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Call: Short films for curious minds, BBC Ideas

BBC Ideas has just launched at The deadline for submissions in this round is Monday 5 February at 5pm. Please see the pitching section to find out how to submit.

BBC Ideas  is a short-form factual digital video project centred on exploring ideas that challenge and inform the audience. Launched on 11 January 2018, its strapline is “short films for curious minds”. It is aimed at a meeting an audience desire for quality, thoughtful, ideas presented in a mobile-friendly format. It is a one-year beta project, and we’re keen to experiment with formats and styles, and will take an iterative, agile approach, learning from the audience.

The videos are hosted at and are arranged in thematic playlists. They are also promoted via the BBC Homepage (, the BBC News website, and the BBC’s social media channels. Videos will be frequently added and playlists will continue to be available after their initial publication, to serve as a place for discovery and exploration for the audience. The team is taking pitches for bespoke material for BBC Ideas, as well as using as a way of showcasing existing “ideas-y” digital video from the BBC, and its archive.

You can read more about the project in a blog post by James Purnell, Director of Radio and Education, and this post from Executive Editor of BBC Ideas, Bethan Jinkinson (external website). There is more background information on the external website Medium. More here

Support for entrepreneurs: The Somo Project

Check out their website for full details:

The Somo Project’s mission is to identify, train, fund and mentor entrepreneurs looking to drive social change by building enterprises in their own low-income urban communities.

The Somo Project invests in people. We believe that talented local teams are best equipped to build sustainable enterprises in their own low-income communities and that these are the people who can best address the problems their communities face.

Access to stable, long-term capital is greatly inadequate and we are committed to changing this by providing long-term partnership, encouraging leaders to dream big and build scalable enterprises that otherwise would not be given a chance.

The Somo Project invests in social entrepreneurs and provides the training and tools to help them build enterprises that change their communities from within. By investing in the right people, we help break the cycle of poverty and can help bring long-term stability to urban slum areas.

Social enterprise job board

Loads of really interesting innovative Nairobi- and Kenya-based jobs here!

While clearly this job board is global, and the postings often seem geared towards foreigners, it would be great to see strong eligible Kenyan candidates apply and get these jobs. To follow the job board, sign up for the Google group with any email address:!forum/social-enterprise-jobs

Here’s a direct, more specific link to all posted opportunities that mention Kenya — so are either based here or with an organisation that works here — and are most recent:!searchin/social-enterprise-jobs/kenya%7Csort:date


Event: Think before you post – Hacks Hackers, Article 19, Kictanet

Topic: Think Before You Post!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 6 – 8 pm
Venue: Nairobi Garage, Ngong Road, Piedmont Plaza, 4th Floor

Guest speakers:
Henry Maina – Article 19
Grace Githaiga – Kictanet

Today, many people can easily access the internet either on their cellphones, through free Wi-Fi at educational institutions or workplaces.  The thousands of cyber-cafes that have come up in most urban and some rural areas have also increased internet access.

Access to digital media technologies  means that everyone can now become a publisher (blog) can create and distribute radio (podcast) and TV (video) far and wide especially through social media platforms.  But how many people think of the risks they face when they click that button to share some interesting content they have come across or have created?

There have been reports in the media of people being arrested because of what they post online and others have lost their jobs as a result of statements made online.  When journalists publish online, they are bound by their code of ethics.  What issues should other netizens take into consideration before posting information online?

Our guests for the February session of Hacks/Hackers Nairobi #HHNBO will help us address the following questions:

1.       What ethical considerations do I need to make before posting online?

2.      What are the legal ramifications of what I post online?

3.      Do my posts pose a risk to my personal security?

In addition, Code for Africa will showcase tools to track deleted tweets.

Guest speakers:
Henry Maina – Article 19
Grace Githaiga – Kictanet

Hacks/Hackers Nairobi is a forum where journalists and techies meet on a monthly basis to discuss issues that affect their work.

Speak out! Let your voice be heard!
To participate in the conversation, please sign up here and share the invite widely.

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ReliefWeb Job Board for humanitarian/aid organisations

Here’s a well established job board of open positions based in Nairobi:

You can register for a free account and browse or search through all available jobs. Use the left column to filter to your preferences and qualifications.

Sample of jobs available there now, with organisations including Save the Children, Heshima, Norwegian Refugee Council, and MSI:

  • Consultants for M&E
  • Regional Communications Assistant
  • Girl Empowerment Coordinator
  • Social Worker
  • Outreach Programme Coordinator
  • Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
  • Project Officer – Economic Citizenship Empowerment
  • Project Officer – Sexual & Reproductive Health

New Board: Kenya Jobs Center

Another job board and service company has gone online… looks like a ton of jobs, big variety, and easy to use:

“ is a leading recruitment portal in Kenya with job and scholarship opportunities listing. At, we also provide top-quality CV and cover letter writing tips for graduates. Our services include online job advertisement, cover letter and CV writing training skills. We post jobs from recruiters and local dailies making it easy for job seekers to find their desired job and apply easily.”

… but don’t forget to check below for half a dozen other great job boards and recruitment services, especially KamaKazi, especially good if you have had a lot of informal employment… they can help!

Job with university fee support (Digital Divide Data)

Employment & education:

Work/Study Programs

DDD’s work/study program enables recruited employees to develop marketable data management and research skills, earn an income, and complete higher education.

Data management operators in DDD’s work/study program typically work 36 hours a week providing digital content services to clients.

After a one year probation period, operators are eligible for a scholarship package to support their university education. This package includes a partial scholarship, as well as a work schedule that allows them to attend school. Once enrolled in university, they continue to work, enabling them to study and complete their degrees in 4-5 years.

This comprehensive approach to education and skills development allows work/study candidates to simultaneously earn income, develop marketable skills and gain a university degree in their chosen field of study. It is also an important factor toward maintaining DDD’s low attrition rate which is integral to maintaining long term customer relationships.

Through the work they do on behalf of clients globally, DDD’s staff learn to take initiative and solve problems while building their confidence and personal potential. Armed with a university degree and four to five years of professional work experience, graduates of DDD’s program are highly attractive employment candidates.

Events to further your career (Pawa254)

Especially if you’re a creative, and sometimes a journalist, or even a businessman… don’t forget to follow Pawa through its website, the email listserv, or Facebook page, to learn of events like these upcoming ones…

  • Movies that Matter – Are you planning to organise a festival or event with Human Rights films in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America or the Middle East? Looking for funding? Apply!