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: 

 

COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists – National Geographic

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
Please note: This call for proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The final deadline for applications is November 15, 2020. We aim to send out decisions every two weeks, but the volume of submissions might slow that process at times.

In the most difficult of times, journalism can play several roles in supporting communities around the globe. It can disseminate critical information to keep people safe and informed, it can illuminate stories that bring us hope and remind us of our shared human experience, and it can help us find and share solutions to wicked problems. 

As COVID-19 continues to evolve and impact communities around the globe, the National Geographic Society is launching an emergency fund for journalists all over the world who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities. This fund will place particular emphasis on delivering news to underserved populations, particularly where there is a dearth of evidence-based information getting to those who need it. We are interested in local and even hyper-local distribution models. This fund is designed to quickly deliver support so that both individual stories and longer series of content may be created. 

The fund will distribute support ranging from $1,000–8,000 USD for local coverage of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting. Beyond reporting on medical and physical health related to COVID-19, we especially encourage reporting that covers social, emotional, economic, and equity issues. Narratives around the Pandemic necessarily include facts and numbers, but ultimately, must also go deeper—telling the stories of inequities that COVID-19 has brought to light.

We seek writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts to apply for this funding. Journalists should seek placement of this work within their local media ecosystems and must attribute their support to the National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists. However, you do not need to submit any formal commitments of publication or letters of support from editors or publishers. National Geographic Society or National Geographic Partners may also choose to publish some of this work as part of its global coverage. 

Reporting may cover any aspect of the virus and its fallout, including but not limited to: 

  • Social consequences of COVID-19 and measures to contain it, particularly related to equity—such as its impact on immigrant communities, domestic violence, and early childhood education. 
  • Stories of resilience and solutions that could be applied on a regional or global scale.
  • Novel forms of data visualization or science communication to help communities better understand how to protect themselves.
  • Lessons learned from local response(s) to COVID-19 that could be applied to other large-scale challenges, such as climate change or the refugee crisis. 
  • Best practices of how educators, students, and schools are reacting to this crisis, particularly as they illuminate under-resourced schools. 

Priority communities include: Those at high risk or hit especially hard by the virus, indigenous communities, immigrant or refugee communities, underserved, urban, rural, elderly populations, and children. 

Applicants may use up to 100 percent of their budget as personal reimbursement for their reporting time. We ask that applicants estimate their standard fee for reporting on or creating such content.

We also ask that recipients of this funding prioritize the health of yourselves and the communities in which you work. Many journalists are accustomed to putting themselves in harm’s way in pursuit of a story. We ask that you not only consider all precautions to protect yourself, but that of the people you are covering as well. Please follow local, regional, and national guidelines in terms of access for accredited journalists in your region. This guide provides advice for visual and other journalists. 

Finally, all reporting must be fact-based and accurate. For the best and most up to date COVID-19 resources, see below: 

All application materials must be in English, and applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time they submit an application. Normally, we require a project start date six months after application submission, but for this fund, immediate start dates are acceptable.

Call for submissions to new magazine Insurrectionist

Insurrectionist is a new East African magazine established by a network of radical theorists, organizers, intellectuals, and visionaries. The magazine nurtures left, radical, queer, feminist, and Pan-Afrikan theory and practice. It also highlights and analyzes the resistance of East Africans to capitalism, dictatorship, and other forms of oppression.

Insurrectionist welcomes pitches for its first issue. Share your ideas for articles, photographs, art, and other content with SUBMITtoINS@gmail.com ideally before September 25. Selected submissions will be modestly compensated.

African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC2020)

We are just a few hours away from the opening of the 16th annual African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC2020), and registrations have already surpassed our in-person gatherings in Johannesburg. You can still register here.

For conference news and as we announce speakers and programme details follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

We offer a fee waiver to freelancers, students, community media and others who need it.  To qualify, please send a motivation for a fee waiver to aijc@journalism.co.za.

Once you’ve registered for the conference, please download the conference app. You will be granted access to the app within 24 hours. This is where you will receive instructions on how to join all the sessions and receive daily communication from the team. 

Look out for these sessions THIS WEEK at #AIJC2020

  • Anas Anas went undercover to expose those who profit from quack Covid cures – Tues, Oct 6 at 14:00 GMT+2. 
  • A true Master Class, with BBC’s Paul Myers, in accessing open source information for investigative work with cutting edge skills and resources – Tues,  Oct 6 at 15:30 GMT+2.
  • The FinCEN Files, which reveal the role of global banks in industrial-scale money laundering, is one of ICIJ’s largest investigations, involving more than 400 reporters, including journalists from more than a dozen African countries – Wed, Oct 7 at 14:00 GMT+2. 
  • Tips and techniques as well as easy-to-use online tools for fact-checking and verifying the authenticity of videos – Fri, Oct 9 at 15:30 GMT+2. 

All this and 30 more sessions on the programme at this year’s #AIJC2020. Don’t miss out. 
 Best
#AIJC2020 Team 

Funding for story concepts, OSIEA, deadline 14 August

Open Society Institute for Eastern Africa:

Call on creatives across Eastern Africa to submit concepts on story ideas:

COVID-19 and Eastern Africa’s Stories of Innovation, Resilience and Solidarity
Timelines/Duration: 
This will run for three months – September, October and November 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken all aspects of our lives. This spans health, economic, political, social to overall wellbeing.  In the midst of all these, the people of Eastern Africa are showing great promise in the way they are responding to this pandemic, including communities banding together to support each other through this very strange times. Many Eastern African countries have ignited their innovative instincts and have been able to take measures to bridge the medical supplies and protective gears gaps in some ways.. Governments have turned to local manufacturers and innovators to bridge these gaps. Young people in Universities are innovating to produce ventilators, community members are using their skills to produce face masks that they are distributing to community members that cannot afford them, while communities in low resourced neighborhoods are banding together to support each other to access food, sanitation services and other social amenities. Helplines are being established to support gender-based violence victims, while efforts are being made by communities to raise awareness to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in communities.

These are the stories reverberating across all Eastern Africa communities—the stories of innovation, resilience and solidarity.

Our Call and Purpose

As the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa, we would like to capture these stories in different forms to inspire communities across the region and enable learning and action even as we race against time to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impacts.

We are therefore calling on creatives across Eastern Africa – Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Rwanda—to share with us a concept note on how they might capture these stories.

These could be captured as creatively written pieces, photo stories, short video stories, poems, creative designs, artistic expressions or simply podcast conversations among others.

These will cover innovations in the fight against COVID-19, how communities are coping despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, the initiatives by communities to contribute towards the fight against COVID-19, the resilience in the face of the pandemic among others.

Our Approach

We will pick two creatives per country who will submit five stories each (to have 10 stories per country) on different aspects of COVID-19 pandemic. The successful creatives will use different media to present the stories for diversity—integrating photo/short video clips to the written formats, arts among others. These stories will also cover diverse settings to ensure differentiation in terms of the experiences, coping mechanisms and responses.

How to Bid

Submit a concept giving examples of stories you would like to tell regarding COVID-19 in Eastern Africa that demonstrate innovation, resilience and solidarity. Indicate in what format you would wish to tell the story and the budget/how much it would cost you to tell the story. The concept should be 500 words or less. You can suggest up to five story ideas.

Submit the concept to romondi@osiea.org and wngunjiri@osiea.org by August 14, 2020.

Microgrants – Baraza Media Lab

Micro-grants from Baraza Media Lab. (Watch for details?)

In response to COVID-19, Baraza will use some of the funds set aside for physical events to receive and review applications resulting in micro-grants being provided to local media practitioners while ensuring diversity in the recipients of the funds. The project aims to support activities including but not limited to:-

  • Grassroot coverage of the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the broader community; elevate the voices and needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized
  • Innovative initiatives that contribute to the dissemination of and safe access to quality information related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Fact-checking work that tracks or combats rumours and misinformation
  • Light-hearted, fun pieces that will inspire and uplift creative spirits in the context of the pandemic
  • Content designed to reach audiences in any medium: print, audio, video and social media

This project will test this support mechanism, measure its impact and document learnings that will be crucial as Baraza looks to provide similar, responsive support to Kenyan media practitioners.

Advocacy Accelerator going virtual

The Accelerator is excited to partner with the Mobilisation Lab to bring you a virtual edition of the Campaign Accelerator on 28 September to 9 October 2020. 

If you are an advocate based in Africa, working on gender justice in the region or interested in applying a gender justice lens to your work, this training is for you. You will will learn how to apply design thinking, a systems lens, and people-powered approaches to designing a campaign.  This training will be conducted in English only. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this edition of the training will be delivered in a virtual format. We will use a mixture of virtual plenary work, online break-out groups and offline individual work. By attending this training remotely, you will be able to continue your vital social justice work. Why not take a minute to hear what our alumni had to say about their virtual experience at the Campaign Accelerator.

The training will be delivered in 10 half-day sessions, during which you will learn to:

  • Uncover new opportunities to address the root causes of an issue through systems thinking
  • Generate and test creative ideas to inspire and engage key audiences
  • Foster a collaborative team culture that embraces learning and iteration throughout a project cycle
  • Integrate new planning approaches that help established teams navigate increasingly complex environments
  • Design people-centered campaign strategies and actionable campaign plans

Please learn more about the curriculummeet the trainers and then apply to join the training by 10 August 2020. You will hear from us by 14 August 2020.  There are opportunities for subsidized pricing  and full scholarships on the application page. 

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Have a wonderful week,
The Advocacy Accelerator Team

Job: Communications coordinator, Sentinel Project

Reporting to the executive director, the communications coordinator will oversee the Sentinel Project’s social media platforms, website updates, newsletters, blog posts, and media outreach. LINK

As a small organization, the Sentinel Project has spent its first decade building programs in Kenya, Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and South Sudan. During that time, communications work has largely been the responsibility of volunteers or team members who have other primary responsibilities. The Sentinel Project is now working to expand both its activities and geographical coverage, which means that it needs a committed communications coordinator to actively work on outreach and provide a sustained voice for the organization.

The communications coordinator position will require a total of approximately ten hours per week for content creation, social media engagement, and collaboration with other members of the Sentinel Project team. This is a contract position.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate communications strategy with members of the Sentinel Project team
  • Create and manage a real-time, collaborative editorial calendar
  • Write social media posts, blog posts, press releases, and other content for the Sentinel Project website and social media channels
  • Create and send a monthly newsletter to the organization’s existing subscriber base, which will involve drafting some content as well as editing content from contributors across the organization
  • Regularly engage the organization’s audience and community, particularly on social media, and track impact
  • Manage occasional media outreach efforts and pitch story ideas to reporters when appropriate

Requirements

  • Caring about helping people in conflict areas to defuse conflicts and prevent violence
  • Strong written communication skills, as demonstrated in your cover letter and links to samples of past work
  • Experience with creating and editing content in WordPress, Mailchimp, and other online publishing platforms
  • Comfort with using Google Apps, especially Google Drive / Docs, for online collaboration with a largely virtual team
  • Proficiency at using social media platforms in a professional capacity to engage and sustain an audience, preferably to include experience with social media analytics
  • Ability to manage workflows using databases, spreadsheets, task management tools, and other similar technologies
  • 2+ years of supporting communications efforts in either the for-profit or non-profit sector
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations, especially in a fundraising capacity, is appreciated but not required

About us

Formed in 2008, the Sentinel Project is a small, global, non-profit organization dedicated to assisting communities threatened by mass atrocities through direct cooperation with the people in harm’s way and the innovative use of technology. Our team focuses on initiatives such as building networks to stop the spread of harmful misinformation that contributes to conflict and to warn people about violence if it does happen. We are a diverse group of people who are passionate about human rights and the ways that communications technology can improve lives. If you join our team, you will be part of an emerging approach to atrocity prevention and peacebuilding and will contribute to a meaningful cause within a rapidly growing organization.

The Sentinel Project is grateful to all applicants for their interest in our organization, though if you don’t hear from us within 30 days of applying you can assume that this position has been filled. Although only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted, if you don’t hear from us right away we may still be keeping you in mind for future opportunities with our team. Our needs change constantly.

To apply

Please contact us at joinus@thesentinelproject.org with the following:

  • An updated resume or LinkedIn URL
  • A cover letter explaining how your background and expertise will ensure that you will excel in this role (include hourly wage expectations)
  • Links to articles, blog posts, social media posts, and other written materials that you’ve authored

Digital rights course competition – Advocacy Assembly

You’re in luck! Advocacy Assembly’s contest with UPRoar has been extended until Tuesday 4 August.

We’ve allocated another 10 prizes: 

All you need to do is complete one of our Universal Periodic Review (UPR) courses on Advocacy Assembly:

The courses take about an hour to complete. You’ll get a deeper understanding of the UPR and how to conduct advocacy in the UN and potentially win a great prize.

Already entered the contest? Nominate a friend or colleague to complete a course and you’ll be entered in the competition again to win a prize during the drawing. Just tag that person in a tweet  and send us a direct message (@uproar_fyi). Feeling shy? Have them mention your name when they submit their certificate and we’ll make sure to give you the credit. Find out more about the competition here. 

Got questions about the competition? Email us at contact@AdvocacyAssembly.org 

Best wishes,

The Advocacy Assembly Team 

Youth accelerator program: Covid response transparency & accountability

Virtual Incubator Call for Applications

We’re supporting young people with good ideas for building accountability into the Covid-19 response in Kenya and Uganda. Ten changemakers will be guided through a free, six-month accelerated program for youth initiatives on transparency, citizen-engagement and anti-corruption work. Whether you have a for-profit, nonprofit or are yet to decide, apply today at  https://www.accountabilitylab.org/our-work/accountability-incubator/. Learn, connect and make your impact – supported by Accountability Lab and the Ford Foundation.

A few more details: In exciting news, Accountability Lab has launched a virtual accountability incubator in East Africa with the Ford Foundation two amazing partners Siasa Place and the Evidence and Methods Lab- through which we will be working for the rest of the year with amazing young people to develop new ideas for accountability/transparency of the COVID-19 response.