Position in: Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

Do you want to help drive high-impact training projects in the civic technology and digital democracy space?

Code for Africa (CfA) has an immediate vacancy for a full-time Training Coordinator anywhere in Africa to join its Knowledge team. Proficiency in English and French is required in this role.

The ideal candidates will have demonstrable experience in both online and offline training development and management within the education, digital media and/or technology field. They will also possess a deep understanding of pedagogy and the ability to effectively monitor and evaluate training project activities. 

Our Academy initiative is part of CfA’s Knowledge initiative, spearheading training management and capacity building initiatives for partner newsrooms, universities, and local communities in Africa. The Knowledge portfolio also includes CfA communities such as the WanaData women data science/storytelling network and the africanDRONE civic drone community, as well as the sensors.AFRICA sensor journalism initiative, with a network of more than 50+ newsrooms and university partners across Africa. The Knowledge team is also the custodian of other major CfA public infrastructure, such as the continent’s largest open data portal, open.AFRICA, and Africa’s largest census data portal, HURUMap

In order to thrive in this role, candidates should enjoy fast-paced creative problem-solving, and be comfortable working in a remote, multicultural, and transnational environment.

Required minimum requirements include:

  • 4+ years of experience as a training coordinator, project officer, project coordinator or a related position.
  • Experience in designing and managing training across multiple platforms, including but not limited to, in-person, one-on-one and online trainings, as well as in individual mentorship.
  • Excellent pedagogical expertise and the ability to design engaging and effective training materials using adult learning principles and instructional design methodologies.
  • Ability to handle multiple training initiatives simultaneously, including developing and maintaining project documentation (such as work plans and M&E trackers).
  • Excellent report writing skills, with an ability to get across complex details in an understandable and accurate way for a variety of audiences.
  • Empathetic communication and listening skills, plus a sensitivity to and ability to work with cross-cultural dynamics.
  • Digital first workplace skill-sets, including proficiency in collaborative work solutions such as Google Drive (Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc) and Slack (or equivalents such as Teams), as well as project management tools like Trello (or equivalents). 
  • Proficient in English and French (spoken and written).

Preferred: candidates who are able to demonstrate the following will have an advantage:

  • Experience with Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as WordPress’ LearnDash platform.
  • Experience building and managing relationships with media institutions, governments, international organisations, educational institutions, relevant technology players, and other private and not-for-profit relevant stakeholders in the civic technology and media ecosystem.
  • Experience in training via new communication channels, including using mobile platforms like WhatsApp or equivalent social messaging platforms.
  • Experience working with a variety of teams, such as journalists, data analysts, and subject matter experts from various fields.
  • Bachelor’s degree or significant experience in project management or education, or a related field. 
  • Deep understanding of and experience in the education technology, media ecosystem and/or digital innovation space in Africa. 
  • Experience in the use of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, data quality assessments, and data analysis to document programme results.
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and operating project Monitoring and Evaluations systems from project initiation to closeout stages.

Language and Location Requirements:

  • Location: Remote 
  • Languages: English and French
  • Preferred but not required: Arabic, Swahili, or other major African languages

About this role

The successful candidate will join CfA’s Knowledge team and play a vital role in supporting the design, implementation, and management of capacity building initiatives across Africa. This will involve developing curricula, meaning training programmes and conducting training and mentorship sessions.

The primary responsibility of the role is to coordinate and manage the training components of CfA’s projects, using a combination of different learning modalities such as self-/instructor-led and online/in-person training. You will work with the Academy team to ensure that partnerships and project deliverables are met and that stakeholders are kept informed and engaged.

The training coordinator will oversee and assess all mentoring activities, which includes assigning mentors, and guaranteeing they have the required capacity and communication tools to effectively accomplish mentoring goals.

The ideal candidate should demonstrate strong strategic analysis and critical thinking skills, as our projects are diverse and fast-paced, requiring the ability to quickly grasp and acquire new knowledge. You should be comfortable handling multiple tasks with multiple ongoing deadlines and have previous experience working on the digital collaboration tools that CfA uses, such as Slack, Google Drive, and Trello.

Successful candidates will work as part of a multinational and multilingual team using digital collaboration tools to provide training and mentoring support to newsroom partners and media houses across Africa. 

Responsibilities: Your daily responsibilities will include:

  • Manage Academy training and mentorship activities catering to various target audiences, including university students, media professionals, civic organisations, and think tank researchers
  • Conduct assessments to identify the specific skills and knowledge gaps of the target audience, enabling the design of tailored training programs.
  • Develop comprehensive training materials, both for online and offline use, including curriculum, lesson plans, and other necessary resources.
  • Coordinate and deliver training sessions, ensuring a seamless, engaging and impactful learning experience, both in-person and virtually.
  • Support CfA’s donor-funded projects by ensuring timely delivery of training projects activities and milestones. Strive for excellence by meeting or exceeding donor expectations.
  • Actively monitor project implementation and progress, ensuring adherence to work plans, and maintaining project documentation.
  • Collect and analyse training data to evaluate the overall impact of the training initiatives.
  • Prepare detailed reports summarising training activities and outcomes, along with recommendations for improvement.
  • Manage the promotion and marketing of training initiatives, utilising various channels such as social media, email marketing, and engagement with media partners.

What We Offer:

  • A competitive salary, subject to experience, with opportunities for performance-based growth, both in terms of career path and public stature.
  • Medical insurance cover, underwritten by a remote-first provider to ensure cover wherever you are
  • A dynamic workplace, with a transnational team, occasional international travel, and generous vacation benefits.
  • Ongoing opportunities to learn new cutting-edge skills and techniques/technologies to future-proof yourself in a rapidly evolving industry.
  • A chance to shine on a global stage, writing for international audiences and interacting with colleagues around the world.

How to Apply:

Please complete this form by 31 August 2023.

About Us:

Code for Africa (CfA) is the continent’s largest network of indigenous African civic technology and investigative data journalism laboratories, with over 100 staff in 21 countries, who build digital democracy solutions that are intended to give 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 such as the continent’s largest open data portal, open.AFRICA, and largest open source civic software portal, commons.AFRICA, as well as the largest repository of investigative document-based evidence, source.AFRICA, as well as incubating initiatives as diverse as the africanDRONE network that gives citizens their own ‘eyes in the sky’, the PesaCheck fact-checking initiative in 12 African countries, and the sensors.AFRICA remote-sensing citizen science initiative to combat air/water pollution.

CfA also incubates the African Network of Centres for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), as an 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 differences – 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 employment application line, CfA employees or any other CfA contact. CfA is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.