Deadline: 05 September 2020|
Applications are open for eight young people to lead the charge in protecting and promoting human rights across the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth Youth Human Rights and Democracy Network (CYHRDN) is seeking volunteers for its executive positions to serve from 2020 to 2022. CYHRDN is one of 10 Commonwealth Youth Networks supported by the Secretariat.
Making a difference
Layne Robinson, head of social policy development at the Secretariat, said: “As an organisation, we recognise that young people play an undeniably critical role in making sure that everyone – particularly those with disabilities, women and other marginalised groups – are treated fairly and equally.
“So, this is a truly unique opportunity to join the Commonwealth Youth Human Rights and Democracy Network, which was created to engage young people in our fight for equality, democracy and visible progress on human rights.
“Whether you are managing research and communications or coordinating activities to end discrimination and gender-based violence, you will be part of a global network of innovators and change-makers.”
The open positions are:
Policy Research and Advocacy Coordinator
- The candidate should have knowledge of research methods, policy and advocacy tools.
- Working along with network members, the coordinator will be required to consult and contribute to policy positions and support with compiling policy recommendations from across the Commonwealth on matters pertaining to human rights and democracy.
- Using these findings, the coordinator will also be responsible for supporting campaigns and youth advocacy initiatives.
2. Communications Coordinator
- The candidate will be responsible for social media engagement, drafting press releases, blogs and contributing to advocacy implementation.
- The candidate should be aware of good media ethics and media tools to promote the Network and its projects. 3. Education and Training Coordinator
- Training young people is a critical part of the Network’s objective and mission. The candidate should have experience in coordinating and delivering training and capacity-building activities.
- The candidate should also be familiar with training platforms and tools.
- Experience in training and working with young people at the community and national levels is desired.
4. Partnership Engagement Coordinator
- The Network builds relations with individuals and organisations at the community, national, regional and international levels.
- The candidate will be responsible for networking, building relationships and maintaining contact with partners, stakeholders and other organisations.
5. Disability Rights Coordinator
- The candidate will be responsible for advancing the rights of persons with disabilities and advocating for meaningful inclusion and participation in the Commonwealth.
- The candidate should have knowledge of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and some experience working with people with disabilities.
6. Rapporteur on Discrimination
- Young people across the Commonwealth experience varied forms of discrimination, bias, prejudice and bigotry on a daily basis.
- The candidate will be responsible for the monitoring and reporting various forms of discrimination across the Commonwealth.
7. Rapporteur for Migrants and Refugees’ Rights
- There are now millions of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and forcibly displaced persons across the Commonwealth. They are vulnerable to human rights violations and are often denied basic necessities.
- The candidate will be responsible for monitoring and reporting on situations involving migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons in the Commonwealth. 8. Rapporteur for Gender-based violence
- The Commonwealth has been actively working to address gender based violence.
- The candidate will be responsible for monitoring and reporting on gender-based violence in the Commonwealth and identify opportunities for young people to contribute to and support initiatives on gender-based violence.
- be a Commonwealth citizen aged 15 to 29 years;
- have a strong commitment to promoting human rights and democracy;
- have experience of working with youth-led organisations or initiatives focused on human rights and democracy; and
- Be available to commit 10-15 hours per week to the network’s activities.
How to Apply
Applicants should submit their resume and a cover letter outlining their experience to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 September 2020. The email subject line should include the position you are applying for and your full name. For more information click this link: https://thecommonwealth.org/media/news/applications-open-commonwealth-youth-lead-human-rights-and-democracy
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