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African Human Rights Legal Internship

Contra Nocendi International is seeking a legal intern to work with our team on a part-time basis. As an intern, you will support the legal team providing research on jurisprudence at the African Commission, African Court and the Courts of some of Africa’s regional economic communities. The intern will be provided training and the opportunity to expand their legal research skills as well as provide them with a better understanding on regional human rights law. The role is a great fit for a person with a background in human rights law and public international law, but we welcome candidates with a non-legal background as well.

Contra Nocendi International is an international human rights NGO based in Paris, France with an independent section based in Buea, Cameroon. Our current projects include expanding a monitoring consortium for treatment in detention in Burundi and a law clinic in the city of Buea in Cameroon. Both projects are needed to protect the human rights of vulnerable groups who are at risk to violence, discrimination and not being able to access legal services.

The role will report directly to the Head of Legal and will also interface regularly with the Executive Director of our Cameroon section. The role is designed to be held remotely and requires the ability to work independently.

 

Tasks:

  1. Provide research support to the legal staff with a focus on the jurisprudence of the African Commission, African Court and the Court of the regional economic communities

 

  1. Contribute to the production of reports and other materials as and when required

 

  1. Collaborate with you direct supervisor and the Executive Director of the Cameroon section on the use and dissemination of research conducted on the above reference jurisprudence

 

  1. The intern will be expected to provide two written statements each month written on behalf of Contra Nocendi International and will be expected to contribute to a larger research project before the end of the internship.

 

  1. Be flexible to respond to evolving priorities

 

Requirements:

 

  1. Bachelor's degree in law. An advanced degree related to public international law and/or international human rights law would be a plus. A research focus on Africa would be helpful.
  2. Must be fluent in English. A good understanding of French would be an advantage.
  3. Must have good political awareness and a high degree of professional maturity
  4. Ability to interpret complex information and communicate key findings effectively
  5. Excellent writing and editing skills in English or French is required. Writing and editing skills in both is a plus.
  6. Must have dependable internet access and the ability to work in a virtually connected and multi-cultural setting.
  7. Available at least 20 hours a week for 2 months and able to be proactive in communicating any change in your availability as soon as possible.

Application instructions:

To apply for this opportunity please send a covering letter explaining how you meet all the requirements for this position (one page max), a writing sample (five pages max) and a CV (2 pages max) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "African Human Rights Internship" in the subject of the email. Applications can be made in French or English. Please also acknowledge either in your covering letter or your email that you are aware this is a volunteer role and that this position will be held remotely. Given the large number of applications, we regret that we may be only able to respond to short-listed candidates. Your language skills in both languages are likely to be tested during the interview process should you be invited for an interview, so please plan accordingly. Additionally, short listed candidates will be expected to complete a written test.

Please note that this role is a voluntary position and as such we are unable to provide any remuneration of any kind. Successful completion of the volunteer role does not infer in any way any chance of future employment.

This role is being advertised on an on-going basis. Contra Nocendi International shall review applications as they are received and reserves the right to fill the role at any time.

 

Contra Nocendi Urges Calm During the Upcoming Elections in Kenya

As our Kenyan friends head to the polls in the upcoming elections of August 8, Contra Nocendi extends our best wishes to them for a safe, peaceful and credible electoral process. While history has shown some concerns about the conduct of elections in Kenya, we remain hopeful that Kenya will grab the opportunity to set a positive example for its regional neighbors and conduct a transparent and free election, devoid of violence and controversy.

We do wish to express our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ICT Manager Christopher Msando for his untimely death. We were heartbroken to hear of Christopher’s brutal killing. We reiterate the African Commission’s call for the government of Kenya “to ensure that prompt, independent and thorough investigations take place into the killing of Mr. Msando in accordance with paragraph 7 of the General Comment No. 3 on the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights: The Right to Life.” Mr. Msando had a key role to play in the elections, and we hope his death will not derail the hope of a peaceful elections.

Overall, elections are processes all democratic societies should take pride in. The people of Kenya should therefore feel emboldened to peacefully express themselves at the ballot box come Tuesday the 8th, and support the efforts of all Kenyans to do likewise. The election represents an event that should bring great pride to Kenya and its people. Therefore, we urge all Kenyans to be vigilant and strive to ensure that its credibility is assured. Contra Nocendi will join other human rights NGOs to closely monitor the elections and will make sure all voices are represented in the coverage.

Cameroon Advocacy Associate

Contra Nocendi International is seeking a volunteer Cameroon Advocacy Associate to support our team on a part-time basis. As a Cameroon Advocacy Associate, you will support the program team in their work towards advocating for a better protection of detainees in Africa, and supporting all areas of our policy and advocacy work. The role is a great fit for a graduate student, though we welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

Contra Nocendi International is an international human rights NGO based in Paris, France with an independent section based in Buea, Cameroon. Our current projects include expanding a monitoring consortium for treatment in detention in Burundi and setting up a law clinic in the city of Buea in Cameroon. Both projects are needed to protect the human rights of vulnerable groups who are at risk to violence, discrimination and not being able to access legal services.

This role will support our advocacy and research work focused on Cameroon. The role will interact with representatives of partners operating in Cameroon and internationally as well as other interlocutors. This position will also work closely with the staff of our independent Cameroon section. The role will also provide a thematic focus on the freedom of political participation. The role holder will be expected to keep up to date on the developments in Burundi as well as on the issue of treatment in detention.

 

Tasks:

Research

  1. Provide research support on your thematic area of priority and your country of focus (legal, policy, background etc.)
  2. Contribute to the production of reports and other materials as and when required
  3. Collaborate with you direct supervisor and the Cameroon section as well as external partners to produce research in styles and formats suitable for a wide variety of audiences. You should be able to think creatively and produce engaging work in a range of different formats, including reports, articles, and social media posts
  4. Support the team with literature reviews and other materials related to country of focus as necessary
  5. Collect and analyze data
  6. Assist other project research as needed

 

 

Advocacy

  1. Keep abreast of developments across your country of assignment and your thematic focus in which and update accordingly
  2. Work to support the advocacy efforts of in country partners and work to maintain key relationships in country and internationally
  1. Assist in the drafting, editing and translation of releases for the organisation's website and newsletter.
  2. Assist direct supervisor and communication department in designing, planning and implementing advocacy strategy and campaigns.
  3. Assist advocacy research as needed

 

Be flexible to respond to evolving priorities and support other projects as they arise.

Requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree in a social science or humanities field. A Degree related to human rights, African studies or international relations would be helpful. We are willing to accept applicants from other fields so long as the applicant can illustrate a basic understanding of human rights and/or a very strong interest in the field of human rights. Prior human rights experience, especially focused on Africa, will be helpful.
  2. Must be fluent in English and French or fluent in either English or French with a good understanding of the other.
  3. Must have good political awareness and a high degree of professional maturity
  4. Ability to interpret complex information and communicate key findings effectively
  5. Excellent writing and editing skills in English or French is required. Writing and editing skills in both is a plus.
  6. Must have dependable internet access and the ability to work in a virtually connected and multi-cultural setting.
  7. Available at least 8 hours a week for at least 6 months and able to be proactive in communicating any change in your availability as soon as possible.

Desirable Criteria:

  1. Having a preference for applicants currently living in Cameroon or nearby and/or
  2. Applicants who have direct experience and understanding of human rights issues within Cameroon and across West or Central Africa
  3. Applicants who have existing connections, networks and partnerships with local Cameroonian NGOs

 

 

Application instructions:

To apply for this opportunity please send a covering letter explaining how you meet all the requirements for this position (one page max), a writing sample (five pages max) and a CV (2 pages max) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "Cameroon Advocacy Associate" in the subject of the email. Applications can be made in French or English. Please also acknowledge either in your covering letter or your email that you are aware this is a volunteer role and that this position will be held remotely. Given the large number of applications, we regret that we may be only able to respond to short-listed candidates. Your language skills in both languages are likely to be tested during the interview process should you be invited for an interview, so please plan accordingly.

Please note that this role is a voluntary position and as such we are unable to provide any remuneration of any kind. Successful completion of the volunteer role does not infer in any way any chance of future employment.

This role is being advertised on an on-going basis. Contra Nocendi International shall review applications as they are received and reserves the right to fill the role at any time.

 

Burundi Advocacy Associate

 

Contra Nocendi International is seeking a volunteer Burundi Advocacy Associate to support our team on a part-time basis. As a Burundi Advocacy Associate, you will support the program team in their work towards advocating for a better protection of detainees in Africa, and supporting all areas of our policy and advocacy work. The role is a great fit for a graduate student or PhD candidate, though we welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

Contra Nocendi International is an international human rights NGO based in Paris, France with an independent section based in Buea, Cameroon. Our current projects include expanding a monitoring consortium for treatment in detention in Burundi and setting up a law clinic in the city of Buea in Cameroon. Both projects are needed to protect the human rights of vulnerable groups who are at risk to violence, discrimination and not being able to access legal services.

This role will support our advocacy and research work focused on Burundi. The role will interact with representatives of partners operating in Burundi and internationally as well as other interlocutors. The role will also provide a thematic focus on treatment in detention. The role holder will be expected to keep up to date on the developments in Burundi as well as on the issue of treatment in detention.

 

Tasks:

Research

  1. Provide research support on your thematic area of priority and your country of focus (legal, policy, background etc.)
  2. Contribute to the production of reports and other materials as and when required
  3. Collaborate with you direct supervisor and external partners to produce research in styles and formats suitable for a wide variety of audiences. You should be able to think creatively and produce engaging work in a range of different formats, including reports, articles, and social media posts
  4. Support the team with literature reviews and other materials related to country of focus as necessary
  5. Collect and analyze data
  6. Assist other project research as needed

 

Advocacy

  1. Keep abreast of developments across your country of assignment and your thematic focus in which and update accordingly
  2. Work to support the advocacy efforts of in country partners and work to maintain key relationships in country and internationally
  1. Assist in the drafting, editing and translation of releases for the organisation's website and newsletter.
  2. Assist direct supervisor and communication department in designing, planning and implementing advocacy strategy and campaigns.
  3. Assist advocacy research as needed

 

Be flexible to respond to evolving priorities and support other projects as they arise.

Requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree in a social science or humanities field. A Degree related to human rights, African studies or international relations would be helpful. We are willing to accept applicants from other fields so long as the applicant can illustrate a basic understanding of human rights and/or a very strong interest in the field of human rights. Prior human rights experience, especially focused on Africa, will be helpful.
  2. Must be fluent in French and English.
  3. Must have good political awareness and a high degree of professional maturity
  4. Ability to interpret complex information and communicate key findings effectively
  5. Excellent writing and editing skills in English or French is required. Writing and editing skills in both is a plus.
  6. Must have dependable internet access and the ability to work in a virtually connected and multi-cultural setting.
  7. Available at least 8 hours a week for at least 6 months and able to be proactive in communicating any change in your availability as soon as possible.

Desirable Criteria:

  1. Having a preference for applicants currently living in Burundi or nearby and/or
  2. Applicants who have direct experience and understanding of human rights issues within Burundi and across East Africa
  3. Applicants who have existing connections, networks and partnerships with local Burundi NGOs

 

 

Application instructions:

To apply for this opportunity please send a covering letter explaining how you meet all the requirements for this position (one page max), a writing sample (five pages max) and a CV (2 pages max) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "Burundi Advocacy Associate" in the subject of the email. Applications can be made in French or English. Please also acknowledge either in your covering letter or your email that you are aware this is a volunteer role and that this position will be held remotely. Given the large number of applications, we regret that we may be only able to respond to short-listed candidates. Your language skills in both languages are likely to be tested during the interview process should you be invited for an interview, so please plan accordingly.

Please note that this role is a voluntary position and as such we are unable to provide any remuneration of any kind. Successful completion of the volunteer role does not infer in any way any chance of future employment.

This role is being advertised on an on-going basis. Contra Nocendi International shall review applications as they are received and reserves the right to fill the role at any time.

 

Day for International Criminal Justice – July 17, 2017

Contra Nocendi International and Contra Nocendi Cameroon join our friends and colleagues across the globe in marking the Day for International Criminal Justice on July 17. We take a moment to reflect on the successes of international criminal justice such as the Rome Statute, while also taking a time to remember the victims of gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian laws.

19 years ago, the Rome Statute was adopted. This important landmark in the advancement of international criminal justice is something that we also should take the time to celebrate. At the same time, we must push the organs of the ICC (International Criminal Court)  to continue to improve upon their work and continue to build strong and more durable relationships with State Parties and other international organisations. We must always aim, not only for the justice that comes with a conviction based on solid legal merit, but also for the justice that comes when the right to effective legal counsel before the Court leads to an innocent verdict.  We must continue to push the organs of the Court to be mindful of the victims of crimes and to strive to continue to improve upon the role afforded to victims as well as the effectiveness of the reparations programmes for victims.

As we mark this day, we call upon all States to sign and ratify the Rome Statute. We urge the Republic of Burundi to rescind its notice of withdrawal and continue to keep its place as a part of a legal regime that is vital for world peace and the safety of all people. 

Contra Nocendi submits views on Freedom of Information and Elections

Contra Nocendi Cameroon and Contra Nocendi International recently submitted a joint letter to the African Commission's Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Information in Africa. The letter expressed the views of the organization on the Draft Guidelines on Freedom of Information and Elections in Africa. We wish to thank the Special Rapporteur and the Secretariat of the African Commission for facilitating the public consultation on this Draft Guidelines. 

The Guidelines, once adopted by the Commission, will be a much needed step forward the protection of the right to information and the independence of electoral processes in Africa. The Guidelines will bring clarity to the scope of the right to freedom of information during electoral processes in Africa. Its adoption will represent a positive development for the advancement of human rights in Africa, and would be timely with important elections coming up in various African countries in 2017 and 2018. 

The access to information about candidates, the electoral process, and how the public can engage in it, is all vital to a free and fair election. It is also important that information is provided in a manner that appreciates the use of the internet, and in particular the widespread use of mobile phones to access the internet. Allowing the free flow of information regarding the electoral process is a positive reflection on any government, and illustrates its commitments to the people, to promote their right to participate in the political process. Further to these, Contra Nocendi International is also providing support and training for civil society organizations wishing to observe their domestic electoral processes. 

We, at Contra Nocendi International and Contra Nocendi Cameroon, felt compelled to express our views and to do so in a constructive manner that appreciates the need for the freedom  of information during an election cycle, while also having due consideration for  the complexities of undertaking the organization of elections. We hope that the Special Rapporteur will find our views helpful, and will also avail herself of our ready assistance, as we have further communicated our readiness to offer any additional assistance if required.  

We look forward to seeing the final draft that is submitted to the African Commission. 

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