Code for Africa (CfA) has an immediate vacancy for a Programme Manager to lead its Academy team based out of one of its main Africa offices: Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Cape Town (South Africa) or Nairobi (Kenya). Remuneration is subject to level of experience.
About The Team
The Academy brings face-to-face training into partner newsrooms and universities across Africa, and hosts public workshops at monthly Hacks/Hackers meet-ups. The Academy offers free online courses and webinars, focused on data journalism and leading digital journalism trends. Code for Africa runs training sessions in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Morocco, Senegal and Uganda.
Who You Are
An energetic programme manager who organises, plans and executes projects and events like a pro and within deadlines. You can effectively manage and grow partnerships with clients and donors, manage trainer relationships and grow training materials and courseware and ensure that regular, successful events and workshops take place. You ensure the team stays on track and you’re excited about making processes easy to follow, while requiring minimal supervision. You might be a journalist or project manager and/or have a background in training / academics, which would be an advantage.
What You Will Do
- You will be required to dynamically develop the strategic vision for the Academy programmes, including newsroom and university trainings, the MOOC (massive open online courses) management and Hacks/Hacker communities
- You will manage a support team as well as a pan-African network of part-time trainers
- You will manage partner relations and grow the Academy’s revenue-base, by proactively identifying appropriate funding / partnership opportunities
- You will proactively grow the Academy community, including nurturing Hacks/Hackers and providing appropriate support to trainers and communities
- You will drive expansion, improvement and marketing of the MOOC, building out and improving on courseware while meeting registration targets
- You will meet targets for and oversee training events and engagements in all partner countries
- You will build and nurture relationships with newsrooms, universities and a network of trainers
- Manage Academy event communications, marketing and branding, working closely with the events and logistics team
- You will actively market the programmes and projects to encourage public engagement, programme growth and stakeholder participation
- You will maintain a document archival system for all Academy projects, consisting of contracts, work plans, budgets, Living Minutes, associated correspondence / documents, narrative and financial reports, including collecting impact analytics for all projects and activities and training / ensuring Academy staff and trainers use the correct documents and processes.
- You will assist CfA in developing an in-house research programme, that leverages Academy networks and CfA’s other partnerships for quick survey-driven research
What You’ve Got
- A suitable tertiary qualification
- Strong organisational skills
- Project management skills
- Excellent written and verbal skills
- Analytical skills to solve daily implementation challenges
- Network of newsroom, university contacts
- Ability to prioritise tasks
- Attention to detail
- Proactive attitude
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, multicultural environment with minimal supervision
- Proficiency in Google Drive, Trello and Slack are an advantage
How to Apply
Code for Africa (CfA) is the continent’s largest federation of data journalism and civic technology laboratories, with labs in four countries and affiliates in a further six countries.
CfA manages the $1m/year innovateAFRICA.fund and $500,000/year impactAFRICA.fund, as well as key digital democracy resources such as the openAFRICA.net data portal and the GotToVote.cc election toolkit.
CfA’s labs also incubate a series of trendsetting initiatives, including the PesaCheck fact-checking initiative in East Africa, the continental africanDRONE network, and the African Network of Centres for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR) that spearheaded Panama Papers probes across the continent. CfA is an initiative of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).