Job: Applicant Care Associate, Shortlist


From a new player on the field: Shortlist, a recruitment service that vets you based directly on your skills. Right now they themselves are hiring, and more jobs are coming soon.

Applicant Care Associate

Do you believe that traditional approaches to hiring are ineffective and time consuming? Are you passionate about troubleshooting customer issues until you find right solution? Is there no better feeling for you than crossing every item off your to-do list? Are you passionate about unlocking professional potential?

Shortlist is a human capital company with a difference. We bring together technology and people to transform the way job seekers and businesses interact. This is accomplished by matching talent with opportunity by offering growing businesses a personal and effective way to find great employees. We offer job seekers, like you, a platform to stand-out, unlock your potential, and find your calling.

Every week, hundreds of people use the Shortlist platform to apply for awesome jobs in Kenya.  The Applicant Care Associate is critical to ensuring that every applicant has a positive, convenient, and encouraging Shortlist experience so that they  are empowered to demonstrate their abilities and skills to potential employers. This is an incredible opportunity for a customer care professional who would like to apply their skills and passion to an awesome startup with a great team and fun culture.

Detailed Responsibilities…

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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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Call for proposals: Civic Engagement for Open Contracting, Hivos & Article 19

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Call for proposals: Civic Engagement for Open Contracting

Are you involved in a project, initiative or organisation aimed at improving the transparency and accountability of public institutions in Indonesia, The Philippines, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi or Guatemala? Do you have experience in the field of open contracting? Could you use advice on concrete ways to positively adjust the trajectory and outcomes of your project? Hivos and ARTICLE 19 are offering a programme that you might be interested in!

Why do we do this? We are launching a global programme to build the capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), media, entrepreneurs or social start-ups in analysing public contracting data, for lobby and advocacy purposes.

What do we offer? In the course of six to nine months, selected partner organizations will receive a package of support, mentorship and training tailored to their capacities and needs to effectively engage with open contracting in their country. This support package is inspired by the Engine Room’s Matchbox Program to enable the partner organisation to design and implement their project proposal and use open contracting data for lobby and advocacy purposes.  We aim to support partner organisations to adapt new capacities that enable them to achieve demonstrable outcomes, that lead to organisational transformation and are sustainable…

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Shading Tree Fund, for field course scholarships, Rift Valley Institute

Something to keep an eye out for… 

The Shading Tree Fund—scholarships for Eastern and Central Africa

The RVI scholarship fund is relaunched this month as the RVI Shading Tree Fund. This follows a generous donation from the family of Ranald Boyle, a former District Commissioner in South Sudan.

Since the Institute was founded, the scholarship fund has enabled young scholars and activists from Eastern and Central Africa to participate in RVI annual field courses and attend classes at universities in the region. Over thirty such scholars have participated in the Sudan and South Sudan Course, the Horn of Africa Course or the Great Lakes Course.

Some former scholarship students have gone on to teach on RVI courses, and many have achieved success in their respective fields in academia, civil society and the media.

One student wrote: ‘I feel privileged to have participated in the RVI Horn of Africa Course. I benefited from the program in many ways. It helped me understand the sub-region as I pursue my own research and provided the opportunity for personal interaction with distinguished professors.

To date, RVI scholarships have been funded through a combination of grants, gifts, income from hard-copy sales of Institute publications and RVI’s own funds.

The fund recently received a donation from the Shading Tree Trust, established by the family of Ranald Boyle in memory of his lifelong commitment to southern Sudan, where he worked as a District Commissioner in the 1940s and 1950s. Taking its name from the translation of Ranald Boyle’s Dinka cattle name, Timatiep, the Shading Tree provided funds to support a range of projects in Bahr el-Ghazal.

In recognition of this donation the RVI scholarship programme has been renamed the Shading Tree Fund. The new fund will provide educational support to students and activists from all the regions where RVI works, including South Sudan, and will continue to raise further funds for this purpose.

Event: Multi-party Democracy and Political Mobilisation in Kenya – the View from Political Anthropology (Tues 24 Jan 11am), BIEA (free)

Multi-party Democracy and Political Mobilisation in Kenya – the View from Political Anthropology
24 January 2017, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Nairobi: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa, Nairobi
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For the last two decades, and increasingly so since the 2007-8 post-election violence, scholarship on Kenyan politics has largely dedicated itself to explaining the phenomenon of what John Lonsdale has called ‘political tribalism’ – the mobilisation of ethnic identities in political competition. For some scholars, ethnicity in this politicised manifestation seems utterly opposed to the workings of a democracy as it ought to be, itself contingent upon an arena of debate in which other kinds of political affiliations, such as class-consciousness, can come to the fore. But whilst providing a central concern for scholars, when it comes to mainstream political discourse what democracy stands for is hardly a self-evident. How, for instance, should an anthropologist treat calls for democracy voiced by Luo supporters of Raila Odinga? This paper draws upon ethnographic data on the discourse of down-town political debates in Nairobi to reflect on the multivalent properties of democracy, and its use as a receptacle for a range of political sentiments. This data provides an opportunity to reflect on the capacity of authority figures to animate groups of opposition party supporters through oratory performances that frequently deploy concepts such as ‘democracy’, concepts that convince precisely because of their ‘open’ capacity to encompass a range of sentiments and experiences. Ultimately, this paper finds a role for a Durkheimian perspective on authority in the analysis of Kenyan politics. Pete Lockwood is a PhD student in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

Kenya Elections 2017 course, Rift Valley Institute (very not free)

Kenya Elections 2017 courseNairobi22–23 FebruaryRift Valley Institute
APPLY HERE (USD $1700 per person — 176,000 KES)

Syllabus and teachers confirmed

The final syllabus and teachers for the RVI Kenya Elections 2017 course are now confirmed. From 22–23 February, RVI will host this new, customized training course focused on the upcoming Kenyan elections. Designed and taught by leading Kenyan and international experts, the course will outline and unpack the complex electoral processes and political context for Kenya’s second post-devolution election set for August 2017. The course is designed for practitioners and policy makers. It will discuss the ways in which donors, civil society and the business community can best engage with the electoral process, and evaluate the kind of supportive interventions available to domestic and international actors, and the likely impacts these might have.

Teaching staff

  • Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy and International Development, Birmingham University
  • Denis Galava, Visiting Research Fellow, Kings College London, formerly Managing Editor at the Daily Nation
  • Karuti Kanyinga, Professor, Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi
  • Gabrielle Lynch, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Warwick
  • Mutuma Ruteere, Director, Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies (CHRIPS), UN Special Rapporteur, Racism and Xenophobia.
  • Justin Willis, Professor of History, Durham University

How to apply

To reserve a place on the course, please complete the online application form before 1 February 2017. The course fee is USD1,700 per person, and comprises lunch and refreshments, and additional learning resources that participants will receive in advance of and during the course. Accommodation, travel and visas are not included in the fee. The venue location in Nairobi will be shared with confirmed participants only. APPLY HERE

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Crucial tip: Customise your CV (KamaKazi)

So you found a job you want to apply to. Advice from Kama Kazi:

Time to read the ‘Customizing your CV to the Job Description’ blog that we have posted. We really recommend that you read this carefully and follow the instructions.

Customizing your resume to the Job Description

Here at Kama Kazi we are in the business of getting people jobs, so believe us when we say we know the job seeking process and more than that the huge mistakes that job seekers make when applying for jobs.

And one of the biggest mistakes BY FAR is that very few people customize their CV or Resume to the Job Description…

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