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: 

 

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RVI Event: Participation, Voice and Governance in Investment Corridors in Africa: The case of LAPSSET on Thursday 14 Feb 10-12 Nairobi

RIFT VALLEY FORUM  | EAST AFRICA  | EVENT

Participation, Voice and Governance in Investment Corridors in Africa: The case of LAPSSET

THURSDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2019 | 10:00 | NAIROBI | SEMINAR ROOM | LAIKIPIA ROAD | KILELESHWA

Since 2012, the Kenyan government has begun commissioning work on the Lamu Port and South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Corridor) project, commonly known as LAPSSET. The corridor, which consists of road, railway and new port facilities, promises to radically alter the landscape of northern Kenya—a historically marginalized region.

Communities living in the corridor have raised concerns about the project’s potential negative impact on the environment, their livelihood systems and culture. Meanwhile, local residents, as well as people from across the country, are also anticipating the potential benefits that the corridor may bring. This has stimulated competition between different groups, and the government, to gain control over land and other resources.

On 14 February 2019, the Rift Valley Forum will host a panel discussion to disseminate a new report —Participation, Voice and Governance in Investment Corridors in Africa: the case of the Lamu Port and South Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor Project, LAPSSET—produced by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies of the University of Western Cape, in partnership with the Agricultural Policy Research in Africa Programme. The report examines the extent to which smallholder farmers, fishers, women and youth have been included in the implementation of LAPSSET, and its potential impact on these communities.

The study aims to create an evidence-based assessment of implicit or explicit barriers that prevent smallholders, women and youth from the decision-making processes involving the design and implementation of corridors.

REGISTER HERE

Moderator

Hussein Mahmoud
Technical University of Mombasa

Presenter

Ngala Chome
Durham University

Panelists

Somo Abu Somo
Lamu County Beach Management Unit

Raya Famao Ahmed
Sauti Ya Wanawake, Lamu County Chapter

Peter Mungai
Lake Kenyatta Farmers’ Cooperative Society

Umulkher Athman
Lamu Youth Alliance

Job: Africa Communications and Media Manager, MercyCorps

Closing date: 07 Mar 2019

https://reliefweb.int/job/2978738/africa-communications-and-media-manager-kenya

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future. [More info below.]

Program / Department Summary

The Media Relations team is a small but dynamic group of professionals dedicated to getting the word out about Mercy Corps’ outstanding work to help people around the world survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. The team strives to raise Mercy Corps’ public profile by working with international press and supports the agency’s fundraising and advocacy efforts.

General Position Summary

The Communication and Media Manager supports the global Media Relations team and Africa regional leadership team in articulating programmatic impact in our communities to advance profile-raising, advocacy and fundraising goals. S/he will actively enhance and grow Mercy Corps media network in Africa and elevate our reputation as a reference point for an informed and meaningful voice on key issues in the region. S/he will work on improving internal communications within the region to further accent achievements of the greater team. The Communication and Media Manager reports to the Communications Director and works in close partnership with the Regional Team and Country Directors.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Strategy & Vision

  • In coordination with the Regional Team and the Global Media Relations team, develop and implement Africa communications and media engagement in line with the global Mercy Corps communications strategy.
  • Contribute to the analysis of topics and events relevant to Mercy Corps’ work in Africa.
  • Serve as the primary point person for all queries related to the Mercy Corps brand in the Africa and work in close collaboration with the Global Brand team to ensure brand efforts are in line with the wider global brand strategy.

Media and Communications Management

  • Serve as a point person for media queries for Mercy Corps Africa in coordination with the assigned Global Media Leads on various issues and serve as a spokesperson when required.
  • Identify media trends that could constitute an opportunity or a threat for Mercy Corps.
  • Develop and implement media outreach plans; coordinate with fundraisers, brand marketing and web content experts to align storytelling and maximize value of outreach.
  • Deploy to countries across the continent when needed to research stories, conduct media outreach, and gather stories, photo and video content.
  • Attend internal and external communication and media meetings and events.
  • Strengthen and expand Mercy Corps’ network of Africa contacts in traditional and social media domains, in coordination with global efforts.
  • Initiate and/or support the production of communication and media materials for Africa, including talking points, news releases, contributed pieces and fact sheets.
  • Actively work with Country Directors and teams on content gathering based on data analysis and learning generated from programs.
  • Support Country Directors and teams in content review for public outreach material.
  • Support the global team in content and information gathering for multiple purposes, including media engagement, advocacy and fundraising.
  • Serve as an active member of any regional crisis and response planning and action.
  • Assist global communications team with other duties (backfill) as needed.

Team Management

  • Assist country-level communications members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
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Komla Dumor Award 2019: Seeking a rising star of African journalism

BBC World News Komla Dumor Award 2019: Seeking a rising star of African journalism

The BBC is seeking a rising star of African journalism for the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, now in its fifth year. 

Journalists from across the continent are invited to apply for the award, which aims to uncover and promote fresh talent from Africa. 

The winner will spend three months at the BBC headquarters in London, gaining skills and experience. 

Applications close on 26 February 2019 at 23:59 GMT.

The award was established to honour Komla Dumor, an exceptional Ghanaian broadcaster and presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.

This year’s award is being launched from the Nigerian city of Lagos.

It will be made to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on-air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.

As well as spending time with the BBC in London, the winner will also get to travel to Africa to report a story – and have that story shared across the continent and the world.

Previous winners:

  • 2015: Nancy Kacungira from Uganda
  • 2016: Didi Akinyelure from Nigeria
  • 2017: Amina Yuguda from Nigeria
  • 2018: Waihiga Mwaura from Kenya

Kenyan journalist Waihiga Mwaura won last year’s award and reported from Togo for his main project about young innovators turning e-waste into 3D printers and robots.

Waihiga said that you could always sense “the passion in the way Komla told the African story”.

“His will to change the narrative about Africa was one of the reasons he stood out amongst other international broadcasters,” the 2018 award winner said.

“I feel the placement at the BBC – working with Komla’s friends and colleagues – has helped me to continue Komla’s remarkable work, and I look forward to a day when more African journalists of the calibre of Komla will be able to tell unique African stories from different outlets around the world.”Ahead of the inaugural award, Komla Dumor’s former colleagues reflected on the broadcaster’s talent

Waihiga will take part in the 2019 launch event, chairing a debate for the BBC World Service about the power of young Nigerians in the forthcoming elections.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Jamie Angus, director of the BBC World Service Group, said: 

“In an era when impartial and factual journalism has never mattered more, it’s important that we look to the journalists who know, understand and can contextualise African stories for global audiences so that we can offer a full picture of what’s happening across the continent. 

“All of the previous winners have shown they’re exceptional journalists, and have brought insights in to how to improve engagement with local audiences.

“We’re very pleased to be continuing Komla’s legacy and are looking forward to finding another outstanding journalist from the continent.”

  • To see if you are eligible for the role and to apply, click here
  • You can also spread the word on social media using the hashtag #BBCKomlaAward.

Environmental Justice Fellowship, Natural Justice

The Natural Justice Programme in Kenya is offering an opportunity for those seeking to learn about environmental justice in Kenya.  

The Environmental Justice Fellowship offers an exciting opportunity to young, up and coming Kenyan professionals who are passionate about supporting communities in securing rights to their lands, resources and knowledge. The EJ Fellows will be introduced to a broad spectrum of issues within environmental and human rights law and provided hands-on experience and training in research, legal empowerment, data collection and analysis, public interest litigation, analysis on laws and regulations, and advocacy. Throughout the Fellowship, the fellows will have the opportunity to spend time and work directly with communities, community-based organizations and community paralegals. At the completion of the Fellowship, each fellow will submit a research report on a topic of interest within the environmental justice area. 

The Fellowships will run for 10 months with a modest salary offered.

Deadline: Friday the 22nd of February at 5pm East African Time.

The call for applications can be found at this link and also attached to this email:https://naturaljustice.org/job/environmental-justice-fellowship-kenya/

If you could please share amongst your networks.

Campaign training from Mobilization Lab, Nairobi, September

Are you looking to build more powerful campaigns in 2019 with people power truly at the heart? What about more innovative and creative campaign concepts to engage your key audiences? Do you struggle to align your teams to work collaboratively and responsively?

https://mobilisationlab.org/campaign-accelerator/training

You’re not alone. In 2018 MobLab surveyed and interviewed 100 changemakers across 38 countries and six continents, and found that these are needs that cut across the sector.

That’s why we developed the Campaign Accelerator back in 2016, and it’s why we’ve continued improving it ever since. It’s for anyone who wants to lead a team through a dynamic, participatory campaign planning process – an effective and innovative way to take your campaign idea from initial concept to concrete reality.

By the end of the five-day programme, you’ll know tried and true processes for guiding a project team to plan a campaign in a way that’s grounded in audience insights, creative and tested ideas that address the challenge, and a systems-based understanding of the problem and possible solutions. You will walk away with approaches and tools for radical collaboration that can be taken home and used with your teams long after the training week ends.

Apply for one of THREE global trainings today in New York City (Apr 1-5), London (May 20-24), or Nairobi (Sept 16-20).
The 5 campaign accelerator modules you’ll work through in the training.
Not sure if it’s right for you? Here’s what a few participants have said after past trainings:
 “The training really inspired us to rethink how we create change… Day by day I’m seeing differences in the way our teams are working together.” – Marina Navaro, Executive Director, Amnesty International Peru
 “The campaign accelerator process was perfect for coalition working. The workshop model took our diverse group out of their comfort zones and moved us quickly through the creative process.” – Sam Kennedy, Save the Children
The Accelerator is in use right now in planning processes at groups like Amnesty International, UNICEF, Greenpeace, International Accountability Project, and more.

If you have a campaign that needs something extra, or a team who you’d like to introduce to new ways of working, please apply NOW for our NYCLondon, or Nairobi trainings!

Please note: We have a sliding scale for costs, based on organisational budget, as we want to make sure that’s not a barrier for anyone.

Excited to accelerate your campaigns,
Ben Simon and the MobLab team

P.S. Want a more tailored experience? Bring us in for a bespoke campaign planning workshop or organisational change coaching.

Call to Francophone African researchers & writers with women’s rights / feminist perspective, WoMin

WoMin, launched in October 2013, is an African women and extractives alliance, which works alongside movements, popular organisations and NGOs to evidence the impacts of extractives (mining, oil and gas extraction and related large scale infrastructure) on women; build women’s movements to challenge destructive extractivism; and propose development alternatives that respond to the needs of the majority of African women. WoMin has galvanized a powerful alliance bridging 11 countries across Africa. Four of these are Francophone: Madagascar, the DRC, Burkina Faso, and Senegal.

We are looking to expand our work in Francophone West Africa in the next eighteen months. WoMin undertakes research in partnership with allies in country. Our research addresses a range of themes – the right to give or withhold consent for large scale development projects; extractivism militarization and violence against women; and energy and climate change.

With this email we issue a wide call to Francophone African researchers and writers, who carry a women’s rights or feminist perspective, to express your interest in working with WoMin and its allies. We regularly contract for research at the national, sub-regional and regional level and are in great need of researchers who share our interests and our analysis. We realise that our areas of focus are quite unusual for women’s rights/feminist activists and so we are open to receiving EOIs from researchers who work in related areas or have a specific interest in building knowledge in our field.

Applicants would need to be fluent in both French and English.

Please note that WoMin does not work to advance women’s employment or interests in large scale mining. We work with women impacted by large mines who suffer land grabs, air and water pollution, destroyed livelihoods and increased violence. We are starting to explore the question of artisanal mining in which women are significantly represented.

Please share your CV and a brief indication of why you would like to undertake research for the WoMin alliance. Your emails should be directed to Georgine Kengne georgine.kengne@womin.org.za, copied to Samantha Hargreaves Samantha.hargreaves@womin.org.za.

Our deadline is close of day Monday 4 February 2019.

French and English links:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5NIMONMAfc2WC1RU2R3eFFfMk92ZndiaUNBMWgxb3l3UHVJ

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5NIMONMAfc2Y3hPNjlabFBsVTU5MW5NQlRiZk9ldWM5SW5z

Event: Future of Entertainment by Blinky Bill, Thursday 31 Jan

Future of Entertainment by Blinky Bill

Technology is changing the way content is created, delivered and consumed. All this with the aim of creating a new and better experience for you.

Our main question is how can the sustainable flow of information and content inform, entertain and educate while empowering the society?

Join us on the 31st of Jan 2019 where the amazing and talented Musician/Producer/DJ Blinky Bill will lead us in the conversation around the Future Of Entertainment.

RSVP HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScd8KsloctpRT5E5U1AInHpAuxmL8lDa93v8_6OWtltD7fjzQ/viewform?fbzx=5895889081437118079

About Speaker

Blinky Bill (Sellanga Ochieng’) is a Musician/Producer and DJ based in Nairobi. He is a TED fellow, Red Bull Music Academy alumni and a participant at the US state funded one Beat Program. He is a founding member of Electronic and Arts Collective ‘Just A Band’ with whom he has produced 3 albums.

He is currently working on his solo career and has 2 solo projects ‘We Cut Keys While You Wait (2016)’ and his latest release ‘Everyone’s Just Winging it and Other Fly Tales (2018)’ which has received rave reviews including a 4 star rating in the revered MOJO magazine.

His music is a mix of futuristic African beats meets, funk, hip hop, electronica and hint of Jazz.

Some of the festivals Blinky Bill has performed:

– SummerStage Festival 2012 (NYC)
– Leipzig Film Festival
– Cape Town Jazz Festival 2018
– Disobedience Awards (2018) MIT
– Design Indaba Festival (2017) Cape Town