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: 



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.

Outcome-Oriented Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning, 3-5 December, Nairobi

Expensive but there’s a sponsorship option…

Event page:
Sponsorship form:

For those looking into using OM or OH. It’s been shown to be a useful way to track meaningful results – in terms of changes in relationship, behaviour and policy. If you’re interested in learning more then here is a good opportunity…
Outcome-Oriented Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning
3-5 Dec, 2018, Nairobi, Kenya
A three-day learning and sharing event on using Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting to support transformational change in a complex world.
The event offers a series of engaging workshops, networking and peer-learning opportunities designed to respond to the interests and needs of participants. Starting from the principles and practice of Outcome Mapping, participants will be introduced to the practical applications of outcome-oriented monitoring, evaluation and learning processes supporting development interventions in complex environments.
This event will be a rich introduction for people new to OM/OH and experienced practitioners will be able to refine and further develop their OM and OH knowledge and skills.
The event is organised by the Outcome Mapping Learning Community and co-hosted by CARE USA, with support from the CARE Nairobi Support Office. It is led by a team of world-class experts in Outcome Mapping: Steff Depez, Julius Nyangaga, Glowen Kyei-Mensah and Richard Smith.
Further details and registration:
Kind regards,
Simon Hearn

Research Associate, ODI
Coordinator, Outcome Mapping Learning Community

Event: Five Years After Westgate, RVI & ICG, 21 September (Friday)


Five Years After Westgate

10am – 12.30pm・Friday 21 September 2018
Rift Valley Institute・Seminar Room
Laikipia Road ・Kileleshwa

The attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on 21 September 2013 demonstrated Al-Shabaab’s reach outside Somalia. The initial response by Kenyan authorities – including mass roundups of Muslims and ethnic Somalis – compounded matters and aided Al-Shabaab recruitment. A change of approach in mid-2015, which prioritised greater community engagement and more prominent roles for Muslim leaders, has helped to reduce the threat of Al Shabaab in Kenya.

Yet, five years on, Al-Shabaab remains committed to striking targets outside Somalia. The group has adapted in various ways, including by building partnerships with local militant groups in southern Tanzania and northern Mozambique and recruiting outside Kenya. A new research report by the International Crisis Group examines the regional evolution of Al-Shabaab since the Westgate attack and outlines the contrasting reactions to its activities by Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan authorities.

     Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

On 21 September, the Rift Valley Institute will host the launch of the ICG report Al-Shabaab Five Years after Westgate: Still a Menace in East Africa. This will be followed by a panel discussion on policy options for addressing radicalisation in East Africa.

Murithi Mutiga
Researcher, International Crisis Group

Abdullahi Abdille Shahow
Researcher, International Crisis Group

Rashid Abdi
Horn of Africa Project Director, International Crisis Group

Martine Zeuthen
Royal United Services Institute

Razia Kimani
United States Agency for International Development

Jobs at Evidence Action: Associate Directors, Directors, Associates, Project Managers

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Fellowships to attend African Investigative Journalism Conference (deadline 31 August)

The African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC2018) is the premier annual gathering of African investigative journalists – a three-day international conference for and about investigative journalism. It involves skills training, networking, promoting, collaboration and in-depth accounts of major investigative stories. It is hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

This year’s conference will feature more than 50 speakers in workshops, panel discussions and networking sessions, as well as skills training in areas such as advanced data analysis and security. Key speakers include award-winning journalists from across the world, and Africa’s best. This is a chance to hear and meet those leading the field and enhance your skills with the latest tools and tips.

In 2018, 10 places are available to community newspaper journalists who are members of the Association of Independent Publishers and who have an interest in investigative journalism, want to develop their investigative skills and learn from other African and international journalists. Fellows will be required to write an article for publication or make a presentation to their colleagues on their learnings from the conference.

More information is available at or follow on Twitter @AIJC_Conference 

The fellowship will cover transport, accommodation for those who need it at The Wedgewood in Melville ( and transport to and from the conference, meals and conference fees.

Following the AIJC, on Thursday 1st November, there will be a one-day round-table run by Wits Journalism’s Africa-China Reporting Project. It is open to those who have worked on or are currently working on specific stories about China in Africa. Please indicate your interest in your application.

To apply, write a short motivation (maximum 500 words) and send it with your CV and at least one example of your published or broadcast work (preferably a link) to 

Applications close August 31st, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by email by September 14th, 2018.

Note: The conference will be conducted in English and there will be no translation.

Digital literacy training & job support, Samasource


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

For more information on the curriculum, click here

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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?

‘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: The deadline for submissions is 27th July 2018.  For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

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.