The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya – GALCK is the umbrella body of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) organizations in Kenya. GALCK offers a safe and enabling environment for LGBTI organizations and individuals in Kenya and promotes recognition, acceptance and defends the interests and rights of LGBTI organizations and their members.
We are looking to fill the position of Legal and Human Rights Affairs Officer. Reporting directly to the Executive Coordinator, this position will be offered on an initial one year period after successful completion of a three month-probation period. The incumbent must be ready to assume office latest by November 1st 2012.
This position is created to coordinate LGBTI legal affairs for LGBTI organizations and individuals and lead the coalition in legal reforms for sexual and gender minorities.
1. Coordinate the development, revision and implementation of the strategies for legal reform for sexual and gender minorities.
2. Lead the process of documentation and tracking of processes for human rights violations against people based on their sexual orientation and gender orientation.
3. Coordinate partnerships and projects that involve legal advocacy for gender and sexual minorities’ rights.
4. Support GALCK members in seeking legal redress/litigation through GALCK lawyer or pro-bono lawyers.
5. Advise GALCK’s Board and management on its obligations, negotiations and implementation in contracts with partners, donors and providers of technical assistance.
6. Spearhead the preparation of contracts, Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), Terms of Reference (ToRs) for contractors and other similar legal documents.
7. Draft legal documents and correspondence between GALCK and other parties, with due reference to the governing policies.
8. Carry out other general tasks across an array of legal and human rights advocacy portfolio as may be required by the Executive Coordinator and the GALCK Board.
Attributes of the Ideal Candidate
1. Preferably with a community development, social work or management degree from a recognized university or a post graduate qualification in human rights or related field or a verifiable equivalent in experience
2. 2-3 years prior experience working in LGBTI and/or other human rights activism as an advantage
3. Ability to work with sexual and gender minorities without bias based on class, race, level of education, economic background, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other grounds
4. Confidence to deal with people and to handle stressful and difficult situations including meetings with the media, police and/or non-LGBTI friendly people
5. Ability to work effectively as a member of a team, in both a lead role as well as background providing support to others as and when necessary
6. Good time management skills and the ability to prioritize workloads, work well under pressure and deliver on tight deadlines
7. Excellent support, delegation and follow through skills to ensure that a cross-section of heavy portfolio is carried out efficiently and concisely
8. The ability to maintain confidentiality, act with diplomacy, tact and discretion at all times
9. Great facilitation and mentorship skills
10. Fluency in both written and spoken English, Swahili and possess good communication skills
11. High competency in computer literacy
A mature, motivated and productive individual who can work with minimal supervision while coping with the challenges and heavy workload of this demanding yet rewarding role