Call for Activists

An 8-Weeks of Training on Human Rights, the Civic Association, Project Management, and social media campaigning for Human Rights Activists.  


Center for Advancement of Rights and Democracy (CARD) is a board-led, for-not-profit organization registered in Ethiopia under the revised Civil Societies Law 1113/2019 with registry number 4307. CARD envisions seeing a democratic Ethiopia and has a mission of echoing principles of democracy to make it the rule of the game in Ethiopia.
CARD, in partnership with National Endowment for Democracy (NED), will soon launch a project on Promoting Conflict Sensitive Civic Engagement for Youth human rights (democracy) advocates from 3 regions of Ethiopia.  Through this 8-week hands-on training, trainees selected from 3 major regions of Ethiopia, will learn about conflict-sensitive civic engagement, human rights, introduction to the civic association, project management, and positive social media engagement. Then, they will apply these skills to strengthen advocacy and civic engagement efforts.

The purpose of this project is to unleash the potential of emerging human rights/democracy activists in Ethiopia to become transformative leaders with improved abilities to effectively engage in conflict-sensitive civic engagement, and form and lead a grassroots youth movement. 

Through this program, participants will be part of extensive training, learn how to implement their own projects, get one-on-one mentorship to build their grassroots civic association, and practice working in a group to lead conflict-sensitive civic engagement in universities. Applicants will also be asked to propose an action plan after completion of training and leading a conflict-sensitive civic engagement in universities.

The training session will include:

  • Module one: human rights and conflict-sensitive dialogue
  • Module two: Introduction to civic associations and leadership
  • Module three: Project Management
  • Module four: Effective use of social media to promote the democratic cause

Duties and Responsibilities

CARD is seeking individual applicants from Oromia, Amhara, Somali, and SNNP regions who are currently working on individual or group advocacy or initiatives focused on human rights, democracy, and civic engagement and who want to learn more about conflict-sensitive civic engagement. 

If offered a position in the training, individuals are expected to be able to devote at least 4 hours a week throughout the program to reading materials and developing action plans, attend bi-weekly training happening in Addis Ababa, collaborate with trainers and other participants, and build out their project.

The program is fully funded by CARD, including travel and accommodation fees.

Eligibility criteria

This program targets current and aspiring human rights (democracy) advocates who have aspirations of forming a grassroots youth movement. To take part in the program, applicants will need to be:

  • From age 21-35
  • Residents of Oromia, Amhara, Somali, and SNNP regions
  • Who can demonstrate they have previous experience in activism/advocacy?
  • Who can provide a letter of recommendation?
  • Willing to take 8 weeks of training and implement their own grassroots civic movement
  • Knowledge of the local languages of the community where they do civic activism. 
  • Knowledge of the political and civic environment of Ethiopia
  • Knowledge of human rights values and democratic principles.

Female applicants are appreciated.

Application Instructions

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until Friday, November 13th. We encourage applicants to apply early, as space is limited. Interested and qualified applicants can send: 1) their CV, 2) their motivational letter, and 3) a recommendation letter via no later than January 8th, 2020. Please contact if you have any other questions on the application or program

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