Tender for writing ESC rights handbook



Dear Colleagues,

I would like to ask your attention for the following.

The Special Programme on Africa of Amnesty International Dutch Section is
planning to publish a handbook on Economic Social and Cultural rights for
human rights activists and development workers in Africa and we are
putting out a tender for writing this handbook. We are looking for
somebody with:

- Demonstrable experience in designing and writing user-friendly,
practical handbooks or similar material, using plain English; 
- Experience with monitoring and documenting human rights violations
and knowledge of practical research methodology; 
- Knowledge of and/or experience with campaigning in the African
context, preferably on human rights or development issues; 
- Knowledgeable about the different aspects of working on ESC rights
and well-informed about the current state of affairs in this field
(which is still developing); 
- Demonstrable working experience with civil society organisations in
Africa.

For more information about this project and the tender please see the
document below.

We would kindly ask you to forward this tender to anyone you know that
might be interested and who meets the requirements.

Best wishes, 

Peter

 
_________________________________
Peter van der Horst
Coordinator Special Programme on Africa
Amnesty International Dutch Section
PB 1968
1000 BZ Amsterdam
Netherlands
tel. + 31 20 626 4436
fax + 31 20 624 0889
e-mail: <       >
www.amnesty.nl/spa.shtml

 

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Amnesty International Dutch Section
Special Programme on Africa
17 February 2006

DESIGNING AND WRITING A ESC RIGHTS HANDBOOK SERIES

In 1998, the Special Programme on Africa (SPA) took the initiative to
publish a Handbook on Monitoring and Documenting human rights violations
in Africa, called Ukweli. We formed an Editorial Advisory Committee with a
number of experienced human rights activists from Africa and Amnesty
International researchers. The Committee advised to publish a
user-friendly handbook consisting of a main booklet with general
guidelines for monitoring and documenting human rights violations and a
series of companions on specific rights violations. One of the questions
was: do we deal with civil and political rights as well as with economic,
social and cultural rights? The Committee advised to focus on CP rights
only as at that time monitoring and documenting violations of ESC rights
was still in an embryonic stage.

In the meantime numerous organisations have developed activities on ESC
rights and many manuals and handbooks have been published. The question is
whether any of those manuals is the user-friendly, practical guide that
activists and NGOs in Africa need and will use. We know from experience
that many African activists will shy away from voluminous manuals, while
we hear that Ukweli is much appreciated because it is concise, practical
and easy to use. It assists activists in establishing step by step whether
a certain incident constitutes a specific human rights violation. To have
a look at the Ukweli material, please visit our website
http://www.amnesty.nl/spa.shtml

We think it is the right time to publish a similar handbook series on ESC
rights. An increasing number of organisations in Africa is specialising on
ESC rights, in general or on specific rights. Besides, more and more
development organisations start using a human rights based approach, while
human rights organisations are beginning to include ESC rights in their
work. As all rights are interdependent and a holistic approach is needed
to really contribute to the protection, respect and fulfilment of all
rights, especially for the marginalised and vulnerable groups, we very
much welcome and encourage these developments. This would not necessarily
mean that all organisations are going to do the same work.

We may want to consider not focussing only on monitoring and documenting
violations of ESC rights, but also on promotion, campaigning and
mobilising communities. This may have consequences for the format of the
new series. We may need to develop different material for promotion and
campaigning as the booklets on specific rights might become too bulky.
Content and format will be discussed in a first meeting of a new Editorial
Advisory Committee that we are now setting up. The committee will be
comprised of potential users, complemented with some experts.

Organisations that are already active in the field of ESC rights will be
the focus group we have in mind when designing and writing the handbook.
However, we will also aim at encouraging human rights activists on the one
hand and development workers on the other to work on ESC rights. Human
rights organisations would be encouraged to do their advocacy on the basis
of well-documented cases, while development workers would be encouraged to
adopt a human rights based approach to development. Aiming at such a broad
group of potential users means the handbook series must be practical and
user-friendly:

* Issues should be explained in clear, plain language, not using
long sentences or words that are not very common. We need to realise
that many users don't have English (or French and Portuguese) as
their first language. 
* Using short, concise paragraphs.
* Using bullet points for sub-issues and numbering of steps. 
* A design that creates a logic, practical, step by step guide for
the potential users (NGO staff). 

 
The writer(s)

SPA is looking for a consultant who will be able to design and write
material as described above. We may want to consider to sub-contract
people to contribute on specific rights, but they will need instructions
on format and style from the consultant. The writer will follow the advise
of the Editorial Advisory Committee and work under supervision of SPA.

 
Requirements

* Demonstrable experience in designing and writing user-friendly,
practical handbooks or similar material, using plain English;
* Experience with monitoring and documenting human rights violations
and knowledge of practical research methodology;
* Knowledge of and/or experience with campaigning in the African
context, preferably on human rights or development issues;
* Knowledgeable about the different aspects of working on ESC rights
and well-informed about the current state of affairs in this field
(which is still developing);
* Demonstrable working experience with civil society organisations in
Africa. 

 
Schedule

* The writer will participate in the first meeting of the Editorial
Advisory Committee to discuss design and content of the material.
Planning: April/May 2006;
* Designing a format of the handbook series and an outline of the
content and writing some first draft chapters, sufficient for the
Editorial Advisory Committee to get a clear idea what the Handbook
will look like; 
* Discuss design and first draft texts in second meeting of Editorial
Advisory Committee;
* Writing the material, probably with contributions from others on
specific rights. Assuming that the Handbook will become a series of
smaller booklets, the texts for the different parts could be written
gradually;
* Requesting and incorporating individual comments of the Editorial
Advisory Committee.

 
Timeline

We would expect a design and first draft texts within 3-5 months after the
first meeting of the Editorial Advisory Committee.  We would expect the
writing process to start immediately after the second meeting. The
required time for this project can only be established after the first
meeting of the Editorial Advisory Committee.

 
Tender

Please send us 
* CV
* Previously written handbook or similar material
* A letter including
- why you meet the above requirements 
- how you intend to work on this
- the problems you anticipate
- the time you would need to write a booklet like the main Ukweli and
one companion
- your consultancy fee

 

 

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