Director of Legal and Civic Engagement – Sudan

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Job Overview

Pact is looking for a Legal and Civic Engagement Director for planned activity for Sudanese Youth and Women, Strengthened Together and Moving Forward in New Directions (Sudan STAND), funded by USAID, an Associate Award under Civil Society and Media – Strengthened Together and moving forward in new directions (CSM-STAND) Africa and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Leader with Associates (LWA) Cooperation Agreement. Sudan STAND aims to increase the collaboration, sustainability and resilience of civil society and independent media to advance the inclusion, participation and leadership of youth and women in Sudan. The activity will apply locally driven, problem-oriented adaptive approaches. This activity is expected to last five years and the position will be based in Khartoum, Sudan. This position is dependent on assignment.

The Director of Legal and Civic Engagement will provide strategic direction, vision and management of STAND Sudan activities that will enhance an enabling environment that promotes active and inclusive civil society participation in public discourse and government oversight; strengthen legal service networks to provide quality and responsive legal aid, including legal representation, to civil society; increase legal advocacy; strengthen civic participation at community and national levels; and strengthen cooperation between investigative journalists and civil society to increase accountability.

Main responsibilities

  • Maintain and strengthen a network of relationships with high-level Sudanese government officials and other key actors within the Sudanese and international community; civil society and other community organizations; and the press.
  • Organize meetings with STAND Sudan partners, beneficiaries, local actors and other stakeholders to identify critical gaps and develop legal and policy recommendations for increased legal aid and advocacy.
  • Analyze needs, design and oversee the implementation of programs to develop appropriate advocacy strategies to strengthen legal aid and civil society protections.
  • Bring high-level expertise to the design of activities that will strengthen civic engagement and political activism and build and mobilize public support for civil society organizations.
  • Oversee the process of mapping, soliciting, vetting and selecting a pool of independent investigative journalists to receive small grants for ongoing mentorship and coaching, facilitating relationships between journalists and civil society actors to build trust and join in joint advocacy campaigns.
  • Manage a team of staff and advisors based in Khartoum and regional offices.

Basic requirements

  • Master’s degree in a relevant study program in addition to substantial practical experience – a minimum of (ten) 10 years of relevant experience in the field of legal aid, access to justice, legal policy and advocacy. Ideally, part of this experience would be with the government of Sudan (national, regional or community level) supporting issues related to governance.
  • Experience working with civil society organizations or other Sudanese national advocacy or community institutions.
  • Substantial experience in developing and implementing advocacy strategies.
  • Thorough understanding of Sudanese political processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of local actors, including women’s and youth groups with various partner organizations.
  • Previous experience in management and supervision.
  • Fluency in Arabic and English.
  • Excellent writing, research, presentation and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to travel to Sudan when health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19 permit.

Preferred qualifications

  • Sudanese nationals are encouraged to apply.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, registration, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, smoking (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization or other protected classifications or factors unrelated to deserved.

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