Tanzania Young Human Rights Defenders and Graduate Mentorship Program 2024

Applications are open for the Tanzania Young Human Rights Defenders & Graduate Mentorship Program 2024. This program is designed to empower and enhance the work-related skills of Tanzanian graduates and aspiring young human rights defenders interested in working with human rights organizations, institutions, and civil society organizations.

tanzania Young Human Rights Defenders and Graduate mentorship Program
tanzania Young Human Rights Defenders and Graduate mentorship Program

The mentorship initiative serves as a platform to prepare, nurture, guide, and motivate young professionals, enabling them to enter the civil society and human rights sectors with practical skills and relevant knowledge.

The primary goal is to assist young professionals in developing focus and specialization in their career paths. The Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC), a dedicated organization for human rights defenders, is committed to encouraging numerous young professionals to engage in the human rights sector, both during and after their graduate studies.

Program Details 

Selected mentees will participate in a comprehensive one-year mentorship program, during which they will be placed in various organizations for hands-on experience.

The program is supported by the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) and other interested partners, including host organizations.

Training Phase: In the initial 30 days, mentees will undergo an intensive online training program on human rights and the civil society working environment.

This training will be supervised by the East Africa Human Rights Institute, focusing on building a strong foundation in human rights principles and practices.

Skill Enhancement: The program is designed to equip mentees with essential human rights and civil society management skills.

These include field research, documentation of human rights violations, report writing, human rights litigation (for those with a legal background), human rights advocacy, project management, designing and launching effective lobbying and advocacy campaigns, and leveraging modern media to raise awareness of rights violations.

Project Development: At the end of the program, mentees will be tasked with developing a project addressing a community problem of their choice.

Exceptional mentees may have increased opportunities for employment within the mentor organization or receive recommendations for other institutions.

Certification: Upon successful completion of the program, mentees will receive a mentorship certificate. This certificate will be issued at the end of the program, signed by both the mentor organization and THRDC, acknowledging the mentees’ dedication and accomplishments throughout the mentorship journey.

Eligibility Criteria For Tanzania Young Human Rights Defenders and Graduate Mentorship Program 2024

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be between 21-32 years old
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in relevant fields
  • Be recent graduates from undergraduate or postgraduate studies
  • Have a track record of involvement in human rights or civil society activities during school
  • Be currently unemployed
  • Have proficiency in both Swahili and English
  • Possess good computer skills and social media proficiency

Application Requirements 

Interested applicants should submit the following documents to info@thrdc.or.tz before February 20, 2024:

  1. Application letter
  2. One-page motivation letter
  3. One reference letter
  4. Academic documents
  5. CV

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is February 20, 2024.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply, click here.



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