CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Developing DefendDefenders Board Charter

Terms of Reference for Consultancy Services to develop a board charter  for DefendDefenders  


DefendDefenders was established in 2005 as a regional network to strengthen the work of human rights defenders (HRDs) throughout the East and Horn of Africa sub-region by reducing their vulnerability to the risk of persecution by enhancing their capacity to effectively defend human rights. DefendDefenders envisions a region in which the human rights of every individual as stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are respected and upheld.

DefendDefenders also serves as the secretariat of AfricanDefenders (the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network. The five sub- regional networks forming the AfricanDefenders include: the North Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (hosted by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies in Tunis), the West African Human Rights Defenders Network (Lomé, Togo), the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (hosted by the International Commission of Jurists in Johannesburg, South Africa), the Central Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (Douala, Cameroon), and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (DefendDefenders in Kampala, Uganda). AfricanDefenders coordinates activities in the areas of protection, capacity building, and advocacy across the African continent.

DefendDefenders has an existing Board whose mandate is already provided for in the Memorandum of Understanding. However, it was decided that a Board Charter would expound on issues around the composition and operations of the Board. Accordingly therefore, DefendDefenders Proposes to contract a legal expert to develop the board charter that will form the basis for governance of the organisation and operations of the Board.

The deadline for applications is Monday 22 November 2021. 

Please download the full Terms of Referrence (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.