Call for Researchers

The Center for the Advancement of Rights and Democracy (CARD) is a board-led, for-not-profit organization registered in Ethiopia under the Civil Societies Law 1113/2019 with registry number 4307. CARD acquired its legal personality on 24 July 2019.

​CARD aspires to see Ethiopia where democratic culture flourished on human rights values and has been working with a mission to empower citizens and groups of citizens to ensure their ability to promote and defend human rights and build democratic governance in Ethiopia.

Background of the project

CARD is implementing a project titled “Under Ethiopian sky: Articulating Contentious Issues for a Meaningful Dialogue” that focuses on promoting peaceful and amicable ways of resolving issues in a democratic way amongst different groups of youth.

The objective of the project

The general objective of this project proposal is to articulate major socio-political issues dividing Ethiopians through informed dialogues involving different stakeholders.

The specific objectives are:

  • To contribute to the culture of the inclusive democratic dialogue.
  • To diffuse the potential of controversial issues to radicalize people and cause conflicts through dialogue.
  • To create a platform where competing views can be presented for judgments of mass audiences.
  • To research, document, and factually report issues that need governance attention. 
  • To engage politically active and influential youth on issues that are creating division and polarization.

Thus, CARD wants to hire six thematic research experts to develop a literature review from diverse perspectives on the controversial issues in each of the following areas:

  1. Controversial issues over the city of Addis Ababa
  2. The structure of Ethiopian federalism
  3. Dealing with history and its many narratives 
  4. Controversies over the special force units of regional states
  5. Controversies over territories among regions, zones, and other administrative units
  6. Power and relationship of the federal and regional state governments

In addition, the researcher consultants are expected to develop the storyline of the documentaries in the framework of the question, the dilemma, and the democratic alternatives.

Essentials and desirable experiences

  • The expert must have the requisite academic qualifications, preferably equivalent research experience.
  • Previous proven work experience in the aforementioned thematic areas.
  • Strong analytical skills, nuanced understanding of contemporary socio-political context, and positive engagement skills.
  • Previously published research, articles, and reports on one of the above contentious issues in Ethiopia. 

Interested individuals are required to submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • List of previous publications

Applicants are also expected to apply for only one of the thematic areas aforementioned. 

Potential individuals are requested to submit all the necessary documents via until November 18, 2022, from the date of this announcement.

Center for Advancement of Rights and Democracy (CARD)

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