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Call for Applications - Capacity Strengthening Training on Transitional Justice & Reconciliation and the African Union Transitional Justice Policy (AUTJP)

What: Capacity strengthening training on Transitional Justice and Reconciliation (TJ &R) and the AUTJP for women from national and sub-national civil society organisations in the Horn of Africa Region (focusing solely on Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, and Kenya) and the Great Lakes Region (focusing solely on Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda).

Where: Nairobi, Kenya.

When: 21 – 25 October 2024.

Who: Life & Peace Institute (LPI), Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), and Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR).

Background

Civil society actors play a vital role in conflict and post-conflict situations. Despite facing political, social, and funding challenges, civil society organisations (CSOs) have been instrumental in advancing TJ&R and dialogue processes across the continent. The AUTJP also highlights the essential role of non-state actors and CSOs as key partners in promoting TJ&R and dialogue efforts at various levels. Representing numerous community groups, civil society actors bring the broad participation and expertise necessary for effectively designing, implementing, and monitoring TJ&R policies and initiatives. However, to fully assume these responsibilities, contribute meaningfully to sustainable peace and prioritise human security in their communities, it is important to continue to develop and strengthen these capacities.

Recognising this need and responding to the evolving regional landscape in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes while also aiming to contribute to the African Union’s structural prevention agenda and the ongoing African Women for Transitional Justice efforts, LPI, CSVR, and IJR are jointly launching the second phase of the capacity strengthening training on TJ&R and the AUTJP. This phase is specifically tailored for African women from national and sub-national CSOs from the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes regions engaged in TJ&R and dialogue initiatives.

It is essential to focus on TJ&R and dialogue in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region, as these regions have experienced prolonged conflicts, widespread human rights violations, and an urgent need for sustainable peace. Addressing these issues can stabilise the regions, promote social cohesion, and prevent future conflicts by ensuring justice and accountability.

Additionally, it is crucial to acknowledge the differential impact of conflict on women and men, highlighting the importance of recognising these disparities in designing and implementing TJ&R processes. TJ&R initiatives should be grounded in understanding these distinct experiences, avoiding assumptions of uniformity between women's and men's roles and challenges. Doing so ensures that TJ&R processes are inclusive, equitable, fair, and effective in fostering long-term peace.

Hence, TJ&R processes should actively create spaces that promote women's participation and address gender inequality rather than perpetuate it. African women have been leaders in framing and promoting TJ&R processes across the continent, including their active involvement in developing the AUTJP. However, significant work remains to enhance women's active participation at the continental, national, and community levels.

Therefore, to ensure that any TJ&R process is legitimate and successful in Africa, it is essential to place women at the centre of such initiatives. Women bring unique perspectives and a strong commitment to shaping their futures. Their involvement ensures the sustainability and long-term impact of transitional justice and reconciliation efforts. By focusing on women, this training phase aims to enhance gender-sensitive approaches within the broader TJ&R initiatives, ensuring that TJ&R processes are inclusive, equitable, and truly representative of the diverse voices within African communities.

Objective

The primary objective of the capacity- strengthening training is to empower African women from national and sub-national CSOs in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes regions by providing them with comprehensive knowledge on TJ&R, specifically focusing on the AUTJP. This is intended to assist in developing, implementing, and monitoring TJ&R and dialogue initiatives in their respective countries. The aim is to enable these women to incorporate this knowledge into their work and actively promote TJ&R, dialogue, and social cohesion processes within their local communities.

Eligibility criteria

  • Women (including young women between the age of 25-39) candidates from national and sub-national CSOs in the Horn of Africa (focusing solely on Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, and Kenya) and Great Lakes regions (focusing solely on the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda).

  • African candidates who reside within the African continent.

  • Good understanding of the English language. (Interpretation services will be provided for candidates who require them.)

  • Possesses relevant professional experience in peacebuilding, TJ&R, and dialogue initiatives.

  • Women with disabilities and women from indigenous communities are encouraged to apply.

Application

1. Fill out the application form.

2. Please attach the following documents:

  • Your updated professional Curriculum Vitae (CV), not longer than 3 pages.

  • Information page of your passport or national ID.

Additionally, please prepare and attach your cover letter. In your cover letter, respond to the following questions:

  • Why do you want to participate in this TJ&R and AUTJP training programme?

  • What makes you the ideal candidate for this training programme?

  • What do you hope to learn, and how will it benefit your professional development and institution?

  • How will you contribute to the TJ&R initiatives in your local communities?

Application: Please submit your CV, passport, or national ID, along with a cover letter addressing the four questions, to the following address saron.hirpa@life-peace.org.The application deadline is 26 July 2024.

Inquiries: For further assistance regarding the application process, please contact saron.hirpa@life-peace.org.

Note: LPI will cover the full participation costs of successful applicants. Upon successfully completing the training, participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Deadline

July 26, 2024

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