Canon Student Development Programme (for student photographers)


Applications for the Canon Student Development Programme 2021 are open. 250 students will have the exclusive opportunity to have their portfolio reviewed by professional photographers. Submit your portfolio now for a chance to take your first step into the pro world. Closing date for applications is the 9th June 2021.

Entry criteria:

Full scholarship at USIU-Africa, Fall 2021 Intake (Mastercard Foundation Scholars)

Scholarship Overview:

United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation in its global Scholars Program. This initiative will offer academically talented youth from Africa facing financial, gender, displacement, or disability constraints an opportunity to access world class university education.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa will provide full-cost scholarships to young Africans who are first-time undergraduate degree-seeking applicants. By completion of their studies, scholars will be required to lead changes in their communities and contribute to meaningful transformation across the continent, having been equipped with internationally recognized and locally applicable qualifications.


  1. Only women not exceeding 29 years old in the following categories qualify: 
    • Young women
    • Refugees and displaced youth
    • Youth with disabilities.
  2. Scholars must demonstrate the following qualities: 
    • Academic talent: They must value learning and have a personal motivation to complete their education. Must meet the university admissions requirement as per the Kenya Commission for University Education or its equivalent.
    • Commitment to giving back: Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to improving their communities through previous and/or past engagements with community outreach activities.
    • Leadership potential: Scholars must show commitment to becoming change makers, role models and mentors who embrace ethical leadership.
  3. Must be interested in, and meet USIU-Africa’s admissions criteria and academic qualifications to undertake, any of the approved 11 undergraduate degree programs for the Scholars Program at USIU-Africa as follows: 
    • School of Science and Technology (SST) – Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology;
    • School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SPHS)-Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics;
    • School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts (SCCCA) – Bachelor of Arts in Animation, Bachelor of Arts in Film Production and Directing;
    • Chandaria School of Business (CSB)- Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Accounting;
    • School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) -Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology)

More information about the above highlighted degree programs can be found at the university website: undergraduate-programs/

Application process:

  • Interested applicants can download the application forms from Here or pick the forms from the Admissions Office, located in the Main Administration building at USIU-Africa at no cost.
  • Submit completed application forms by email as an attachment, ensuring that the scanned copy of the scholarship application form and all the required documents are clearly legible and send to: or drop your application at at Admissions Office, located in the Main Administration building at USIU- Africa, or post your application to:

Program Director, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, USIU-Africa, P.O. Box 14634 – 00800, Nairobi

Any queries can be directed through e-mail at or phone +254730 116 218 or in person.


Benefits of joining the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program: 

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars at USIU-Africa will receive holistic support which includes:

a) Tuition and functional fees;

b) Laptops, books and other learning materials;

c) Reasonable accommodation and meals;

d) Medical insurance;

e) Stipend;

f) Transport to and from home;

g) Access to leadership training;

h) Access to entrepreneurial training;

i) Psycho-social support, career counselling and mentorship;

j) Disability needs will be reasonably catered for.

Important dates and deadlines: 

a) Release of call for applications –Thursday, March 11, 2021.

Application Deadline- Friday, March 26, 2021.

b) Review of applications –Thursday April 1 to Friday, April 30, 2021.

c) Communication to shortlisted Candidates-Monday, May 3 to Friday, May 7, 2021.-if you do not hear from us by this date, please consider your application not successful 

d) Interviews Monday, May 10 to Friday, May 15, 2021.

e) Communication to Successful Candidates- Thursday, May 20 to Saturday, May 22, 2021

f) Home Visits- Tuesday, June 1 to Friday, June 30, 2021.

g) Travel preparation, assistance for passport, visa and flight tickets application for international students- Thursday, July 1 to Friday, August 6, 2021.

h) Reporting for Pre-Orientation- Sunday, August 15,2021.

i) Scholars Pre-University Orientation- Monday, August 16 to Friday, August 27, 2021.

j) University wide orientation- Monday, August 30 –Friday, September 3, 2021.

Application Form.

Course for journalists: Wits Media Management

Apply now for a scholarship place in a Wits Media Management short course!

KAS Media Africa and Wits Journalism invite African journalists and editors with management ambitions to apply for a Media Management short course accredited by the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The course will be offered online with weekly virtual seminars from April to May 2021 and facilitated by former editor and frayintermedia CEO Paula Fray, supported by a range of speakers from across the continent.

Students will be introduced to the skills needed to reach their career goals including legacy and digital management principles, marketing strategy, financial management, human resource management, strategic planning and a better understanding of audiences. They will be required to complete pre-readings, self-directed learning and workplace-based assignments and on successful completion will receive a Certificate of Competence accredited at postgraduate level by Wits University.

Who should apply:

Senior journalists working in newsrooms across sub-Saharan Africa who are interested in taking on management responsibilities.

They should have

  • 3-5 years of newsroom experience; and/or
  • A first degree in any field; and
  • Evidence of ability to manage the course, including writing skills;

The selection process will seek to balance the class in terms of race, gender and country of origin. To apply, complete the Wits short course application form and submit with your CV and a motivation of around 700 words, outlining your current situation, plans and how you hope to benefit from the course.

Application deadline: 15 March 2021

Send you applications to:

An allowance to cover data costs could be provided to ensure participants are able to participate virtually in all sessions.

Consultancies: Environmental Law, Gender (Katiba Institute)

Consultancy: Environmental Legal Expert

  • Download to see full requirements:  Environmental Legal Expert
  • “Katiba Institute seeks to engage the services of a consultant for 15 consultancy days spread over 5 months to provide expert analysis of Environmental Impact Assessments and related documents presented to the National Environment Management Authority, in support of infrastructure development projects. The consultant must be able to analyse environmental regulatory documents, determine the extent to which they comply with Kenyan and national laws, regulations, and best practices, and concisely synthesize this information in preparation for litigation”

Gender Coach

  • Download the full requirements of Gender Coach
  • “Katiba Institute (KI), in partnership with the Social Justice Center Working Group (SJCWG), is implementing a project titled “Enhancing Prevention and Response to Gender-Based Violence Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic”, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Physical, sexual, and other forms of violence against women and men have devastating consequences, including serious physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health problems, including unplanned pregnancies. Violence against both genders, be they adults or minors, is also a crime and vulnerable persons have a right to protection under the law, in all circumstances. The project, therefore, seeks to enhance freedom from Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in various informal settlements in Kenya, by improving SGBV response and prevention through greater community engagement and ownership. The Gender Coach will provide technical assistance in the implementation of the project. Which will be implemented in six counties, namely: Nairobi, Kisumu, Kakamega, Mombasa, Kajiado, and Vihiga.”

Jobs: Hub Directors, Accountant (Natural Justice) in Nairobi, Cape Town

Positions open in Cape Town:
Hub Director and Financial Accountant

Please assist us to find the right people for the two positions open in the Cape Town Hub by sharing the following two adverts:

Natural Justice seeks a Director for the Cape Town Hub who is committed to the organisation’s mission of pursuing social and environmental justice.  The current geographic focus of the Hub is South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique. The Hub Director will serve as the principal strategist and thought leader of the Cape Town hub, working closely with the Executive to realise the programmatic and operational strategy of the hub.  As a member of the Africa-wide Management Team, the Hub Director will work collaboratively with the team to advance the objectives of the organisation.

Read more:
Applications close: 28 February 2021

Natural Justice seeks a full-time Financial Accountant in Cape Town who will assist the Chief Financial and Operations Officer (CFOO) with the financial management and administrative operations, including procurement, processing and recording of all financial transactions, financial reporting to donors and managing relationships with suppliers and partner organisations.

Read more:
Applications close: 17 February 2021

All applications must be sent to with the job title in the subject line.

Position open in Nairobi:
Hub Director

Natural Justice seeks a Director of the Nairobi Hub who is committed to the organisation’s mission of pursuing social and environmental justice. The Hub Director will serve as the principal strategist and thought leader of the Kenya hub, working closely with the Kenya Board and the NJ executive to realise the programmatic and operational strategy of the Hub. As a member of the Africa-wide Management Team, the Hub Director will work collaboratively with the team to advance the objectives of the organisation.

The Hub Director is a key leadership position, responsible for the overall strategy and management (programmatic, financial and administrative) of the Hub. The Hub Director reports to the Natural Justice Executive Director (ED) and Chief Financial and Operations Officer (CFOO). In collaboration with the Management Team, the Hub Director will provide input and direction to the organizations vision and mission, strategic plans, budgets and policies.

Job: Africa Legal Coordinator (IDI)

Africa Legal Coordinator at Inclusive Development International

Start Date: As soon as possible

Location: Remote in Africa. Location is negotiable, with a preference for Dakar, Senegal

Status: Full-time contractor (40 hours/week)

Compensation: Competitive for NGO sector, commensurate with experience

Application Deadline: Open until filled

About the Position

We are seeking a dynamic, experienced bilingual advocate to serve as our Africa Legal Coordinator, advancing IDI’s casework and capacity building activities in the sub-Saharan Africa region. In close collaboration with our Global Legal and Policy team, the Africa Legal Coordinator works with our civil society partners in the region to support communities threatened by harmful investment projects in the mining, energy, industrial and agribusiness sectors.  In cases in which IDI is currently engaged in Guinea, Liberia, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the coordinator plays an instrumental role in building the capacity of community partners to engage effectively in non-judicial grievance redress processes and advocate for their rights with a range of actors, including government authorities, corporations, financiers, and investors. The Africa Legal Coordinator manages IDI’s Africa team and reports to the Legal and Policy Director.

We have a preference for candidates based in Francophone West Africa, but we will consider all qualified candidates no matter where on the African continent they are based.


  • Coordinate strategic, administrative, and logistical aspects of cases where IDI is accompanying local advocates and communities seeking redress, including:
    • Supervising IDI’s small Africa team to ensure relevant expertise and knowledge is integrated into IDI’s casework in Africa.
    • Facilitating good communication, coordination and cooperation between partners on cases.
    • Providing mentoring support to reinforce the capabilities of local civil society partners to support communities.
  • In collaboration with the Africa and Global Legal and Policy team, support community and local civil society partners to develop and implement advocacy strategies. This may include:
    • Explaining international advocacy options, their potential benefits and risks.
    • Facilitating strategy decisions.
    • Fact-finding to obtain evidence for complaints to grievance redress mechanisms and publications.
    • Accompanying partners throughout complaints processes, including preparing them for and supporting them in mediations with companies.
    • Monitoring and reporting outcomes on the ground.
  • Promote IDI’s Follow the Money Initiative in the region and support the communication between the Research team and local organizations requesting our research and advice, as needed.
  • Support the Global Legal and Policy team to incorporate lessons learned from casework into IDI’s policy research and advocacy.
  • Initiate, organize and facilitate workshops, webinars and other training events in the region.
  • Represent IDI in meetings, conferences and other events.
  • Network and develop strong collaborative relationships with grassroots advocates, public interest lawyers, social movements, NGOs, and members of the academic community working to advance corporate and development finance accountability in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Support IDI’s donor commitments, including grant proposals and reports, and contribute to fundraising efforts in the region.


  • A degree in law or an advanced degree in a relevant field
  • At least 5 years of work experience in the field of business and human rights, environmental justice, corporate accountability, finance, or a related field.
  • Strong commitment to human rights and social justice
  • Experience managing a small team in geographically dispersed locations and working as part of an international team.
  • Excellent communication, advocacy, and negotiation skills.
  • Experience working with communities affected by harmful investment projects and facilitating community-led strategy development and decision-making.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and comfortable both engaging respectfully with local communities and advocating with large corporations and financial institutions to represent community interests.
  • From the region or substantial experience working in Africa.
  • Able to travel frequently to remote locations in various countries across the continent and elsewhere, as needed.
  • Patience and strong ability to balance competing priorities and objectives both within and outside of the organization.
  • Fluency in English and French
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications

Application Process

To apply, please use the form below to submit a cover letter describing your interest in and suitability for this position, along with a resume.
Please indicate in your cover letter the city in which would you would prefer to be based.

Inclusive Development International values diversity on our team. We strongly encourage people of color, Indigenous Peoples, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and all qualified persons to apply for our open positions.

Job: Nairobi Hub Director, Natural Justice

The call for applications for the position of Hub Director: Nairobi, Kenya closes on the 31st of January 2021. We have advertised the position here:

Natural Justice seeks a Director of the Nairobi Hub who is committed to the organisation’s mission of pursuing social and environmental justice. The Hub Director will serve as the principal strategist and thought leader of the Kenya hub, working closely with the Kenya Board and the NJ executive to realise the programmatic and operational strategy of the Hub. As a member of the Africa-wide Management Team, the Hub Director will work collaboratively with the team to advance the objectives of the organisation…

Webinar Tuesday 26 January: The Urgent Need for Community-Led “Accountability in Africa”

Webinar Tuesday 26 January: The Urgent Need for Community-Led “Accountability in Africa”

On Human Rights Day last month, Accountability Counsel and African Coalition for Corporation Accountability (ACCA) published a major report “Accountability in Africa: Harm from International Financial Flows and Strategies for Supporting Community-Led Access to Remedy.” This report, available in both English and French, is part of a collaborative effort to ensure that communities throughout Africa have meaningful avenues to demand justice and remedy for environmental and social harm caused by internationally financed projects. 

Now, we invite you to join us for the next stage of this report’s important findings: on January 26 at 3PM SAST | 4PM EAT | 1PM GMT | 8AM EST, Accountability Counsel and ACCA are co-hosting the first in a series of events to explore the report’s recommendations and its implications for communities, their advocates, and international investors in Africa. The webinar will be held in English and French. Please complete your registration here to receive the webinar link. Finally, please use the attached flyer to spread the word about this event — all are welcome!

Further events will follow, including ones designed for at-risk communities, and another webinar in early March at a more US-friendly hour. Please let us know if you have any specific recommendations or requests for events or written materials that would be helpful for you in your work. (info at

COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists – National Geographic

Please note: This call for proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The final deadline for applications is November 15, 2020. We aim to send out decisions every two weeks, but the volume of submissions might slow that process at times.

In the most difficult of times, journalism can play several roles in supporting communities around the globe. It can disseminate critical information to keep people safe and informed, it can illuminate stories that bring us hope and remind us of our shared human experience, and it can help us find and share solutions to wicked problems. 

As COVID-19 continues to evolve and impact communities around the globe, the National Geographic Society is launching an emergency fund for journalists all over the world who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities. This fund will place particular emphasis on delivering news to underserved populations, particularly where there is a dearth of evidence-based information getting to those who need it. We are interested in local and even hyper-local distribution models. This fund is designed to quickly deliver support so that both individual stories and longer series of content may be created. 

The fund will distribute support ranging from $1,000–8,000 USD for local coverage of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting. Beyond reporting on medical and physical health related to COVID-19, we especially encourage reporting that covers social, emotional, economic, and equity issues. Narratives around the Pandemic necessarily include facts and numbers, but ultimately, must also go deeper—telling the stories of inequities that COVID-19 has brought to light.

We seek writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts to apply for this funding. Journalists should seek placement of this work within their local media ecosystems and must attribute their support to the National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists. However, you do not need to submit any formal commitments of publication or letters of support from editors or publishers. National Geographic Society or National Geographic Partners may also choose to publish some of this work as part of its global coverage. 

Reporting may cover any aspect of the virus and its fallout, including but not limited to: 

  • Social consequences of COVID-19 and measures to contain it, particularly related to equity—such as its impact on immigrant communities, domestic violence, and early childhood education. 
  • Stories of resilience and solutions that could be applied on a regional or global scale.
  • Novel forms of data visualization or science communication to help communities better understand how to protect themselves.
  • Lessons learned from local response(s) to COVID-19 that could be applied to other large-scale challenges, such as climate change or the refugee crisis. 
  • Best practices of how educators, students, and schools are reacting to this crisis, particularly as they illuminate under-resourced schools. 

Priority communities include: Those at high risk or hit especially hard by the virus, indigenous communities, immigrant or refugee communities, underserved, urban, rural, elderly populations, and children. 

Applicants may use up to 100 percent of their budget as personal reimbursement for their reporting time. We ask that applicants estimate their standard fee for reporting on or creating such content.

We also ask that recipients of this funding prioritize the health of yourselves and the communities in which you work. Many journalists are accustomed to putting themselves in harm’s way in pursuit of a story. We ask that you not only consider all precautions to protect yourself, but that of the people you are covering as well. Please follow local, regional, and national guidelines in terms of access for accredited journalists in your region. This guide provides advice for visual and other journalists. 

Finally, all reporting must be fact-based and accurate. For the best and most up to date COVID-19 resources, see below: 

All application materials must be in English, and applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time they submit an application. Normally, we require a project start date six months after application submission, but for this fund, immediate start dates are acceptable.