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Trainer at Code for Africa (CfA), Remote>

  • Full Time
  • Mid-level
  • Remote
  • Remote

Code for Africa (CfA)

Description:

Job Title: Trainer

Geographical position: Anywhere in Africa.

Do you have an in-depth understanding of print, digital and broadcast media and want to show others the ropes?

Code for Africa (CfA) has a vacancy for a full-time media trainer to join its Knowledge team. Applicants can be based anywhere in Africa. 

The best candidates will have demonstrable experience working in the media industry as well as recent experience managing and implementing training programs and other capacity building initiatives. They must be versatile and able to learn quickly, acquire new skills quickly and effectively train others in these skills. They will regularly create new training programs as well as improve and innovate existing programs to meet the changing demands of the media industry, ensuring that all aspects of training remain the best of their category.

Our  Academy is part of CfA’s ‘Knowledge’ initiative, which leads training management and capacity building initiatives for partner newsrooms, universities and local communities in Africa. The Knowledge portfolio also includes communities such as WanaData , a women’s data science/storytelling network and africanDRONE , a community of operators. civic drones, as well as sensors.AFRICAsensor journalism initiative, with a network of more than 50 partner newsrooms and universities across the continent. The Knowledge team is also the custodian of other major CfA public infrastructures, such as the continent’s largest open data portal, open.AFRICA , and Africa’s largest census data portal , HURUmap . 

To succeed in this role, candidates must enjoy creative and rapid problem solving and be comfortable working in a remote, multicultural and transnational environment. 

Required:  Minimum requirements include : 

  • 2 or more years of work experience in the media industry
  • Demonstrated proficiency in fact-checking, investigative journalism, data journalism, or other methodologies combining technology and media.
  • 3 years or more of experience as a media trainer/educator, or related position.
  • Excellent teaching expertise and ability to design engaging and effective training programs using adult learning principles and instructional design methodologies.
  • Experience delivering training across multiple platforms including, but not limited to, in-person and online training, as well as one-on-one mentoring.
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills, with the ability to engage and inspire diverse audiences.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail to manage and drive multiple training initiatives simultaneously 
  • Possesses a growth mindset – always monitors and proactively learns new media techniques and technologies 
  • Empathetic communication and listening skills, as well as sensitivity and ability to work with cross-cultural dynamics.
  • Familiarity with media literacy frameworks, methodologies, ethics and best practices. 
  • Adaptability and flexibility to adjust training methods based on participants’ learning styles and needs.
  • Excellent report writing skills, with an ability to convey complex details in an understandable and accurate manner for a diverse audience.
  • Digital-focused skill set, including proficiency in digital collaborative work tools such as Google Drive (Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc.) and Slack (or equivalents such as Teams), as well as management tools project like Trello (or equivalent).
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written).

Preferred : Candidates able to demonstrate the following will have an advantage :

  • A relevant degree in journalism, communications or media studies.
  • Familiarity with verification techniques and tools like InVid, Google verification tools, TruthNest, Telegago, Botometer, etc.
  • Familiarity with social listening tools such as CrowdTangle, Meltwater, MediaCloud, etc.
  • Experience with learning management systems (LMS) such as WordPress’ LearnDash platform.
  • Experience working with diverse teams, such as journalists and data analysts, and subject matter experts in various fields.
  • In-depth understanding and experience of the educational technology and/or digital innovation space in Africa.
  • English proficiency. 

Language and location requirements:

  • Location: Remote
  • Languages: English and French
  • Preferable but not obligatory: Arabic, Swahili or other main African languages 

About this role

The successful candidate will join CfA’s Knowledge team and play a vital role in promoting CfA’s capacity building initiatives for media, governments, academia and civil society across the ‘Africa. This involves developing training programs and materials, as well as providing training and mentoring to various stakeholders.

The primary responsibility of the role is to equip media professionals (journalists, editorial managers, editors, etc.), social media influencers, researchers, activists and students across Africa with relevant skills . Specifically, you will design and deliver engaging training programs, workshops, and seminars that enhance media literacy skills, including fact-checking, source verification, open source intelligence (OSINT), data visualization and other digital media education topics. You will collaborate with various CfA partners to identify training needs and adapt programs accordingly. Moreover,

Although many of our training courses are delivered as webinars on virtual platforms, you may be required to travel to Africa.

The ideal candidate will be proactive, staying up to date with the latest media trends, technological advancements and emerging issues related to media literacy. Strong strategic analysis and critical thinking skills are essential, as our projects are diverse and fast-paced, requiring the ability to quickly grasp and acquire new knowledge.

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

Responsibilities: Your daily responsibilities will include :

  • Conduct assessments to identify specific skills and knowledge gaps of the target audience, enabling the design of tailored training programs.
  • Develop comprehensive training materials, for online and offline use, including programs, lesson plans and other necessary resources.
  • Customize and deliver engaging training courses for diverse target audiences, including college students, media professionals, civic organizations, and think tank researchers.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of training programs through participant feedback and performance evaluation.
  • Provide technical support, guidance and mentoring to participants, addressing their specific challenges and questions and ensuring the skills learned through training are applied in their work.
  • Prepare detailed reports summarizing training activities and results, as well as recommendations for improvement.
  • Collaborate with other Academy team members and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to identify, develop and integrate relevant case studies, examples, exercises and information into the training program.
  • Support CfA donor-funded projects by ensuring timely delivery of training project activities and milestones. Strive for excellence by meeting or exceeding donor expectations.
  • Manage the promotion and marketing of training initiatives, using various channels such as social media, email marketing and engagement with media partners.

What we offer:

  • A competitive salary, subject to experience, with development opportunities based on performance, both in terms of professional career and public stature.
  • Medical insurance coverage, taken out by a remote provider to guarantee coverage wherever you are
  • A dynamic workplace, with a transnational team, occasional international travel and generous vacation benefits.
  • Ongoing opportunities to learn new skills and cutting-edge techniques/technologies to prepare you for the future in a rapidly changing industry.
  • A chance to shine on the global stage, writing for international audiences and interacting with colleagues around the world.

How to register :

Please complete the form before October 29, 2023.


About us :

Code for Africa (CfA) is Africa’s largest network of civic technology and investigative data journalism labs, with over 100 employees in 21 countries, building digital democracy solutions , aimed at giving citizens access unhindered to actionable information that enables them to make informed decisions and strengthens civic engagement for improved public governance and accountability. 

This includes building infrastructure such as the continent’s largest open data portal, open.AFRICA , and the largest open source civic software portal, commons.AFRICA , as well as the largest investigative documentary evidence repository , source.AFRICA , as well as incubating initiatives as diverse as africanDRONE , a network that gives citizens their own “eyes in the sky”,  PesaCheck , a fact-checking initiative in over 12 African countries, and  sensors.AFRICA , remote sensing citizen science initiative to combat air and water pollution.

CfA also incubates the African Network of Investigative Reporting Centers (ANCIR), as an association of the continent’s best investigative newsrooms, ranging from large traditional media outlets to small specialist units. ANCIR member editorial offices investigate crooked politicians, organized crime and big businesses. iLAB is ANCIR’s in-house digital forensics unit, with teams in East, South and West Africa. ANCIR uses its resources to strengthen the internal capacities of editorial staff, giving them access to the best global technologies for whistleblower encryption and semantic analysis of investigations, as well as skills development.and seed grants for cross-border collaboration.


At CfA, we don’t just accept differences: we celebrate them, we support them and we leverage them 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 requiring accommodation, please let us know.

To all recruitment agencies : CfA does not accept agency CVs. Please do not forward resumes to our recruiting line, CfA employees, or any other CfA contacts. CfA is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited CVs .

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