Call for Application for the Preparation of a Teaching Material on Local Governance and Human Rights.

1. Background

The Center for Human Rights of Addis Ababa University (hereafter the Center) is currently implementing a three-year project to support its core activities. In the context of this project, the Center wants to prepare textbooks or teaching materials to meet the educational needs of its students and of other graduate students enrolled in human rights modules across the country. Well-prepared teaching materials support the teaching-learning process since they assist teachers in transmitting subject matter knowledge to students and help the latter to deepen and develop their knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Teaching materials developed in the context of this multidisciplinary human rights project should therefore provide adequate content knowledge as well as be instrumental in developing higher cognitive skills (such as critical thinking, analysis, evaluation) and instilling a human rights sensitive attitude.

Based on a needs assessment, the Center has decided to prepare a teaching material on local governance and human rights.

Local governments make decisions and provide services that have a direct impact on the rights of local residents. For instance, the power of local governments to draft and approve local budgets plays a role in the fulfillment of citizen’s socio-economic rights by allocating budget for health, education, housing, etc. Local governments’ investment decisions contribute to the fulfillment of the right to development, but may have serious consequences for land rights, property rights, and environmental rights. The extent to which good governance is applied by local government institutions affects a range of civil and political rights such as the right to information, due process rights, equality and non-discrimination. The quality of elections organized for the local political institutions affects the right to vote and to be elected. Whether people are able to exercise rights such as freedom of religion, manifestation, association, freedom of speech and right to privacy is largely determined by the local government’s respect for constitutionalism and rule of law since these rights are mainly exercised at local level. Violation of minority rights (both individual rights of members of minorities as well as collective rights) usually takes place at local level. Hence, local governments have an immense role to play in respecting, protecting, and fulfilling human rights. Yet, the powers and responsibilities of local governments, their practical exercise and their impact on human rights have not been given much attention in academia.
Accordingly, the Center wants to recruit an expert/author to prepare a teaching material on the nexus between local governance and human rights.                                                                                                                              
2. Qualification of the Author
o The author should have an educational qualification of at least Master’s / PhD degree in law or related disciplines.
o The author should have a solid background in human rights and local governance related research and teaching with a particular focus on Ethiopia.
o The author should have a good publication record in English. Experience with preparing teaching materials and handbooks will be given particular consideration.
o The author has the ability to work efficiently and respect deadlines.          
3. Fees and Payment
The author will be paid Birr 120,000. 00 (One hundred twenty thousand), subject to taxation. The professional fee will be paid in two installments. Fifty percent (50%) will be paid after the first complete draft document is submitted to the sub-project coordinator. The remaining fifty percent (50%) shall be paid upon incorporating comments and feedbacks given by CHR.

Interested and qualified applicants can send their application letter (including CV) on or before 03 July 2019 to     christophe.vanderbeken@gmail.com or lewzchr@gmail.com.