Duration of the mission : 1 year renewable
Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, Speak Up Africa is a Policy and Advocacy Action Tank dedicated to catalyzing leadership, enabling policy change, and increasing awareness for sustainable development in Africa. Through our platforms and relationships and with the help of our partners, we ensure that policy makers meet implementers, that solutions are showcased and that every sector contributes critically to the dialogue and strives to form the blueprints for concrete action for sustainable development – from individual citizens and civil society groups to global donors and business leaders.
As a women-led organization, gender equality is in our DNA. Unless women and girls in all their diversity can meaningfully hold leadership positions, make decisions, and allocate resources, our continent will never fully thrive. We support the inclusion of women and girls on public platforms and as leaders and encourage them to significantly participate in decision-making spaces.
The African Women in Digital Health (AWiDH) initiative, a flagship of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Digital Transformation Strategy, was launched during the December 2022 Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA) meeting in Kigali by Africa CDC, Speak Up Africa, and partners. AWiDH is a coalition of organizations and individuals that advocate for gender equality in technology for health with an objective of closing the gender digital gap in Africa. Selected Member States are supported to design or update their digital health strategy to include a gender lens, with quantitative targets set to clearly measure the impact of these partnerships. AWiDH will focus on achieving equal gender representation in incubators and accelerators, and within both the public and private sectors. In addition to increasing representation, AWiDH will sustain partnerships that invest in upskilling and executive training for women already working in the digital health space.
The Program Officer- AWiDH will play a pivotal role in implementing the initiative to advance gender equality within the digital health sector across Africa.
Commitment to Gender Equality and Safeguarding
Speak Up Africa has a Zero Tolerance approach to all forms of harm and abuse. Speak Up Africa is committed to taking appropriate action against human rights violations and exploitation in all its forms. The welfare and safety of all stakeholders is prioritized in all actions and decisions of Speak Up Africa. Appropriate policies and procedures are in place to ensure this. Only those who share our values and are committed to our Safeguarding Policy shall be considered for recruitment.
Speak Up Africa also promotes efforts on gender equality in line with its strategic directions and institutional values, which are themselves organized around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We encourage our institutional and business partners to commit to the achievement of SDG 5 in line with our institutional strategy.
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