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

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Campaign training from Mobilization Lab, Nairobi, September

Are you looking to build more powerful campaigns in 2019 with people power truly at the heart? What about more innovative and creative campaign concepts to engage your key audiences? Do you struggle to align your teams to work collaboratively and responsively?

https://mobilisationlab.org/campaign-accelerator/training

You’re not alone. In 2018 MobLab surveyed and interviewed 100 changemakers across 38 countries and six continents, and found that these are needs that cut across the sector.

That’s why we developed the Campaign Accelerator back in 2016, and it’s why we’ve continued improving it ever since. It’s for anyone who wants to lead a team through a dynamic, participatory campaign planning process – an effective and innovative way to take your campaign idea from initial concept to concrete reality.

By the end of the five-day programme, you’ll know tried and true processes for guiding a project team to plan a campaign in a way that’s grounded in audience insights, creative and tested ideas that address the challenge, and a systems-based understanding of the problem and possible solutions. You will walk away with approaches and tools for radical collaboration that can be taken home and used with your teams long after the training week ends.

Apply for one of THREE global trainings today in New York City (Apr 1-5), London (May 20-24), or Nairobi (Sept 16-20).
The 5 campaign accelerator modules you’ll work through in the training.
Not sure if it’s right for you? Here’s what a few participants have said after past trainings:
 “The training really inspired us to rethink how we create change… Day by day I’m seeing differences in the way our teams are working together.” – Marina Navaro, Executive Director, Amnesty International Peru
 “The campaign accelerator process was perfect for coalition working. The workshop model took our diverse group out of their comfort zones and moved us quickly through the creative process.” – Sam Kennedy, Save the Children
The Accelerator is in use right now in planning processes at groups like Amnesty International, UNICEF, Greenpeace, International Accountability Project, and more.

If you have a campaign that needs something extra, or a team who you’d like to introduce to new ways of working, please apply NOW for our NYCLondon, or Nairobi trainings!

Please note: We have a sliding scale for costs, based on organisational budget, as we want to make sure that’s not a barrier for anyone.

Excited to accelerate your campaigns,
Ben Simon and the MobLab team

P.S. Want a more tailored experience? Bring us in for a bespoke campaign planning workshop or organisational change coaching.

GoalKeepers Youth Action Accelerator — deadline 31 October

Do you want to increase youth representation and influence in development decisions in your community? Do you want to generate and use data to improve accountability for local development?  Do you have a great idea, but need a little extra support to realise its full potential?

If this sounds like you, check the eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, and apply before 31st October!  You can download the application form here to help you prepare your application.  Please note that only online applications will be accepted.

https://www.civicus.org/index.php/accelerator

Young Feminists Convening 28th – 29th November

Breathing new life into the future of Kenya’s women’s rights movement.
Young Feminists Convening 28th – 29th November 2018, Limuru Kenya.
In 2017, Womankind worldwide convened a roundtable meeting of member organisations of FEMNET (The African Women’s Development and Communication Network) in Nairobi to discuss their priorities for women’s rights at local and national levels. This provided a unique opportunity to hear from, and respond to, issues being expressed. These were wide ranging, from the need for a sensitive approach to bringing women together to the need for finding and agreeing entry points for transformative change within the movement itself. Through the roundtable and follow up conversations, it became clear that the Kenyan women’s movement is fragmented, with various groups expressing feelings of exclusion and/or discontent that their issues are omitted from key debates. There are no meaningful spaces or convening moments for women’s rights organisations and activists to come together or to act in true solidarity. Young feminists want to bring debate to the broader women’s movement but they are limited by lack of inclusivity, diversity, a voice and resources.

Community Solutions Program – professional development program, IREX

Kenyans are eligible… 25-38 years old…
https://www.irex.org/program/community-solutions-program-application-information

Community Solutions Program application information

IREX is currently accepting applications for the 2019–2020 Community Solutions Program (CSP). The deadline to apply is October 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a year-long professional development program for people who are working to improve their communities by addressing issues related to the environment, tolerance and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender.

APPLY NOW

For 2019–2020, up to 80 community activists will be selected to participate in the program, which includes:

  • Four-month Fellowship in the United States: Community Solutions fellows are matched to host organizations throughout the U.S. where they complete a four-month, hands-on professional experience.
  • Community Leadership Institute: Community Solutions fellows participate in the Community Leadership Institute, a leadership training program designed to strengthen their leadership and management skills. The Institute includes face-to-face trainings, online courses, professional coaching, and networking.
  • Community-based initiatives: While in the U.S. and with the help of their U.S. host organization, Community Solutions fellows design and plan a community development initiative or project to carry out after they return home. Once the fellows depart the U.S., they put these projects into action in their home communities.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted online at https://oas.irex.org/csp by October 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Applications that are mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to IREX will not be accepted.

Detailed application instructions can be downloaded by the link below. Please review the program requirements prior to starting an application to ensure that you are eligible. Please note that eligibility requirements are determined by the US Department of State and exceptions cannot be made. If, after reviewing the application instructions, you have additional questions, please e-mail cspapply@irex.org.

Application Materials

Financial Support

The program covers the cost of most expenses associated with:

  • J-1 visa support;
  • Round-trip travel from participants’ home city to the U.S.;
  • Monthly allowance to cover housing, meals, and other living expenses while in the U.S.; and
  • Accident and sickness insurance.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Community Solutions Program, applicants must meet the requirements listed below. Applications that do not meet these eligibility requirements will be disqualified and will not be reviewed by the selection committee.

  • You are between the ages of 25 and 38 as of January 1, 2019;
  • You are a citizen of one of the eligible countries listed below;
  • You are living and working in your home country;
    • Individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration.
  • You have at least two years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer;
  • You are not currently participating in an academic, training, or research program in the U.S.;
  • You have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English at the time of application;
    • Semifinalists will be required to take or submit recent scores for a TOEFL or IELTS English language test.
  • You are available to travel to the U.S. for four months from August to December 2019;
  • You are not a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. and have not applied for U.S. permanent residency within the past three years;
  • You are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa;
    • Applicants who have participated in an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government must have fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement.
  • You are committed to returning to your home country for a minimum of two years after completing the program; and
  • You are not a current IREX employee or consultant, or their immediate family member.