Deadline: 20th January 2020


Founded in 2009, UHAI is Africa’s first indigenous activist fund for and by sex workers, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) people. Located in and led by the communities we serve, UHAI supports civil society organizing across 7 East and Central African states—Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda—and pan-African organizing that is allied to our movements. UHAI is addressing poverty, and violence; and ensuring that education, employment, housing, and healthcare are accessible to all, without prejudice. We fund through a participatory approach where our grants are decided by the very communities that are fighting oppression and injustice daily. Naturally, they are most informed of their needs.

Position Overview

Every year, UHAI reviews more than 200 grant requests and makes about 70 across 7 countries, in 3 languages (English, French, and Kiswahili). This position will support UHAI’s Grants program to serve our grantee partners more efficiently by providing programmatic and administrative support to the program through:

  • Supporting collation, archiving and retrieval of grantee capacity prioritization frameworks and attendant follow up actions
  • Supporting the Grants team in set-up and maintenance of their program calendar, plans, and schedules
  • Support the coordination of the logistics for the team’s travel, convenings outreaches, meetings and visits
  • Support the program in the documentation of program processes, and meeting outcomes

Specific Tasks

Support to Capacity Support

  • Collate documentation of capacity gaps among grantees as identified in the Peer Grants Committee and Secretariat Grants Committee pre-implementation reports
  • Monitor implementation of grantees annual capacity development work plans as agreed upon during capacity prioritization processes
  • Support needs assessment with identified participants of country convenings and the Peer Grants Committee induction
  • Support in collation and review of applications for UHAI’s peer learning and exchange program, AiR
  • Collate information and data on a quarterly basis to facilitate monitoring and evaluation of UHAI’s capacity support Support to Grantmaking
  • Support in preparation of grantees proposal materials for review by the Peer Grants Committee and Secretariat Grants Committee, including coordinating translation, scheduling and the minuting of grant review meetings, and support the collection and maintenance of meeting documents as required
  • Support the grant team in implementing various routine grantmaking actions throughout grants lifecycles, including application receipts recording; communication of receipt of requests; and the communication of review outcomes and feedback

Support for Logistics

  • Provide the Grants team logistical and administrative support during the planning and preparation for grantee outreaches, convening, meetings and team travel in liaison with UHAI’s Finance and Operations department
  • Provide the Grants team logistical support and administrative support in the regular orientation of the Peer Grants Committee (PGC), ensuring they are adequately prepared for their grantmaking role

Support for Documentation and Archiving

  • Take minutes at internal and external meetings, and track follow up actions emerging from meeting resolutions
  • Provide the grants team with support in implementation and review of UHAI’s digital grants system

And, any other support duties as assigned by the department.

Person Specification

A relevant degree in Business Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, Human Rights, Law, Project Management or Social Sciences

Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Proficiency in French and/or Kiswahili will be an added advantage

Demonstrable knowledge of and experience in human rights advocacy for sex workers and sexual and gender minorities in the East and Central Africa region is highly desired

Sensitivity, flexibility, tolerance, and ability to listen and communicate clearly and effectively with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds

Discretion and ability to maintain utmost confidentiality

Competence in computing and demonstrable skills in database management will be an added advantage

Demonstrably strong organizational and analytical skills, with great attention to detail

Ability to work effectively both independently (without detailed daily supervision) and as a member of a team, on a wide range of tasks

Application Guidelines and Requirements UHAI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on any basis including ethnicity, physical ability, age, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Application Details

Please submit the following as attachments to vacancies@uhai-eashri.org by or on 20th January 2020, with the e-mail subject Support Assistant: Grants.

A one-page cover letter discussing why you are interested in the position, and why you are an ideal candidate

Your current CV and scanned documents of your academic certificates.

Two 250-word essays touching on:

  1. The evolution and origin of the criminality of homosexuality and sex work in relation to the colonial project, and the opportunities for change that remain to be harnessed. Kindly include proper citation and referencing;

       2. After 10-years of resourcing the East African LGBTIQ and sex worker movement from 2009 to date, UHAI is currently thinking through what kind of internal and external changes, if any, would need to happen, to grow her work over the next decade.  Kindly provide insights into the above.

UHAI EASHRI will offer a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and ability. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on any basis including ethnicity, physical ability, age, health, religion, origin, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation.

Because we actively seek to recruit staff from the diversity of our communities, sexual and gender minorities and sex worker individuals are encouraged to apply.

Due to current limitations in work permit authorizations in Kenya, this position is open only to East Africans (that is, nationals of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda).

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews the following week. The successful applicant will be expected to start as soon as possible, and ideally by or in March 2020

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