Code for Africa (CfA) has an immediate vacancy for a Production Assistant to join our main civic technology lab in Nairobi, Kenya.

CfA’s production team is responsible for coordinating pan-African teams and processes across a range of journalism and other digital products, for newsrooms and other partners in several African countries.  They work closely with geographically distributed teams to implement systems that deliver products and stories on time and within budget. In delivering their mandate, they aim to keep processes simple while providing support and guidance to project teams throughout the project cycle.

About The Role

You will be supporting the Production Manager to design, implement and monitor streamlined processes across the organisation that synchronises data, editorial, design and software engineering teams to ensure professional productions and quality standards and timeous delivery.

Who You Are

You have experience managing projects. You’re passionate about innovative systems, processes, and productivity hacks. You’re comfortable working with diverse teams. You are a self-starter who does independent research, takes initiative and goes above and beyond to deliver results. You might already be managing projects in the civic tech space, which would be a big advantage. You’re looking for a new challenge and an opportunity to advance your skills and career.

What You’ll Do

  • Support the Production Manager in developing and implementing processes and systems
  • Monitor processes and systems uptake/adoption by teams and report back on issues/areas of improvements throughout the project cycle and get regular feedback from teams on how the processes is working/not working for them
  • Support the development of process training materials and organise tutorials and training sessions to walk project teams through new and existing process using infographics and other materials
  • Maintain the operational manual and associated document templates and resources ensuring core documents are in order and up to date
  • Keep production schedule/dashboard (and related assets) up to date to synchronize the output of specialist teams of journalists, content producers, data wranglers, technologists, social media engagement strategists within deadlines and budget
  • Assist the Production Manager to create, analyse and distribute regular status briefs on effectiveness and efficiency of production processes, systems and documentation
  • Research latest trends and industry standards to ensure developed processes meet global standards. Use this information to assist production manager to review and document latest best practices for implementing processes/systems for specialist teams

What You’ve Got

  • Strong organisational skills and ability to deliver results within deadlines
  • Demonstrable project management skills
  • Strong decision-making skills
  • The ability to adopt and maintain a results and people driven approach
  • Excellent knowledge of proper compositional practices to aid in writing and proofreading
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, with English as your primary work language. French and Arabic are optional but highly desirable alongside Kiswahili
  • Amazing presentation skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • The ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Proficient in using Google docs, sheets and powerpoint. Working knowledge of management tools like Trello and Slack is highly desirable
  • The ability to work in a multicultural environment distributed across Africa

Extra Points if

  • You’ve got a degree / project management certification
  • You have 1+ years work experience

How to Apply:

Fill in this form and select the position you want to apply for by 27 August 2018

About The Federation:

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 and $500,000/year, as well as key digital democracy resources such as the data portal and the election toolkit. CfA’s labs also incubate a series of trendsetting initiatives, including the PesaCheck fact-checking initiative in East Africa, the continental africanDRONEnetwork, 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).

At CfA, we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. CfA is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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