Closing Date: Friday, 11 May 2012

Asylum Access, a US-based international refugee rights organization, is seeking experienced legal profession als to serve as Volunteer Legal Advocates (VLAs) in its office in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Asylum Access envisions a world where refugees are seen as people with rights, not just people with needs. Asylum Access believes that by empowering refugees to assert their human rights, we can support the creation of effective, lasting solutions for refugees around the world. Asylum Access achieves this partly through the work of national and international volunteers that join the VLA program.

VLA's have the opportunity to help make refugee rights a reality in Africa. Our global VLA team is made of lawyers and highly-qualified law students who commit to spending at least 6 months in Asylum Access offices abroad. They provide direct legal advice and representation to refugees seeking asylum or other legal status . VLAs receive intensive training in international refugee law, and practice before local offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or local refugee status adjudicators. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to engage in policy advocacy at a national or international level.

The ideal applicant will be a legal profession al with substantive knowledge of international human rights and refugee law, including client counseling and advocacy. The candidate should be able to build relationships and adapt legal strategies to fit new and/or challenging circumstances. Client service experience and past work with vulnerable populations is a plus.

Asylum Access Tanzania (AATZ) solicits applications from well-prepared candidates with impeccable writing, persuasive advocacy skills and a passion for social justice who are ready to commit themselves to spending six months or more in Tanzania. Volunteer Legal Advocates (VLAs) will provide legal counsel, advice and advocacy on behalf of refugees seeking asylum, resettlement or the assertion of other legal rights. VLAs play an integral part of AATZ's team and will get the opportunity to work with UNHCR and Tanzanian Government representatives to coordinate and strengthen the involvement of AATZ in decisions affecting refugee rights.

Position Responsibilities:

    VLAs are responsible for the following duties:
    Advise refugees and assist them in understand their rights;
    Interview refugees and advocate for them regarding their individual RSD and/or resettlement;
    Maintain a high caseload of RSD cases in a fast paced, demanding environment while adhering to strict filing deadlines;
    Conduct client intake and screening interviews, assess needs, and refer to other service providers as needed;
    Where possible, develop unique and innovative legal tactics to assist clients with other legal needs, including assistance to assert rights to movement, security, humanitarian aid, education and social services;
    Conduct research on "country of origin" situations and refugee law jurisprudence;
    Develop material for "Know Your Rights" workshops for refugees both in camps and urban settings, as well as teach and/or participate in the workshops;
    Occasionally, represent AATZ at events, conferences and meetings, and/or assist in other publicity and/or fundraising efforts;
    Assist with the general administrative duties of the office, including helping to build administrative capacity within the office to meet demand as AATZ grows.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    A positive, flexible personality and attitude;
    English is required. Intermediate to proficient French or Swahili are very helpful.
    A Bachelor of Laws, JD or equivalent is preferred, but other degrees or equivalent experience in a related field will be considered. Exceptional law students will be considered;
    Experience working in direct clients services, ideally with asylum seekers or in human rights, as well as a strong passion for social justice work;
    Experience working with vulnerable populations and/or survivors of trauma;
    International experience living and working cross-culturally in developing countries, preferably in Africa;
    Experience working in a non-profit setting with limited resources, ideally in the global south;
    An easygoing personality with the demonstrated capacity to handle living and working in an ad-hoc environment where difficult situations and crises can develop at a moment's notice;
    Aptitude to successfully complete assigned tasks with minimal oversight while serving clients with the highest ethical standards;
    Understanding of the importance of working as part of a team and the ability to carefully and faithfully follow the direction of AATZ management staff;
    Ability to commit to at least 6 months of full-time work. Between the months of May to August, exceptional, experienced law students who are only able to commit to working at AATZ for their summer break will be eligible for admission into the VLA program if they can commit to a minimum of 12 weeks.

    Program Highlights:

    Development Training Throughout your work with us, Asylum Access will support you with a series of tools to maximize your programmatic work and your understanding of refugee law and practice. Regular training and debriefing sessions will offer you the chance to enhance and process your experience and share insight about cross-cultural issues.

    Casework Once you join our team, you will be responsible for your own casework, which you will see through intake, preparation, submission and results. This will give you an invaluable experience and lasting ties with your clients.

    Joining our Network After working with us, you will be connected with an ever-growing network of refugee legal advocates around the world, which circulates job openings, research opportunities, refugee news, and more.

    How to Apply:

    Because of space limitations, AATZ VLA positions are awarded on a very competitive basis. Each year Asylum Access receives hundreds of applications coming from all over the globe for a handful of VLA positions. It is best, therefore, for applicants to submit polished, complete applications as early as possible. We accept applications on a rolling basis.

    To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a legal writing sample to VolunteerTz@asylumaccess.org. Please be sure to specify in your cover letter what makes you uniquely qualified to be a VLA with AATZ, how volunteering with us fits into your career plans, and the dates that you expect to be available.

    *Please note that all Asylum Access VLA positions are unpaid; we are happy to work with successful applicants to arrange for funding or school credit where available. If selected, VLA's are responsible for obtaining their visa and work permit, if applicable.

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Closing Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2011

SolidaritInternational is a French humanitarian organization which provides aid and assistance to victims of war or natural disaster. For over 30 years the association has focused on meeting three vital needs - water, food and shelter - by carrying out emergency programmes followed by longer-term reconstruction projects. 

Whilst fully respecting the assisted populations' customs and culture, Solidarit International's programmes are implemented through the joint expertise of around 180 expatriates and 1500 local managerial staff and employees. Solidarit International is currently present in Africa (Central African Republic, Southern Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Liberia, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of C&ocircd'Ivoire, Zimbabwe), in Asia (Afghanistan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar) and in Haiti.

CONTEXT OF INTERVENTION
The Kenya/Somalia mission was started in March 2007.

KENYA In Kenya, Solidarites is implementing a WASH and Food Security /LVH program in Marsabit District (pastoral north of Kenya) and a Food Security program in the Nairobi slums.
The Kenya program strategy is DRR-orientated, while maintaining a significant emergency response component.

Current donors/funding partners for the Kenya program include EC, DFID, AFD and French Cooperation and UN-ERF.

SOMALIA Solidarites International has been implementing projects in Sothern Somalia since 2007. Solidarit program in Somalia focuses on resilience and emergency response in the sectors of WASH and Food Security /Livelihoods. The resilience program includes rehabilitation and construction of water points, agricultural training and inputs (drought resistant seeds etc), rehabilitation of infrastructure, training/inputs for livestock health, food/cash for work and various livelihoods interventions.

Current donors/funding partners for the Kenya program include ECHO, DFID, AFD and French Cooperation, UNHCR and UN-CHF.

OUTLINE OF POSITION
The Food Security Coordinator will be based in Nairobi with travel to field sites in Kenya (approx. 80% of time in Nairobi).

The FSL Coordinator, as technical advisor on the mission, contributes to the development of Solidarit International's strategy by developing and proposing sector-based strategies in the field of food security and livelihoods.

He/she specifically guarantees the quality and suitability of proposed technical approaches and ensures the appropriateness of FSL activities and general SI objectives to the needs of the local populations.

He/she contributes to the process of capitalization and the improvement of Solidarit International's FSL methods and techniques.

Current Food Security and Livelihoods programming includes:
  • Slum program: urban agriculture (sack gardening and greenhouse production); and nutrition awareness
  • Marsabit program: agriculture inputs (training and seeds/tools); livestock health; fodder production; land reclamation ; nutrition awareness; food-for-work; cash for work; study and development of activities that impact on resilience of communities to drought (DRR).
  • Somalia program (3 sites): agriculture inputs (training and seeds/tools); livestock health; fodder production; land reclamation ; nutrition awareness; food-for-work; cash for work.
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Strategic orientation:
  • Propose and develop a sector-based strategy in accordance with SI's policies and priorities
  • Oversee and lead the process of programme development through drafting concepts and proposals
  • Propose and organize diagnostic missions
  • Support the Head of Mission in the monitoring and analysis of SI's intervention sectors and the analysis of the donors' strategies
  • Be the driving force for putting new activities into place
Relevance and quality of projects:
  • Validate the relevance of any assessments carried out
  • Propose and organize evaluation missions
  • Support the programme supervisor/s in setting up a technical approach and assessing the financial, human, and logistical elements of programmes
  • Ensure that all programmes respect Solidarit International annual operational strategy, technical requirements, and the criteria stipulated by financial backers
  • Ensure the relevance and consistency of all programmes vis-is the needs of the populations
  • Develop team capacities with techniques and new methodologies
Coordination, technical support and operational monitoring:
  • Ensure that resources from the SI Tool Box are used correctly for project cycle management
  • Approve quality criteria and performance indicators; ensure that monitoring indicators are in place and relevant
  • Take part in a monthly programme review (budgetary, operational, logistical)
  • Provide support and advice to logistics for programme material purchasing
  • Provide technical and methodological support to programme managers
  • Propose reorientation of activities and indicators according to changing contexts
  • Organize the sharing of experiences among the different field teams through workshops, regular communications etc.
  • Organize capacity-building activities for the various Food Security and Livelihood teams
  • Support field Food Security and Livelihood teams in preparing Bill of Quantities for all Food Security and Livelihood activities involving materials
Capitalization:
  • Ensure that SI's capitalization tools are correctly used and disseminated to relevant HQ departments
  • Participate in the centralization and dissemination of procedures, guides and tools linked to activities
  • Form a network of experts; develop technical partnerships with other actors in the intervention zone
  • Capitalize on intervention methods, and on the experiences acquired by SI and other actors in the field
  • Ensure that handover reports are written by all programme managers before the end of their contract
Personnel management:
  • In conjunction with HQ HR, define the prerequisites for technical position openings and adapt existing criteria
  • Welcome and brief expatriates working on the programmes
  • Identify training requirements and implement technical training in line with operational needs
  • Lead workshops, coordination meetings and/or technical exchange programmes
  • Evaluate and assess the performance of collaborators under his/her direct supervision
  • Ensure adherence to security regulations
Reporting / communication / representation:
  • Support the Head of Mission in fundraising and the negotiation and examination of project proposals
  • Convey information to the relevant authorities on security matters having a possible consequence on SI activities and the security of the teams
  • Consolidate activity reports, supervise the preparation of, review and validate reports and/or amendments
  • In conjunction with the HoM, establish and maintain good relations with local/government authorities, donors' representatives, FSL Cluster and cluster partners, UN agencies and other international/national agencies
  • Ensure that SI is represented at all meetings or forums concerning its programmes
CANDIDATE PROFILE
Education: Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) in Food Security , livelihoods or another relevant technical discipline.
Experience:
  • At least 2 years of field experience with NGOs in senior Food security or livelihoods technical position (Field Coordinator or Programs Coordinator).
  • At least 5 years of experience working with NGO's.
  • Broad experience of livelihoods systems and food security required, with experience of at least 2 international working contexts.
  • Proven experience in project cycle.
  • Experience of semi-arid and pastoralists context is a strong advantage
  • Experience on DRR is a strong advantage
Technical skills and knowledge:
  • Food security and livelihoods in developing countries
  • Agriculture technical knowledge is a strong advantage
  • Veterinary services technical knowledge is a strong advantage
  • DRR technical knowledge is a great advantage
Transferable skills: Very comfortable with standard office software and internet research.
Languages:
  • English: Fluent with excellent writing capacities
  • French: Working knowledge would be advantageous
Other desirable qualities:
  • Calm, diplomatic
  • Ability to motivate others to adopt new ideas and bring about change
  • Natural ability to connect with other stakeholders and team members
  • Strong capacity to work with initiative and without close supervision
  • Multitasking
  • Ability to deal with heavy workload and constantly reassess priorities
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural team
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines
CONDITIONS
Salaried post: from 1700 euros gross per month, according to experience, plus 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly, and a monthly Per Diem of 600 USD.
NB. In-country benefit package included.
Solidarit International will cover accommodation and travel expenses from the expatriate's home country to the site of the assignment.
    • Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.
    • Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 500 euros allocated by Solidarit. He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 15-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarit will cover travel costs).
DURATION : 12 months, beginning as soon as possible.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send us a CV and cover letter, either through our website or via the following link: 

https://emea2.recruitmentplatform.com/syndicated/private/syd_apply.cfm?I....

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A. BACKGROUND VSF-Suisse is a Swiss NGO that operates in seven African countries, namely: Togo, Mali, DR Congo, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Ethiopia. Our credo is 'Healthy Animals – Healthy People'.

VSF Suisse is seeking to develop a financial strategy with a view to determining actionable and realizable objectives and targets. VSF Suisse is looking to develop a strategic roadmap with particular focus on financial management strategies. Notably of interest are matters regarding cash flow, pre-financing, foreign exchange management , project fund management and generation of core funds. It's with this background that we are seeking to engage financial and advisory consultancy services to provide technical expertise and facilitate a 5 day workshop.

B. OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE OF WORK Objective: 
The overall objective of the consultancy is to facilitate a financial planning workshop which shall take place in Kenya in the first half of November 2011 for 5 days. The facilitation should allow the team to develop VSF Suisse financial sustainability strategy which ties in with the broader strategic plan of the organisation and will provide the basis for stringent finance management. The consultant will provide the Workshop methodology and agenda as well as to facilitate the process to achieve the overall objective.

Expected Outputs: 1. A draft financial strategy/working document for VSF Suisse for 3 years (2012-2014) that helps us to achieve our organizations' goals is established.
        A time bound plan on how to reduce the deficit is established.
        A financial risk management strategy is in place (pre financing of projects, exchange rate losses, cash flow, core fund raising, HR and overheads).
        The optimum organizational structure to achieve the organizations' objectives is established.
        Different financial scenarios A and B and C for project portfolios and ceilings: I) survival, II) just ok and III) good are established.
        Gaps in our organizations financial systems and procedures are identified and solutions developed.

C. IMPLEMENTATION ARRANGEMENTS The consultancy will cover a period of 14 days (inclusive of a 5 day workshop). The workshop is planned to be held in Nairobi from 14th to 18th November 2011. The workshop itself will be 5 days long and will be held in Kenya, in the environs of Nairobi. The consultant will have 9 days time to prepare and write up the findings and consolidate the main points of the elaborated financial strategy. Thus, the consultancy is for a total of 14 days and the consultant will report to the Director of VSF-Suisse.

D. QUALIFICATIONS
        Experience in the development of strategic frameworks, especially financial strategies for NGOs.
        Solid understanding of the challenges faced by NGOs, especially in terms of fundraising and building up of core funds.
        Solid understanding of financial systems and procedures required from NGO's
        Excellent English skills in word and script. French/German is an added advantage.
        Excellent Organisation and Facilitation Skills

E. DELIVERABLES The consultant will deliver, at the end of his/her assignment a report from the 
workshop which will include the strategic approaches to financial management developed during the workshop.

F. SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL Interested consultants should prepare and submit to VSF Suisse both, a technical and financial proposal for the assignment by close of business 15th October 2011 (East African Time) to the following email address: recruitment@vsfsuisse.org. VSF Suisse is not obliged to offer the job to the lowest or highest bidder.

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