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: 



Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling

Applications for the 2019 cycle are now open. Apply here by Sunday, December 16, 2018. 

Mercy Juma accepts the inaugural award in honor of Michael Elliott, from his widow, Emma Oxford. Photo Credit: Steven Strasser
Mercy Juma, of Kenya, accepts the inaugural award named for Michael Elliott, from his widow Emma Oxford. Photo: Steven Strasser

The Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling, a collaboration between the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), ONE, and the Elliott family, honors an up-and-coming journalist in Africa who strives to strengthen people’s voices and improve their well-being.

The Award was established in honor of Michael Elliott, an outstanding editor, philanthropist and former ICFJ director, whose life was a testament to the power of storytelling to bear witness to and improve the human condition. Elliott served as a distinguished editor at The Economist, Newsweek and Time before becoming CEO of ONE. In 2016, 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. 

From the study tour, I came back home with great ideas and tips on digital storytelling.

– Mercy Juma, 2017 Michael Elliott Award Winner (Kenya)

Past award winners include 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.  

About the Award

This prestigious annual award honors an emerging journalist in Africa who tells important stories through quality reporting.  In a special study tour organized by ICFJ, the winner spends time in U.S. newsrooms to learn new skills and share knowledge. Starting in 2019, the winner will also complete a two-week internship at the headquarters of The Economist in London. To take full advantage of the tour, applicants must speak English, even if they work in another language. The winner also receives a US$5,000 cash prize to pursue an in-depth reporting project.

Applications for the 2019 cycle are now open. Apply here by Sunday, December 16, 2018. 


  • The contest is open to 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 an important issue. The submission can be a feature story; an in-depth, investigative or explanatory piece; or a multimedia report or documentary.
  • A copy of the published story or broadcast clip must be submitted in English. Works in other languages must include English translations.
  • The submitted story must have been published between Dec. 1, 2017, and Dec. 1, 2018. 

A distinguished international jury selects the winner.

Call for multimedia projects: Digital Lab Africa

The Digital Lab Africa call for projects targets artists, producers, designers, start-ups, students in the media and creative industries. The call is open to anyone from Sub-Saharan Africa having an innovative project in 5 categories of multimedia production : web creation, virtual reality, video game, animation  and digital music.

DLA is looking for projects at initial stage of development, in need of partners and financial support and innovative in terms of narration, content or technologies.





Email the following application files (in French or in English) to before January 13th, 2019

  • Pitch deck / Presentation document (PDF, PowerPoint or Word) including:
    – project’s overview, concept, statement of intent…
    – development and production schedule, provisional budget, target audience and strategy
  • Visual element and/or research document
    Storyboard / mood board / graphics / portfolio / screenplay (for web creation, animation or VR projects
    – Game design document (for video game projects)
    – Any preview, pilot or video demo of the project (if available, for all types of projects)
  • A cover letter explaining why you want to be part of the DLA Mentorship & Incubation program (1-page maximum)
  • A resume/curriculum vitae of the applicant and/or description of the company represented
  • A picture (.jpeg) of the applicant

Applicants can submit several projects (one application form per project)
Applications submitted by two persons working in pairs can be considered.
Incomplete applications will not be considered

For any question, please contact:

Realness: screenwriters residency

Only 1 month left to apply for the screenwriters residency Realness

Initiated by Urucu Media in partnership with La Fabrique Cinéma – Institut Français, Realness Residency is a pan-African programme dedicated to developing and supporting the next generation of African screenwriting talent. Each year, the program is hosting 5 young african directors in the Cradle of Humankind near to Johannesburg, and is helping them to bring their scripts from the page to the screen ensuring that the program maintains a long-standing impact.

The residency period is a six-week focused incubation where residents write with the feedback and support of story experts such as Nadja Dumouchel, producer and co-founder of the associative platform La Scénaristerie, and producing experts such as Elias Ribeiro, producer at Urucu Media.

Residents also attend the Durban International Film Festival as participants of the Market after receiving mentorship on how to pitch their film projects.

After the festival participation, residents are given another 6 weeks to finesse their work from home. Final deliveries are submitted to Realness partners for awards consideration. Each project is eligible for scholarships to attend Locarno Filmmakers Academy, Torino Film Lab Meeting Event, EAVE Producer’s Workshop and La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde in Cannes.

Who can apply?
– You have an up-to-date African passport
– 60 – 70% of your script is filmed on the African continent
– Your script must be fiction
– Adaptations are eligible but you must include proof that rights to the book have been acquired with your application.

How to apply?

Submissions are open until January 31st. Download the application form. Find all the informations about the residency here:

Call for Submissions: African Urban Futures, British Institute in East Africa

Call for Submission from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Theme: African Urban Futures

Graduate Conference 22-23 March 2019

The African continent is currently experiencing the world’s most rapid urban growth. As compared to other continents, Africa is the least urbanized today with about 40% of its population currently living in urban areas as compared to 81% in North America, 80% in Latin America and the Caribbean, 73% in Europe, and 47% in Asia (Statistica, 2015). With the estimated growth in urban areas both as a result of rural to urban migration as well as due to natural population growth, several challenges as well as milestones are expected that are supposed to impact on the lives of the city inhabitants in different ways. With this expected growth, urban centres will increasingly shape the lives of people on the continent. This provides a rich area for research exploring different aspects in African urban futures such as problems and challenges of the future city, emergent and dominant livelihoods, opportunities for growth and development, futuristic literary imaginings and their significance today, among other social, economic and political issues of the African city in the move towards building and maintaining sustainable and resilient cities. This conference invites early career scholars working from different fields within the wider Social Sciences and Humanities sector to engage with the theme African Urban Futures.


  • Innovations and technological development and the city
  • Social, economic and political inclusion and urbanization
  • Gendered dynamics and the city
  • Climate change and urbanization
  • Urban physical and social infrastructures
  • Literary imaginations and the city

The BIEA welcomes submissions for a 20 minute presentation of research or artwork. If you would like to make a presentation please send an abstract of between 200-300 words on the theme of the presentation. The above list of subthemes is indicative, not exclusive, and we are keen to receive abstracts for linked or associated topics. Please include your name, affiliation and title of presentation to  Notification of acceptance will be given by 31st January 2019.

Submission Deadline10 January 2019

VenueBIEA, Laikipia Road, Nairobi

Jobs: Tech Manager, Research Lead & Manager, The Engine Room

The Engine Room is looking for 3 exciting positions to join our core team: a Senior Tech Manager, a Senior Research Lead, and a Research Manager.

All of the positions will be part of our core team. Our team is distributed, meaning the Internet is our office. We need you to have a solid internet connection and, as we may ask you to travel, to be near enough to an airport that you can comfortably hop on a plane.

We put a lot of effort into creating a healthy, remote organisation, and we believe that caring about our team’s wellbeing is a political act. Our team members are curious, humble and supportive of each other. We are critical optimists about the role technology and data can have in the push for social justice.

The Engine Room is a global team and we consider diversity to be a competency. We actively seek diverse perspectives, experiences and voices in all areas of our team and in our work. Our organisation prioritises empathy, respect, humility, flexibility, fun and a healthy work-life balance.

We highly encourage individuals from all areas of the world, backgrounds, experiences and identities to apply. We are entirely remote which means we don’t have a physical office anywhere, and all our staff and contractors work remotely.


We have two open roles to start immediately, which you can read about in more detail on our jobs page.

The deadline to apply for these two positions is December 2nd, and we would like these positions to start on January 1, 2019 or as close to that date as possible.

  • The Senior Tech Manager will manage our Transmission team, overseeing our internal and external-facing technical work; ensuring our approach to technology is synced up across the organisation; fundraising, and working with the senior management team to grow our work.
  • The Research Manager will work closely with the Director of Research and Engagement, managing fee-for-service projects, and producing stellar research outputs. They’ll design, implement and manage research projects, often working with consultants, and supporting organisations and sectors to answer hard questions about tech and data.

We are also looking for a Senior Research Lead. The deadline for applying for this is December 7th, and we hope for the position to start in February 2019.

  • The Senior Research Lead will lead on the vision for our research strategy, supported by the senior management team; provide guidance and input on research methods used across the organisation, and ensure cohesion and quality of the research carried out at The Engine Room. They’ll manage larger projects, and give input into fundraising.

Job: Communications Officer, Natural Justice & deCOALonize

Full-time communications officer position with NJ and deCOALonize:

The communications officer will help build NJ’s brand identity and our communication channels, with the aim to increase awareness of our community projects and legal work with communities affected by decisions on their local environments.

The communication officer will spend 50% of their time to support the deCOALonize  campaign in Kenya. The deCOALonize campaign aims to provide information to local communities, policy makers, academics and civil society on the alternatives to coal and embracing clean energy in Kenya. It was created by a coalition of environmental and social justice advocates concerned about the increasing interest in Kenya on coal power production and exploration.

Contract length is 2 years, and the salary range is 70,000 – 110,000 Ksh per month plus benefits, which is dependent on skills and experience.

Deadline: Tuesday, 4 December 2018

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.