Supporting Inclusive Resource Development in East Africa

East Africa

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Training Program

CBA International Initiatives is seeking volunteers to be trainers for the Supporting Inclusive Resource Development in East Africa project (SIRD).  SIRD is a five-year project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, and implemented by the CBA in partnership with law societies in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The ultimate objective of SIRD is to increase sustainable economic growth for East Africans, in particular women and vulnerable groups, affected by extractive industries. The project has two expected Intermediate Outcomes:

  1. Increased engagement of East African law societies to advocate for law reform to reflect the principles of transparency, gender sensitivity and accountability in the extractive industries.
  2. Increased community participation, particularly women, in consultations, dialogue, negotiations, advocacy and other initiatives to advance their rights related to the extractive industries.

The SIRD training program aims to equip a core group of lawyers with knowledge and skills in natural resource management to support inclusive and sustainable resource development in their country. In particular, the program emphasizes the legal and economic empowerment of women and communities affected by mining, oil and gas industries. Training participants will include lawyers working in civil society, legal aid, community-based agencies, government, and extractive companies. The training program will consist of a series of modules offered to members of the law societies in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The program will be developed and delivered by East African and Canadian experts, working collaboratively.

Currently we are recruiting trainers for the following units:

  1. Community Engagement and Development
    Day 1: Community Consultation and Participation
    Day 2: Community Development – (benefits sharing, revenue allocation, local content)

Training dates between March 18 – April 5, 2019 (tbc)

  1. Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Compensation
    Day 1: Communal & individual land rights
    Day 2: Resettlement, compensation, dispute resolution

Training dates between April 15 – May 3, 2019 (tbc)

Required Qualifications

  • Experience working on legal issues in natural resource management;
  • Knowledge of international standards and best practices in the natural resource management (mining, oil & gas), specifically related to 1) Community Engagement and Development or 2) Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Compensation;
  • Knowledge of Canadian laws, policies and practices in natural resource management (mining, oil & gas), specifically related to 1) Community Engagement and Development or 2) Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Compensation;
  • Experience in gender equality, and gender policy-making is highly desirable;
  • Experience developing and delivering training/workshops/seminars to lawyers;  
  • Ability to travel to Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda;
  • CBA membership.

We particularly encourage applications from CBA members who self-identify as: women, aboriginal or visible minorities.

Travel

The training sessions will be held in Kampala, Uganda; Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.        

A team of 2-3 Canadian trainers will be selected for 1) Community Engagement and Development

and 2) Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Compensation. Ideally, the same team of Canadian trainers will travel to each country, requiring at least 12 days away from Canada (inclusive of travel and training in 3 countries). Travel costs will be covered by the SIRD project.

If interested please submit your CV and cover letter, outlining relevant experience to cbaidp@CBA.org by February 12, 2019

SIRD East Africa Research Volunteers

The Supporting Inclusive Resource Development in East Africa (SIRD) project is looking to fill three volunteer research positions for recent law graduates/junior lawyers to support our work in Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda. 

Learn more

Ongoing Opportunities

We are seeking to establish a database of volunteers to support the project. Volunteers may be asked to give their time to support project activities including training sessions, mentoring, legal research, developing law reform submissions, and community legal empowerment.

Volunteers should have at least some of the following desired qualifications:

  • Extensive experience working on legal issues related to the extractive sector;
  • Extensive knowledge of international standards and best practices in the governance of natural resources (oil, gas and mining) for sustainable development;
  • Extensive experience in extractive sector regulation, aboriginal law, human rights, gender equality, environmental protection, international investment, community empowerment and/or corporate social responsibility;
  • International development experience, especially in Africa;
  • Experience developing training programs, and delivering training.
  • The above are considered assets and may not be necessary for all project activities. 

HOW TO APPLY

If you’re a CBA member in good standing and you wish to be included in the resource bank, please complete our online form.

KENYA / TANZANIA / UGANDA

On January 20, 2017, the CBA and Global Affairs Canada finalized a contribution agreement for a five year project, Supporting Inclusive Resource Development in East Africa (SIRD). The project will be implemented by CBA International Initiatives (CBAII) in partnership with the Law Society of Kenya, Tanganyika Law Society, Uganda Law Society and East African Law Society.

The project aims to increase economic growth for East Africans, including women and vulnerable groups, affected by extractive industries. SIRD activities will be supported by Canadian technical assistance, drawn from CBA members across Canada who will provide training, mentorship, and technical advice on initiatives aimed at:

  1. Increased engagement of East African law societies to advocate for law reform to reflect the principles of transparency, gender sensitivity and accountability in the extractive industries.
  2. Increased community participation, particularly women, in consultations, dialogue, negotiations, advocacy and other initiatives to advance their rights related to the extractive industries. 

Funded by Global Affairs Canada.

Global Affairs Canada