Call for Application for the Preparation of a Training Manual on Elections and Human Rights

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  1. Background

The Center for Human Rights at Addis Ababa University is engaged in multidisciplinary human rights teaching, research, and community services. In its activities, the Center pays particular attention to the rights of vulnerable communities such as women, children, migrants, workers, and persons with disabilities (PWDs). The Center is currently implementing a project to support Teaching, Research, and Community Engagement in human rights (Project STRACE-CHR) with financial support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

Under this Project, the Center aims to offer short-term trainings on human rights. The short term-trainings target high and mid-level government and civil society leaders and officials. The trainings aim to create greater awareness and knowledge about human rights as well as to provide the target audience of the trainings with the necessary skills to address specific human rights issues. By doing this, the trainings aim to strengthen the implementation of the existing human rights protection mechanisms as well as to identify the gaps so that necessary steps towards fulfilling the discussed human rights can be taken. The trainings are designed as specialized postgraduate trainings which will entitle the participants, upon successful completion, to a certificate. The Center aims to institutionalize these trainings so that their sustainability is guaranteed even after the expiry of the project.

One of these specialized trainings will be on ‘Elections and Human Rights’ with a focus on the Ethiopian experience. The organization of democratic, credible, and legitimate elections is an important step towards strengthening a culture of rule of law and constitutionalism and it provides the government with the popular legitimacy necessary to ensure durable peace and sustainable socio-economic development. Yet, for elections to be democratic, credible, and legitimate, they need to be free, fair, and inclusive. This implies that the election process, which includes election administration (including voter and candidate registration, voting, counting, and the announcement of results) as well as the broader electoral environment, should respect human rights.

The training manual should focus on the human rights that are particularly affected and which are crucial for a democratic election process. A free, fair, and inclusive electoral process requires respecting and protecting such constitutionally entrenched rights as equality and non-discrimination, freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of association, and the right to vote and to be elected. Inclusiveness also requires protecting rights of vulnerable communities such as women, rights of persons with disabilities, internally displaced persons, and ethnic minorities. The training manual should discuss and assess the human rights guarantees included in the pertinent legal documents such as the Constitution, international human rights instruments ratified by Ethiopia, and the new election law that pertain both to the election administration and the broader election environment. Different actors play an important role in upholding human rights throughout the electoral process and their respective responsibilities should also be discussed in the manual. These are political parties, civil society organizations (for instance, through offering training and acting as election observers), media (advocacy and campaigning), and community leaders (such as elders and religious leaders who may facilitate inter-party dialogue). The security services have both election specific roles (such as guaranteeing the security of the polling stations) and the general duty of upholding law and order. The role of the Offices of the Federal and Regional Attorney General and of the courts should also be discussed.

The target audience for this training consists of employees of ministries such as the Ministry of Peace, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs and their regional counterparts, media, political party officials, civil society organizations, police forces, prosecutors, and judges.

Accordingly, the Center wants to recruit a highly qualified and motivated academic to prepare a training manual on ‘elections and human rights’.

  1. Qualification of the Author

The author should have an educational qualification of at least Master’s / PhD degree in law, human rights, or political science.

  • The author should have a solid background in human rights issues.
  • The author should have a good publication record in English. Experience with preparing training manuals and teaching materials will be given particular consideration.
  • The author should have a commitment and demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment.

     3. Fees and Payment

The author will be paid Birr 60,000.00 (sixty thousand), subject to taxation.

Interested and qualified applicants should mail their application letter including CV on or before 21 July 2020 to lewzchr@gmail.com.