Associate – Advancing Universal Rights and Justice Initiative (AURJ)

AWID, Canada

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignStrategic Alliances
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th June, 2019

Job Description

Overview of the Initiative:

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) is a global, feminist, membership, movement-support organisation. Its mission is to support feminist, women’s rights and gender justice movements to thrive, to be a driving force in challenging systems of oppression, and to co-create feminist realities.

The Advancing Universal Rights and Justice (AURJ) Initiative aims to uproot fundamentalisms and fascisms – to promote the universality and indivisibility of rights, advance women’s rights and feminist agendas and challenge fundamentalist and fascist influences and actors.

The Advancing Universal Rights and Justice (AURJ) Initiative aims to uproot fundamentalisms and fascisms – to promote the universality and indivisibility of rights, advance women’s rights and feminist agendas and challenge fundamentalist and fascist influences and actors.

AURJ hosts three main projects:

The Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) - a multi-organizational initiative that aims to monitor, analyze, share information and engage in collaborative advocacy to counter initiatives that misuse religion, culture, and tradition to undermine the universality of human rights;
Building at the Faultlines - a project which focuses on key rifts amongst and between movements that have hampered collective action, i.e. ‘faultlines’, and which aims to foster open conversation on the faultlines to move towards more holistic, intersectional advocacy agendas that do no harm, and that bolster collective power
FF Inc – a project which aims to explore and uncover the connections between fundamentalist and fascist agendas and corporate power and their role in upholding patriarchy, with a particular focus on flows of financing and funding

Through the AURJ initiative, we:

  • Produce knowledge to visibilize the ways in which anti-rights actors are operating and colluding in global, regional and national spaces
  • Equipped with this knowledge, we create space for feminist, women’s rights and gender justice movements and allies to strategize and take collective action to counter the influence and impact of anti-rights actors and agendas
  • Our advocacy seeks to advance feminist, women’s rights and gender justice frameworks, norms and proposals and to protect and promote the universality of rights

Overview of the Position: The Advancing Universal Rights and Justice (AURJ) Associate will facilitate the achievement of the strategic objectives of the Initiative and will be responsible for undertaking tasks with an emphasis in the area of advocacy, in addition to knowledge and alliance-building.


  • Contributes to advocacy actions to counter anti-rights actors and further feminist norms and policy agendas in select international human rights spaces, in collaboration with the OURs Working Group and partner organizations
  • Advance AURJ’s advocacy objectives by developing and maintaining regular communication with allies and other actors relevant to the OURs advocacy goals, and by building relationships and strategic alliances with key partners and international and regional policy actors
  • Participates in efforts to expand and deepen the AURJ initiative’s engagement and collaboration with actors from feminist and other social justice movements working on fundamentalisms and fascisms through proactive formal and informal communications
  • Supports and/or contributes to strategic campaigns to disrupt, delegitimize and dismantle the impact, discourses and strategies of fundamentalisms and fascisms, particularly in the international and regional human rights systems
  • Drafts concept notes, briefs, urgent actions and solidarity messages and letters
  • Contributes to writing, editing and synthesizing content exploring the impact and influence of fundamentalisms and fascisms globally, and on the international and regional human rights systems
  • Identifies engagement opportunities for face to face and virtual delivery of materials including those in collaboration with partners, including the OUR’s Working Group
  • Supports Initiative-organized convenings and sessions at convenings, including with preparation of meeting-related documents, background reading, agenda, methodology, concept papers, presentations, post-meeting reports, etc
  • Assists with preparation of presentations and represents the Initiative in relevant dialogues, meetings, etc, as needed

Essential Values and Competencies:

  • Values a feminist intersectional framework and its implications for organizational practices and committed to the principles of feminism, anti-oppression
  • Focus on the Big Picture and Overall Strategic Plan
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Strategic Risk Management
  • Build strong Interpersonal relations from the role - across the organization (up, down and across)
  • Influencing & Resolving Differences Across Boundaries
  • Self-awareness and insight

Essential Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience:

  • At least two years experience working for a non-profit organization in a related role -
  • Contributing to and carrying out UN-based human rights advocacy and/or campaigns to further gender justice objectives
  • writing and editing knowledge products on themes related to the AURJ initiative, including women’s rights and/or fundamentalisms or fascisms
  • analyzing key issues and themes related to fundamentalisms and fascisms, gender justice and human rights
  • using social media, including engagement with social media campaigns
  • alliance-building and engagement with priority constituencies (land, labour and/or sexual rights & bodily autonomy movements)
  • working in a multi-cultural team and/or one located in diverse locations
  • working in or with organizations based in the Global South, and particularly in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Knowledge and understanding of complex issues related to fundamentalisms and fascisms, gender justice and human rights in particular regions and on a global level
  • Significant familiarity with women’s rights organizations and networks working on rights related to gender and sexuality, fascisms and/or fundamentalisms based in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Familiarity with activists and organizations working on fascisms and/or fundamentalisms with priority constituencies, ie labour, land and/or sexual rights & bodily autonomy movements, especially those based in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Excellent written communication and editing skills in English (e.g. articles, analytical pieces, report writing, position statements)

Innovative, flexible, manages change well:

  • Excellent analytical and diagnostic information gathering abilities (specifically regarding analysis of information across a range of disciplines and ability to extract relevant information/themes or solve problems)
  • Demonstrated capacity to establish focus (assist with the development of work plan), navigate complex relationships and work with multiple stakeholders in coalition and partnership
  • Displays good judgment, sensitivity and attention in diverse forms of communications
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills

Strategic thinking abilities:

  • Strong time management, detail orientation and thoroughness of work
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, and manage stress
  • Results-oriented, and comfortable taking initiative
  • Problem solving and decision making abilities, and project management experience and skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and ability to work remotely as part of a virtual team
  • Committed to the principles and values of feminism, social justice, human rights and anti-racism
  • Ability to travel internationally (up to 4-6 weeks/year)

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience:

  • University degree in political science, human rights, social science, gender studies, religious studies, international relations, or related field.
  • Courses or certificates in women's/feminist studies, political economy, UN advocacy, human rights, project management, program design & innovation, strategic communications, campaigning or religion considered an asset
  • Background in feminist and social justice activism
  • Bilingual, Trilingual or Quad Lingual (written and spoken) in English and French, Spanish, or Arabic

How to apply:

  • Please include “Associate – Advancing Universal Rights and Justice Initiative (AURJ)” in the subject line of the email and submit to before 23 June 2019.
  • a cover letter and current CV that addresses how you meet the necessary qualifications and outlines why you want to work for an international women’s organization
  • in one page:
  • describe your experience with advocacy for gender justice and women's rights, including at the global and/or regional level
  • describe your experience with women's rights organizations and networks working on rights related to gender and sexuality, fascisms and/or fundamentalisms, particularly at the international level and/or in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Women and candidates from historically oppressed groups are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
  • We thank all those who apply, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No calls please. To learn more about AWID and our programs, please visit our website at

AWID is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at AWID are based on organisational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. If contacted in relation to an employment opportunity, please advise AWID of the accommodation measures, if required, which would enable you to be interviewed in a fair and equitable manner. All information received in relation to accommodation measures will be treated in confidence.

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