Civic Space Research Officer

  • Location
    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 08

Position description

A researcher to support the continued publication of high-quality daily content on the CIVICUS Monitor platform, to support the strengthening of the Monitor’s global research collaboration and to support the technical development of the Monitor platform itself. In addition, to advance the civic space research agenda at CIVICUS through contributions to periodic research papers, analysis of trends and continued tracking of violations, abuses and positive developments. 

  • Coordinate and assist with the publication of daily updates on the CIVICUS Monitor site.

  • Provide editing and feedback for content submitted to the CIVICUS Monitor.

  • Contribute to the identification, planning and implementation of research papers, policy briefs and any other internal or external documents on civic space.

  • Conduct structured interviews with in-country civil society contacts.

  • Provide advice on research and research methodology on civic space to

    ensure quality and consistency of work

  • Maintain a comprehensive overview of trends and developments on civic

    space, particularly in the assigned region

  • Other tasks related to the furtherance of CIVICUS research on civic space, as assigned.

Support the managing of partners relations

  • Manage updates for research partners, as assigned.

  • Help with the organisation of regular online meetings of research partners,

    and one annual research partners workshop.

Advocacy/ Communications

  • As required, speak about CIVICUS research to external audiences during online or in-person meetings or conferences.

  • Coordinate with the CIVICUS Communications teams to ensure maximum visibility for posts on the CIVICUS Monitor and any other related material

  • Coordinate and support the CIVICUS advocacy team to ensure a clear connection between Monitor content and CIVICUS advocacy efforts.

  • Promote the Monitor through social media and other channels as appropriate.



  • Diplomas/degrees in the following domains will be taken into account, although are not mandatory for this position:

    • -  Political science

    • -  Law

    • -  Sociology

    • -  International relations

    • -  Journalism

  • Competence with a wide range of languages – these can be either UN or non-UN languages – is considered a strong asset, preferable Spanish.

Essential Knowledge, skills and Experience

  • Candidates must have five to seven years experience working directly with civil society organisations and/or human rights defenders, ideally in the Americas region

  • An understanding of international human rights frameworks related to fundamental freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression.

  • Previous experience of working on research or advocacy projects related to human rights, social justice or democracy.

  • Basic computer literacy, with any web-based publication experience an advantage.

  • Preference for candidates with practical hands-on experience and/or understanding of working with civil society organisations or human rights defenders, preferable in the Americas region.

  • Previous experience of drafting documents in any language for publication.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a diverse, virtual team.

  • Well-organised, with the ability to work independently.

  • Ability to analyse complex sets of information and reveal trends.

  • A passion to improving respect for human rights.

Desirable Knowledge, skills and Experience

• Preference for candidates with practical hands-on experience and/or understanding of working with civil society organisations or human rights defenders, preferable in the Americas region.

Application instructions

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