Contra Nocendi International is seeking a volunteer Cameroon Advocacy Associate to support our team on a part-time basis. As a Cameroon Advocacy Associate, you will support the program team in their work towards advocating for a better protection of detainees in Africa, and supporting all areas of our policy and advocacy work. The role is a great fit for a graduate student, though we welcome applications from all qualified candidates.
Contra Nocendi International is an international human rights NGO based in Paris, France with an independent section based in Buea, Cameroon. Our current projects include expanding a monitoring consortium for treatment in detention in Burundi and setting up a law clinic in the city of Buea in Cameroon. Both projects are needed to protect the human rights of vulnerable groups who are at risk to violence, discrimination and not being able to access legal services.
This role will support our advocacy and research work focused on Cameroon. The role will interact with representatives of partners operating in Cameroon and internationally as well as other interlocutors. This position will also work closely with the staff of our independent Cameroon section. The role will also provide a thematic focus on the freedom of political participation. The role holder will be expected to keep up to date on the developments in Burundi as well as on the issue of treatment in detention.
- Provide research support on your thematic area of priority and your country of focus (legal, policy, background etc.)
- Contribute to the production of reports and other materials as and when required
- Collaborate with you direct supervisor and the Cameroon section as well as external partners to produce research in styles and formats suitable for a wide variety of audiences. You should be able to think creatively and produce engaging work in a range of different formats, including reports, articles, and social media posts
- Support the team with literature reviews and other materials related to country of focus as necessary
- Collect and analyze data
- Assist other project research as needed
- Keep abreast of developments across your country of assignment and your thematic focus in which and update accordingly
- Work to support the advocacy efforts of in country partners and work to maintain key relationships in country and internationally
- Assist in the drafting, editing and translation of releases for the organisation's website and newsletter.
- Assist direct supervisor and communication department in designing, planning and implementing advocacy strategy and campaigns.
- Assist advocacy research as needed
Be flexible to respond to evolving priorities and support other projects as they arise.
- Bachelor's degree in a social science or humanities field. A Degree related to human rights, African studies or international relations would be helpful. We are willing to accept applicants from other fields so long as the applicant can illustrate a basic understanding of human rights and/or a very strong interest in the field of human rights. Prior human rights experience, especially focused on Africa, will be helpful.
- Must be fluent in English and French or fluent in either English or French with a good understanding of the other.
- Must have good political awareness and a high degree of professional maturity
- Ability to interpret complex information and communicate key findings effectively
- Excellent writing and editing skills in English or French is required. Writing and editing skills in both is a plus.
- Must have dependable internet access and the ability to work in a virtually connected and multi-cultural setting.
- Available at least 8 hours a week for at least 6 months and able to be proactive in communicating any change in your availability as soon as possible.
- Having a preference for applicants currently living in Cameroon or nearby and/or
- Applicants who have direct experience and understanding of human rights issues within Cameroon and across West or Central Africa
- Applicants who have existing connections, networks and partnerships with local Cameroonian NGOs
Please note that this role is a voluntary position and as such we are unable to provide any remuneration of any kind. Successful completion of the volunteer role does not infer in any way any chance of future employment.
This role is being advertised on an on-going basis. Contra Nocendi International shall review applications as they are received and reserves the right to fill the role at any time.