Job Title: Consultant

Organization: Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) and Defend Defenders.

Closing Date: 5th April, 2022

Duration of contract: 1 Month


Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) is a non-governmental, non-partisan human rights organization which is registered under the Nongovernmental Organization Act of 2002. The main focus of the Coalition is to ensure safer working environment for Human Rights Defenders through protection. The Coalition in collaboration with other two implementing partners – Protection International Kenya and Defend Defenders – are currently implementing a project titled ‘‘Improving the collaboration among national Civil Society Organizations and National Authorities in order to foster their respective mandates’’.


Civil society organizations and human rights defenders working environment is increasingly becoming worse as they operate under restrictive laws/policies. Around the world, groups working to promote or defend human rights are smeared, stigmatized, put under surveillance, harassed, threatened, prosecuted on false charges, arbitrarily detained and physically attacked; some human rights defenders are even killed and forcibly disappeared simply for the work they do.

Restrictive legislation reflects the broader political and cultural trends in which toxic narratives, hatred and fear, creating a fertile ground for the enactment of such laws; and justifying them in the interests of national security, identity and traditional values. In practice, they often silence critical and diverse views and opinions and inhibit the ability of HRDs organizations and individuals to scrutinize governments. While these restrictive laws exist to the detriment of the work of HRDs, there are some laws and policies that are in favour of HRDs work. In Tanzania, there is no specific law or policy that recognizes HRDs and their work. The legitimacy of defending human rights in Tanzania is derived from the Constitution and other laws/policies. These laws might be in favour of the work of HRDs and some of them have been used against HRDs and their works. Through this study the consultant is expected to pinpoint all the laws that affect the work of HRDs and come up with suggestions/recommendations for improvements/amendments of the laws that are not in favour of the work of HRDs.

Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) is therefore pleased to invite qualified individuals to apply for a post of Consultancy to conduct the study in accordance with the terms of references provided herein.


The Consultant is required to do the following;

  1. The consultant should conduct a thorough study to understand the laws/policies that affects negatively and positively the work of human rights defenders in Tanzania.
  2. Through a field assessment understand the feeling of human rights defenders operating under the restrictive legislative frameworks and how best they can navigate.
  3. To prepare a detailed report showing the findings of the study with respective recommendations to address the challenges identified. The report should demonstrate the following in detail;
  • Stakeholders views regarding the need to having HRDs specific law/policy protecting human rights defenders;
  • Advocacy strategies towards enhancing safer working environment under the existing legislative framework and proposed reforms going forward.
  • The regional and international legislative framework related to the protection of HRDs and their efficiency.
  • Develop relevant study/research questions/research guide and tools.
  • Conduct desk review of existing information as per the set objectives.
  • Conduct a pilot study/pre-test of the data collection tools for accuracy and reviewing for the study.
  • Provide an inception report, which should espouse the consultant’s understanding of the TORs, methodology and with a financial proposal.
  • Conduct field study and collecting data;
  • Making necessary observations, compiling key information relevant to the study.
  • Preparing a draft and final report on study findings, providing recommendations on emerging policy advocacy opportunities, as well as best practices on promotion and protection of HRDs approaches and initiatives.
  • Extract from the final study report key messages to be condensed into a short advocacy brief document.
  • Final report must be formatted ready for publication (in a printable final version not more than 50 pages).

At the end of the consultancy, the consultant is expected to submit to the THRDC:

  1. An inception report as explained in the scope of work
  2. A detailed report showing the findings of the study with respective recommendations to address the challenges identified. (The report should not exceed a maximum of 50 pages)
  3. An advocacy brief document for general dissemination.



The Consultant must be;

  1. Excellent in English and Swahili languages
  2. Have a Degree in Law, human rights, Social and development studies or other related fields. Being an advocate of the High Court of Tanzania. Having a Master’s degree will be an added advantage.
  • Sound knowledge of the legislative framework governing the operations of CSOs in Tanzania.
  1. Experience working with CSOs at national, regional and international levels
  2. Experience in advocacy with local and regional legislative platforms.
  3. Understanding of the status of HRDs and their work in Tanzania


  1. 6. HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your CV and those of key members of your team if applying as an institution or consortium, maximum of 3 pages, and a 1-pager application letter in English explaining why you are a suitable candidate and how your skills and experience are a match for our requirements via Also include your technical and financial proposal which matches the timeline within which you will complete the assignment.

The National Coordinator,

Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition,

P.o BOX 105926,

Dar es Salaam.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further procedures. The deadline for applications is midnight on 5th April 2022.

NB: Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition is a free and fair entity, and therefore encourages all qualified Tanzanians to apply. Women are highly encouraged to apply for this position.

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