Programme Officer -Artists Rights

Programme: Culture and Governance

Job Title: Programme Officer -Artists Rights

Mentor: Executive Director

Organization: CDEA – Culture and Development East Africa

Term: One year, renewable

Start Date: 1/02/2023

 Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA) Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA) is a creative think tank that provides cultural and Pan-African thought leadership for creative, social and scientist innovators to create and innovate through structured workplace learning, incubation, research & advocacy and capacity building for social change. We also innovate on how space can be used to enhance sustainable workplace productivity and green community lifestyles.

At CDEA we believe that culture is the context in which development takes place. Culture is defined as “the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual, and emotional features of society or a social group. In addition to the arts, it encompasses lifestyles, basic human rights, value systems, traditions, and beliefs.” This set of distinctive features that characterize a society or social group falls under what we commonly call cultural identity.

We define development as the expansion of choices not just growth of material production. Therefore, we see culture as the purpose of sustainable development and not just a facilitator or an impediment to economic growth. CDEA has three programmes namely: Culture and Governance, Documentary and Future, and Organization Development.

 CDEA’s Vision

An East African Community where culture is at the centre of development

CDEA’s Mission

To support multi-stakeholders’ to use culture, creativity and ICTs as resources to stimulate the creative economy, achieve social justice and environmental balance within the East African Community


Enabling Culture for Development

CDEA’s Core Values

  • Respect for the diversity of cultural expressions
  • Social cohesion and African cultural renaissance
  • Professional excellence, Innovation, sustainability
  • Integrity, credibility, transparency and accountability
  • Empowerment, justice, equality and democracy

The Culture and Governance Programme aims to promote participatory governance, respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms and equitable social and human development in East African countries by affirming the cultural dimension of development.

Key activities for the art and culture sector in Tanzania are guided by the National Cultural Policy (1997) and laws and regulations [The National Arts Council Act. No.23 of 1984, National Art Council Regulations, 2018, Film and Stage Plays 4 of 1976, Film and Stage Plays Regulations, 2020, The Copyright and Neighbouring rights of 1999. Cap.218 (RE. 2002), Copyright and Neighbouring rights (Collective Management) Regulation 2022, EPOCA Radio and Television Broadcasting Contents, Regulations 2018, EPOCA Online Regulations 2020 and Media Services Act, 2016].  These activities are also anchored within the local governance framework.

In addition, the 2005 UNESCO Convention with a goal on human rights and fundamental freedoms that promotes gender equality and artistic freedoms, 1980 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist, the East African Community Market Protocol and African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement also guide the programme activities.

Based on this background,  with support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam, CDEA seeks a qualified, passionate and capable Tanzanian team player to serve the arts community in Tanzania as a Programme Officer-Artist Rights. The selected candidate will lead CDEA’s think tank through research, policy analysis and policy dialogue, social justice programming with a focus on cultural rights, gender, climate change, and artists rights, legislative reform and monitoring and evaluation.

 Job Specification for the Programme Officer:

 Performance Objectives:

Research, Policy Analysis and Dialogue

  1. Carrying out a mapping study on the status of the artist in Tanzania.
  2. Carrying out a mapping study on the status of artistic freedom
  3. Publishing of mapping reports and policy briefs on the status of the artist and the status of artistic freedom in Tanzania
  4. Organizing policy dialogues

Social justice programming

  1. Designing social change programming for cultural rights, gender, climate change, and artists rights for Midundo Online Radio and TV
  2. Developing topical themes for a bi-annual gender forum involving strategic partners
  3.  Working with the media team to develop an outreach strategic partners

Legislative reform

  1. Participate in the activities planned by TARO
  2. Represent CDEA at various human rights events and meetings

 Monitoring and Evaluation

  1.  Carrying out monitoring of the artists rights programming being carried out by CDEA and Tanzania Artists Rights Organization (TARO)
  2. Participate in learning and reflection meetings between CDEA and TARO
  3. Responsible for narrative report writing for the artists’ rights programme
  4. Participate in the external evaluation of the artists rights’ programme

Other Roles

  1. Other tasks to be assigned to you by the Executive Director

Qualifications and Skills:

  • BA in Sociology/Development Studies or related field; MA in a relevant field is a plus
  • Three years’ experience carrying out research, policy analysis and advocacy
  • Experience of working in  the cultural/or human rights space
  • Excellent written, verbal communication, interpersonal and social media skills
  • Strong organizational skills, project management, report writing and budgeting skills
  • Ability to be a team player in a creative think tank
  • Proficiency in English and Kiswahili

If you have these qualifications and are interested in this position, please send your application letter, and CV  with two referees by email to  copied to before January 12thth 2023, addressed to:

Executive Director

CDEA-Culture and Development East Africa

P.O. Box 13355,

Dar es Salaam,


Female candidates are encouraged to apply

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