Call for applications: Atelier for Young Festival Managers

Fees look to be about 250,000 KES (but perhaps there are scholarships?)

Call for applications: Atelier for Young Festival Managers

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Call for trainee subeditors, The Star

Call from The Star:

We are looking for trainee subeditors, especially but not exclusively for digital.
We want people who love the news and writing and are willing to learn about editing.

Please contact Victoria:
victoria.graham at
victoria.graham at

Informal additional info:

Editing/subediting is the backbone of any good news operation.

I have been training editor here for three years (22 years with The AP). I am not the HR Department and we are just starting to recruit.

I do not yet have details about engagement,. Any stipend will be modest. But we will advise top candidates when we know.

Kindly email me a few grafs about yourself and your CV. Some of you have already done so. Thank you.

You do not need to be a professional writer or editor to be a good subeditor, crucial to all news operations, digital and print. There are print and digital platforms that offer opportunities for creativity. We are expanding our digital platforms, and there are opportunities for good writing and creativity. Social media, too.

I advise you to look at Radio Africa Group websites (including the Star, Kiss, Jambo, Classic — and Mpasho).

Subeditors make well-known writers look good and often write better than big names themselves. They improve their raw copy, catch errors, add background and context. They rethink and reorganise. They write catchy headlines that ensure stories are read and passed along. Attitude, initiative and motivation are key.

You must love the news, be up to date, read a lot, know the news makers (their titles and how they spell their names), be savvy, detail-oriented, unafraid to change a story if the most interesting elements are buried. Make a boring story interesting, if possible.
Do you have a flair for writing? Storytelling? Choosing the right word? An eye for the telling detail that makes a story?

Excellent written English is vital. We get a lot of crush/crash, park/pack, carve/curve and so on. We expect you to fix those problems — swiftly. You will get up to speed. We will train you.

Many people can learn all this and excel. Many people can ‘learn’ and still lack what it takes. Some instinctively get it. Some with master’s degrees and certificates will never get it. No matter how many laurels. I knew a door-to-door Kenyan salesman (soap, housewares) who reported and wrote better than a well-regarded trainee with a major foreign news agency.

Thank you for your interest. Kindly do not call. I am swamped.


Writing fellowship on fossil fuel industry, Climate Tracker

Climate Tracker is looking for 5 online fellows to write about the fossil fuel industry in their countries. You have to be between 18 and 30 years old and have a bit of experience writing and publishing.

You have to be from one of the eligible countries: DRC, Senegal, Uganda, Ecuador, Bolivia, Canada, New Zealand, Brazil, Poland, China, India, Bangladesh, Cuba, Dominica, El Salvador, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Nauru, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Venezuela, Russia, Mexico, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Kenya.

What will I gain?

You will have to write articles about the fossil fuel industry in your country. We will help you refine your style, give you resources, tips, feedback on the articles… You will learn a lot about journalism and climate change and you will have personalised assistance from the Climate Tracker team. The fellowship also includes a payment of 150$.


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.

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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Tatua Fellowship

From Tatua: 

Tatua Fellowship is a six month program that is designed to train and coach Community Leaders and Social Activists leading social change initiatives on the practice of Community Organizing as an effective tool to harness people power for sustainable change. The Tatua curriculum affords fellows the chance to train on Community Organizing and run an actual on-ground campaign on their issue with coaching from a peer and experienced organizer from Tatua. If you are interested, please go ahead to apply here.

The fellowship requires a part-time commitment designed to work around employment, a total of 20 hours per week, most of which time is spent on the fellow’s community organizing his /her campaign. The training and collective events are structured in way that would be convenient for all the fellows. It is unpaid, but fellows work with the organisation to raise funds to cover all costs of participation.

Tatua’s goal for 2017 is to establish 20 powerful campaigns, which translates to 20 fellows in 20 communities. This month, Tatua is going to be graduating 16 incredible organizers who have patiently and courageously worked with us over the last 6 months in 2016’s fellowship. Please look out for some of the campaign stories that we will be releasing in our media over the next two months.

On September 5th 2016, we launched the recruitment campaign for the 2017 fellowship. In addition to Nairobi, Tatua is looking for candidates in 3 more counties (Machakos, Kiambu, Kajiado) to join the next cohort of fellows, leaders who seek to transform their way of engaging with local communities in matters social justice. If you or an associate of your organization or a member of your network is interested in the program, find the application process here.