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?

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.

Call to Francophone African researchers & writers with women’s rights / feminist perspective, WoMin

WoMin, launched in October 2013, is an African women and extractives alliance, which works alongside movements, popular organisations and NGOs to evidence the impacts of extractives (mining, oil and gas extraction and related large scale infrastructure) on women; build women’s movements to challenge destructive extractivism; and propose development alternatives that respond to the needs of the majority of African women. WoMin has galvanized a powerful alliance bridging 11 countries across Africa. Four of these are Francophone: Madagascar, the DRC, Burkina Faso, and Senegal.

We are looking to expand our work in Francophone West Africa in the next eighteen months. WoMin undertakes research in partnership with allies in country. Our research addresses a range of themes – the right to give or withhold consent for large scale development projects; extractivism militarization and violence against women; and energy and climate change.

With this email we issue a wide call to Francophone African researchers and writers, who carry a women’s rights or feminist perspective, to express your interest in working with WoMin and its allies. We regularly contract for research at the national, sub-regional and regional level and are in great need of researchers who share our interests and our analysis. We realise that our areas of focus are quite unusual for women’s rights/feminist activists and so we are open to receiving EOIs from researchers who work in related areas or have a specific interest in building knowledge in our field.

Applicants would need to be fluent in both French and English.

Please note that WoMin does not work to advance women’s employment or interests in large scale mining. We work with women impacted by large mines who suffer land grabs, air and water pollution, destroyed livelihoods and increased violence. We are starting to explore the question of artisanal mining in which women are significantly represented.

Please share your CV and a brief indication of why you would like to undertake research for the WoMin alliance. Your emails should be directed to Georgine Kengne, copied to Samantha Hargreaves

Our deadline is close of day Monday 4 February 2019.

French and English links:

Event: Future of Entertainment by Blinky Bill, Thursday 31 Jan

Future of Entertainment by Blinky Bill

Technology is changing the way content is created, delivered and consumed. All this with the aim of creating a new and better experience for you.

Our main question is how can the sustainable flow of information and content inform, entertain and educate while empowering the society?

Join us on the 31st of Jan 2019 where the amazing and talented Musician/Producer/DJ Blinky Bill will lead us in the conversation around the Future Of Entertainment.


About Speaker

Blinky Bill (Sellanga Ochieng’) is a Musician/Producer and DJ based in Nairobi. He is a TED fellow, Red Bull Music Academy alumni and a participant at the US state funded one Beat Program. He is a founding member of Electronic and Arts Collective ‘Just A Band’ with whom he has produced 3 albums.

He is currently working on his solo career and has 2 solo projects ‘We Cut Keys While You Wait (2016)’ and his latest release ‘Everyone’s Just Winging it and Other Fly Tales (2018)’ which has received rave reviews including a 4 star rating in the revered MOJO magazine.

His music is a mix of futuristic African beats meets, funk, hip hop, electronica and hint of Jazz.

Some of the festivals Blinky Bill has performed:

– SummerStage Festival 2012 (NYC)
– Leipzig Film Festival
– Cape Town Jazz Festival 2018
– Disobedience Awards (2018) MIT
– Design Indaba Festival (2017) Cape Town

Remote job: part-time communications, The Engine Room

Global team looking for part-time communications support

  • Role: Part-time Remote Communications Assistant
  • Start date: Immediately
  • Deadline: 28 Jan
  • Size of contract: 2 – 3 days per week

About Us

The Engine Room is a nonprofit organisation with staff around the world who support civil society in their strategic use of data and technology.

We are looking for a self-motivated contractor to provide part-time support (approx 16-24 hrs/week) to our communications team.

The Engine Room is a global team and we actively seek diverse perspectives, experiences and voices in all areas of our team and in our work. Our organisation prioritizes empathy, respect, humility, flexibility, fun and a healthy work-life balance. We highly encourage individuals from all areas of the world, backgrounds, experiences and identities to apply. We are entirely remote which means we don’t have a physical office anywhere and all our staff and contractors work remotely, including this consultancy.

About You

You thrive in working on diverse projects (in our case they’re focused on transparency and accountability, to human rights, to environmental justice). You are flexible, curious, and interested in tech, data or social justice. You have strong writing skills, and at least some communications experience. This could take the form of supporting an organisation with their social media outreach, research or academic work, working with student (or other similar) newspapers, ghostwriting or blog publishing, developing visual collateral for companies, and more.

Specifically, you:

  • Understand complex concepts and are able to make them simple/accessible
  • Are detail-oriented and able to prioritise which details need the most attention
  • Are capable of self-motivating, creating first drafts with information at-hand and iterating multiple times to hit the right tone
  • Are a quick, eager learner who isn’t afraid to tackle something new
  • Are excited to bring creative problem solving skills and experiment with different approaches
  • Have a keen eye for what voice/tone a piece of writing (from tweets to emails to reports) should have, with good interpersonal communication skills
  • Are able to work at least half of your weekly hours overlapping with 11am-3pm EST
  • Have experience in human rights, technology, international development or related fields (this isn’t a must)

About the Role

The Communications Assistant takes direction from The Engine Room’s Communications Manager to execute tasks that support our communications efforts, ensuring they are are effective, responsible and timely. Overall, this means supporting our ongoing communications (e.g. Twitter, newsletters and website) and providing ad hoc project support (e.g. in the form of editing and designing). 


  • Guided by existing processes, identify content that is useful to our Twitter followers and draft tweets that keep our presence up-to-date and relevant
  • Post completed blog posts on our website (over time, this could expand to include editing responsibilities as well)
  • Draft external and internal newsletters on a monthly basis
  • Execute outreach activities around launches of research, projects and recruitment announcements
  • Implement basic updates on our website (e.g. changes that would require proficiency in WordPress or basic HTML/CSS)
  • Produce presentation and workshop materials from reports or other long/complex content
  • Review and collect visitor analytics on our website(s) and present weekly reports to Communications Manager

Skills this role requires:

  • Excellent English language writing skills (by this we mean you can make complex concepts accessible, keep your reader engaged and interested, modulate the voice you’re using as needed and have opinions about commas)
  • Experience developing social media content (especially on Twitter)
  • At least basic understanding of WordPress, HTML, CSS (you should be comfortable posting and editing blog posts and basic website content)
  • Copy editing skills
  • Knowledge of Mailchimp or similar platform
  • Communication design skills (you should be able to create nice-looking layouts for reports, graphics for Twitter and/or effective and eye-pleasing presentations)

Other skills that would be nice but aren’t required:

  • Additional design skills (graphic design, illustration, web design, etc)
  • Proficiency using Adobe suite products, or similar
  • Experience effectively and responsibly using website analytics to track impact
  • Additional language proficiencies (especially Spanish)


  • Part-time Communications Assistant
  • Independent contractor contract, 1 year with possibility of renewal
  • Approximately 40-60% (16-24 hours per week)
  • Compensation approximately 175 – 200 USD per day depending on skills and experience
  • Immediate start date
  • Fast, reliable internet is essential


Please include a one-page cover letter that covers:

  1. What is most appealing to you about this role, please be specific
  2. What motivates you
  3. What work experience of yours is most relevant to this role.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Job: Deputy Editor, African Arguments

Vacancy: Deputy Editor

  • Start date: April/May
  • Location: A hub in Africa, or London
  • Contract: 4 days/week; fixed-term contract (two years)
  • Salary: $28-32,000/year (pro rata) based on experience
  • Deadline: 10 February 2019 (11:59pm)

African Arguments seeks a driven, passionate and experienced journalist and editor to expand and deepen its coverage. The Deputy Editor will work with the Editor to commission writers, edit articles, and support fundraising activities. They will be part of a two-person team and have a wide remit to help drive the focus and themes of the magazine.

African Arguments is a pan-African platform for news, investigation and opinion. We seek to analyse issues facing the continent, investigate the stories that matter, and amplify a diversity of voices. While big news organisations break the news, African Arguments breaks down the news. We do this through our extensive network of predominantly African journalists, researchers and commentators…

We examine the major events making the headlines – adding much-needed nuance, complexity and context – while at the same time shining a light on under-covered issues some would rather were kept in the dark. We cover topics related to politics, economics, gender, the environment, culture, social affairs and much more.

African Arguments is a programme of the Royal African Society, a London-based membership organisation that provides opportunities for people to connect, celebrate and engage critically with a wide range of topics and ideas about Africa today.

Job Description

  • Work with the editor to determine the magazine’s weekly, monthly and annual focus and themes.
  • Expand African Arguments’ pool of contributors and experts.
  • Commission contributors to write analysis, features, interviews etc, working with them closely to develop ideas and angles.
  • Meticulously fact-check and edit articles, ensuring they meet African Arguments’ high editorial standards and principles.
  • Upload content along with appropriate artwork, including photographs, graphics, charts etc.
  • Write occasional articles and editorial content.
  • Contribute to African Arguments’ social media output.
  • Keep up to date with news events happening across the continent, while deepening longer-term areas of expertise and interest.
  • Support African Arguments’ fundraising goals by identifying suitable trusts and foundations, helping write grant applications, and exploring other ideas for ensuring the magazine’s long-term sustainability.

Person Specification


  • At least three years of experience in an editing role in journalism, ideally with a regional or continental focus.
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent writing ability and fluency
  • Demonstrable knowledge and interest in African current affairs
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a small team
  • IT competence and previous experience of online publishing programme
  • Good knowledge of using social media platforms
  • Ability to work remotely if required
  • Commitment to the values and ethos of African Arguments


  • Proficiency in French
  • Experience setting and managing budgets
  • Experience of fundraising and writing grant proposals

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter outlining why you think you are suitable for this position to James Wan at

The covering letter should not be more than 1,000 words long and should demonstrate your suitability for the job using examples of relevant skills and experience. Among other things, the cover letter is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your clear, succinct and persuasive writing abilities.

The closing date for applications is 11:59pm on Sunday, 10 February 2019. If shortlisted, you will be notified by Thursday 14 February.

NB. Due to the large number of applications we expect to receive, we will not be able to give feedback to unsuccessful candidates.

Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling

Applications for the 2019 cycle are now open. Apply here by Sunday, December 16, 2018. 

Mercy Juma accepts the inaugural award in honor of Michael Elliott, from his widow, Emma Oxford. Photo Credit: Steven Strasser
Mercy Juma, of Kenya, accepts the inaugural award named for Michael Elliott, from his widow Emma Oxford. Photo: Steven Strasser

The Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling, a collaboration between the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), ONE, and the Elliott family, honors an up-and-coming journalist in Africa who strives to strengthen people’s voices and improve their well-being.

The Award was established in honor of Michael Elliott, an outstanding editor, philanthropist and former ICFJ director, whose life was a testament to the power of storytelling to bear witness to and improve the human condition. Elliott served as a distinguished editor at The Economist, Newsweek and Time before becoming CEO of ONE. In 2016, he had spoken of his dream to establish an award that would bring together his belief in great journalism with his commitment to progress in Africa. 

From the study tour, I came back home with great ideas and tips on digital storytelling.

– Mercy Juma, 2017 Michael Elliott Award Winner (Kenya)

Past award winners include Mercy Juma from Kenya and Abubakar Ibrahim from Nigeria. Juma’s award-winning story, “Teen Mums of Kwale,” tells of primary school girls whose families make the controversial choice to let them use contraceptives even though the practice is taboo in the Muslim communities of Kenya’s Kwale County. Ibrahim received the award for his story, “All That Was Familiar,” which chronicles the struggle of two women, one from Cameroon and one from Nigeria, to find their loved ones who have been internally displaced since Boko Haram began its insurgency in those countries.  

About the Award

This prestigious annual award honors an emerging journalist in Africa who tells important stories through quality reporting.  In a special study tour organized by ICFJ, the winner spends time in U.S. newsrooms to learn new skills and share knowledge. Starting in 2019, the winner will also complete a two-week internship at the headquarters of The Economist in London. To take full advantage of the tour, applicants must speak English, even if they work in another language. The winner also receives a US$5,000 cash prize to pursue an in-depth reporting project.

Applications for the 2019 cycle are now open. Apply here by Sunday, December 16, 2018. 


  • The contest is open to English-speaking journalists working in Africa for print, broadcast and online news media. Applicants must have no more than 10 years of journalism experience.
  • Applicants must submit one published story that reflects top-notch storytelling about an important issue. The submission can be a feature story; an in-depth, investigative or explanatory piece; or a multimedia report or documentary.
  • A copy of the published story or broadcast clip must be submitted in English. Works in other languages must include English translations.
  • The submitted story must have been published between Dec. 1, 2017, and Dec. 1, 2018. 

A distinguished international jury selects the winner.

Call for multimedia projects: Digital Lab Africa

The Digital Lab Africa call for projects targets artists, producers, designers, start-ups, students in the media and creative industries. The call is open to anyone from Sub-Saharan Africa having an innovative project in 5 categories of multimedia production : web creation, virtual reality, video game, animation  and digital music.

DLA is looking for projects at initial stage of development, in need of partners and financial support and innovative in terms of narration, content or technologies.





Email the following application files (in French or in English) to before January 13th, 2019

  • Pitch deck / Presentation document (PDF, PowerPoint or Word) including:
    – project’s overview, concept, statement of intent…
    – development and production schedule, provisional budget, target audience and strategy
  • Visual element and/or research document
    Storyboard / mood board / graphics / portfolio / screenplay (for web creation, animation or VR projects
    – Game design document (for video game projects)
    – Any preview, pilot or video demo of the project (if available, for all types of projects)
  • A cover letter explaining why you want to be part of the DLA Mentorship & Incubation program (1-page maximum)
  • A resume/curriculum vitae of the applicant and/or description of the company represented
  • A picture (.jpeg) of the applicant

Applicants can submit several projects (one application form per project)
Applications submitted by two persons working in pairs can be considered.
Incomplete applications will not be considered

For any question, please contact: