Programme Manager, Children and the Law Programme

African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) is an independent, Pan-African organisation that promotes policy change to advance child wellbeing in Africa. We are guided by the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Our work is inspired by African values and perspectives and informed by African reality and global knowledge. We adopt a child rights approach to the promotion and realisation of child wellbeing.

ACPF undertakes law and policy research and advocacy on the African child. We document children’s life experiences to build knowledge of the African child.  By identifying policy solutions and creating space for dialogue and learning, we catalyse linkages between policy and practice. We foster a common voice through alliances and movements for children. Creating opportunities for children to advocate for themselves is important to us.

We work with partners across governments, inter-governmental institutions, multilateral organisations, international and national NGOs, civil society, academics and development partners across diverse sectors. 

ACPF is recruiting a Programme Manager for its Children and the Law Programme.  The Programme Manager will have a critical leadership and technical role in the development and implementation of the organisation’s strategy and programmes.   She/he will lead work carried out in this specific programme unit, ensure it is relevant, innovative, of high technical quality, managed and implemented effectively and in accordance with ACPF’s programme priorities and strategies.  The Programme Manager will play a key role in conceptualising, designing and implementing high quality research that meets rigorous academic and ethical standards.

This is a senior position, based at the ACPF headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which involves interaction with African, international and civil society executives, thinkers and experts in the child rights area. 

The successful candidate should have at least 10 years of progressive experience in international human rights, humanitarian or development work, preferably in Africa, and substantial experience and knowledge of research, policy and programme management.  She/he should have a solid record of managerial and intellectual leadership.  She/he should have a post-graduate degree in Law, with qualifications in Human Rights, Child Law or International Law.  The candidate must demonstrate decision making, accountability and high professionalism.  She/he needs to have strong interpersonal, communication and representational skills.  English is a must; knowledge of French is desirable.

ACPF is an equal opportunities employer. African nationals and women are especially encouraged to apply. 

Applicants are encouraged to send their resume as soon as possible and in any case before 18 November 2022 to jobs@africanchildforum.org .  If you have not been contacted two weeks after the deadline, please consider your application


An independent, not-for-profit, Pan-African
Institute of policy research and dialogue on the African child.

Founded 2003
Founder Assefa Bequele, PhD

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