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Consultant for development of 3-4 day training program on Elections and Human Rights in sub-Saharan Africa

Consultant for development of 3-4 day training program on Elections and Human Rights in sub-Saharan Africa

Amnesty International is a global movement that takes action against the violation of human rights and promotes or strives for freedom, equality and justice. Amnesty conducts research, generates action and supports human rights defenders worldwide. In the Netherlands, the organization has over 250.000 members and donors.

Amnesty International Netherlands is looking for a Consultant to develop a 3-4 day training program on Elections and Human Rights in sub-Saharan Africa.


The Human Rights Capacity-Building Programme (HURICAP), a unit based at Amnesty International Netherlands in Amsterdam, has been implementing various programmes that aim to contribute to the growth of human rights activism in Africa, and more recently in the Middle East. To this effect, HURICAP develops training programmes for organisations and activists from these regions, which are implemented in various countries in collaboration with local trainers, other Amnesty International units and partner organisations.

HURICAP’s current programmes include:

  • Capacity-building in monitoring, documenting and reporting (MDR) human rights violations; and
  • Capacity-building in Economic, Social and Cultural rights (ESC rights).


The selected consultant will develop a 3-4 day training program on elections and human rights in sub-Saharan Africa. The training would focus on monitoring violations and abuses during election periods. It will in the coming years be used in Kenya and the DRC, but should provide room for adaptation to other country contexts. The sessions developed in this training program should be tailored for human rights activists, paralegals and staff members of CSOs for the monitoring of incidents amounting to human rights violations or abuses, in particular against (but not limited to) human rights defenders in the course of elections, and therefore serve as practical guidance for their work in the field.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Get acquainted with HURICAP’s work and existing materials in order to be able to understand the target audience for which the training programme will be developed;
  • Propose a work plan, which includes clear deadlines and workload required per project implementation phase (e.g. assessment of aims and needs of partner organization group, session development, reviews, delivery) for discussion with the HURICAP team;
  • Develop and propose course aims, learning objectives and an outline of the training program for discussion with the HURICAP team;
  • Develop a participatory training program that enhances knowledge and skills necessary to the monitoring and reporting of elections-related violence which amounts to human rights violations and/or abuses, especially against HRDs;
  • Deliver a final trainer’s manual with the developed session plans, practical tools/handouts and presentations (e.g. in PowerPoint) to AINL/HURICAP.

Upon satisfactory completion of this assignment (i.e. development of the training program), we may request the consultant to carry out a pilot training in Kenya. The manual with the above-mentioned materials will be written in English. AINL/HURICAP will hold property rights of the delivered product, and may adjust or add to the contents of the training program accordingly.

Skills and Competencies

AINL/HURICAP is looking for a consultant with experience in developing human rights education resources and materials with a thorough understanding of human rights violations and abuses in the course of elections, ideally with prior experience in Africa. The consultant should have the following skills and competencies:

  • A BA or Master’s degree in human rights law, social sciences or a related field;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing human rights education resources and materials for an African audience (max. secondary school or BA level);
  • Proven experience in coordinating and facilitating participatory processes, specifically in Central or Eastern African contexts;
  • Thorough understanding and demonstrated experience in supporting local NGOs in monitoring human rights violations or abuses in the course of elections, in particular those affecting HRDs actively playing a watchdog role in elections, including during pre and post-election periods;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English, knowledge of French is a strong advantage.

Overall timeframe (indicative)

  • Early July 2021: Contractual agreements, start of assignment.
  • Mid-July 2021: Deliver proposed training outline to be discussed with HURICAP team;
  • End of August 2021: Deliver draft manual (sessions and tools) allowing for comments by the HURICAP team and ;
  • End of September 2021: Deliver complete version of the Manual, final comments and follow-up agreements to implement the pilot phase of the training program in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Application Process

Applications must include a motivation letter, a detailed curriculum vitae with sample(s) of previous relevant human rights education resources developed, along with a proposal outlining the methodology to be used and topics to be addressed, the timescale needed to deliver this project, and a budget indicating the daily consultancy fee and any other costs expected for about 15 days.

Applications should be sent to Liana Rodrigues (HURICAP – AINL): l.rodrigues@amnesty.nl

The deadline for applications is 8 June 2021. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.