Code for Africa (CfA) is recruiting an Investigative Data Editor to help establish Kenya’s first data-driven investigative news lab (or, iLAB).

The successful applicant will work with Code for Africa and DW Akademie to help trend-setting Kenyan newsrooms build in-house forensic data desks, as well as shared digital infrastructure to work with hard data and documentary evidence in order to understand and highlight underlying socio-economic issues that often cripple development in Kenya. 

We are looking for someone who values data and data journalists and employs all of the tools of digital storytelling to uncover hidden truths within the data.

The project will run until March 2019.

Who You Are

We are looking for a full-time tech-savvy editor with proven investigative and forensic research experience, who will serve as the overall project manager, as well as editorial mentor for our partner newsrooms. The position will involve you helping to find and ‘liberate’ key datasets about politically exposed persons, organised crime and corruption, and who will then work with newsrooms to help find the stories and trends hidden in the data. 

What You’ll Do

  • Work with the project team to identify key datasets that the partner newsrooms can use to extract stories from;
  • Draft training objectives, pre-assessment tools and post-training evaluations for the newsrooms
  • Assess skills and needs for partner newsrooms to map out potential projects and data needed.

What You’ve Got

  • Project management skills with a focus on keeping to tight deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills, especially for project status reporting
  • A zeal for investigative work with impact and the courage to take on difficult subjects
  • A keen understanding of how to use data for storytelling
  • A drive to embrace and encourage the use of new techniques and technologies
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a willingness to collaborate across multiple newsrooms

Extra Points If…

  • You’ve got a data analysis background
  • You have 1+ years work experience
  • You have knowledge or experience in data journalism

How to Apply:

Applicants should send their CV and cover letter to [email protected] before December 14, 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

About iLAB:

iLAB (Investigative Lab) is Kenya’s first data-driven investigative news lab working to establish investigative desks in Kenyan newsrooms with a focus on building long-lasting investigative resources to underpin watchdog journalism among newsrooms and accountability NGOs in Kenya. This will be done through a Blended Learning Model combining in-person mentoring, an online MOOC, monthly masterclasses, and ultimately a handbook that will combine the courseware and tools, as well as all learnings, insights and case studies from the project. 

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 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 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).

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