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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Digital literacy training & job support, Samasource

https://www.samasourcedigitalbasics.org/enroll

ENROLL IN TRAINING

Samasource Training is a 10-day course offered in Nairobi, Kenya.

For more information on the curriculum, click here

FOR MORE GENERAL INFO include a much nicer version of the below info, click here: https://www.samasourcedigitalbasics.org

CONNECTING YOUTH TO EMPLOYMENT
Samasource Digital Basics addresses these challenges by equipping unemployed youth with market-aligned skills and a direct connection to employers…

 

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Call for Submissions (music, poetry, art, multimedia) on Re-Imagining Democracy, deadline 2 August, Civicus

2018 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY: ‘Through Arts and Imagination’

Re-Imagining Democracy: in search of silenced voices

Call for Submissions

Johannesburg, 3 July 2018 – What does democracy mean to you? How are youth in your community putting democracy into action? What do you see as threats to democracy today? What does your ideal democracy look like?

https://www.civicus.org/index.php/media-resources/news/3254-2018-international-youth-day-through-arts-and-imagination

‘Through Arts and Imagination’ is a global contest seeking bold and original creative arts submissions – music, poetry, art, multimedia – that present youth perspectives on Re-imagining Democracy.  To celebrate International Youth Day on 12 August 2018, the Youth Working Group at CIVICUS,  a global civil society alliance, would like to create space for the voices of silenced youth to be heard.  CIVICUS wants to provide an opportunity for youth to express a vision of democracy reimagined. You will not only get the chance to make your voice heard by a global audience, but you will also get a chance to help a cause of your choice!

“In a world in which our democracy and fundamental freedoms are under increasing threat, a world where the voices of young people are silenced and marginalised, we believe that it is up to this generation to re-imagine the democracy we want to live in,” said Elisa Novoa, of the CIVICUS Youth Working Group.

The Symposium hopes to showcase pieces that present what democracy means to you – what it looks like and feels like in everyday life.  We want to see that democracy is about more than just putting a ballot in a box, but instead involves actions such as: organizing, thinking and writing, working alongside others, protesting, expressing solidarity, being part of a community, and engaging locally. You are also welcome to submit your ideas and dreams about a democracy that is true to its name – ‘rule by the people’ – and how you imagine it would play out in your community.

What are we looking for?

The Youth Day Creative Symposium has three submission categories:

  • Written arts: poems, short stories, essays (500 words max.)
  • Visual arts: drawings, cartoons, paintings, photography, collages
  • Multimedia arts: short films (2 min max), songs

The submission must relate to the overall theme of Re-Imagining Democracy. Submissions should present your views and feelings on the current state of democracy and your views, as a young person, on rethinking and rebuilding it.

Your submission should relate to one of the following sub-themes:

  • Diversity- We are One! Art that celebrate, feature and empower people of many different intersectional identities (gender, race, sexuality, age, ethnicity, nationality, etc.)
  • Culture and society – Breaking Barriers for all! Art that showcases intercultural-interreligious integration and “decoloniality
  • Economic justice. Art that speaks to  solidarity economies, democratisation of labour, youth social entrepreneurship and just transition
  • Democratisation of education Art that shares a message around access to education, different modes of learning, active participation and dialogue, education of multiple historical narratives
  • Silenced/unsilenced youth – Hear my voice! The experience of driving a rights-based agenda: organising, speaking up, mobilising.

Are you Eligible?

In order to submit a piece in this contest participants and submissions must fulfill the criteria below:

  • Creators must be 30 and under by 12 August 2018
  • Submissions must respect the deadline (27 July, 2018)
  • Only one submission per person
  • Original content that hasn’t previously been published
  • Agreement with the Youth Day Symposium Terms and Conditions[1]  and CIVICUS event principles[2] 
  • Submission in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese

What’s in it for you?

  1. The top 15 submissions will be promoted on the CIVICUS social media pages.
  2. One-day workshop run by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation to support participants in their work to share powerful messages through creative mediums on Friday 10 August in online[1] for the top 15 submissions.
  3. Cash prize and free CIVICUS voting membership to the organisations that the top 3 symposium participants chose to donate their prize to.[2]
    • 1st place: 300$US
  4. Publication of the best (3) submission in the 2018 State of Civil Society Report.

How to submit?

Please submit your application by filling in this form: https://www.civicus.org/index.php/international-youth-day-symposium. The deadline for submissions is 27th July 2018.  For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at youth@civicus.org

How will your submission be evaluated?

  • Creativity: The submission is created based on an original idea and the participant has showed the use of their imagination and has created something unique.
  • Authenticity: The submission is reflective of the participant’s experience, a true lived experience, or a vision of potential experience. The piece is grounded in the reality of the topic of reimagining democracy as they understand it and creatively interpret it.
  • Connection to the theme: The submission directly relates to one of the presented sub-themes and explores and relevant and pertinent issue within that sub-theme.
  • Connection to struggle & contributions to community: The submission reflects a relevant challenge that is faced by youth based on the themes. It tells a story of an initiative creating a positive outcome for a community.
  • Youth perspective: The submission presents and considers the youth voice and experience.

*Consideration will be given to ensure gender, ethnic and religious diversity of contestants.


[1] 2018 Creative Symposium partners might be able to provide a physical space to run this workshop in their cities.

[2] Participants will select in their registration form an organisation contributing towards the solution of their selected cause to donate their prize if their poem, song or short story is selected in the top 3.

Jobs at UNEP

Some current openings:

PROGRAMME COORDINATOR, P4 / Programme Management Officer

PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER (Project Post), P4
Ecosystems Division, Nairobi duty station
focus on tropical ocean governance, marine sciences

SENIOR FINANCE AND BUDGET OFFICER, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)

Finance & Budget Officer, P4 — looks like two positions:

 

Job: Communications Officer, Natural Justice

Communications Officer – Nairobi, Kenya
(or Cape Town, South Africa)

http://naturaljustice.org/job/communications-officer-cape-town-south-africa-or-nairobi-kenya/

Who is Natural Justice?

Natural Justice (NJ): Lawyers for Communities and the Environment is a non-profit organization, specializing in human rights and environmental law, operating on the African continent and at the regional (African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights) and international (UN) levels. We are a team of progressive legal practitioners who conduct comprehensive research on environmental and human rights law, support communities and local organizations, provide technical advice to governments and intergovernmental organizations, and engage in key international and regional processes in pursuit of social and environmental justice. NJ is headquartered in Cape Town, works in a range of African countries, and has teams in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Senegal, and Guinea.

What are we looking for?

NJ is looking for a full-time Communications Officer who can help establish our brand identity and manage our communication channels, with the aim to increase awareness of our community projects and legal work and create fundraising and partnership opportunities.

What’s on offer?

NJ is a close-knit and nurturing collective that places emphasis on facilitating opportunities for the professional and personal growth of its members. NJ will offer a competitive salary commensurate with skill and experience. Joining NJ will also give the successful candidate a chance to work with a passionate and highly professional global team in a fast-paced environment and gain valuable international experience. The position is for 12 months with the possibility of extension, which is dependent on funding.

Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the NJ team to ensure relevant programme materials are developed and disseminated through social media channels and/or to partner organisations directly
  • Maintain NJ’s website and integrated news feed as well as all social media and fundraising sites through daily monitoring, posting and content development in collaboration with programme staff
  • Be responsible for the content management of all news blogs drafted by programme staff before it goes online
  • Write pieces with the support of programme staff and edit other publications
  • Be on the lookout for relevant news items via social media and distribute these among relevant staff members
  • Develop a communications calendar for NJ, and contribute to the development of a media and communications strategy that he/she will implement
  • Coordinate media engagements, manage relationships and develop a database of media contacts
  • Assist the NJ team during fundraising or project design phases to identify appropriate communication activities for respective projects
  • Ensure timely and quality production of advocacy and branding materials such as newsletters for internal and external distribution, annual reports, picture stories, videos
  • Manage the monthly internal cohttp://naturaljustice.org/job/communications-officer-cape-town-south-africa-or-nairobi-kenya/mmunication newsletter and a quarterly newsletter for the general public
  • Archive all communication materials, including digital, such as publications, press releases and clippings, photographs, audio-visual materials, web resources etc.
  • Support donor relations through the development of brochures and other background materials
  • Support special events, meetings and campaigns through relevant communications tools, including publications, flyers, blogs, or online campaign strategies

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in communications, journalism, public relations or a related field or equivalent experience
  • At least three years of similar work experience is required. Candidate should be able to work independently – with minimum supervision and guidance from supervisors
  • The candidate will be expected to be a driven self-starter that is reliable, has the ability to prioritise, pay attention to detail, and shows initiative at work
  • Demonstrated social media experience (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram use and analytics)
  • Basic design and layout skills and experience in using Adobe Photoshop, PageMaker and Canva are an added advantage
  • Experience in or knowledge of newsletter distribution (Mailchimp)
  • Basic website management (WordPress), Google analytics and Google Drive
  • The candidate must be proficient in English. Proficiency in French is an advantage
  • The candidate should have high level of integrity, accountability, and punctuality
  • He/she should be a team player
  • An interest in advocating for social and environmental justice

Application process:

Deadline: Friday, 10 August 2018

Please email your application to the pooven@naturaljustice.org with the job title in the subject line.

Include a motivation letter that indicates why you feel you are the best candidate for this position, a detailed CV with three references, and up to three samples of your past work. Please ensure that your application as a whole speaks to the required skills, experience, traits and attributes listed above.

Only candidates with a valid work permit to work in South Africa and/or Kenya should apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Writing Scholarship: Miles Morland Foundation

https://milesmorlandfoundation.com/about-2/

Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship

It can be difficult for writers, before they become established, to write while simultaneously earning a living. To help meet this need the MMF annually awards a small number of Morland Writing Scholarships, with the aim being to allow each Scholar the time to produce the first draft of a completed book. The Scholarships are open to anyone writing in the English language who was born in Africa, or both of whose parents were born in Africa.

Grant:

Scholars writing fiction will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of twelve months. At the discretion of the Foundation, Scholars writing non-fiction, who require additional research time, could receive an additional grant, paid over a period of up to eighteen months.

Scholar’s Undertaking:

At the end of each month scholars must send the Foundation 10,000 new words that they will have written over the course of the month. Scholars are also asked to donate to the MMF 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from the book they write during the period of their Scholarship. This includes revenues as a result of film rights, serialisations or other ancillary revenues arising from the book written during the Scholarship period. These funds will be used to support other promising writers. The 20% return obligation should be considered a debt of honour rather than a legally binding obligation.

Qualifications:

To qualify for the Scholarship a candidate must submit an excerpt from a piece of work of between 2,000 – 5,000 words, written in English that has been published and offered for sale,. This will be evaluated by a panel of readers and judges set up by the MMF. The work submitted will be judged purely on literary merit. It is not the purpose of the Scholarships to support academic or scientific research, or works of special interest such as religious or political writings. Submissions or proposals of this nature do not qualify.

Scholarship Requirement:

The only condition imposed on the Scholars during the year of their Scholarship is that they must write. They will be asked to submit by email at least 10,000 new words every month until they have finished their book, or their Scholarship term has ended. If the first draft of the book is completed before the year is up, payments will continue while the Scholar edits and refines their work. 

Proposed Work:

The candidates should submit a description of between 400 – 1,000 words of the work they intend to write. The proposal must be for a full length book of no fewer than 80,000 words. The MMF does not accept proposals for collaborative writing or short story collections. The proposal should be for a completely new work, not a work in progress, and must be in English.

Biography:

Please also tell us in 200 – 300 words something about yourself and your background. People who reach the shortlist will be asked for further information about themselves and how they propose to write their book.

Fiction or Non-Fiction:

The Foundation welcomes both fiction and non-fiction proposals. We are aware that non-fiction Scholars may need extra time for research, so the Foundation may exercise its discretion to offer non-fiction writers a longer Scholarship period of up to 18 months.

Starting times:

 The Scholars may elect to start at any time between January and June in the year following the Scholarship Award. Their payments and the 10,000 word monthly submission requirement will start at the same time.

Accepted works:

The Scholarships are meant for full length works of adult fiction or non-fiction. Poetry, plays, film scripts, children’s books, and short story collections do not qualify.

Mentoring:

The Foundation will not review or comment on the monthly submissions as they come in. However, each Scholar will be offered the opportunity to be mentored by an established author or publisher. In most cases the mentorship will begin after the book has been finished and the Scholarship period has ended. At the discretion of the Foundation, the cost of the mentorship will be borne by the MMF. It is not the intention of the MMF to act as editor or a publisher. Scholars will need to find their own agents and publishers although the MMF is happy to offer advice.

Residency:

Please note that this is not a residential Scholarship. It is up to the Scholars what their living arrangements are during their Scholarship year.

Important Dates:

Applications  will be received between 30th June 2018 and 30th September 2018. Applications submitted outside that period will not be looked at.

FAQs

Please go to FAQs to answer any further questions concerning the Morland Writing Scholarships. Do not submit an entry until you have read and observed the requirements set out in the FAQs and enclosed the five things noted below.

All enquiries and submissions relating to the Morland Scholarships should be directed to scholarships@milesmorlandfoundation.com

Have you enclosed all five things on the checklist below? If not, do not send a submission. 

 1. A submission of between 2,000 to 5,000 words as a Word document of work that has been published and offered for sale. Please send proof of publication.

 2. A description of between 400 – 1,000 words about the new book you intend to write. 

 3. A scan of an official document showing that you, or both of your parents, were born in Africa.

 4. A brief bio of between 200 – 300 words.

 5.Please tell us how you heard about the Morland Writing Scholarships.

Freelance work for journalists: Africa Integrity Indicators

Global Integrity is starting its seventh round of research of the Africa Integrity Indicators (AII), an annual project undertaken in partnership with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. The project assesses key social, economic, political and anti-corruption mechanisms at the national level in all African countries. Employing an expert assessment methodology, this new round will focus on the practical implementation and enforcement of legal and policy frameworks across various categories, including safety and the rule of law, sustainable economic opportunity, and human development.

This effort will require a global team of journalists, researchers and subject matter experts across Africa to conduct original research and gather data that will feed into the Ibrahim Index of African Governance. Please read below for information on the requirements and how to apply.

 

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Digital Earth fellowship for artists & designers, Hivos

Digital Earth is a 6 month-long fellowship for artists and designers based in Africa or Asia, working across a variety of media, who would like to investigate our current technological reality. It is a unique research support programme, which supports experienced artists to reflect, research, experiment and produce work. The fellowship consists of a monthly stipend for work and production costs, mentorship and other various resources. The final results will be exhibited in a roaming exhibition.

https://www.hivos.org/news/open-call-join-the-digital-earth-fellowship-2018-2019/

Open Call: Join the Digital Earth Fellowship 2018-2019

June 27, 2018

Hivos, through its Resource of Open Minds (R.O.O.M.) program, is one of the organizations providing webinars, workshops and residencies.

Digital Earth calls upon divergent artists and designers to examine, challenge and respond to the material and immaterial condition of our current technological reality. The geographical focus of the fellowship is on the entanglement of old and new routes that connect Asia to Africa, crossing the Middle East and Central Asia. Today these routes are crossed by goods, people and data at speeds faster than ever, through a circuit of ports, mines, airports, refineries, high speed railways, fiber optic cables and mobile antennas.

Examples of possible research topics are: the infrastructure of Mongolian crypto-mining, the performativity of the robot-ports on the Siberian coastline, the soundscapes of the coltan mines in the heartlands of Congo, the cultural protocols of free port zones, the esthetics of satellite imagery, the agency of machinic vision, the political imaginations of geoengineering projects – and more.

 

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