June 7, 2021

Vacancy Announcement: Economic Justice and Climate Action Lead

Job Title: Economic Justice and Climate Action Lead

Duty station: Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Head of Programmes


Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) is a Pan African feminist organisation with headquarters in Kampala, Uganda, dedicated to improving the political, economic and social status of African women and gender expansive persons through enhancing their individual and collective leadership capabilities.

Role Summary:

The Economic Justice and Climate Action (EJCA) Lead is a feminist, gender justice and women’s rights activist with a genuine commitment to work and passion to drive transformative change on issues of the economy and climate action. The Lead contributes to shaping continental and global debate, policies and spaces, particularly with discourse on developing feminist alternatives to the prevailing economic system. The person will also lead, strengthen and deliver AMwA’s economic justice and climate action work across 4 African countries specifically, in addition to having a regional and global focus. The person is instrumental in building and strengthening solidarity within AMwA networks, with close allies, partners and with broader economic justice and climate action movements.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategy, programme planning and implementation

  • Guide the development of program concepts and plans in the area of economic justice and climate action and ensure alignment of annual plans and budgets to the AMwA strategic plan priorities.
  • Conduct field level visits to program areas for support supervision and guide program implementation.
  • Manage budget for the economic justice and climate action portfolio, working closely with the finance team to maintain the highest level of financial integrity and compliance.
  • In collaboration with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team, ensure timely and adequate documentation, periodic monitoring, adaptive learning and systematic evaluation of the Economic Justice and Climate Action programme


Feminist Leadership Development and Capacity Building 

  • Coordinate the convening of the African Women Leadership Institute (AWLI),  and build the capacity of women’s rights organizations, activists and movements to enhance their knowledge to inform engagement and action in economic justice and climate a
  • Lead in convening rethink spaces and create opportunities for exploring alternatives to mainstream theories and practices on economic policy and practice.


Feminist Research and Knowledge Building

  • Lead on feminist research to inform AMwA’s Economic Justice and Climate Action programmes and advocacy agenda.
  • Contribute to the evidence base of feminist economics and climate action by writing analytical papers/blogs on key and relevant micro and macroeconomic issues such as tax justice, labour rights, climate action etc.
  • In collaboration with other teams, popularize knowledge products produced by AMwA by simplifying complex concepts for driving advocacy.


Movement building and advocacy

  • Assess trends and systemic change relevant to economic justice and climate action, focusing on  macroeconomic policies, practices, systems and structures.
  • Coordinate and nurture a community of African Feminists working on macroeconomic policies and design and lead solidarity actions within AMwA partners and allies and across the broader movements, and work closely with the other teams to amplify and sustain voices of African women and girls in all their diversities.
  • Build strategic partnerships with key external stakeholders that will lead to creation of strong movements for collective advocacy and contribute to nurturing networks and movements on economic justice and climate action.
  • Maintain and grow AMwA’s external credibility and high-level external relations with various stakeholders within CSO, AU institutions, UN, media and among AMwA’s development partners, and take lead in speaking engagements, applying a robust feminist analysis.


Manage, develop staff and build the capacity of program and non-program staff

  • Set performance targets and appraise the programme team in line with organizational policies and procedures.
  • Set up an enabling environment for staff performance, recognition and rewards and motivate and provide feedback to the program team.
  • Conduct training needs analysis, and recommend relevant training for staff.


Educational qualification

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Economics, Development Studies, and Gender, Law or any other relevant discipline from university.
  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field


Essential experience

  • Minimum of 5 years in a programme management position, working on macroeconomic policies, public policy issues using a feminist lens of analysis.
  • A proven commitment to women’s rights activism and demonstrable experience in social justice or human rights broadly;
  • Solid technical knowledge of/expertise in economic justice and climate action using a feminist frame of analysis and grounded in pan Africanism.
  • Excellent research skills and demonstrable experience of writing high quality policy documents, developing policy positions, researching and writing on development and/or women’s human rights issues.
  • Evidence of thought leadership through engagement panel discussions and other external spaces is strongly desired.
  • Strong professional linkages with gender justice and human rights organizations and activists and demonstrable experience of working with civil society actors, including women’s movements, networks or coalitions operating at national, regional and global levels
  • Knowledge and experience with grant making processes and compliance.
  • Proven interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multicultural, multi-interest, multi-ethnic environment
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively in English.
  • Competency in French will be added an advantage

If you believe that you are a good fit for this role, please submit your application (comprehensive resume and a letter of motivation) in English to amwa@akinamamawaafrika.org by 17:00 EAT on 21 June 2021.

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