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News Brief: Paradigm Initiative Launches a Six-week Virtual Training Program

By | AbaLIFE, AjegunleLIFE, Echoes From Life, ICT Policy, ICTs, L.I.F.E.

Paradigm Initiative launches the first circle of a six-week L.I.F.E (Life Skills, ICTs, Financial Literacy, and Entrepreneurship) training program for the year 2021. LIFE training is a free program aimed at enhancing ICT and entrepreneurial skills among youth living in under-served communities and lacking access to tertiary education due to poverty. The training program starting on February 22, 2021, will be witnessing a major shift from in-person training at our various centers in Aba, Ajegunle, Dakata, to a completely virtual session this year.

Upon completing LIFE training, the trained youth are matched with companies to complete internships, trained and supported to begin online work (freelancing), or supported to pursue their entrepreneurial ideas. This enables them to improve their livelihoods and become active citizens.

Gabreal Odunsi is The Program Officer, Digital Inclusion at Paradigm Initiative, who answers some pertinent questions about LIFE training program 2021.

Why the needs for ICT training in 2021 and for how long will this training run?

COVID-19 global pandemic has changed the world’s reality. Numerous organizations are moving their work online for a sustainable future; this has led to an increase in demand for digital skills in workplaces worldwide. Therefore, ICT skills are needed to be more productive and employable. The LIFE training will be mostly virtual this year, due to the pandemic. 

Who can attend and is there a registration fee and a course fee?

The L.I.F.E training program is open to any young person between the ages of 15 – 28, who has graduated from secondary/high school and is enthusiastically passionate about learning these skills and willing to connect with opportunities in the digital economy in order to better their livelihood. The training is 100% FREE.

How will the training be conducted given its virtual nature? 

The program will be conducted using a virtual learning platform to deliver the lessons. We will upload the platform with resources and course activities. Also, the student will be evaluated at different stages of the training program.

We understand this program has been going on for some time now, can you tell us how successful it has been over the years?

Between 2016 and 2020, the program has trained 1119 young people in underserved communities across three states in Nigeria with 469 engaged through apprenticeship programs, job placements, running businesses, and internship programs. We are particularly impressed by the interest many young people are showing towards the program and because we know inculcating these life-changing skills in these youth will go a long way to make them sustainable.

Vacancy: COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT – GRAPHICS DESIGNER

By | DigitalJobs, ICTs, L.I.F.E.

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) is a non-profit social enterprise that builds ICT-enabled support systems for young people, in order to improve their livelihoods. Two of PIN’s programs focus on digital inclusion while the third focuses on digital rights advocacy. Paradigm Initiative’s digital rights advocacy program is focused on the development of public policy for internet freedom in key regions of Africa. Our policy advocacy efforts include media campaigns, coalition building, capacity building, research and report-writing.

Job Summary:  

We are seeking a Graphics Designer to join our team. You will be designing a wide variety of things across digital and offline media.  

Reporting To: 

Communications Officer

Roles and Responsibilities: 

  • Plan concepts by studying relevant information and materials
  • Illustrate concepts by designing examples of art arrangement, size, type size and style
  • Prepare finished art by operating necessary equipment and software
  • Coordinate with outside agencies, art services, web designer, printers and colleagues, where necessary
  • Communicate with internal customers about layout and design
  • Create a wide range of graphics and layouts with software such as adobe photoshop and illustrator.
  • Review final layouts and suggest improvements where necessary
  • Timely response to the communications needs of team members and providing timely updates regarding any ongoing project.
  • Produce all email campaigns, solicit content from internal sources, and manage review, testing, and sending.
  • Publish a variety of digital content with a focus on producing engaging web pages that are visually appealing and provide an overall rich experience for partners and visitors. Manage all postings to ensure content is on-brand and search- and social-optimized.
  • Develop and execute social and print media campaigns for key days, themes, and priority upcoming content.
  • Create content for social media accounts, post regularly on each account and ensure engagement with our various audiences.
  • Manage social ad campaigns and other promotions; track and share results for continuous improvement to targeting and segments.
  • Promote new content, key pages, and calls-to-action across channels. Position content to target different segments and to fit the format and publishing requirements of each platform
  • Contribute to team efforts by accomplishing tasks as needed
  • Other projects as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Graphics Design or any other related field
  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience as a Graphics Designer
  • Experience with computer-aided design
  • Excellent IT skills especially with design and photo-editing software

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Must be an exceptionally creative and strategic thinker with good judgement and ability to make independent decisions in a changing environment
  • Must be a good communicator; have excellent written, presentation and oral communications in English
  • Demonstrable graphic design skills with a strong portfolio
  • Proficiency with required desktop publishing tools including Photoshop, InDesign Quark and Illustrator
  • Software skills desired – WordPress, SquareSpace, MailChimp (or similar email service provider), offline and cloud-based productivity tools
  • A strong eye for visual composition
  • Effective time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Understanding of corporate identity, advertisements and multimedia design
  • Attention to details and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to give and receive constructive criticism
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively with others especially other team members
  • Ability to understand, speak and write French will be an added advantage

To be successful in this position, you will be a self-starter, capable of delivering brilliant creative ideas and showing amazing attention to detail.

How to apply

Send a one-page statement of interest, copies of or links to your graphic design works and your recent CV attached to hr@paradigmhq.org.

The application will be open until December 31, 2020, but it will be filled as soon as we find the right fit. If you think you are the right fit, do not delay in sending in your application.

How Training Programs and Training Organizations Make a difference.

By | AbaLIFE, AjegunleLIFE, Echoes From Life, ICTs, L.I.F.E.

Numbers are important but a positive impact and track records make the difference. At Paradigm Initiative, our training programs are more focused on impact over numbers. The organization has been in existence for 13 years now and has not deviated from its primary goal – connecting underserved young Africans to opportunities in the digital economy in order for them to improve their livelihoods. The organization has worked with governments, civil society, private institutions, and international organizations, including the United Nations, to set standards in ICT education, telecenter support, ICT applications in rural areas, and other ICT interventions in Nigeria and across Africa.

LIFE Training Centre, Aba.

Over the years, Paradigm Initiative (PIN) has worked so hard to ensure that its focus is not only on numbers but on impact. For instance, one of PIN’s training programs is the LIFE project, an acronym for Life Skills, ICTs, Financial literacy, and Entrepreneurship – these are the components that make up the training program, and its primary focus has always been on youth within the ages of 12-28 years. The LIFE training program started in Ajegunle (Lagos State), a community in the South-West region in Nigeria but has replicated to other regions (South-East, Northwest) and currently working with organizations in the South-South and North-East in order to expand its operations and impact.  

LIFE Training Centre, Aba

As an organization, we have noticed that one of the challenges most training organizations face is the fact that they don’t keep track of participants that have gone through their training programs. They might have the numbers but they can’t measure the impact on the participants. Having records of participants that have gone through a training program has a huge impact on the organization. To start with, it helps with fundraising – grant-making organizations (funders) want to see what you have done and the impact on society. They want to hear and see your beneficiaries share their stories on how the training program has positively impacted them and moved them from point A to point B. Most times, all funders want is “we have done it, not we can do it”. 

Tracking records will highlight the fact that the organization thought leaders in the ecosystem. This will allow other organizations to want to learn and work with you. This also allows funders to look for you when they want to implement a specific project that has your name and expertise on it. For instance, PIN worked with Intel Corporation on the She Will Connect Project from 2016 to 2018 after Intel literally walked into PIN’s office and offered to work with PIN.     

LIFE Training Centre, Ajegunle.

Focusing on impact and tracking records also gives the organization good publicity and visibility. When training programs are more concerned about impact and track records, publicity and visibility are much easier because beneficiaries will talk/speak about the program (project) and the organization wherever they have the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise.

There are countless benefits when training programs are focused on impact and have records of trainees that have benefited from the program. It’s undeniable that people are eager to associate with training organizations that can track and measure their impact. When this process is in place, it’s easy to get experts and professionals that appreciate the work you do and want to contribute (volunteer) or play a part in the success of the program.

Paradigm Initiative’s LIFE program has a record of its trainees from inception, way back from 2007. We keep a database of all trainees that have passed through the program and this is reviewed (updated) periodically. The project is structured in a way that everyone we train is mandated to send a six-month regular report immediately after the training. This has helped us to know what each trainee is doing per time; the process does not just end with trainees sending reports but program staff also taking the responsibility to check on these trainees. Our program staff also ensures a lasting relationship is created before the trainee graduate (leave) from the program. We use different mediums to track (follow-up) our beneficiaries; we call and SMS them, we create both WhatsApp and Facebook groups for them in order to ease communications, and for those that don’t have emails before joining the program, we make sure they create one for themselves and ensure they get familiar with it.    

Okoye Chisom Gloria, L.I.F.E Trainee.

Every year, PIN produces an annual publication referred to as “Echoes from LIFE.” It is a publication that has new impact stories of beneficiaries from the LIFE program. This is possible because we get updates (stories) from our trainees through our follow-up mechanisms (process). Okoye Chisom Gloria joined the LIFE program after a publicity outreach that happened in her Secondary School in 2012, but she told herself that it was all too good to be true, and she didn’t give it any further thought. In 2013, she enrolled and was selected after a second trial – “The program helped me with people-relations (skills) and exposed me to ICT, and took away the shy nature in me. Chisom volunteered for several years on the program before she went further to study Computer Engineering at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State.

Okoye Chisom Gloria, L.I.F.E Trainee.

She was a group leader during practical sessions, taught tutorials to her course-mates, and also helped them with issues such as formatting of PCs, repairs, and maintenance. She makes herself available to share new knowledge with our current trainees when she is on break. Now, she has graduated from the University (2014 – 2018), completed her Youth Service (2019 – 2020), and has fully resumed with KPMG (2020) in Nigeria, one of the leading audit firms in the world as a Front end Engineer with interest in creating interactive and rich user experience products. She has experience building a user interface as a sole developer and as part of a team. We constantly follow-up with hundreds of our beneficiaries following the same process as that of Chisom. With this, the program has never run out of impact stories. Finally, focusing on impact and tracking records informs the organization of the number of direct and indirect beneficiaries recorded.     

We are in the process of replicating the LIFE program in Senegal with two-year grant support from the Internet Society Foundation (ISOC). This was possible because the Foundation saw that we have a database of young people that have benefited from our LIFE program and how they have moved on to improve their livelihoods over the years. That gave us leverage over other Senegalese organizations that applied for the grant.

 

By Tosin Abolaji – Program Manager, Digital Inclusion.

PIN’s Executive Director, ‘Gbenga Sesan, Makes a Strong Statement at TED Salon on Fairness and Our Future.

By | Advocacy, Digital Rights, ICTs

The TED Salon: Fairness and Our Future, a virtual program in partnership with UNDP, touches on how we ensure that tomorrow is better than today, not just for ourselves but also for future generations and the entire planet. Discussion on this program was led by four speakers from diverse sectors, Sarah Brosnan a primatologist, Angela Mahecha Adrar a climate justice leader, Achim Steiner a sustainability champion, and ‘Gbenga Sesan tech inclusionist and Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative.

“Inequality must be seen as the global epidemic that it is,” says tech inclusionist ‘Gbenga Sesan. He speaks at TED Salon: Fairness and Our Future, in partnership with the UNDP, on December 9, 2020. (Photo courtesy of TED)

‘Gbenga Sesan explains “We must eradicate inequality by giving everybody fair access to technology”. Centuries of inequality can’t simply be solved with gadgets — we need to supply training and resources that fully level the playing field, says ‘Gbenga Sesan. He started the Paradigm Initiative, to help those in his native Nigeria learn how to use technology in a way that sustains their hopes and dreams and ultimately leads to greater development for the entire African continent. In creating systemic solutions for tackling the inequality that 40 percent of the world experiences Sesan seeks to create lasting fairness for all by offering the opportunities, support, and equal advantages for the next generations to succeed.

Get the complete insight of the program, courtesy TED by clicking on this LINK

 

RECRUTEMENT: Agent de Programme – Afrique de l’Ouest (Sénégal)

By | DigitalJobs, ICTs, L.I.F.E.

Résumé du poste:

Fournir un soutien essentiel aux programmes, en travaillant avec le gestionnaire principal des programmes et d’autres membres de l’équipe pour réussir les projets. Gérer les programmes et événements sur les droits numériques et l’inclusion numérique, en Afrique de l’Ouest, pertinents pour la réalisation des buts et objectifs stratégiques de l’organisation, ainsi que pour établir des réseaux avec d’autres institutions.

Superviseur:

      Gestionnaire principal de programme

Rôles et Responsabilités:

  1. Politique et Administration
  • Aide à l’identification et à l’interprétation des stratégies et politiques du programme dans toute la région.
  • Planifier et concevoir des programmes et des événements; surveiller de manière proactive ses progrès, résoudre les problèmes et initier les actions correctives appropriées.
  • Assurer une assurance qualité efficace et l’intégrité globale du programme – se concentrer sur la cohérence interne du programme et vers l’extérieur sur sa cohérence avec la planification de l’infrastructure, l’interface avec d’autres programmes et les normes techniques et spécialisées de l’organisation.
  • Aider à administrer la formation d’autres membres du personnel de soutien et de l’équipe.
  • Surveiller et documenter l’élaboration de politiques relatives à l’inclusion numérique et aux droits numériques dans votre région.
  • Consigner les plaintes et les problèmes associés à l’exécution efficace des programmes.
  • Soutenir l’équipe administrative lorsque le besoin s’en fait sentir.
  • Assister à des fonctions l’organisation afin de construire le réseau de l’organisation.
  • Assurer l’achèvement des programmes en temps opportun dans les délais fixés.
  1. Contrôle des Ressources et Gestion Financière
  • Gérer efficacement les outils et les ressources pour la mise en œuvre du programme.
  • Tenir des registres de toutes les transactions financières associées aux processus et à l’achèvement du programme.
  • Assurer une bonne gestion de toutes les allocations budgétaires pour la gestion du programme.
  • Envoyez des dossiers financiers mensuels précis à l’unité des finances et des actifs tout en respectant les limites des budgets approuvés.
  • Travailler en collaboration avec l’équipe pour assurer une utilisation efficace des ressources.
  1. Planification et Mise en Œuvre du Programme
  • Avoir un impact sur les résultats de l’organisation en élaborant et en interprétant les initiatives et les nouvelles tendances en matière d’élaboration de programmes.
  • Rendre des services consultatifs au gestionnaire de programme ou au besoin sur des questions de planification, de mise en œuvre, de développement et de durabilité du programme.
  • Fournir des services de soutien essentiels à l’équipe sur une base régulière.
  • Fournir des mises à jour régulières de tous les processus de planification, pratiques et méthodologie du programme.
  • Recueillir et rassembler tous les rapports des programmes et événements terminés.
  1. Recherche et Collecte de Fonds
  • Rechercher et développer du matériel et des rapports décrivant la réussite des programmes.
  • Identifier et travailler avec le gestionnaire principal du programme pour contacter les bénéficiaires potentiels de financement et identifier d’autres sources de revenus pour le programme.
  • Travailler avec le gestionnaire principal de programme et le reste de l’équipe dans la rédaction des demandes de subvention.
  • Élaborer un budget et un plan de fonctionnement pour chaque programme.
  • Contribuez à l’analyse et à la communication des principaux développements de la politique numérique dans votre région en développant au moins une (1) note d’orientation par trimestre.
  • Contribuer aux rapports et à la recherche sur les développements de la politique numérique.
  1. Relations avec la Communauté
  • Identifier, développer et promouvoir des partenariats avec d’autres organisations externes.
  • Gérer les communications avec toutes les parties prenantes.
  • Fournir aux communautés des informations pertinentes sur les programmes et événements de PIN.
  1. Plaidoyer et Communications
  • Représenter PIN lors d’événements publics et / ou dans les médias de masse
  • Renforcer le réseautage de PIN avec les bailleurs de fonds, les fondations et d’autres organisations pertinentes pour développer des subventions et des partenariats et collaborations programmatiques
  • Identifier les opportunités de communication et les stratégies pour sensibiliser au NIP
  • Créer des liens entre les questions relatives aux droits numériques et à l’inclusion et les opportunités pour le PIN pour tirer parti de sa position dans les cercles de plaidoyer
  • Planifier et mener des activités de sensibilisation pour améliorer et soutenir les réseaux existants et futurs avec des bénéficiaires potentiels et des bailleurs de fonds

 

Éducation et Expérience:

  • Un avocat qualifié et membre d’Ordre des avocats du Sénégal.
  • Une formation en politique ou une expérience équivalente.
  • Expérience de travail de 3 à 5 ans dans le soutien de programmes avec plusieurs parties prenantes.
  • Flair et expérience en budgétisation, rédaction et rapports.
  • Expérience en gestion de projet et en élaboration de propositions fortement préférée.
  • Expérience dans la conception et la formation de programmes.

Connaissances, Compétences et Capacités:

  • Doit être un bon communicateur avec une excellente capacité rédactionnelle en anglais et en français.
  • Vaste connaissance et compréhension de la planification, de l’analyse, de la mise en œuvre et du développement de programmes.
  • Capacité à s’engager professionnellement et à travailler avec les principales parties prenantes dans divers contextes.
  • Capacité démontrée à rédiger des propositions, des rapports et des résultats de recherche ou d’autres documents organisationnels avec un minimum de supervision.
  • Bonne compréhension des problèmes de défense des droits numériques.
  • Gestion du temps et compétences administratives.
  • Aptitude avérée à établir des priorités, à travailler de manière autonome et à prendre des initiatives, à gérer plusieurs projets simultanément et à respecter les délais.
  • Bonne connaissance des méthodes et pratiques de recherche.
  • Compétence dans l’utilisation des systèmes informatiques, des logiciels, des données et des applications informatiques.
  • Bonnes compétences interpersonnelles.

Pour les raisons d’équilibre entre les sexes, les femmes sont encouragées à postuler.

Les candidats doivent résider au Sénégal.

 Comment s’inscrire:

Envoyez une déclaration d’intérêt d’une page, en Français et en Anglais, avec votre récent CV joint à hr@paradigmhq.org.

L’application sera ouverte jusqu’au 11 décembre 2020, mais elle sera remplie dès que nous trouverons la bonne candidate. Si vous pensez être la bonne personne, ne tardez pas à envoyer votre candidature.

Vacancy: Program Officer – W/A (Senegal)

By | DigitalJobs, ICTs, L.I.F.E.

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) is a non-profit social enterprise that builds ICT-enabled support systems for young people, in order to improve their livelihoods. Two of PIN’s programs focus on digital inclusion while the third focuses on digital rights advocacy. Paradigm Initiative’s digital rights advocacy program is focused on the development of public policy for internet freedom in key regions of Africa. Our policy advocacy efforts include media campaigns, coalition building, capacity building, research and report-writing.

Job Summary:

To provide essential support to Programs, working with the Senior Program Manager and other team members to achieve projects’ success. To manage the Digital Rights and Digital Inclusion programs and events, in West Africa, relevant to accomplishing the organization’s strategic goals and objectives, as well as to establish networks with other institutions.

Reporting To:

Senior Program Manager

Roles and responsibilities:

1. Policy and Administration

  • Support with the identification and interpretation of program strategies and policies across the region
  • Plan and design programs and events; proactively monitor its progress, resolve issues and initiate appropriate corrective action
  • Ensure effective quality assurance and the overall integrity of the program – focus inwardly on the internal consistency of the program and outwardly on its coherence with infrastructure planning, interface with other programs and corporate technical and specialist standards
  • Assist in administering training for other support staff and team members
  • Monitor and document policy development around digital inclusion and digital rights  in your region
  • Log complaints and problems associated with running the programs effectively
  • Support the administrative team when the need arises
  • Attend corporate functions in order to build the organization’s network
  • Ensure timely completion of programs within set deadlines

2. Resource Control and Financial Management

  • Effectively manage tools and resources for program implementation
  • Keep records of all financial transactions associated with program processes and completion
  • Ensure proper management of all budgetary allocations for program management
  • Send accurate monthly financial records to the Finance & Assets unit while staying within the limits of approved budgets.
  • Collaboratively work with the team to ensure effective usage of resources

3. Program Planning and Implementation

  • Impact the organization’s output by developing and interpreting initiatives and new trends of program development
  • Render advisory services to the Program Manager or when required on matters of program planning, implementation, development and sustainability
  • Provide essential support services to the team on a regular basis
  • Provide regular updates of all planning processes, practices and program methodology
  • Collect and collate all reports of completed programs and events

4. Research and Fundraising

  • Research and develop materials and reports that outline the successful completion of programs
  • Identify, and work with the Senior Program Manager  to contact, potential grantees for funding and identify other income streams for the program
  • Work with the Senior Program Manager and the rest of the team in writing grant applications
  • Develop a budget and operating plan for each program
  • Contribute to the analysis and communication of key digital policy developments in your region by developing at least one (1) policy brief per quarter
  • Contribute to reports and research on Digital Policy developments

5. Community Relations

  • Identify, develop and promote partnerships with other external organizations
  • Manage communications with all stakeholders
  • Provide the communities with relevant information about PIN’s programs and events

6. Advocacy and Communications

  • Represent PIN at public events and/or in mass media
  • Strengthen PIN’s networking with funders, foundations and other relevant organizations to develop grant making and programmatic partnerships and collaborations
  • Identify communications opportunities and strategies to raise awareness about PIN
  • Create connections between issues relevant to digital rights and inclusion and opportunities for PIN to leverage its position in advocacy circles
  • Plan and conduct outreach activities to enhance and sustain existing and future networks with potential grantees and funders

Education and Experience:

  • A qualified lawyer and a member of the Bar Association of their country
  • A background in Policy or equivalent experience
  • Work experience of 3-5 years in supporting programs with multiple stakeholders
  • Flair for and experience in budgeting, writing and reporting
  • Project management and proposal development experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience in program design and training

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must be a strong communicator; have excellent written, presentation and oral communications in both English and French
  • Vast knowledge and understanding of program planning, analysis, implementation and development
  • Ability to professionally engage and work with key stakeholders in various settings
  • Demonstrated ability to draft proposals, reports and results of research or other organizational documents with minimal supervision
  • Strong understanding of digital rights advocacy issues
  • Time management and administrative skills
  • Proven ability to set priorities, work independently and take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Good knowledge of research methods and practices 
  • Competence in the usage of computer systems, software, data and IT applications.
  • Good interpersonal skills

For the purpose of gender balance, a female candidate will be preferred. 

The successful candidate must be resident in Senegal.

How to apply

Send a one-page statement of interest, in English, with your recent CV attached to hr@paradigmhq.org.

The application will be open till December 11, 2020, but it will be filled as soon as we find the right fit. If you think you are the right fit, do not delay in sending in your application.

Vacancy: Program Officer – Anglophone West Africa

By | DigitalJobs, ICTs, L.I.F.E.

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) is a non-profit social enterprise that builds ICT-enabled support systems for young people, in order to improve their livelihoods. Two of PIN’s programs focus on digital inclusion while the third focuses on digital rights advocacy. Paradigm Initiative’s digital rights advocacy program is focused on the development of public policy for internet freedom in key regions of Africa. Our policy advocacy efforts include media campaigns, coalition building, capacity building, research and report-writing.

Job Summary:

To provide essential support to Programs, working with the Senior Program Manager and other team members to achieve projects’ success. To manage the Digital Rights and Digital Inclusion programs and events, in Anglophone West Africa, relevant to accomplishing the organization’s strategic goals and objectives, as well as to establish networks with other institutions.

Reporting To:

Senior Program Manager

Roles and responsibilities:

1. Policy and Administration

  • Support with the identification and interpretation of program strategies and policies across the region
  • Plan and design programs and events; proactively monitor its progress, resolve issues and initiate appropriate corrective action
  • Ensure effective quality assurance and the overall integrity of the program – focus inwardly on the internal consistency of the program and outwardly on its coherence with infrastructure planning, interface with other programs and corporate technical and specialist standards
  • Assist in administering training for other support staff and team members
  • Monitor and document policy development around digital inclusion and digital rights  in your region
  • Log complaints and problems associated with running the programs effectively
  • Support the administrative team when the need arises
  • Attend corporate functions in order to build the organization’s network
  • Ensure timely completion of programs within set deadlines

2. Resource Control and Financial Management

  • Effectively manage tools and resources for program implementation
  • Keep records of all financial transactions associated with program processes and completion
  • Ensure proper management of all budgetary allocations for program management
  • Send accurate monthly financial records to the Finance & Assets unit while staying within the limits of approved budgets.
  • Collaboratively work with the team to ensure effective usage of resources

3. Program Planning and Implementation

  • Impact the organization’s output by developing and interpreting initiatives and new trends of program development
  • Render advisory services to the Program Manager or when required on matters of program planning, implementation, development and sustainability
  • Provide essential support services to the team on a regular basis
  • Provide regular updates of all planning processes, practices and program methodology
  • Collect and collate all reports of completed programs and events

4. Research and Fundraising

  • Research and develop materials and reports that outline the successful completion of programs
  • Identify, and work with the Senior Program Manager  to contact potential grantees for funding and identify other income streams for the program
  • Work with the Senior Program Manager and the rest of the team to write grant applications
  • Develop a budget and operating plan for each program
  • Contribute to the analysis and communication of key digital policy developments in your region by developing at least one (1) policy brief per quarter
  • Contribute to reports and research on Digital Policy developments

5. Community Relations

  • Identify, develop and promote partnerships with other external organizations
  • Manage communications with all stakeholders
  • Provide the communities with relevant information about PIN’s programs and events

6. Advocacy and Communications

  • Represent PIN at public events and/or in mass media
  • Strengthen PIN’s networking with funders, foundations and other relevant organizations to develop grant-making and programmatic partnerships and collaborations
  • Identify communications opportunities and strategies to raise awareness about PIN
  • Create connections between issues relevant to digital rights and inclusion and opportunities for PIN to leverage its position in advocacy circles
  • Plan and conduct outreach activities to enhance and sustain existing and future networks with potential grantees and funders

Education and Experience:

  • A qualified lawyer and a member of the Nigerian Bar Association
  • A background in Policy or equivalent experience
  • Work experience of 3-5 years in supporting programs with multiple stakeholders
  • Flair for and experience in budgeting, writing and reporting
  • Project management and proposal development experience strongly preferred
  • Experience in program design and training

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must be a strong communicator; have excellent written, presentation and oral communications in English
  • Ability to understand, write in and speak French will be an added advantage
  • Vast knowledge and understanding of program planning, analysis, implementation and development
  • Ability to professionally engage and work with key stakeholders in various settings
  • Demonstrated ability to draft proposals, reports and results of research or other organizational documents with minimal supervision
  • Strong understanding of digital rights advocacy issues
  • Time management and administrative skills
  • Proven ability to set priorities, work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Good knowledge of research methods and practices 
  • Competence in the usage of computer systems, software, data and IT applications
  • Good interpersonal skills

For the purpose of gender balance, a female candidate will be preferred. 

This position is based in Abuja.

How to apply

Send a one-page statement of interest, in English, with your recent CV attached to hr@paradigmhq.org.

The application will be open till December 4, 2020, but it will be filled as soon as we find the right fit. If you think you are the right fit, do not delay in sending in your application.

Vacancy: COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT

By | DigitalJobs, ICTs, L.I.F.E.

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) is a non-profit social enterprise that builds ICT-enabled support systems for young people, in order to improve their livelihoods. Two of PIN’s programs focus on digital inclusion while the third focuses on digital rights advocacy. Paradigm Initiative’s digital rights advocacy program is focused on the development of public policy for internet freedom in key regions of Africa. Our policy advocacy efforts include media campaigns, coalition building, capacity building, research and report-writing.

Job Summary:  

This position is responsible for supporting the Communications Officer to create and publish content, brainstorm ideas, and develop newsletters and other publications. The successful candidate will also write press releases, monitor media coverage and attend both external and internal events. 

Reporting To: 

Communications Officer

Roles and Responsibilities: 

  • Publish a variety of digital content with a focus on producing engaging web pages that are visually appealing and provide an overall rich experience for partners and visitors. Manage all postings to ensure content is on-brand and search- and social-optimized.
  • Timely response to the communications needs of team members and providing timely updates regarding any ongoing project.
  • Produce all email campaigns, solicit content from internal sources, and manage review, testing, and sending.
  • Support digital execution and participate in digital advocacy—across email, website, print and social media—of programmes and projects across offices and Regions throughout the year.
  • Develop and execute social and print media campaigns for key days, themes, and priority upcoming content.
  • Create content for social media accounts, post regularly on each account and ensure engagement with our various audiences.
  • Manage social ad campaigns and other promotions; track and share results for continuous improvement to targeting and segments.
  • Promote new content, key pages, and calls-to-action across channels. Position content to target different segments and to fit the format and publishing requirements of each platform
  • Coordinate and support communications projects, outreach, and products as needed
  • Proof read and coordinate production of communications materials
  • Support the development and maintenance of PIN’s website
  • Research and collect information and data for content and communications strategy
  • Compile and maintain media and community database
  • Identify good stories and exercise good storytelling skills
  • Other projects as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication, Public Relations, Journalism or any other related field
  • At least 2 years of relevant communications experience; digital communications experience is highly preferred
  • Experience publishing content on WordPress, Squarespace or other CMS platforms

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Must be a strong communicator; have excellent written, presentation and oral communications in English
  • Ability to understand, speak and write French will be an added advantage
  • Attention to details and problem solving skills
  • Ability to manage time, deliverables and meet deadlines
  • Must be a creative and strategic thinker with good judgement and ability to make independent decisions in a changing environment
  • Software skills desired – WordPress, SquareSpace, MailChimp (or similar email service provider), offline and cloud-based productivity tools
  • Graphic designs skill will be an added advantage 
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively with others especially other team members

How to apply

Send a one-page statement of Interest, with your recent CV attached to hr@paradigmhq.org.

The application will be open until November 30, 2020 but it will be filled as soon as we find the right fit. If you think you are the right fit, do not delay in sending in your application.

 

This position is based in Nigeria.

Call for applications to the 4th Edition of the Paradigm Initiative (PIN) Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship

By | #PINternetFreedom, Advocacy, Digital Rights, DigitalJobs, DRIF, DRIMF, ICTs, Internet Freedom, Press Release

Fellowship period: 1 March 2021 – 30 June 2021

Application Period: 21 October 2020 to 12 November 2020

The application process is now open for the 4th edition of the Paradigm Initiative (PIN) Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship (DRIMF). Through academic and practical learnings, Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Digital Inclusion Media Fellowship 2021 seeks to embed media professionals within the digital ecosystem. Media Fellows will connect with PIN teams in Cameroon (Yaoundé), Ghana (Accra), Kenya (Nairobi), Nigeria (Aba, Abuja, Kano and Lagos), Zambia (Lusaka) and Zimbabwe (Bulawayo).

The fellowship seeks to expose media professionals to an underreported field of work at national and regional level, increasing reporting on digital rights and inclusion in Africa. Selected media professionals must be affiliated to media institutions within Africa and available to commence the fellowship from 1 March 2021 to 30 June 2021, to connect and collaborate mostly virtually, and where applicable, be present for in-person activities.

Paradigm Initiative’s Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship is a 4-month program designed to immerse outstanding early career journalists in the digital ecosystem. Selected media professionals will work with Paradigm Initiative on various projects and contribute to improving public understanding of digital rights and inclusion issues in Africa. Applications are open to journalists working in Africa.

Components of the fellowship

  • Online Digital Rights/Inclusion academic training.
  • Interaction with PIN team members within Africa.
  • 4-month virtual mentorship and collaboration with Paradigm Initiative.
  • Fellowship may include fully-funded local and international travel to participate in and cover relevant events related to Digital Rights and Inclusion.
  • A monthly stipend and a one-time research grant during the fellowship period.
  • Paradigm will pair fellows with in-country mentors for the time of the fellowship who will meet the fellows at least twice during the fellowship.

Expectations

Fellows will dedicate a minimum of ten hours a week to fellowship-related activities. Each Fellow will be expected to participate in all scheduled activities and to publish, in their affiliated media (Print, TV, Radio, Online), at least 4 features/reports on digital rights and inclusion issues during the fellowship period. Fellows will retain full editorial direction on the stories that they publish in their affiliated media. In addition, each fellow will produce a research paper on a relevant topic with the guidance of the PIN Team of not more than 1500 words which will be published by PIN. Fellows will be expected to continue to provide coverage on digital rights and inclusion issues after their fellowship.

Requirements

The Fellowship is open to early career journalists with not more than 8 years’ experience in the media sector and affiliated with mainstream print and online newspapers in Africa. Interested candidates must have a relevant undergraduate degree and demonstrate previous coverage of human rights and/or tech issues and interest in advancing digital rights and inclusion.

How to apply

Kindly complete the form here

Vacancy: COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

By | DigitalJobs, ICTs, L.I.F.E.

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) is a non-profit social enterprise that builds ICT-enabled support systems for young people, in order to improve their livelihoods. Two of PIN’s programs focus on digital inclusion while the third focuses on digital rights advocacy. Paradigm Initiative’s digital rights advocacy program is focused on the development of public policy for internet freedom in key regions of Africa. Our policy advocacy efforts include media campaigns, coalition building, capacity building, research and report-writing.

Job Summary:

To oversee all internal and external communications for Paradigm Initiative while ensuring our message is consistent and engaging. The main duties include managing our digital platforms, including website, social media accounts, email and other dissemination tools. The successful candidate will publish and promote marketing, editorial and fundraising content/campaigns on our digital platforms and across social media. The Communications Manager will be a member of PIN’s Leadership Team, supporting strategic oversight of the organisation’s operations.


This position is also responsible for maintaining Paradigm Initiative’s partner database and providing regular communications with partners. It involves preparing detailed media reports, press releases, and marketing materials; coordinating and delivering resources and processes in support of media and communications; researching, writing, editing and publishing information about Paradigm Initiative to be used for internal publications for employees, management, partners, volunteers and the public.

Reporting To:

Chief Operating Officer

Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Communications 
  • Publish a variety of digital content with a focus on producing engaging web pages that are visually appealing and provide an overall rich experience for partners and visitors. Manage all postings to ensure content is on-brand and search- and social-optimized.
  • Timely response to the communications needs of team members and the giving of timely updates regarding any ongoing project.
  • Produce all email campaigns, solicit content from internal sources, and manage review, testing, and sending.
  • Lead digital execution and participate in digital advocacy—across email, website, print and social media—of programmes and projects across offices and Regions throughout the year.
  • Develop and execute social and print media campaigns for key days, themes, and priority upcoming content.
  • Create content for social media accounts and post regularly on each account.
  • Manage social ad campaigns and other promotions; track and share results for continuous improvement to targeting and segments.
  • Promote new content, key pages, and calls-to-action across channels. Position content to target different segments and to fit the format and publishing requirements of each platform
  • Coordinate and support communications projects, outreach, and products as needed
  • Support team members in the translation of documents and other communications from English to French and vice versa.
  • Proofread and coordinate production of communications materials

      2. Financial Management 

  • Manage allocated budgets for all tasks and cost-effective maintenance of digital assets
  • Raise funds for the organization through the deployment of digital media skills and through relevant grant opportunities
  • Monitor the social media networks for grants and funding opportunities for the Organization

      3. Business and Media Management 

  • Develop and implement long term and project-based communications strategies.
  • Develop and produce content to engage and educate audiences across various channels including newsletters, blogs, graphics, website, social media
  • Develop and execute social media activities across multiple channels
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of PIN’s website
  • Contribute to overall digital content strategy and inform the calendar of upcoming topics, news and milestones, and external opportunities to guide content planning.
  • Research and collect information and data for content and communications strategy
  • Help manage and drive events including developing email invitations and managing invitation lists
  • Seek regular opportunities for the Leadership Team to engage with major foundations, corporate partners, and other organizations on social media and curate up-to-date lists of key accounts.
  • Compile and maintain media and community database
  • Create and update marketing materials and documents in support of fundraising, grants, projects and programs
  • Organize online events, perform outreach and marketing, create social sharing toolkits, manage “day of” social media and more
  • Be responsible for managing PIN’s Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship
  • Identify and research media outlets, producers, editors and reporters towards making them receptive to PIN’s message
  • Track and record media mentions related to Paradigm Initiative’s work
  • Ensure adequate media coverage for all program activities and functions in electronic and print media, and on digital media platforms 
  • Identify good stories and exercise good storytelling skills
  • Other projects as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication, Public Relations, Journalism or any other related field
  • Proven experience with communications research and strategy, media relations, content development for various audiences, digital engagement best practices
  • At least 7 years of relevant communications experience; digital communications experience is highly preferred
  • Experience publishing content on WordPress, Squarespace or other CMS
  • Proven experience managing digital media advertising for social campaigns

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Must be a strong communicator; have excellent written, presentation and oral communications in both English and French
  • Attention to details and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to manage time, deliverables and meet deadlines
  • Must be a creative and strategic thinker with good judgement and ability to make independent decisions in a changing environment
  • Software skills desired –  WordPress, SquareSpace, MailChimp (or similar email service provider), offline and cloud-based productivity tools
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively with others especially other team members
  • Good understanding of ICT issues and policies in Africa


How to apply

Send a one-page statement of interest, in English, with your recent CV attached to hr@paradigmhq.org.

The application will be open till October 30, 2020, but it will be filled as soon as we find the right fit. If you think you are the right fit, do not delay in sending in your application.

 

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