2023 Code for Africa (CfA) CivicTech Fellowships for Mid-Career Creatives Code for Africa (CfA) is providing a second round of 4-6 month CivicTech Fellowships to support open government activists and partners in 55 African Union member countries.
As part of the Charter Project, successful applicants for the Code for Africa (CfA) CivicTech Fellowships will assist a diverse range of watchdog civil society organizations in developing civic technology projects that amplify citizen voices or help hold governments accountable (ACDEG).
Applicants may include digital engagement strategists or viral content designers, as well as UX experts, software engineers, and data scientists who will collaborate with partner organizations.
The Civic Tech Fund Africa was chosen to build, test, and launch digital products that empower citizens. Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to employing human-centered solutions and working in the open, utilizing open data and open source techniques that adhere to global best practices.
Fellows will work in multidisciplinary teams with continuing assistance from CfA’s in-house TechLab and DataLab, as well as design/content teams, as well as strategic help from Charter Project partner institutions ranging from policy advice and democratic governance think tanks to research support.
Qualifying Criteria for The Code for Africa (CfA) Fellowships in Civic Technology
The CivicTech Fellowships are designed to provide mid-career engineers or digital strategists with a sabbatical to “pay it forward,” using their deep skills/insights to alter the way that people interact with technology.
Technology is used by civil society organizations to empower citizens.
A love for problem-solving creativity and the use of light-touch relevant technology that will perform dependably with minimal intervention in demanding circumstances.
A track record of developing and deploying successful digital services/products, as well as creating high-impact digital marketing.
An awareness of human-centered design methods and quick prototyping, as well as the significance of user experience (UX) approaches to digital product design.
Working experience in dispersed diverse teams, fast-paced multinational environments, and supporting non-technical partners/clients.
A dedication to learning and sharing findings, both within the Charter Project ecosystem and throughout the worldwide civic technology movement.
A dedication to open knowledge principles, including open source and open data principles (including documentation), as well as knowledge of worldwide best practices for Data/technology use that is ethical.
The fellowship package will include the following items:
Stipend: Full-time fellows will be paid $1,550 per month. Stipends for part-time fellows will be arranged based on time commitment and project difficulty.
Mentorship: CfA’s core TechLab and DataLab teams of senior civic technologists, data scientists, and digital strategists will provide continuous one-on-one mentoring to all fellows.
Fellows will have access to the Charter Project’s network of six coalition partner organizations as well as the African Union’s network of digital engagement partners.
Fellows’ work and insights/learnings will be publicly shown at digital democracy events in Africa and around the world.
Fellows will receive first dibs on full-time work at Charter Project partner organizations, including CfA’s own expanding TechLab and DataLab.
Process for Making an Application:
be completely fluent in the primary international language of their region (English, French or Portuguese). Applicants who are multilingual will have an edge. Candidates should preferably be from one of the 55 African member states recognized by the AU, but outstanding applicants from anywhere in the globe will be considered if they can demonstrate a strong connection or commitment to Africa.
These fellowships are not open to applicants affiliated with intelligence or security services, paramilitary organizations, state-related propaganda or media agencies, or organizations prescribed by the UN, AU, or EU.
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