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On The New Yorker

The Gay-Rights Activists Hoping for a Legal Victory in Kenya


By Jacob Kushner


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GALCK Is Hiring!

Opportunity: Finance Officer


Accepting Applications from 29th January 2019 – 15th February 2019

Location: Nairobi


The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) is the national umbrella body for 16 organizations advocating for sexual orientation gender identity and expression (SOGIE) issues in Kenya. Together, we envision a safe and enabling environment for SOGIE organizations and individuals.

GALCK is looking for a self-motivated individual to join the Secretariat. Reporting to the Executive Coordinator, the Finance Officer will oversee the management of GALCK’s financial resources by effectively monitoring the utilization of resources through structured systems and programs that ensure compliance with GALCK’s policies and procedures, donor partner requirements, statutory requirements and International Accounting Standards and best practices of financial management.


Specific duties:


Financial Accounting and Management

  • Ensure all accounting data is coded and processed to the general ledger and that there is always a system in place that cause the production of timely and accurate reports for financial accounting at GALCK.
  • Ensure the preparation of monthly financial and management accounts.
  • Support staff in the preparation of budgets and share financial reports with program and operations staff at specified times in order to inform their spending and absorption rates.
  • Ensure effective and efficient management of GALCK’s bank accounts.
  • Ensure preparation of quarterly financial reports.
  • Ensure adherence to internal and external financial policies.
  • Assist management in monitoring the annual budget.
  • Ensure the recording and tracking of fixed assets including provision for depreciation for year-end processes.
  • Ensure that GALCK’s annual audit and any other organisational audits are carried out successfully.


Management of payment processes.

  • Supervise preparation of requests for quotations and purchase orders by reviewing requests made and purchase orders issued to ensure they adhere to GALCK’s Finance and Procurement policy.
  • Supervise processing of payments by reviewing payment requests and vouchers to ensure correct budget and donor allocations, accuracy, completeness and clear audit trail.
  • Together with the Operations Officer, ensure the payroll is prepared and statutory and other payroll deductions are remitted to relevant authorities in a timely manner.
  • Ensure any floats are accounted for in a timely manner in terms of activities undertaken and the respective financial outlays.


Fundraising and Management of Donor Funds

  • Work with the EC to prepare GALCK’s annual organizational budget and chart out the funding sources.
  • Prepare budgets as necessary and assist and provide the information required to the EC for purposes of budget preparation and fundraising.
  • In compliance with donor requirements, ensure that appropriate financial procedures and standards are implemented and monitored in the organization.
  • Track expenditure against budgets to ensure that donor funds are spent in accordance to the signed donor contracts.


Person Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher in either Finance, Commerce, Business Administration or any related field.
  • Professional qualifications in Accounting and Financial Management such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • At least three years’ demonstrable experience in working in a finance department.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to human rights and social justice, particularly knowledge and experience of LGBTIQ rights.
  • Familiarity with grants management and administration would be desirable.
  • Demonstrable experience in resource mobilisation and donor reporting.
  • Strong organisational and management skills with attention to detail.
  • Sensitivity, flexibility, and ability to communicate clearly and effectively with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrable analytic and strategic thinking skills.


Terms and conditions:

This position is long-term with compensation that is negotiable and commensurate with level of experience and expertise. GALCK is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on any basis.

To apply please submit:

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in the position and why you are the ideal candidate for this position.
  • Your CV.
  • Details of current salary or salary expectations.


Send your application documents to with Finance Officer as subject heading. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Equality & Gender Guide 2018

The gender debate as it’s become known is something that is discussed on a daily basis on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. With the rise in the interest and openness surrounding gender and orientation discussions, these conversations can at times become somewhat heated. Largely this is can be due to a lack of education and understanding from the cisgender community. While of course, everyone should be entitled to their opinions, it’s important that everyone educates themselves on how others like to be identified as because it’s simply not acceptable to assume that one can title a person in a certain way. We all need to be mindful of other people’s feelings and be more open to new and more immersive ways of thinking. This infographic from the guys at Carvaka aims to shed some light on some of those terms that might confuse. It’s not an exhaustive list because this whole area continues to evolve but it’s definitely a good place to start!


The world at present is a binary place where gender traditionally defaults to man or woman. Sexual and gender diversity have come more into the spotlight in recent years; while society has progressed to being more open, friendly and understanding to minority groups, it can sometimes feel that the progress is not fast enough. Fostering acceptance among the public and the mainstream media is definitely a challenge and with the echo chambers and trolls that exist on social media eg Twitter, Facebook and so on, creating a welcoming society for all, no matter the sexuality or gender identity involves continuous learning.


Gender Identity & Sexuality Issues on Social Media

When you think about it, the behemoth of social media, Facebook was founded a mere 14 years ago and global widespread adoption really only began in the last decade. Since then of course, we have seen YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and so on gain huge popularity but they are all a relatively recent phenomenon. What they have brought is a platform where people can communicate and post about subjects that are close to their heart. While there are many positives about social media in that it provides a voice and space for minority groups to express themselves, it does also have controversies where people known as “trolls” exist.


What is an Internet troll?

“Someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.”
Ref: Lifewire


Internet trolls exist in many spheres of online conversation but the gender identity and sexual expression topics do seem to attract attention and controversy. Some of that “attention” manifests itself as abuse and vitriol served to individuals which understandably can be quite shocking and upsetting. Those who are open about their sexual and gender identity can sometimes be seen as targets especially if they are not deemed heteronormative. Name calling and verbal abuse about sexuality and gender identity is unfortunately not uncommon and at the root of this is a huge element of a lack of education and understanding. Of course, it must also be said that there also exists a welcoming and very positive community on social media and we have seen a number of times how this has assisted people in their quest to be understood.



Ellen Stephenson “comes out” as Transgender on her YouTube channel September 2017

For other “commentators” on social media, the “gender debate” as it’s sometimes referred to can be a source of humour (which again can be offensive and hurtful to others).


Piers Morgan


Tweet from Broadcaster Piers Morgan



Everyone is entitled to their opinion of course but respect for others should be at the core of our expressions in a modern day society. It’s also important for people to attempt to understand and at the very least, to learn some of the terminology associated with these “new” identities and titles.

Below is a gender identity list and sexuality guide; a caveat is that people should respect an individual’s wishes in that they should ask a person if they’re ok being called a specific term. One should never assume anything especially in relation to individual identity, so it’s important to ask the individual what, if anything they’d like to be referred to as. Similarly, if the individual does not wish to discuss this, one should respect that also. It’s also important to note that this gender identity and sexuality terminology list is not exhaustive because language in this whole area is constantly changing.


Gender Identity List & Sexuality Guide of Terminology


Sexuality Guide of Terminology

Agender/Gender Neutral

This person sees themselves as neither man nor woman, has no gender identity, or no gender to express.



A gender separate from man or woman, that is not androgynous, or neutral, but instead a strong, specific “third” gendered feeling other than man or woman.



This describes the blending, in a particular individual, of traditionally male and female characteristics. The individual might not appear either feminine or masculine.



Anyone who has sexual attraction towards males. This can be contrasted with those who identify as heterosexual/homosexual.



A person who doesn’t have a sexual drive.



Someone who is open to exploring sexual relations with people of a different gender than those to whom one is usually attracted.



Bigender people experience two gender identities, occurring simultaneously or varying between the two. These gender identities could be male and female, but could also be non-binary identities.Also often referred to as a “demiboy” or “demigirl”.



Binarism describes how a society splits its members into one of two sets of gender specific roles, gender identities and attributes based on the shape of genitalia, i.e. male or female.



This is where someone is sexually attracted to both males and females (assuming there are only two genders).



This is a slang term that originated in the lesbian community which describes a more masculine (in attributes and/or appearance) lesbian individual.



This is a gender identity that matches the gender that was assigned at birth. Often referred to as “cis”.



This is a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form a emotional connection or bond.


Drag King

This is a female who dresses and impersonates a man and emphasises male characteristics for public entertainment or a show.


Drag Queen

This is a male who dresses as an exaggerated female for public entertainment; the drag queen is not necessarily gay.



This refers to a lesbian whose appearance is seen as traditionally feminine. Sometimes referred to as a “lipstick lesbian” (note

this is a derogatory term to some).


Gender Dysphoria

This refers to the distress/conflict a person experiences as a result of the sex and gender they were assigned at birth.


Gender Fluid

This is when a person does not have a fixed gender; they may feel more female on certain days and more male on other days.



A person who is outside of, falls in between, or fluctuates among the dual gender categories of man and woman. A genderqueer individual often experiences their gender as fluid, meaning it can shift and change from time to time.



This is a person who has a sexual attraction to breasts, vaginas and femininity. The person with those features is not necessarily a female. Gynesexuals are generally attracted to clean shaven, effeminate males or overtly feminine females.



This is the belief that people fall into distinct genders (male and female) and assumes that heterosexuality (attraction to the opposite sex) is the only “norm” sexual orientation.



When a person has a sexual attraction to someone of the opposite sex.



When a person is attracted to someone of their own sex.



This is a general term used for a number of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive/sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.



This is a gender identity that is considered non-binary; the individual might be a mix of male and female. There is some debate as to whether one has to be intersex to be intergender.



A lesbian is a homosexual woman.



Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual,Transgender, Queer/Questioning.



Men who have sex with men = MSM / Women who have sex with women = WSW.



The title used before a person’s surname or full name by those who wish to avoid gender specification or by those who don’t want to identify themselves as male or female.



A neutrois person is someone who sees themselves as neither man nor woman, has no gender identity, or no gender to express.



This is a catch-all category for identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine‍.



This is a non-binary category defined as being more than one gender. A pangender person might consider themselves a member of all genders.



When someone has sexual attraction (romantic or emotional) towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity.



This is the practice of, or desire for, intimate and consensual relations with more than one partner, with the knowledge of all partners involved.



This is a non-binary category defined as being more than one gender. A pangender person might consider themselves a member of some but not all genders.



This represents sexual and gender minorities who are not heterosexual or cisgender. This can be considered an insulting term so it’s important to use with caution and only if the “queer” individual has indicated its use is comfortable for them.



When someone is sexually attracted to transgender or non-binary/genderqueer people; it doesn’t generally describe an attraction to specific genitalia.



Transgender people are those who have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their assigned sex.



This refers to negative attitudes, behaviors or actions toward transgender or transsexual people, or toward transsexuality in general.



This refers to people who transition from one sex to another. For example, a person born as a male can “become” female through the use of hormones and/or surgical procedures.


Transvestite (Crossdresser)

Someone who derives pleasure from dressing in clothes and accessories mostly associated with the opposite sex.



Trigender people have exactly three gender identities, either all at the same time or varying between them. The three gender identities can be male, female and/or any non-binary identities.


Gender Identity Pronouns

  • Some genderqueer people prefer to use gender-neutral pronouns. Usage of ‘they’, ‘their’ and ‘them’ in a singular sense is common and ze, sie, hir, co, and ey are used as well.
  • Ze/hir/hir (“Gene ate hir food because ze was hungry.”) Ze is pronounced like “zee” can also be spelled zie or xe, and replaces she/he/they. Hir is pronounced like “here” and replaces her/hers/him/his/they/theirs.
  • Some people prefer not to use pronouns at all, using the individual’s name as a pronoun instead. “Gene ate Gene’s food because Gene was hungry.”



CAUTION! Never refer to a person as “it” or “he-she”. They are considered offensive slurs against trans and gender non-conforming individuals.


World AIDS Day 2018


“Know your status”



On the 1st of December 2018, under this year’s theme, “know your status”, the World celebrates the 30th edition of the World AIDS Day. This day is purposed to create unity, support, and awareness, to sensitize and debunk myths and misconceptions that are related to HIV/AIDS. The two main objectives for 2018 will be, 1, to urge people to know their HIV infection status through testing, and to access HIV prevention, treatment and care service, and, 2, to urge policy makers to promote a “health for all” agenda for HIV and related health services such as tuberculosis (TB), hepatitis and non-communicable diseases.


The recently released Kenya HIV Estimates Report 2018 by the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) show that about 1.2 million Kenyans live with HIV/AIDS, which ranks us 3rd behind South Africa and Nigeria in national prevalence. About 75% of new HIV infections within and outside sub-Saharan Africa are attributed majorly to the key population, among other minority groups including commercial sex workers and prisoners. Under the key population, the general LGBTQ community, men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs and by extension, their sexual partners, bear majority of the statistics of new infections. Globally, they face much higher risks of HIV/AIDS than the general population. Underreporting is, however, common within key populations due to widespread stigma. This makes it difficult to track the statistics of prevalence and improvement. Unfortunately, only about 8% of them have access to HIV testing, which works against objective (1) for World AIDS Day 2018 besides contributing to the statistics that 1 out of 4 people with HIV who do not know that they are infected. This is because of extensive discrimination at the health facilities, which denies the key populations their constitutional rights.


The promotion for a “health for all” agenda for HIV and related health services continues to experience struggles, despite the several ratified international documents in addition to the constitutional pledge against discrimination based on gender identities. A number of people within the LGBTQ community report having being turned away from access to services because of their different sexual orientations and preferences. In essence, the fight against HIV/AIDS should focus more on the people who are at the highest risks. Hillary Clinton suggested that in order to beat HIV/AIDS, the conversations that are considered as ‘sensitive’ should be evaluated and acted upon promptly in order not to drive people to the shadows (AIDS 2012).


In order to scale up the fight against HIV/AIDS, groups at higher risks should also be catered for. Policies and guidelines should be put in place in order to promote article 43 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, and to provide essential services such as HTS, access to services and to provide linkages, as such, The World AIDS Day would make meaning to such minority groups and key populations.


Ending GBV Starts With Me: #16DaysOfACtivism

A few days after coming out and declaring her lesbian stand, Cynthia, 24, became a target for threats, constant ridicule and unwarranted jokes in her workplace and she sunk into near depression, as such, her productivity was compromised due to the continued taunting by some of her workmates. The nearest help that she could access was a counselor.  Her partner, who happens to be within the same workspace, was also not spared from the unwelcomed comments by some male colleagues, who occasionally subjected her to the agony of inappropriate physical contact which adds up to sexual assault. Once in a while, they got teased and would also be asked for sexual favors, making the workplace a humiliating and hostile environment.


Cynthia is not alone. A number of employees are subjects of gender-based violence including sexual harassment that is meted out regularly. In general, gender-based violence is a description of abuse of gender status for purposes of manipulation, or for selfish gains, and that it can result to physical, psychological, or sexual harm. The inclusion in this consists:


  1.  Sexual violence and harassment such as groping.

  2.  Psychological/ emotional violence, such as intimidation.

  3.  Cyber-bullying in the case of online platforms.

  4.  Financial and structural abuse.

  5.  Blackmail for monetary gain or for specific favors, including sexual favors.


 As society continues to battle with the traditional cisgender violence, testimonies have recently streamed in especially on social media with the #MeToo tag. The LGBTQ community continues to be a major victim of the heinous acts, being affected directly and indirectly, with the main foundation for this abuse of human rights being the stigma that still surrounds the entirety of the community. However, many times such instances go unreported because of various reasons, such as employers trying to maintain their brand images, reputations, and so on. This only covers up for the growth of the vice without mitigating for its ending.


An overview of statistics shows that women are at a 20% higher risk than men in facing gender-based violence and as such,  translates to a much higher figure for bisexual women. People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are thrice more likely to face gender-based violence than heterosexuals. The dangers of this is that the effects may go all through an individual’s life as physical, psychological (depression, anxiety) flaws, and sometimes may lead to drug and substance abuse, isolation, and worst case scenarios recorded suicide.



The #16DaysofActivism, started on the 25th November, is a campaign to create awareness of the existence of this vice, and to involve stakeholders and individuals in the war against gender-based violence, specific to the workplace. This violence, under The Human Rights Watch, is described as ‘Abuse of Human Rights’, and even though no international treaty or document provides for this by now, we need an overhaul in attitude and values in order to be able to win the fight. Be willing to speak out, and be willing to be involved in stamping out violence at the work-place.








What’s next for Queer in Tanzania?

Many things happen when the government stays silent about what queer persons are undergoing in African countries and it continues to put the lives of LGBTI people at risk.


The LGBT community in Tanzania has actively experienced repeated waves of repression since 2016. There was a time the Tanzania government banned non-governmental organisations from distributing free lubricants to gay people as part of SRHR, a move most people didn’t understand the essence of.


There was also a raid around last year where around 12 men were arrested in Dar es Salaam in a hotel meeting that the government said was promoting homosexuality.


Amnesty International also reported that the men who were arrested recently were suspected of conducting a gay marriage because authorities found them sitting in pairs that is “two by two”.


What is more shocking is that the mere act of sitting together as men warranted an arrest from a government that is extremely homophobic and repressive in nature. The authorities didn’t have any tangible proof that these men were engaging in acts that were against the “order of nature” yet they were arrested on mere speculations.


What makes this even more outrageous is that the conviction for having “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” can lead to 30 years or more in jail in Tanzania and these men would have been jailed for 30 years plus due to mere speculations.


Last week, the regional governor of Dar es Salaam, Paul Makonda, stated that he was seeking to identify and arrest people he believed to be gay.


He said that he was forming a task force to identify, track down, and arrest gay people in Dar es Salaam. Makonda also encouraged citizens to report on those they believed to be gay, and said officials had received more than 5,000 calls or messages so far, naming about 100 individuals.


Fear was the main mood in Dar es Salaam as many people went into hiding to avoid arrest, with some moving to different areas so as to be safe.


On Sunday, national authorities issued a statement which neither condemned the crackdown nor condone Makonda’s move.


 “The government of the United Republic of Tanzania would like to clarify that these are [Makonda’s] personal views and not the position of the government,” the foreign affairs ministry said in an official statement.


They added that the government would “continue to respect all international human rights conventions which it subscribes to”.


There were reports of a prevalent sense of calm since the government announcement as it’s believed that the government bowed down to pressure from international groups like European Union and United States of America warning the Tanzania government of fire consequences if they continued to remain silent.  


However, there have still been reports of physical attacks on homosexuals although not documented.


The anti-LGBT crackdown in Tanzania is part of a bigger, more alarming pattern that has had Tanzania recently witnessing an increasingly aggressive targeting of gay people under President John Magufuli, who was elected in 2015, activists told RTE, an Irish outlet.


President Magufuli said last year that “even cows” should condemn homosexuality and openly threatened to deport or arrest gay rights activists in the country.


Makonda has been among the most vocal anti-LGBT leaders in the country. He has used harsh anti-LGBT rhetoric in the past and promised clampdowns against the gay community, including, threatening to arrest people who were connected to gay men through social networks like Facebook and groups.


Tanzania as a country also still have some archaic laws like the anti-sodomy laws although homosexuality itself is not criminalized like it is Kenya, Uganda or Nigeria.


Also, Tanzania’s policies weren’t as repressive as those in other countries in the region, although it has in recent years, moved toward more persecution of gay persons.


This latest crackdown in Dar es Salaam in addition to Makonda’s statements is an indication of an increasingly unfriendly climate for queer persons in Tanzania and the many ways the government is aiding it.


The question is, what is next for queer persons in Tanzania and East Africa as a whole? 


Nyar Afrika  


LGBT Crackdown in Dar Es-Salaam, Tanzania, a gross violation of Human Rights:

A few days after Paul Makonda, the Regional Governor of Tanzania’s largest City, Dar Es Salaam, announced that he seeks to identify and arrest gay citizens and their affiliates using a taskforce, human rights bodies and public outcry have made it very open that the crackdown is a gross violation of Human Rights besides contradicting the Country’s motto, “Freedom and Unity”, infringing on the rights of the LGBT community at large.


The Governor’s homophobic remarks based on obsolete laws have sent many into hiding after he requested for reports naming the affected persons, backed by previous remarks by the Tourism Minister, who warned that the country will not allow any gay tourists into the country, and that should any make their way there, they shall be deported back to their original countries, 2 years after the same administrator rounded up commercial sex workers and gay men, and performed forced anal exams on them. According to James Wandera who is the founder of LGBT Voice, Tanzania, a state of fear reigns in the City as many have gone into hiding and relocation for fear of arrest, forced anal tests and physical attacks.


Under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, (UDHR), all humans are born FREE and EQUAL in RIGHTS and DIGNITY, and article 2 addresses freedom from discrimination supported by articles 3 (right to life, liberty and personal security), 5 (freedom from torture and degrading treatment), 6 and 7 (recognition as a person and equality before the law). Denial of these fundamental rights under any conditions is denial of human rights, which are also connected to other key rights such as health. This crackdown also possibly leads to forced anal tests, violating key human rights which the according to the UN, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch say, can amount to torture, adding up as a gross violation of the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. In the wake of this primitive crackdown, the European Union, EU, recalled the ambassador to Tanzania, citing deterioration of the human rights and rule of law situation, and some sources claimed that it will “be conducting a broad review of its relations with Tanzania”.


In the words of Coretta Scott King (wife of slain activist, Martin Luther King Jr.) during the annual Conference of the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce, 2000, “Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from any racial, religious, gender or ethnic discrimination”.

The role of leaders, more-so nationally, should be to uphold and to protect laws beyond respecting them first, for the best of the citizens and not to shatter them and spread discrimination, fear and inflammatory messages. Equally, for a country with struggling health indicators, funds spent on such divergent programs should instead be channeled to be of the betterment of the nation instead of divisive sideshows.


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VACANCY ADVERTISEMENT FOR A VOLUNTEER-Finance and Administration Officer

Job Title: Finance and Administration Officer
Reports To: Chief Creatives Officer.
Location: Kisumu.
Position: 1
Terms: 1 year


Kisumu Peer Educators (KISPED) was formed in the year 2006, with its mandate to promote fundamental human rights value of Sexual and Gender Minority persons through Arts, Media and Sports.
This position involves daily management of project finances and administration duties. It also entails adherence to donor reporting guidelines and standards and as per the Generally Acceptable Accounting Principles.


1. Maintain cashbooks and account records
2. Make payments, including payment vouchers
3. Receive cash, including preparing receipt vouchers
4. Prepare month end cashbook
5. Maintain monthly bank reconciliation statements for all accounts
6. Prepare monthly payroll and stipends
7. Maintain staff attendance every month
8. In coordination with Chief Creatives Officer, ensure all staff records updated and well kept.
9. Oversee all administrative filing and records
10. Ensure petty cash documents are well updated and the float is maintained.
11. Make note of exchange gains or loss in donor foreign currency
12. Ensure all the organization’s bills are settled in time
13. Conduct procurement activities as per the office requirements in line with the procurement policy.
14. Produce monthly and quarterly financial reports and share with the Chief Creatives Officer for decision making.
15. In charge and organize staffs meetings


1. A Degree/Diploma in Business related field especially Finance, Accounting, Administration or any other related field.
2. At least 2 years’ experience in an NGO set up
3. Must have a background accounting software’s
4. Must have a background in computer packages especially in excel, Access, MS Word etc.
5. Good team work, communication and inter personal skills.
6. Has experience in working in a human rights organization especially in sexual and Gender minority organizations.
7. Ability to work independently as well as in teams and meets deadline with little supervision.
8. Understand or have knowledge on donor reporting standards


All applications must be sent electronically to the email address;
by 19th November, 2018: the email should include the following
1. A cover letter detailing current work, experience, qualifications and expected remuneration.
2. An updated CV
3. Names and contacts of at least 3 professional referees
4. Copies of academic certificates
NB: KISPED is an equal opportunity employer irrespective of age, sex, ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, HIV Status or physical capacities. Person who identify as LGBTI are encouraged to apply.



Kisumu Peer Educators (KISPED) is looking for a qualified person to fill the below position

Job Title: Program Officer
Reports To: Chief Creatives Officer.
Location: Kisumu.
Position: 1
Terms: 1 year (Renewable)


Kisumu Peer Educators (KISPED) was formed in the year 2006, with its mandate to promote fundamental human rights value of Sexual and Gender Minority persons through Arts, Media and sports.
The Position entails coordinating and implementing Projects on Media, Arts and Sports within the organization. The officer in charge will be reporting to Chief Creative Officer and the implementation will be in realignment with the Organization policies.


  • Ensure day to day researching of relevant content on issues of LGBTIQ; through interviews and conversations with affected community members.
  • Scripting; Ensure production of quality and inspiring scripts on relevant content affecting the LGBTIQ society on a monthly basis.
  •  Supervising artists and art works; ensure artistic performance and creativities are within the work plans and are adhered to.
  • Ensure proper records of the artistic volunteers are properly filed and kept for reference.
  •  Ensure production of quality plays through proper and through performances and frequent practice of the artistic volunteers.
  •  To ensure proper media (both video and studio/podcast) documentation in place in accordance to the current work plans.
  • Ensure all the media productions are forwarded to the chief creative officer for proper storage.
  • Coordinate with the sustainability officer and ensure that the prospected leads are executed end to end.
  •  Coordinate with accountant when selecting the right venue with the target audience for booking and equipment needed for the activity.
  •  Ensure quality reports are prepared in time after every activity and submitted to the supervisor for filing.
  •  Ensure coordination with local and mainstream media.
  • Will be in charge of studio and Production of podcast, documentaries, Audio productions, Photo Galleries and development of documentation consent note before production.


1. A Degree/Diploma in Media/Public Relations field especially project management or any other related field.
2. At least 2 years’ experience in an NGO set up.
3. Must have a background in Performing Art and Media Advocacy.
4. Ability to communicate with people at all levels
5. Good team work, communication and inter personal skills.
6. Has experience in working in a human rights organization especially in sexual and Gender minority organizations.
7. Ability to work independently as well as in teams and meets deadline.
8. Understand or have knowledge on donor reporting standards.


All applications must be sent electronically to the email address;
By 19th November, 2018: the email should include the following
1. A cover letter detailing current work, experience, qualifications and expected remuneration.
2. An updated CV
3. Names and contacts of at least 3 professional referees
4. Copies of academic certificates
NB: KISPED is an equal opportunity employer irrespective of age, sex, ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, HIV Status or physical capacities. Person who identify as LGBTI are encouraged to apply.


Western Kenya Pride Photos


A Snap Shot from the first ever Pride celebrations in Western Kenya.

A BIG THANK YOU! to all who made it possible.