Busara Center for Behavioral Economics

Personally I find it a bit unsettling, to conduct “behavioural research” on Kenyans for clients (not all of which have an IRB, or clear ethics approval processes), but it’s very popular and the team is growing quickly… Offices are by Prestige Plaza, Kilimani.

CURRENT OPENINGS IN NAIROBI

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Full scholarships to MIT development economics programme

For African learners

Apply here.

We have an exciting new scholarship opportunity for learners who were born in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Hewlett Foundation has recently offered to provide scholarships to learners from the region who demonstrate a strong interest in the program. All learners, old and new, are invited to apply for the chance to receive a scholarship from the Hewlett Foundation that will cover the costs of (up to) two courses for the summer semester.

African learners selected for this scholarship will gain all the benefits of being a paid learner, including accessing private webinars with MIT faculty, direct access to the MIT online tutors, and the community forums, which offer job opportunities and advice from your fellow learners. If you are interested, please complete an application form soon. We will select learners on a rolling basis until the payment deadline of July 13, but recommend that you enroll quickly, as the summer semester launches on June 5.

It is particularly wonderful to have the opportunity to take these often challenging courses with a friend, so these scholarships offer a great opportunity to alert your peers and colleagues from Sub-Saharan Africa about the opportunity to get involved with this program. This is also a useful opportunity to gain financial support for completing all five courses in time to apply to the Blended Masters program, and earn a Master’s degree from MIT that is fully sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation. The applications for the first cohort of the Blended Masters program will open to all students who have completed the entire credential by this December (at the end of the upcoming fall semester), and thus we urge you to seize this scholarship opportunity to enroll in MicroMasters courses this summer, so as to be able to complete courses in time to apply for the Blended program.

Job vacancy: Head of Programmes, Rift Valley Institute

http://riftvalley.net/employment/head-programmes#.WwVbD1MvzfY

The Rift Valley Institute (RVI) seeks an experienced, dynamic and dedicated regional Head of Programmes to work with its Executive Director in the management and growth of the Institute. This is a new, full-time position, based in Nairobi, involving travel between Nairobi and RVI’s offices in eastern Africa and with occasional travel to the UK. The Head of Programmes will lead and support the team managing RVI’s growing portfolio of research, education and public information programmes. Minimum qualifications include over six years programme and organizational management experience. A commitment to the Institute’s aim of bringing local knowledge to bear on policy is essential and research experience is highly desirable. A Masters-level qualification or equivalent experience in a relevant subject is required. The application deadline for this post is 13 June 2018.

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General

  • Title of Position Head of Programmes
  • Location Nairobi, with travel to RVI offices in Juba, Hargeysa and London
  • Salary Competitive salary, based on RVI salary scale and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Benefits 28 days annual paid leave, travel insurance, pension plan, medical insurance, training allowance.
  • Employment type Permanent contract, five days per week
  • Reporting Arrangements Reports to RVI Executive Director
  • Staff Reporting Programme Managers
  • Start Date August 2018 (negotiable)

How to apply
Please apply online by filling out the application form below and upload the specified documents: your CV, including the names and contacts of two referees; and a letter, no longer than two pages, explaining why you are interested in the position and how your experience qualifies you for it. The deadline for applications is 13 June 2018. Only applicants invited for interview will be contacted. For further information write to recruitment@riftvalley.net.

Qualifications and Skills

Essential knowledge and interests

Proven interest and competency in at least three of the following themes:

  • Education and training
  • Social research and evidence based policy
  • Gender and social inclusion
  • Conflict analysis
  • Knowledge management

Essential qualifications and skills

  • University qualification at Masters level in a relevant subject.
  • Minimum of six years’ relevant programme and organizational management experience in the development sector or relevant field.
  • Fluent spoken and written English.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and proven capacity to develop and implement strategic plans.
  • Experience of conducting and managing research.
  • Experience of working in the international NGO Sector.
  • Proven operational and project management experience.
  • Experience of developing and managing organizational budgets.
  • A team player with proven management and leadership experience, and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Proven experience of developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Able to travel.

Desirable experience and skills

  • Knowledge and working experience in one or more countries where RVI works.
  • Spoken and written French and/ or one or more language of eastern Africa.
  • Experience of working with donors and proven success in fundraising.
  • Knowledge and practical experience of designing and implementing research.
  • Good presentational and facilitation skills.
  • Human resources management.

Description of Duties…

The Head of Programmes is a senior position within the Institute, is a member of the senior management team and participates in decisions that support the development of the Institute. The Head of Programmes has management oversight responsibility for RVI’s programmes. Working closely with the Executive Director of the RVI and other members of the senior management team, the Head of Programmes will be responsible for coordinating the strategic development and implementation of programmes across the RVI’s operational areas in the Horn of Africa, the Sudans and Great Lakes sub-regions, building on and deepening the Institute’s track-record in research, education and public information. The responsibilities of the post include developing and maintaining relations with partner organisations and funders. The Head of Programmes will be expected to play a leading role in the development of a long-term strategic plan for the Institute. They will spend at least 30 per cent of their time travelling within the region. They will deputize for the Executive Director when required.

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VVExchange Fellowship for Women Leaders, Vital Voices (due 18 May)

Due on 18 May!

VVENGAGE: A FELLOWSHIP TO SUPPORT WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP IN PUBLIC LIFE

https://www.vitalvoices.org/vvengage/

Vital Voices is excited to announce the launch of VVEngage, a signature fellowship to support women leaders working within civil society, the public sector and public-policy making institutions, who are dedicated to making positive change in their countries. Through this fellowship, we aim to increase the capacity, decision-making power and effectiveness of women leaders in public life, shifting culture around women’s public leadership and moving towards equality in public representation globally. With the support of Freeport McMoRan, the fellowship will provide year-long technical training and access to a global network of change-makers in the public sector across the globe…

From national parliaments to local councils, women are underrepresented in policy-making. Their global share in government representation stands at just 19 percent. Without a seat at the table, women don’t have a say in crafting legislation, negotiating peace talks or shaping agendas for future reform. Women who are able to become part of that 19 percent often lack access to opportunities, leadership positions and networks of women counterparts.

Through this fellowship, Vital Voices will support women’s public leadership by enhancing advocacy, leadership, and governance skills with online and in-person trainings by world-renowned experts, such as professors from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The fellowship will also connect participants to a global network of peers and mentors with whom they can brainstorm and share challenges and best practices…

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Call for Judges: Young Women Transform Prize (Enabling Youth-Led Economic Empowerment)

CALL FOR JUDGES:
Young Women Transform Prize
Enabling Youth-Led Economic Empowerment

YouthPower Learning is currently recruiting international youth development professionals (implementers and funders) with experience related to youth economic opportunities to review applications submitted by youth-led and youth-serving organizations for the Young Women Transform Prize.

Express Your Interest in Being a Judge

Through the Young Women Transform Prize, USAID, The Volvo Group, and Standard Chartered will support youth in developing countries to design solutions to advance the economic empowerment of young women in their communities.

Judging will occur during May and June 2018, with an estimated time commitment per volunteer of 5 hours. Selected volunteers will receive further information regarding the judging process.

Do you have colleagues that may be interested? Share this information with them and encourage them to express their interest as well!

-YouthPower Learning Team

Learning Exchange on Citizenship and Legal Identity, Namati (in October in Kenya, deadline 2 June)

2018 Learning Exchange on Citizenship and Legal Identity

https://namati.org/network/opportunities/learningexchanges/app/

In late 2018, the Global Legal Empowerment Network is organizing its first learning exchange focused on citizenship and legal identity. This learning exchange will be hosted by Namati and three dynamic organizations – Nubian Rights Forum, Haki na Sheria, and Haki Centre – who work with community paralegals to support communities to overcome discrimination in accessing legal identity documents and full citizenship rights. The exchange is open to applicants from around the world.

Participants of this learning exchange will be split into three teams and spend time in the field with Namati’s three implementing partners who will assign them to paralegals. They will accompany paralegals as they visit communities and handle cases relating to birth certificates, ID cards, passports, and death certificates; meet with civil society leaders working on citizenship rights; discuss tactics for high-level advocacy, including using grassroots data to call for change in policy and practice; and collectively workshop common challenges and develop concrete work plans for taking forward lessons learned.

Timeline: The exchange will last a duration of twelve days, with the tentative dates of October 7 – 19, 2018

Deadline to apply: June 3, 2018

https://namati.org/network/opportunities/learningexchanges/app/

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Digital journalism free class (mooc)

The news cycle is relentless: it doesn’t allow for journalists to take weeks off to learn new skills.

That’s why Code for Africa, with support from Google News Lab and the World Bank’s Global Media Development Programme, has launched a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) specifically designed for African journalists.

The MOOC is free of charge and launches with 47 lessons created by some of the world’s leading digital journalism experts. Structured around six initial courses, the lessons start with basic numeracy and continue to advanced subjects such as mapmaking and video production. The lessons are designed to help to speed up newsgathering processes; improve journalists’ ability to check facts quickly; and provide the background necessary to produce charts, graphics and content for social sharing. Additional lessons offering new techniques or increasingly advanced skills will be added on a regular basis.

Sign up to start learning today: https://courses.academy.africa/