Code for Africa 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.
Job Title: Project Manager: Come Build Digital Democracy Ecosystems
- Do you want to help drive high-impact projects in the civic technology and digital democracy space?
- Code for Africa (CfA) has an immediate vacancy for a full-time Project Manager to join our New Initiatives team.
- The role will preferably be based at any of CfA’s primary hubs in Kenya, Nigeria or South Africa. CfA has full-time staff in 18 African countries, and is therefore also open to exceptional applicants from elsewhere on the continent.
- CfA is a nine-year-old pan-African network of digital democracy and journalism technology labs, registered as a public benefit non-profit organisation. Our New Initiatives team is made up of two portfolios – Business Development (BizDev) and the Impact Accelerator.
- The BizDev team is responsible for CfA’s fund-raising and other revenue generative partnerships, while the Accelerator helps incubate/scale CfA grantees and initiatives. Both teams are managed by the CEO.
- In order to thrive in this role, candidates should enjoy fast-paced creative problem-solving and systems building, in a multicultural transnational environment, and should have experience in programme/project management or leadership roles in the digital media and/or technology space.
- The successful candidates will work as part of a multinational and multilingual team using digital collaboration tools to train and mentor newsroom partners and media houses across the world.
About this Role
- Your role is to work with CfA’s rainmakers to help ensure that CfA’s partnerships and projects live up to their full potential.
- As one of a small team of project & programme managers for New Initiatives, you will oversee in-country teams across the continent who actively manage incubated projects, such as africanDRONE, the iLAB, PesaCheck and sensors.AFRICA. You will help build their teams and shape their systems, and improve their products. You will work with the project teams to ensure that partnerships and project deliverables are met and that stakeholders are kept informed and engaged.
- We operate in a fast-paced environment, so you will need to be agile in your management approach, quick to understand and learn new things, and creative in finding solutions to any problems that arise. You will also need an obsessive attention to detail and be comfortable handling multiple tasks and deadlines.
Your daily responsibilities will include:
- Actively monitor and evaluate implementation and qualitative progress on the projects in your portfolio, including ensuring that expenses and work plans remain on-track, project documentation is created and maintained, and project reports are drafted and delivered on time
- Ensure projects remain on track, meeting their targets and delivering on their milestones timeously
- Ensure that projects and milestones are delivered on time, that they are of the highest standard and quality standards and meet/exceed donor expectations.
- Actively find solutions to problems as they arise, reporting and escalating challenges and risks to management when needed
- Proactively manage CfA’s relationship with external stakeholders, keeping them informed about project progress, managing expectations and synchronising partnership activities.
- Coordinating internal resources and teams across the continent for the flawless execution of projects.
Minimum requirements include:
- Bachelor’s Degree or significant experience in project management, or a related field.
- 2+ years of experience as a project manager, project officer, project coordinator or a related position.
- Demonstrable experience in all aspects of project management, including developing and maintaining project documentation (such as work plans and M&E trackers); report writing for a variety of audiences; stakeholder engagement and management etc
- Proven track-record for creative problem-solving in fast-paced impact-driven environments, where solutions involve balancing human/technology considerations
- Demonstrable ability to self-manage and prioritise, creating your own and wider team timelines and milestones, with clear systems/processes
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to get across complex details in an understandable and accurate way
- 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)
- Empathetic communication and listening skills, plus a sensitivity to and ability to work with cross-cultural dynamics
- Experience in managing training across multiple platforms, including but not limited to, in-person, one-on-one and online trainings, as well as in individual mentorship.
Candidates who are able to demonstrate the following will have an advantage:
- 4+ years of experience as a project manager or a related position.
- 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 managing multiple projects, partners and team members across multiple time zones and cultures
- Experience working with a variety of teams, such as software engineering teams, journalists, trainers and data analysts
- Deep understanding of and experience in the technology, media ecosystem and/or digital innovation space in Africa.
Language and Location Requirements:
- Location: Kenya). While applicants from these territories are preferred, the role can be performed remotely, and applicants across Africa will therefore be considered.
- Languages: English
- Preferred but not required: Arabic and French, plus major African languages such Fulani, Kiswahili, isiZulu, Yoruba, etc.
- A competitive salary, subject to experience, with opportunities for performance-based growth, both in terms of career path and public stature.
- 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.
30th June, 2022.