Civic Engagement Coordinator (Pawa254)

Are you are interested in social justice and excited about working with a lean team on civic engagement programming? Do you have experience in managing civil society, ICT and media? Are you self-motivated and excited about the idea of building something meaningful?

If this sounds like you, apply for the Civic Engagement Coordinator position! Read the full JD here. Application materials should be sent to info(at)pawa254(dot)org by 5pm Thursday, 30th June 2016.

PAWA Initiative is seeking a Civic Engagement Coordinator to join a dynamic team working to increase the participation, power, voice and leadership of communities to advance social justice and social change. The Coordinator will lead a lean team of innovative professionals to realize the goals of PAWA’s Civic Engagement theme including the goals of the Action for Transparency (A4T) project. S/he will provide overall direction, oversight, management and accountability to the civic engagement theme by closely working with the Programmes team at PAWA.

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Vacancy: Civic Engagement Coordinator
Employer: PAWA Initative
Reports to: Programme Manager
About us:
PAWA Initiative is a non-profit initiative established in 2009. It is the philanthropic arm of PAWA254,
Kenya’s unique art and cultural collaborative hub that houses, fosters and catalyzes creative and
community-driven projects for social change. The acronym “PAWA” is Swahili corruption of “power,”
while “254” is Kenya’s international telephone code. Our vision is to facilitate a bold, innovative and
thriving art and media landscape to create social change in Kenya and exists to provide space and
avenues where artists can learn and develop skills that can expose them to further opportunities for
enhanced outputs, while promoting social change.
As a bold ‘ARTIVISM’ organization that creatively integrates art and activism to promote active civic
participation, livelihoods and employment development for Kenyan youth, our work is organized
around two thematic areas;
• Arts and Culture: we work at developing the capacity of emerging artists and facilitating the
integration of this artistic expression for livelihoods development for young people in Kenya. This
is achieved through a number of interventions including provision of a state of the art co- working
space that consists of creative suites for artists and professional equipment such as cameras,
lighting, and other production equipment, skills transfer, networking and partnership
opportunities.
• Civic Engagement & Social Accountability: we use art as a form of civic engagement through
dance, poetry, graffiti, theatre, music, film and photography all while embedding dialogue and
participation. The arts are leveraged to spark civic participation through focusing attention on
emerging social concerns in the country and in the process prompt communities to action.
Furthermore, through art, PAWA brings forward unheard voices in public discourses and convenes
groups of people with divergent views through provision of physical, psychological, experiential,
and intellectual spaces conducive to reflection and discussion.
Central to this theme is Action for Transparency (A4T), a Nairobi-based partnership project between
Fojo Media Institute, PAWA Initiative and Transparency International Kenya (TIK) which seeks to
contribute to strengthened democratic accountability and transparency in Kenya through citizen
monitoring of government expenditure (Health & Education), in order to uncover suspected corruption
and mismanagement of public funds. The project is being implemented as a pilot in the larger
Embakasi area and entails empowering journalists, community leaders, civil society activists and civil
servants to track suspected corruption through a combination of ICT-tools and community
engagement strategies as a new way of holding government accountable.

Job Summary:
PAWA Initiative is seeking a Civic Engagement Coordinator to join a dynamic team working to increase
the participation, power, voice and leadership of communities to advance social justice and social
change. The Coordinator will lead a lean team of innovative professionals to realize the goals of
PAWA’s Civic Engagement theme including the goals of the Action for Transparency (A4T) project.
S/he will provide overall direction, oversight, management and accountability to the civic engagement
theme by closely working with the Programmes team at PAWA. Roles include:
Strategic vision:
o Communicate a clear vision of present and future program goals; provide leadership
and direction; develop a program strategy to be communicated to team members,
local partners and the international community.
o Assess opportunities for the integration of ICT technologies for increasing
engagement among citizens, civil society and government and mobilize civic actors,
ICT experts, local and regional government authorities and other relevant stakeholders
to take advantage of these opportunities to strengthen participatory and accountable
governance.
Project design and Implementation:
o Work with the team to develop and implement strategies and action plans.
o Coordinate needs assessment, training material development and trainings of the
various skills in the civic engagement theme while integrating with the A4T objectives
and larger PAWA Initiative organizational goals.
Financial and administrative:
o Coordinate and manage overall program budget; ensure compliance with all donor
and PAWA policies and regulations; contribute to the smooth operation and
functioning of the program
Representation and relationships:
o Develop and maintain both internal and external relationships to ensure optimum
program success, international and local NGOs, the creative and IT community, donor
organizations, embassies, vendors, media and the general public.
Program Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Evaluation, Research and Learning:
o Ensure regular and complete program evaluations, and complete program reporting
to donor partners on a timely basis.
o Lead regular research, learning, benchmarking and sharing of best practices within the
program.
Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:
o Coordinating with the Management Team move the strategic plan forward and
anticipating and responding to internal and external opportunities and challenges
o Liaising with the Communications team and developing a social change narrative
through use of new media.

o Supporting the identification of potential human skills within outside the organization
to support the Civic and advocacy component in the organization.
The ideal candidate will have:
• Relevant professional experience managing civil society, ICT, and media (specifically
journalism) for improved governance programs, with significant experience in Kenyan
Informal Settlements,
•Knowledge of and expertise in ICT for Development with demonstrated understanding of
the issues surrounding civic engagement (particularly corruption) and integration of
Journalism and ICT.
• Master’s degree in a closely related field, or bachelor’s degree and 3 years experience as a
Program Officer or equivalent leadership position in similar context.
• Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and the ability to negotiate with local and
foreign experts, managers, and government officials to ensure the successful completion
of project activities;
• Proven project management and community organizing experience within communities
with an emphasis on young people and artists, campaign and activism, messaging and
communications skills
• Ability to build innovative programs that develop and sustain new leaders and activists.
• The ideal candidate is someone able to manage multiple organizing projects and foster an
affirming work environment based on teamwork, clear results and positive evaluation
methods.
Work type: This position is initially a one-year full time contract position, with potential contract
renewal thereafter.
To apply for the role, please submit: a resume/CV (max 3 pages) outlining your relevant skills and
experiences and a cover letter explaining why this role excites you, why you are the best candidate and
when you’re able to start.
All documents and links must be sent to info@pawa254.org by 5pm Thursday, 30th June 2016.

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