Code for Africa (CfA) has an immediate vacancy for a  Regional Academy & Community Project Manager with extensive open data and/or investigative data journalism experience to join our team in Nigeria. As the Code for Africa’s Project Manager in Nigeria, you will manage our programmes, partners, projects and community. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Proven programme and/or project assistance experience (min. 2 years of experience)
  • Bachelor degree in political/social/economic sciences, technology/engineering, international development or related field 
  • Experience working within a non-profit environment, preferably an international nonprofit
  • Understanding of donor funding and reporting
  • Good interpersonal skills and comfortable working with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to be flexible and work in a changing, unstructured environment
  • Attentive to detail
  • Ability to multitask and prioritise
  • Proactive and diplomatic spirit
  • Seamless and problem-solving organisational skills 
  • Excellent English proficiency (including written skills)
  • Works well without supervision
  • Tech-savvy (i.e. Slack, Social media, Researching online, comfortable learning new tech tools)
  • Passion for media, data, storytelling and technology. An interest in civic technology and digital journalism are a plus.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven experience managing fast-moving, complex, multi-stakeholder communications projects within the NGO, media or tech/startup sectors
  • A track record for driving high-impact marketing or communication initiatives that use creative multimedia approaches
  • Experience creating media plans and campaign schedules, pitching a diverse set of cross-platform stories including angles for journalistic interviews, broad appeal social/viral media content and visual stories
  • Experience managing the communications for large, live events
  • Networks of West African, Nigerian and international media and university partners. Bonus if experience and contacts are within the digital and technology innovation sectors (optional)
  • Strong strategic analysis and critical thinking skills: our projects are varied and fast-paced, so you need to quickly understand and learn new things. 
  • Excellent communication,verbal and written skills
  • Solid organisational skills including attention to details and multi-tasking.\
  • Comfortable handling multiple tasks with multiple ongoing deadlines
  • Experience managing communications strategies
  • Experience in journalism/comms/media preferred
  • Proficiency in using Google docs, sheets and powerpoint. Working knowledge of management tools like Trello and Slack would be an advantage.

About the Role

The successful candidate will manage the Nigeria team and focus on project implementation, coordinating monthly reporting and fulfilling all projects’ administrative needs. You will be a part of an international team of data journalists, civic technologists, designers and developers who join forces to produce highly impactful projects across the continent and beyond. You will play a key managerial role and be given a breadth of responsibility and work with multiple teams across Africa and Nigeria specifically in Abuja, Benin City, and Lagos and will be responsible to initiate, expand and maintain the relationships with institutional partners in Nigeria and West Africa in coordination with CfA’s Academy and BizDev teams.


Community and Partnership Management:

  • Help maintain and foster institutional relationships with CfA’s partners in Nigeria and other relevant organisations, with particular focus on West Africa
  • Facilitate the maintenance and creation of new CfA strategic partnerships across the continent and beyond
  • Coordinate the management of CfA’s events, programmes, projects, and community communications
  • Curate the grantee / stakeholder community on the appropriate channels, as well as shaping marketing strategies and brand collateral in support of the programmes. Support the CfA Academy and WanaData in recruiting and maintaining a network of appropriately skilled contributors, researchers and designers to ensure that the project schedule and standards are met
  • Coordinate syndication / publication of CfA content with media partners, both in Nigeria and abroad
  • Actively market CfA programmes and grantee projects to encourage public engagement and stakeholder participation
  • Support in grant writing and applications to advance activities of CfA when necessary in coordination with the BizDev team

Project / Campaign Champion:

  • Serve as a public champion for CfA tools and data journalism tools. The role will include helping CfA fellows / partners use the tools for their own reportage or projects, with support from either the CfA Data or CfA Academy
  • Serve as the coordinator and champion for CfA’s WanaData and HH, under supervision of CfA Academy Product Manager, to execute on:
    • Recruiting and managing a vibrant network of women data journalists in Nigeria, who actively participate in peer-learning and peer-support for data-driven storytelling.
    • Coordinating skills development and career support including offering strategic CfA support for community members
    • Assisting to conceptualise and produce data journalism projects, leveraging CfA resources as appropriate. The role will include input on story plans, copy-editing resulting content, helping shape digital design / packaging for projects, and assisting with placement / publication.
    • Managing a discretionary fund for micro-grants for projects or initiatives. The role will include ensuring grantees meet their deliverables, deadlines, and budgets. 
  • Serve as the coordinator for Nigeria’s participation in CfA’s pan-African initiatives under supervision of CfA’s Director and CfA’s project team

Administration and Management

  • Oversee and coordinate the Nigeria team and all activities within Nigeria
  • Prepares monthly budget, expense reports, reimbursement claims and other financial documentation for Nigeria team and liaises with head office for funding and reporting
  • Review and approve all Academy and community event schedules on a monthly basis
  • Responsible for ensuring all financial, tax and legal documentation are up to date and the Nigeria office meets all regulatory requirements 

What We Offer

  • A competitive salary, subject to experience, with opportunities for performance-based growth both in terms of career path and public stature
  • A dynamic digital-first workplace, with the opportunity for regular remote work, occasional international travel, and generous vacation benefits.
  • An innovative cutting-edge project portfolio, that regularly helps push the envelope globally by pioneering new techniques/technologies and that demonstrates real-world applications with grassroots impact for digital tools

How to apply:
Please fill in this form by 3 December 2019.

About Us:

Code for Africa (CfA) is the continent’s largest federation of independent civic technology and data journalism laboratories, which build digital democracy solutions giving citizens unfettered access to actionable information that empowers them to make informed decisions, and that strengthen civic engagement for improved public governance and accountability.

This includes building infrastructure like openAFRICA and sourceAFRICA, as well as incubating initiatives as diverse as the africanDRONE network, the PesaCheck fact-checking initiative and the sensors.AFRICA network.

The African Network of Centres for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR) is a CfA managed association of the continent’s best investigative newsrooms, ranging from large traditional mainstream media to smaller specialist units. ANCIR member newsrooms investigate crooked politicians, organised crime and big business. The iLAB is ANCIR’s in-house digital forensic unit, with teams in east, south and west Africa. ANCIR uses its resources to strengthen newsrooms’ own internal capacity, by providing access to the world’s best whistleblower encryption and investigative semantic analysis technologies, as well as skills development, and seed grants for cross-border collaboration.

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. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know. 
To all recruitment agencies: CfA does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, CfA employees or any other company location. CfA is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.