory laws and policies, community based research,and impact assessmentThe DRKM will design and lead empirical and qualitative research that will feed into policy , advocacy, programming and law review

    The position holder will be responsible for produce research reports, white papers, policy briefings and resource materials

    Role and Responsibilities

    • Developing social and policy research and social perception survey on LGBT rights and issues
    • Research ing, documenting and analyzing the life and lived experience of LGBT persons at the community level and society at large
    • Overseeing the research and knowledge management activities of the organization through a focus on a broad
    • based portfolio of research topics
    • Developing a database that contains detailed information and analysis of LGBT people’s reality from a social, economic and clinical perspective
    • Designing and managing research projects effectively and efficiently, including tracking research projects for successful completion and influencing how research outcomes are used for programming,policy and advocacy
    • Ensuring that research projects adhere to strict academic rigor and ethical standard
    • Working with the communication department of TIERs to develop a communication strategy and implementation that is research led and
    • communicated to relevant key stakeholders
    • Supporting fundraising for research projects of the organization by identifying new grant opportunities
    • Creating a conducive intellectual and research environment and to make TEIRs the Centre of excellence on LGBT research in Nigeria
    • Working with local LGBT organizations to ensure issues faced within the community are reflected in research
    • Engaging with the media and other stakeholders through speaking engagements, writing and publications such as op-eds and commentary
    • and presenting at conferences locally and internationally
    • Performing other duties that may be assigned by direct supervisor

    Qualification and Experience

    • A degree in the social sciences or relevant discipline
    • A Masters-level degree would be an added advantage
    • Good understanding of sexuality and gender related issues
    • Three-Five years’prior work experience in similar field Work experience in non-profit entity is an additional advantage
    • Excellent writing skills with a proven track record of research and publication
    • Demonstrate past record of peer-reviewed publication or similar research output
    • Networking skills and managing complex situations
    • are desirable skill
    • Ability to deliver task with minimal supervision
    • Excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills
    • Commitment to equality and social inclusion is mandatory
    • Understanding of issues affecting members of the LGBT community including but not limited to homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism

    Method of Application

    Please  submit  a  cover  letter,  curriculum  vitae (including  contact details  of  two recent  professional  referees)
    by  email  to
    . Please use the job title as he subject of the mail. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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