Resources on this site

Here’s some of what you can find on this website.

1) Individual posts of career and academic opportunities: jobs, grants, awards, networking & knowledge events, trainings, academic programmes, etc. (Many opportunities are annual or otherwise recurring. It can be strategic to look at old posts.)

2) A somewhat comprehensive list of Job Boards & Resources, including Kama Kazi, DumaWorks, Brighter Monday, Career Point, Generation Kenya, Shortlist, iHub, social enterprise, UN jobs, and Devex. Programmes like Generation Kenya and Digital Divide Data offer training or academic qualifications AND employment! Also included: newsletters with other aggregated resources, which you can subscribe to directly, such as Arterial Network (continent art opportunities & news) and MoveMeBack (all sorts of continent-wide job listings).

3) Good information on the job-getting process: 



Prize: Michael Elliott Award, African Storytelling

The 2019 Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in collaboration with ONE and the Elliott family seek entries for the 2019 Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. In its third year, this prestigious award will honor an up-and-coming journalist in Africa who tells important stories through quality reporting.

Mike served as a distinguished editor at The Economist, Newsweek and Time before becoming CEO of ONE. Last year, he had spoken of his dream to establish an award that would bring together his belief in great journalism with his commitment to progress in Africa.

This award, given in Mike’s name, will provide the winner a $5,000 cash prize to pursue an in-depth reporting project. In a special study tour organized by ICFJ, the winner will spend time in U.S. newsrooms to learn new skills and share knowledge. The winner will also complete a two-week internship at The Economist in London, United Kingdom. In order to take full advantage of the study tour and the internship, applicants must speak English, even if they work in another language.

Past award-winners included Mercy Juma from Kenya and Abubakar Ibrahim from Nigeria. Juma’s award-winning story, “Teen Mums of Kwale,” tells of primary school girls whose families make the controversial choice to let them use contraceptives even though the practice is taboo in the Muslim communities of Kenya’s Kwale County. Ibrahim received the award for his story “All That Was Familiar,” which chronicles the struggle of two women, one from Cameroon and one from Nigeria, to find their loved ones who have been internally displaced since Boko Haram began its insurgency in those countries.

We invite you to submit your application if you meet the criteria – and please spread the word. The application deadline is Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.


  • The contest is open to up-and-coming, English-speaking journalists working in Africa for print, broadcast and online news media.
  • Applicants must have no more than 10 years of journalism experience.
  • Applicants must submit one published story that reflects top-notch storytelling about important issues.
  • The submission can be a feature story; an in-depth, investigative or explanatory piece; or a multimedia report or documentary.
  • The published story or broadcast must be submitted in English. Works in other languages must include English translations.
  • The application deadline is Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

A distinguished international jury will select the winner.


GoalKeepers Youth Action Accelerator — deadline 31 October

Do you want to increase youth representation and influence in development decisions in your community? Do you want to generate and use data to improve accountability for local development?  Do you have a great idea, but need a little extra support to realise its full potential?

If this sounds like you, check the eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, and apply before 31st October!  You can download the application form here to help you prepare your application.  Please note that only online applications will be accepted.

Job: experienced Communications Officer, UNEP

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 20 September 2018 – 03 November 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Public Information-UNEP-102111-R-Nairobi (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UN Environment’s Communication Division communicates UN Environment’s core messages to all stakeholders and partners, raising environmental awareness and enhancing the profile of UN Environment worldwide. This post is located in UN Environment Communication Division at Nairobi duty station.


Under the general guidance of the Director, who serves as Publisher for the organization, and direct supervision of the Chief of Section, Digital Strategy and Head of Media, the incumbent is responsible for the effective and efficient performance of the following duties:

1. Strategy implementation: Ensure timely implementation of activities related to the media strategy to publicize priority issues and/or major events, to include drafting information strategies, coordinating efforts, monitoring and reporting on progress, taking appropriate follow-up actions, and analyzing the outcome; Ensure effective design and delivery of communication products; Undertake activities to promote media coverage (e.g. press conferences, interviews, press seminars and other special activities) of priority issues and/or major events, to include development of a media strategy and action plan, initiating proactive media outreach efforts.
2. Capacity building: Build information networks by interacting with journalists, other media representatives and followers, subscribers, and supporters of media networks; Develop and sustain partnerships with internal and external partners for successful development and execution of UN Environment’s news media strategy; Monitor media, analyze information and prepare reports in order to ensure outreach, engagement and growth of the UN Environment’s media coverage.
3. Content creation: Produce and oversee production of media-orientated communication products (editorial writing, news writing, proofing, pitching, placement, etc.). Recommend appropriate information and communication materials for use in media and other communication activities; Participate in selecting the news and media related information transmitted to key constituencies; Maintain and update online media relations contact list/database; Ensure rapid and accurate information dissemination to the media; Act as a News desk Officer for the Unit.
4. Perform any other duties as may be assigned.


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Young Feminists Convening 28th – 29th November

Breathing new life into the future of Kenya’s women’s rights movement.
Young Feminists Convening 28th – 29th November 2018, Limuru Kenya.
In 2017, Womankind worldwide convened a roundtable meeting of member organisations of FEMNET (The African Women’s Development and Communication Network) in Nairobi to discuss their priorities for women’s rights at local and national levels. This provided a unique opportunity to hear from, and respond to, issues being expressed. These were wide ranging, from the need for a sensitive approach to bringing women together to the need for finding and agreeing entry points for transformative change within the movement itself. Through the roundtable and follow up conversations, it became clear that the Kenyan women’s movement is fragmented, with various groups expressing feelings of exclusion and/or discontent that their issues are omitted from key debates. There are no meaningful spaces or convening moments for women’s rights organisations and activists to come together or to act in true solidarity. Young feminists want to bring debate to the broader women’s movement but they are limited by lack of inclusivity, diversity, a voice and resources.

Communities Associate, Accountability Counsel

For attorneys…

Nairobi, Kenya, Africa
Law Degree Required

Accountability Counsel is seeking an experienced, Nairobi-based legal professional to join our growing global team of advocates for justice as we open a regional presence in Africa. The Africa-based Communities Associate will be part of Accountability Counsel’s Communities Program, reporting to a Communities Director, and working in close coordination with Accountability Counsel’s Policy and Research programs. The Communities Associate will offer legal support for communities in Africa harmed by internationally-financed projects. This position will also require an onboarding period in our San Francisco office.

Community Solutions Program – professional development program, IREX

Kenyans are eligible… 25-38 years old…

Community Solutions Program application information

IREX is currently accepting applications for the 2019–2020 Community Solutions Program (CSP). The deadline to apply is October 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a year-long professional development program for people who are working to improve their communities by addressing issues related to the environment, tolerance and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender.


For 2019–2020, up to 80 community activists will be selected to participate in the program, which includes:

  • Four-month Fellowship in the United States: Community Solutions fellows are matched to host organizations throughout the U.S. where they complete a four-month, hands-on professional experience.
  • Community Leadership Institute: Community Solutions fellows participate in the Community Leadership Institute, a leadership training program designed to strengthen their leadership and management skills. The Institute includes face-to-face trainings, online courses, professional coaching, and networking.
  • Community-based initiatives: While in the U.S. and with the help of their U.S. host organization, Community Solutions fellows design and plan a community development initiative or project to carry out after they return home. Once the fellows depart the U.S., they put these projects into action in their home communities.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted online at by October 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Applications that are mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to IREX will not be accepted.

Detailed application instructions can be downloaded by the link below. Please review the program requirements prior to starting an application to ensure that you are eligible. Please note that eligibility requirements are determined by the US Department of State and exceptions cannot be made. If, after reviewing the application instructions, you have additional questions, please e-mail

Application Materials

Financial Support

The program covers the cost of most expenses associated with:

  • J-1 visa support;
  • Round-trip travel from participants’ home city to the U.S.;
  • Monthly allowance to cover housing, meals, and other living expenses while in the U.S.; and
  • Accident and sickness insurance.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Community Solutions Program, applicants must meet the requirements listed below. Applications that do not meet these eligibility requirements will be disqualified and will not be reviewed by the selection committee.

  • You are between the ages of 25 and 38 as of January 1, 2019;
  • You are a citizen of one of the eligible countries listed below;
  • You are living and working in your home country;
    • Individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration.
  • You have at least two years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer;
  • You are not currently participating in an academic, training, or research program in the U.S.;
  • You have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English at the time of application;
    • Semifinalists will be required to take or submit recent scores for a TOEFL or IELTS English language test.
  • You are available to travel to the U.S. for four months from August to December 2019;
  • You are not a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. and have not applied for U.S. permanent residency within the past three years;
  • You are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa;
    • Applicants who have participated in an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government must have fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement.
  • You are committed to returning to your home country for a minimum of two years after completing the program; and
  • You are not a current IREX employee or consultant, or their immediate family member.

Program Officer: Communication and Public Liaison, Katiba Institute (APPLY BY 21 SEPT!)

The position’s job summary

Katiba Institute is looking for an experienced and proactive person for the position of Program Officer: Communication and Public Liaison. The Officer will support Katiba Institute’s operations in the implementation of an ongoing project on access to information as well as provide leadership in the creation and implementation of a communication strategy that furthers KI’s goals. Most of the work will involve understanding and communicating the law hence the officer who will be engaged will need to understand, analyse and communicate legal issues with ease.

As Katiba Institute’s operations expand, we are also in need of someone who can effectively communicate about our work more specifically on access to information and generally as an institution; help interact with the public more effectively and establish productive relationships with other key stakeholders. The officer would also propose initiatives that KI would venture in to pursue its goals using the various communication tools. The ideal candidate should have a proven track record of success in the communications sector or related fields, as well as excellent legal research and analysis, written and verbal communication skills. Preference will be given to those who have experience and skills in Digital Marketing and have worked in the civil society sector or advocated for good governance generally.

The Organization

Katiba Institute (KI) is a research and litigation institute established to promote knowledge and studies of constitutionalism and to facilitate the implementation of Kenya’s new constitution. The principal objective of KI is to achieve social transformation through the constitution. In the immediate, KI works to help promote the implementation of the Constitution. In the medium term, KI hopes that its work will help establish a culture of constitutionalism. In this regard, KI works on diverse areas of the constitution including issues of leadership and integrity, human rights,
devolution, gender and electoral issues to appropriation of land and evictions of indigenous people and other long term settlers and protection against illegality and harassment by the police, facilitating public participation. Its activities include research and publications on the Constitution, trainings on constitutional issues, public interest litigation, development of the legal and judicial system and promoting the participation of Kenyans in public affairs.

Primary responsibilities
1. Undertake research, legal analysis and develop relevant material on topical constitutional related issues in partnership with other departments
2. Develop, support and promote the organization’s goals, including message development, social media content creation and media outreach
3. Develop and disseminate public relations materials that increase our visibility among stakeholders and the general public
4. Build and maintain relationships with journalists, media houses, bloggers and other entities in the media sector to help advance our work
5. Assist in the development and implementation of KI’s communication strategy
6. Ensure digital marketing content aligns with Katiba Institute’s identity and message and assist with marketing campaigns as needed
7. Assist different departments with the production of capacity building communication material e.g. toolkits, publications and documentary.
8. Co-ordinate the production of internal and external communications, assists in the subediting and proof reading of communications products including but not limited to success stories, photographs, video and social media
9. In consultation with other departments, to identify weekly access to information topics and to help make information requests
10. Ability to develop through documentation Katiba Institutes achieves in critical areas
11. To help in designing projects and fundraising in consultation with the Executive Director
12. Undertake any other task that may be assigned from time to time
13. Has relevant knowledge in both print and electronic media

Required qualifications

1. A Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or related field. A Master’s degree will be an added advantage.

2. A minimum of three years’ experience in undertaking legal research & analysis and communication work especially in the civil society sector.

3. Ability to produce analytical and well-presented reports & publications and effectively disseminate them.

4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills

5. Proven design, videography, or photography skills

6. Knowledge of digital marketing tactics and other current practices in communication

7. Demonstrated critical thinking skills and the ability to exercise good judgment and solve problems quickly and effectively

8. Skills in MS Office, including Word, Excel, Power Point, Desktop Publisher and other graphics software is required 9. Ability to balance priorities and coordinate work effectively in order to meet deadlines and deal with high workloads.

10. Strong conviction in and commitment to constitutionalism and human rights principles
11. Ability to analyse problems rigorously and from all angles, showing sound practical judgment
12. Demonstrated sound emotional intelligence skills to enable interaction with persons from all sectors of the society

To apply
Email your cover letter, curriculum vitae and names and contacts of three referees to: The Application must reach us by latest 11p.m. on Friday, 21st September, 2018.