Microgrants – Baraza Media Lab

Micro-grants from Baraza Media Lab. (Watch for details?)

In response to COVID-19, Baraza will use some of the funds set aside for physical events to receive and review applications resulting in micro-grants being provided to local media practitioners while ensuring diversity in the recipients of the funds. The project aims to support activities including but not limited to:-

  • Grassroot coverage of the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the broader community; elevate the voices and needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized
  • Innovative initiatives that contribute to the dissemination of and safe access to quality information related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Fact-checking work that tracks or combats rumours and misinformation
  • Light-hearted, fun pieces that will inspire and uplift creative spirits in the context of the pandemic
  • Content designed to reach audiences in any medium: print, audio, video and social media

This project will test this support mechanism, measure its impact and document learnings that will be crucial as Baraza looks to provide similar, responsive support to Kenyan media practitioners.

Advocacy Accelerator going virtual

The Accelerator is excited to partner with the Mobilisation Lab to bring you a virtual edition of the Campaign Accelerator on 28 September to 9 October 2020. 

If you are an advocate based in Africa, working on gender justice in the region or interested in applying a gender justice lens to your work, this training is for you. You will will learn how to apply design thinking, a systems lens, and people-powered approaches to designing a campaign.  This training will be conducted in English only. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this edition of the training will be delivered in a virtual format. We will use a mixture of virtual plenary work, online break-out groups and offline individual work. By attending this training remotely, you will be able to continue your vital social justice work. Why not take a minute to hear what our alumni had to say about their virtual experience at the Campaign Accelerator.

The training will be delivered in 10 half-day sessions, during which you will learn to:

  • Uncover new opportunities to address the root causes of an issue through systems thinking
  • Generate and test creative ideas to inspire and engage key audiences
  • Foster a collaborative team culture that embraces learning and iteration throughout a project cycle
  • Integrate new planning approaches that help established teams navigate increasingly complex environments
  • Design people-centered campaign strategies and actionable campaign plans

Please learn more about the curriculummeet the trainers and then apply to join the training by 10 August 2020. You will hear from us by 14 August 2020.  There are opportunities for subsidized pricing  and full scholarships on the application page. 

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Have a wonderful week,
The Advocacy Accelerator Team

Job: Communications coordinator, Sentinel Project

Reporting to the executive director, the communications coordinator will oversee the Sentinel Project’s social media platforms, website updates, newsletters, blog posts, and media outreach. LINK

As a small organization, the Sentinel Project has spent its first decade building programs in Kenya, Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and South Sudan. During that time, communications work has largely been the responsibility of volunteers or team members who have other primary responsibilities. The Sentinel Project is now working to expand both its activities and geographical coverage, which means that it needs a committed communications coordinator to actively work on outreach and provide a sustained voice for the organization.

The communications coordinator position will require a total of approximately ten hours per week for content creation, social media engagement, and collaboration with other members of the Sentinel Project team. This is a contract position.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate communications strategy with members of the Sentinel Project team
  • Create and manage a real-time, collaborative editorial calendar
  • Write social media posts, blog posts, press releases, and other content for the Sentinel Project website and social media channels
  • Create and send a monthly newsletter to the organization’s existing subscriber base, which will involve drafting some content as well as editing content from contributors across the organization
  • Regularly engage the organization’s audience and community, particularly on social media, and track impact
  • Manage occasional media outreach efforts and pitch story ideas to reporters when appropriate

Requirements

  • Caring about helping people in conflict areas to defuse conflicts and prevent violence
  • Strong written communication skills, as demonstrated in your cover letter and links to samples of past work
  • Experience with creating and editing content in WordPress, Mailchimp, and other online publishing platforms
  • Comfort with using Google Apps, especially Google Drive / Docs, for online collaboration with a largely virtual team
  • Proficiency at using social media platforms in a professional capacity to engage and sustain an audience, preferably to include experience with social media analytics
  • Ability to manage workflows using databases, spreadsheets, task management tools, and other similar technologies
  • 2+ years of supporting communications efforts in either the for-profit or non-profit sector
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations, especially in a fundraising capacity, is appreciated but not required

About us

Formed in 2008, the Sentinel Project is a small, global, non-profit organization dedicated to assisting communities threatened by mass atrocities through direct cooperation with the people in harm’s way and the innovative use of technology. Our team focuses on initiatives such as building networks to stop the spread of harmful misinformation that contributes to conflict and to warn people about violence if it does happen. We are a diverse group of people who are passionate about human rights and the ways that communications technology can improve lives. If you join our team, you will be part of an emerging approach to atrocity prevention and peacebuilding and will contribute to a meaningful cause within a rapidly growing organization.

The Sentinel Project is grateful to all applicants for their interest in our organization, though if you don’t hear from us within 30 days of applying you can assume that this position has been filled. Although only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted, if you don’t hear from us right away we may still be keeping you in mind for future opportunities with our team. Our needs change constantly.

To apply

Please contact us at joinus@thesentinelproject.org with the following:

  • An updated resume or LinkedIn URL
  • A cover letter explaining how your background and expertise will ensure that you will excel in this role (include hourly wage expectations)
  • Links to articles, blog posts, social media posts, and other written materials that you’ve authored

Digital rights course competition – Advocacy Assembly

You’re in luck! Advocacy Assembly’s contest with UPRoar has been extended until Tuesday 4 August.

We’ve allocated another 10 prizes: 

All you need to do is complete one of our Universal Periodic Review (UPR) courses on Advocacy Assembly:

The courses take about an hour to complete. You’ll get a deeper understanding of the UPR and how to conduct advocacy in the UN and potentially win a great prize.

Already entered the contest? Nominate a friend or colleague to complete a course and you’ll be entered in the competition again to win a prize during the drawing. Just tag that person in a tweet  and send us a direct message (@uproar_fyi). Feeling shy? Have them mention your name when they submit their certificate and we’ll make sure to give you the credit. Find out more about the competition here. 

Got questions about the competition? Email us at contact@AdvocacyAssembly.org 

Best wishes,

The Advocacy Assembly Team 

Youth accelerator program: Covid response transparency & accountability

Virtual Incubator Call for Applications

We’re supporting young people with good ideas for building accountability into the Covid-19 response in Kenya and Uganda. Ten changemakers will be guided through a free, six-month accelerated program for youth initiatives on transparency, citizen-engagement and anti-corruption work. Whether you have a for-profit, nonprofit or are yet to decide, apply today at  https://www.accountabilitylab.org/our-work/accountability-incubator/. Learn, connect and make your impact – supported by Accountability Lab and the Ford Foundation.

A few more details: In exciting news, Accountability Lab has launched a virtual accountability incubator in East Africa with the Ford Foundation two amazing partners Siasa Place and the Evidence and Methods Lab- through which we will be working for the rest of the year with amazing young people to develop new ideas for accountability/transparency of the COVID-19 response.

Jobs at Penda Health

Currently available roles in Nairobi:

External Affairs:
– Head of Government Relations
– Legal Counsel

Medical Centres:
– Clinical Officer
– Laboratory Technologist
– Pharmacy Technologist

https://www.pendahealth.com/careers

Why should I apply to Penda?

  • Join an award-winning, quickly growing company
  • Countless opportunities for learning and growth
  • More than a job. We’re on a mission to transform healthcare in Kenya.
  • Work atmosphere unlike any other – you have to experience it to understand!

How do I get a job at Penda?

  • Apply. You can’t get a job with us if you don’t apply!  All applications are done online – see below.
  • We use the questions in the application to get to know you. Don’t rush through them.
  • Be open and honest through the application process.
  • Have more questions about Penda’s recruitment process? Read our FAQs here .

Tech training for young women: Kisumu, Lamu, Nakuru, Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi (deadline 27 July)

Do you know of any young women interested in technology and ICT? We are launching CodeHack Training for Young Girls in Kenya Covid-19 Edition, sponsored by UNESCO. The focus of the program is to attain the 10th SDG on reducing inequalities and the 5th SDG on gender equality target 5.1b that enhances the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women. The program targets young women aged 17-28 years in Kisumu, Lamu, Nakuru, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kilifi. Here is the application link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScAFreEF70s-mXSVKRuQhO01EDw2XPsdil3tGH7gjouPJ1-kw/viewform

The central focus of the CodeHack Training for Young Girls in Kenya – Covid-19 Edition program is to equip young women aged 17-28 years from Lamu, Mombasa, Kilifi, Nairobi, Kisumu and Nakuru with free employable mobile development, design thinking and entrepreurship skills. UNESCO in partnership with KNATCOM will support Pwani Teknowgalz to conduct the program.This activity will be implemented under UNESCOs Youth Mobile Programme and aligned with SDGs on Gender Equality, Education, Health, Access to Information, and Zero Hunger.

The application deadline is 27th July 2020 00.00 EAT

Job: Partnerships Specialist, UNOPS

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Job categories Partnerships
Vacancy code VA/2020/B5311/19816
Level ICS-10
Department/office AFR, Somalia Country Office (SOCO)
Duty station Nairobi, Kenya
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration Open-ended subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and/or to satisfactory performance
Application period 16-May-2020 to 30-May-2020

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.


Background Information – Job-specific
The Partnerships Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing the partnership and programme development plan for the office managed by the Country Director.  This may also include new countries where UNOPS is planning to initiate or broaden operations. 

She/he  impacts on the performance of the Country Office by maintaining a robust and diverse pipeline of project opportunities, which leads to sustainable growth of the UNOPS’ presence and strengthens the achievements of UNOPS management results and the fulfillment of its mandate. 

The position will be based in Nairobi as the main donor community for Somalia are mostly based in Nairobi. The Partnerships Specialist will also be required to frequently travel to Mogadishu as part of her/his responsibility to the Somalia Country Office.
 Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Country Director, and in close coordination with the Regional Office and the Partnerships Group, the Partnerships Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing the partnership and programme development plan for the office managed by the Country Director.  This may also include new countries where UNOPS is planning to initiate or broaden operations…

Research scholarship, Lionel Cliffe Memorial, for African activists or scholars

Due 15 March

Call for Applications

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Lionel Cliffe Memorial Research Scholarship

The Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE) announces a small research grants competition for African scholars and/or activists based in Africa. The competition is based on the premise that a shortage of funding for critical research is one of the problems faced by Africa-based scholars and activists wishing to carry forward a political economy agenda. In response to this, ROAPE is offering up to two small research grants (value £3000). The process of selection of proposals, as well as their expected format, is outlined below.

ROAPE is a refereed journal committed to encouraging high quality research and fostering excellence in the understanding of African political economy. A political economy approach entails a critical understanding of the social relationships, particularly the power relationships, that mutually constitute the production, distribution and consumption of resources. It requires us to ask who produces what and for whom and hence an investigation into social relations that are generated by struggles over livelihoods and exploitation of the many by the few. Radical political economy represents a form of engagement with those struggles.

ROAPE is listed in the Thomson Reuters Social Sciences Citation Index and published quarterly by Taylor & Francis. Since 1974 it has provided radical analysis of trends, issues and social processes in Africa, adopting a broadly materialist interpretation of change. It has paid particular attention to the political economy of inequality, exploitation and oppression and struggles against them, whether driven by global forces or local ones such as class, race, community and gender. It sustains a critical analysis of the nature of power and the state in Africa in the context of capitalist globalisation.

For more details about the journal and examples of published articles please click here. For other journal activities, see www.roape.net

Eligibility

Applicants should be nationals of an African country and residents in an African country. Applicants who are based in or studying outside Africa will not be considered. Priority will be given to younger scholars and activists who are not yet established and who do not have alternative source of funding for primary research. Joint applications (by two candidates or more) meeting these criteria will also be considered.

How to apply

Applications should be sent by email to the following address: lcmrs@roape.net

Please make sure that you include these words in the title of your email: ‘Lionel Cliffe Memorial Research Scholarship’.

Your application should contain:

1. A brief outline of your research proposal, consisting of:

  • a title
  • an abstract of no more than 100 words, clarifying the political economy framing of the research
  • an outline of no more than 200 words, including a section on the methodology to be adopted in the proposed study

2. your CV with:

  • relevant biographical info (name; age; sex; contact details; nationality – please specify if you have more than one nationality; current residence – please specify if you have double residence)
  • educational qualifications
  • activist experience
  • research experience
  • your current employment circumstances, including any study or internship programme you are enrolled in, with specification of your remuneration if applicable.

3. a motivation letter explaining how you meet the criteria and why you think you are a good candidate for the LCMRS

4. two full references, inclusive of position/institutional affiliation; email addresses, phone numbers and (if possible) skype contacts. If you are shortlisted, your referees will be asked to produce a reference letter on a short notice.

The deadline for applications is 15 March  2020

What happens after you apply

A selection panel will be drawn from ROAPE’s Editorial Working Group.

Selection will proceed in two stages. A short list will be drawn up. If you are short-listed, your referees will be asked to produce reference letters. You will also be asked to submit a more extended account of your research proposal (no more than 1000 words), under the same headings as above, but expanding on the research problem and the key research questions. It should also include a timeline showing your research plan and a budget of how the grant would be used. This may include costs incurred for travel, accommodation, subsistence, equipment (for example a voice recorder), research permits, research assistance, and/or photocopying and printing.

Assessment

The two successful candidates will be offered some limited mentoring to support their efforts. Mentorship will be provided by a member of the Editorial Working Group, via email and skype meetings. At the end of a one-year research period, the candidate must submit a one-page report with a summary account of what has been achieved.

The final requirement is to submit for consideration to ROAPE an article (of no more than 8000 words) based on the research funded by the grant. No guarantee of publication can be given, as the article will be peer-reviewed according to the standard procedure followed by the journal.

Payment of the grant

The grant is £3,000 and will be paid in three tranches. Upon acceptance of a research proposal, ROAPE will disburse 1/3 of the grant (£1,000) to successful candidates to contribute towards direct research expenses. The second tranche (£1,000) will be paid after submission of the first-year report. Part of the second tranche can be claimed in advance if the first tranche has been used up, upon provision of all receipts of expenses incurred upon.

The third tranche (£1,000) will be paid following the formal submission of an article to ROAPE.

Deadlines

  1. Deadline for applications: 15 March 2020.
  2. Selection of short list: 20 April 2020, with notification to short-listed candidates.
  3. Submission of extended proposals from short-listed candidates: 1 June 2020
  4. Final selection and notification to successful candidates: 1 July 2020 – payment of first tranche of grant (1/3 of the total, £1,000)
  5. Start of research period and mentorship programme: 1 July 2020
  6. First-year summary report: 1 July 2021(payment of second tranche)
  7. Formal submission of article to ROAPE: no later than 1 July 2022 (payment of third tranche)

At the end of a one-year research period, the researcher must submit a report with a summary account of what has been achieved. The final requirement is to submit for consideration to ROAPE an article (of no more than 8000 words) based on the research funded by the grant. The disbursement of the third tranche of the grant is conditional upon submission of the manuscript. No guarantee of publication can be given, as the article will be peer-reviewed according to the standard procedure followed by the journal.

If you are in doubt about your eligibility or require further information just get in touch at: lcmrs@roape.net