CALL FOR PROPOSALS: DefendDefenders E-learning Platform

Terms of Reference for Consultancy Services to develop an E- learning Platform for DefendDefenders  


The number of HRDs/HROs requesting technical assistance in areas like protection, physical and digital security, plus other subject areas is growing by the day. Furthermore, there is a high need to ensure and maintain the continuity of knowledge transfer among DefendDefenders staff. One of the tools that DD aspires to use to meet the increasing demand of these requirements efficiently and consistently is an e- learning platform (DD-learn). 

The e-learning approach is intended to supplement and enrich the DD’s local, regional, and/or national activities in building capacity for Human Rights Defenders, by enabling users to reach a predetermined level of knowledge and making face-to-face interactions more effective. Although the E-Learning approach may make training programs more efficient, it is not intended to substitute face-to-face instructor-led interactions. 

E-Learning can also demonstrate a sustainable model for DD’s support for partner organizations when applied in conjunction with regional strategic partnerships such as international networks and forums. This approach leverages DD’s expertise by making its information accessible via modern platforms. It can be exercised through synchronous or asynchronous learning. 

Therefore, E-Learning can be an efficient way to deliver knowledge to human rights defenders, as well as to assist partner organizations in making full use of the DD resources. 



The prospective bidders will have to fill in a Google form ( during the application process. The deadline for applications is 28 April 2021. 



Please download the full Terms of Reference (PDF) for details on requirements and deliverables. 


Human Rights Defender of the month: Alex Njenga John

Alex Njenga has always believed in egalitarianism both as a principle and as a tool for justice. As a result, he has always been suspicious of, and at times hostile to social prejudices that treat some people as “more equal than others,” – to use a line from George Orwell’s famed political fable, Animal Farm.

Some of the experiences that have shaped his social and political outlook have been personal. As an adolescent in Kenya’s Uasin Gishu County, Alex was stigmatised and denied healthcare after he identified himself as belonging to Kenya’s sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) community.