Environmental Justice Legal Fellowship – Nairobi & Isiolo

Deadline Friday, 24/01/2020 (24 January)

What does the Environmental Justice (EJ) Fellowship offer?

The EJ Legal Fellowship offers an exciting opportunity to young, up and coming Kenyan legal professionals who are passionate about supporting communities in securing rights to their lands, resources and knowledge. The legal fellows will be introduced to a broad spectrum of issues within environmental and human rights law and provided hands on experience and training in research, legal empowerment, data collection and analysis, public interest litigation, analysis on laws and regulations, and advocacy. Over the duration of the Legal Fellowship, the fellows will have the opportunity to spend time and work directly with communities, community-based organizations and community paralegals. At the completion of the Legal Fellowship, each fellow will submit a research report on a topic of interest within the environmental justice area.

The Legal Fellowship will provide the successful applicants a stronger understanding of/in:

  • The principles of environmental and human rights law and citizenry participation in environmental decision-making
  • The realities of communities facing environmental injustices
  • Community-centred legal empowerment methodologies
  • The environmental decision-making processes of key institutions and bodies, such as the National Environmental Management Authority, Water Resources Authority, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service and county governments
  • Analysing and evaluating environmental and human rights laws, regulations and policies
  • Analysing and commenting on environmental impact assessments (EIA), environmental audits and strategic impact assessments (SEA)
  • Environmental justice litigation
  • Evidenced based environmental justice advocacy and research
  • The civil society organizations and individuals in Kenya working towards environmental justice

One of the Legal Fellows will be based in Isiolo and two others in Nairobi. The Legal Fellowship will be for a period of up to 10 months full time. A modest salary will be offered. The successful applicants will be required to begin immediately. Candidates from Isiolo County are encouraged to apply for the Legal Fellowship in Isiolo.

Selection Criteria…

Internship at Katiba Institute (3 months, full-time, starts October, deadline 4 Sept)

About Katiba Institute

Katiba Institute (KI) was established to promote the understanding and implementation of Kenya’s new Constitution. KI endeavors to enhance the implementation and the realization of the objects of the Constitution through research, constitutional education, constitutional litigation and encouraging public participation. KI also works to foster the spirit of constitutionalism in the East African region by promoting exchange of academic discourse on constitutional issues and by working with like-minded organizations to secure greater freedoms in the East African Region.

Internship Offer and Purpose

The KI Programmes Department undertakes research, advocacy and capacity building. KI seeks to engage a Programs Intern to be part of the Programmes team on a full time basis for 3 months. The intern will learn and gain experience through, among other tasks, assisting in field and desktop research; organizing and participating in different forums with community members and representatives – including members of Civil Society Organizations; and contributing to making submissions to laws and policies. The Intern will also have an opportunity to interact with other departments such as the Public Interest Litigation Department (PIL). The Intern will be based in Nairobi with occasional travel to other counties.

Desirable Qualifications and Attribute

 An undergraduate degree in social sciences;

 Conviction in and commitment to constitutionalism and principles of human rights;

 Shown interest in conducting primary and desktop research;

 Strong oral and written communications skills;

 Fluency in English and Kiswahili;

 Be available to begin in October and be willing to travel when need arises.

Submission of Applications

Please email your application to the Human Resources (careers@katibainstitute.org) with the opportunity title as the subject line. In your application, include a cover letter and curriculum vitae with three referees. The application should reach us by 17:00 EAT on Wednesday 4th September 2019.

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. KI is an equal opportunity employer and does not solicit any fees for employment or internship opportunities.

ICCROM Paid Internship

Job Opportunity: ICCROM Paid Internship

Young Professional to support Africa Programme “Changing the Face of Heritage and Conservation in Africa” (Paid internship)

Date and duration: as soon as May 2019, and until 31 December 2019 (6-8 months)

The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) is an intergovernmental agency which receives its funding from 136 Member States as well as private foundations, corporations and individuals. ICCROM deals with cultural heritage conservation issues, including World Heritage, disaster risk management, sustainable development, and integrated approaches to conservation of cultural and natural heritage. ICCROM usesits unparalleled global network in training and other technical cooperation programmes worldwide.

Over the past 30 years, ICCROM has designed and implemented pioneering programmes for heritage conservation for museums and sites in Africa. ICCROM Strategy 2018-2023 sets ambitious targets for further expanding ICCROM’s role in Africa through training, research and policy formulation. This will entail implementation and delivery of practical conservation training and technical cooperation projects in partnerships with African institutions, UNESCO and others.

In the context of these specific goals, ICCROM offers an internship for the Africa Programme who will assist the program manager in the development of fresh approaches, bringing innovation to ICCROM’s involvement in the conservation of the heritage in Africa. The critical area for focus is how conservation of African cultural heritage can incorporate ideas emerging from the UN (Agenda 2030) and the African Union (Agenda 2063 “The Africa we want”). The program will focus on the current trends- in particular, economic growth, employment opportunities and social cohesion

The intern will bring the youth perspective and relevant skills in supporting successful strategy design and planning, and will also possess a good understanding of cultural heritage issues in Africa. S/he will be a creative collaborator in the design of the strategy and high-impact projects and initiatives.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the authority and the direct supervision of the Program Manager, the Africa Programme Intern will contribute to designing the new ICCROM strategy for Africa, ensuring alignment of the strategy with the various programme and partnership development efforts. S/He will also assist spearhead innovative initiatives to deepen public and private donor engagement and leverage existing and new resources for maximum impact in Africa.

More specifically, the Africa Programme Intern will:

  • Undertake background research and collection of baseline data relevant to the various activities proposed
  • Assist with liaison with implementation partners to produce the final detailed concept notes for the proposed activities
  • Assist closely resource mobilization and fundraising matters, preparing donor’s profiles, following up on contact established by the Director General and the Resource Mobilization officer, preparing the information requested by donors and any other tasks aimed at achieving programme-specific fundraising goals;
  • Assist in drafting presentation materials on the Programme for ICCROM delivery at key events, meetings and other external fora;
  • Ensure that all writing produced is technically and intellectually sound, clear and objective in accordance with high standards of quality and in line with the Organization’s mandate and vision;
  • Perform other tasks as required.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA 

  • Be a national of an African Member-State of ICCROM
  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in any field relevant to the mission and work of ICCROM
  • Technical experience  and demonstrated research and writing skills
  • Good communication and organizational skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Have an excellent command of English, both written and verbal, preferred also with fluency in French
  • Be under the age of 35 by the closing of the application period
  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities

Please send your application consisting of a brief statement (explaining your vision, skills and relevance for this project) and a resume to africa@iccrom.org

Internships at InformAction, deadline 29 March

OPPORTUNITY FOR INTERNSHIP AT INFORMATION LTD

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR INTERNSHIP POSITION

March 2019

The organization

InformAction (IFA) is a not-for-profit human rights and social justice organization that uses film and community discussions to get ordinary people to speak out on their shared concerns and take action for responsibility and accountability by public officials. IFA operates through mobile field teams – using a car, screen, projector and camera – to show films to thousands of ordinary people throughout Kenya every week and facilitate discussion on the relevance of the issues in the films. Experienced activists and facilitators lead community discussions on human rights, social justice and governance, while video journalists film the discussions and continuously record people’s experiences on human rights, social justice and public governance dynamics.

IFA’s core principle is that sustainable, progressive, democratic change requires an informed citizenry empowered to speak truth to power. It catalyzes ordinary people to hold peaceful actions to demand accountability and change. By screening films in the regions and holding dynamic community discussions, IFA encourages diverse opinions within communities, and cross-community empathy and understanding.

Since its founding in 2010 InformAction has empowered hundreds of thousands of Kenyans in rural and marginalized areas, profiling the demands for change through innovative media and action. It has focused on human rights, impunity, governance, and justice for victims of political violence.

The Vision of IFA is an informed and empowered society that speaks truth to power and demands accountability and social justice and its Mission is to inform and empower communities in Kenya in order to catalyze public debate and action for a just and accountable society.

Internship Position:

InformAction now seeks to recruit an intern to join its Administration and Human Resources Management and Development team in the Nairobi Base. The key functions of this position are:

  • Support the IFA Administrator in the implementation of administrative and human resources management policies, procedures and decisions
  • Work with the Administrator on ensuring the organization’s conformity to and compliance with all statutory obligations and requirements relating to administration and human resources management
  • Work closely with the organization’s senior management and field team leaders to continuously assess and appropriately respond to needs for office equipment, facilities, supplies and utilities
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on developing and executing an organization-wide internal communication strategy
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on communication of executive and management decisions, follow-up on implementation and feedback
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on generating and drafting policy and position documents on various organizational and external issues
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on ensuring effective execution of work place safety and security policies, procedures and practices

Minimum requirements:

The suitable candidate must have and demonstrate the following as a minimum;

  1. Be a Kenyan citizen, resident in Nairobi or prepared to be resident in Nairobi during the period of internship;
  2. Be a first degree graduate in any of the following areas of university study: Political Science, Public Administration, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication, Journalism and Media Studies, Creative and Performing Arts, or Law;
  3. Should have graduated (first degree) within the period starting March 2017 and ending March 2019
  4. MUST be desirous of, focused on and committed to pursuing civic activism, defense and promotion of human rights, social justice and accountable public governance in the context of public benefit or civil society sector;
  5. Demonstrate ability to work independently and as a tolerant and patient team player;
  6. Demonstrate well developed written and oral communication skills, as well as negotiation and representation skills, with ability to communicate clearly and sensitively with staff and external stakeholders;
  7. Be resilient, flexible and adaptable to an ever changing work environment and situations, able to operate effectively under extreme circumstances including high security risks;
  8. Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to diversity at the workplace and ability to work in diverse cultural contexts appropriately;
  9. Must be well planned and organized especially in a flexible working environment and have capacity for initiative and decision making with analytical and problem solving skills;
  10. Must be emotionally mature;
  11. A good knowledge of financial management and accounting procedures will be an added advantage.

This is not a paid position. InformAction will however offer a monthly stipend limited to the successful candidate’s reasonable public transport commuting expenses. The successful candidate must be willing to commit to a six (6) months’ internship tenure.

If you are interested in this opportunity and you meet the above qualifications, please send an email with your CV with 3 referees, and a cover letter latest by the 29th of March 2019 to info@informaction.tv

Komla Dumor Award 2019: Seeking a rising star of African journalism

BBC World News Komla Dumor Award 2019: Seeking a rising star of African journalism

The BBC is seeking a rising star of African journalism for the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, now in its fifth year. 

Journalists from across the continent are invited to apply for the award, which aims to uncover and promote fresh talent from Africa. 

The winner will spend three months at the BBC headquarters in London, gaining skills and experience. 

Applications close on 26 February 2019 at 23:59 GMT.

The award was established to honour Komla Dumor, an exceptional Ghanaian broadcaster and presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.

This year’s award is being launched from the Nigerian city of Lagos.

It will be made to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on-air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.

As well as spending time with the BBC in London, the winner will also get to travel to Africa to report a story – and have that story shared across the continent and the world.

Previous winners:

  • 2015: Nancy Kacungira from Uganda
  • 2016: Didi Akinyelure from Nigeria
  • 2017: Amina Yuguda from Nigeria
  • 2018: Waihiga Mwaura from Kenya

Kenyan journalist Waihiga Mwaura won last year’s award and reported from Togo for his main project about young innovators turning e-waste into 3D printers and robots.

Waihiga said that you could always sense “the passion in the way Komla told the African story”.

“His will to change the narrative about Africa was one of the reasons he stood out amongst other international broadcasters,” the 2018 award winner said.

“I feel the placement at the BBC – working with Komla’s friends and colleagues – has helped me to continue Komla’s remarkable work, and I look forward to a day when more African journalists of the calibre of Komla will be able to tell unique African stories from different outlets around the world.”Ahead of the inaugural award, Komla Dumor’s former colleagues reflected on the broadcaster’s talent

Waihiga will take part in the 2019 launch event, chairing a debate for the BBC World Service about the power of young Nigerians in the forthcoming elections.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Jamie Angus, director of the BBC World Service Group, said: 

“In an era when impartial and factual journalism has never mattered more, it’s important that we look to the journalists who know, understand and can contextualise African stories for global audiences so that we can offer a full picture of what’s happening across the continent. 

“All of the previous winners have shown they’re exceptional journalists, and have brought insights in to how to improve engagement with local audiences.

“We’re very pleased to be continuing Komla’s legacy and are looking forward to finding another outstanding journalist from the continent.”

  • To see if you are eligible for the role and to apply, click here
  • You can also spread the word on social media using the hashtag #BBCKomlaAward.

Environmental Justice Fellowship, Natural Justice

The Natural Justice Programme in Kenya is offering an opportunity for those seeking to learn about environmental justice in Kenya.  

The Environmental Justice Fellowship offers an exciting opportunity to young, up and coming Kenyan professionals who are passionate about supporting communities in securing rights to their lands, resources and knowledge. The EJ Fellows will be introduced to a broad spectrum of issues within environmental and human rights law and provided hands-on experience and training in research, legal empowerment, data collection and analysis, public interest litigation, analysis on laws and regulations, and advocacy. Throughout the Fellowship, the fellows will have the opportunity to spend time and work directly with communities, community-based organizations and community paralegals. At the completion of the Fellowship, each fellow will submit a research report on a topic of interest within the environmental justice area. 

The Fellowships will run for 10 months with a modest salary offered.

Deadline: Friday the 22nd of February at 5pm East African Time.

The call for applications can be found at this link and also attached to this email:https://naturaljustice.org/job/environmental-justice-fellowship-kenya/

If you could please share amongst your networks.

Realness: screenwriters residency

Only 1 month left to apply for the screenwriters residency Realness

http://digilabafrica.com/2018/01/09/opportunity-apply-for-realness-screenwriters-residency/

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: http://digilabafrica.com/2018/01/09/opportunity-apply-for-realness-screenwriters-residency/