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Seeking Additional Board Members





Who are We?

UHAI is Africa’s first indigenous activist fund supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) and sex worker human rights. We have funded critical court challenges that overturned repressive laws, resourced pioneer community-led HIV clinics, and supported communities to document their lives, organising and advocacy.

Established in 2009, and based in Nairobi, we fund activist organising in 7 Eastern African countries—Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda—and Pan-African organisations working across the continent.

We provide civil society organising flexible and accessible grants;capacity support; grants for Pan-African organising and advocacy;support for activist convening; and knowledge.

We are led and determined by the very activists who live through localhuman rights struggles. We are advancing local activist voice by providingthem the resources and tools necessary to push for change. We are alsobuilding agency and leadership in our movements by ensuring ourcommunities are not simply beneficiaries of our support, butdecision-makers for our grants.


About the UHAI Board

UHAI’s Board governs UHAI and has fiduciary responsibility over the organisation. This means that the Board must ensure that UHAI fulfills her mission and goals. The Board accomplishes this oversight and monitoring function by keeping well informed about the activities of UHAI, and by making decisions to guide UHAI to success. The Board also authorises changes to policy.

UHAI’s Board currently has 4 members who are Eastern African activists in the LGBTI and sex worker movements, and we now seek to grow our Board to 7 members. The Board also has 1 ex-officio member who serves as Secretary to the Board and Executive Director of UHAI.

Whilst the Board governs UHAI, a staff team of 13, based in Nairobi, implements programming.

The UHAI Board is bound to a strict conflict of interest policy.


Person Specification

The ideal candidates will:

  • Be Eastern African nationals or residents;
  • Demonstrate strong understanding of and commitment to human rights and social justice;
  • Posses excellent knowledge on and analysis of sexual and gender diversity and expression and sex work in Africa;
  • Come from various activist and professional backgrounds; trans and intersex activists are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Preferably be from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania or Uganda.


Key Responsibilities of UHAI’s Board

1.      Provide UHAI effective strategic oversight through development review of our strategic plan

2.      Provide governance to UHAI to ensure we meet our mission and goals, including by approval of year work plans and budgets, progress and financial reports and institutional policies

3.      Provide final assessment and approval of UHAI grants for funding, and ratify decisions of the Peer Grants Committee

4.      Appoint auditors, the Company Secretary and approve programme and financial audits

5.      Oversee the Executive Director and provide supervision, yearly appraisal and support

6.      Attend all Board meetings, held twice yearly, and virtual Board briefings held twice yearly

7.      Engage in, where feasible and as appropriate, in key UHAI events such as the biennial CFCS

8.      Adhere to UHAI’s confidentiality and conflict of interest policies.


Terms of Service       

Board membership is voluntary, for a term of 3 years, renewable twice.

All costs related to attending Board meetings and carrying out Board responsibilities (including travel) are covered by UHAI.


How do I Apply?        

Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your CV and a letter of interest, describing your interests, skills and background by Sun. 11th June 2017. Use the reference “Board Vacancy” when you write. 

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About Us

UHAI EASHRI is an indigenous activist fund which provides flexible and accessible resources to support civil society activism around issues of sexuality, health and human rights in the East African region with a particular focus on the rights of sexual minorities.



UHAI-EASHRI makes three different types of grants:


Our strength lies in the skills, talents and commitment of our people.


Contact us

P.O. Box 27611 - 00100
Nairobi Kenya
Tel +254 20 2330050
+254 20 8127535
Email: info(at)uhai-eashri.org