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Graduate Assistantships: Human Rights Program

For the past several decades, religion has been proven to be a powerful force for peace and justice in West Africa, as these values lie at the heart of the teachings of the region’s dominant faith traditions. Too often though, patriarchal frameworks produce scriptural misinterpretations regarding the rights of women and girls that allow harmful norms, practices, and scholarship to permeate society. Under the Mobilizing Faith for Women and Girls Initiative, the Human Rights Program (HRP) has a mandate to encourage and support efforts by the leaders and believers of the major faiths and beliefs working for equality. We do this by fostering a cadre of well-trained and ambitious faith and belief-inspired leaders who are motivated and prepared to leverage their multiple community roles to advance women’s and girls’ rights and leadership in all aspects of life. 

The HRP is currently seeking a qualified graduate student for the 2017-2018 session (12 months) to provide research assistance for the following projects under the Mobilizing Faith for Women and Girls in West Africa Initiative: Scripturally Annotated Universal Declaration of Human Rights (A-UDHR): HRP is aggregating Biblical and Koranic scriptures that are in alignment with the UDHR

The selected graduate assistant will provide support to HRP staff in designing and executing the above project. The following benchmarks will serve to evaluate the graduate assistant's progress:

  • Compile and review contributions for the A-UDHR to determine applicability to project
  • Revise relevant contributions to respond to the needs of end-users
  • Track peer review feedback
  • Contribute to final editing of product
  • Develop dissemination strategy through HRP social media and web-collaboration tool


  • Currently enrolled graduate or doctoral student who has completed at least two semesters of academic coursework in a master’s or post-master’s level program 
  • A 20 hour per week commitment for a period of 9-12 months
  • Strong writing and research experience
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team and manage complex assignments independently

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion for activism focused on women's and girls' rights and/or gendered approaches
  • Graduate experience in religious studies
  • Familiar with religion in an African context
  • Familiar with technological realities of African contexts for the purpose research dissemination

Compensation: $14/hour

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Graduate Assistantships

(August Start)
Application Open: Feb. 1-March 30

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