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  • Posted: Sep 8, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
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    Programme Officer Africa

    The role

    The Foundation is recruiting a Programme Officer, Africa, TrustLaw. The position would be based in Nairobi and working with our Senior Legal Programme Manager, Africa, to provide support to TrustLaw’s activities across Sub-Saharan Africa.


    Based in Thomson Reuters’ offices in either London or Nairobi, the person in this role will:  

    • Daily management of a large TrustLaw regional portfolio of law firms, corporations, referral partners, NGOs, social enterprises and other key stakeholders
    • Recruiting, vetting, managing and engaging NGO, social enterprise, and legal team members of TrustLaw’s network
    • Leading or supporting multiple cross-border research and policy advisory projects 
    • Devising and implementing a regional strategy to expand TrustLaw membership
    • Contributing to the TrustLaw Africa annual strategy
    • Maintaining a high profile in the region by representing TrustLaw and the Thomson Reuters Foundation by speaking publicly on our work at panels, conferences, or other speaking engagements. 
    • Creating and executing a robust communications strategy that includes member events and promotion of TrustLaw publications   
    • Administering the service and the feedback collection process for Africa projects and with our local network. 
    • Coordinate community engagement initiatives and activities

    Key skills and experience 

    • An exceptional self-starter with 4+ years of work experience, and a passion for social change. 
    • Top-performing undergraduate background in the field of policy, development, or social change. 
    • Proven organisational and project management ability
    • Experience (paid or unpaid) in policy / social / not for profit sector. 
    • Experience in legal pro bono, access to justice or using the law as a tool for social change. 
    • Ability to quickly understand and use new databases, platforms and technology.  Experience using Salesforce is a plus 
    • Experience organising events  
    • Proven organisational abilities and experience managing competing priorities in a fast-paced environment 
    • An independent self-starter able to design their own agenda and take responsibility to advance and complete projects 
    • An excellent communicator with strong written and verbal communication skills 
    • Please note that the person in this role will need to work, which will require at least two early or late shifts each week
    • Fluent in English, working knowledge of French extremely desirable – kindly mention this in your cover letter.  
    • Willingness to travel internationally. 

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    Project Coordinator

    Job Description

    Join a team which has unique expertise combining the power of journalism and the law to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies, and promote human rights.

    For more than 35 years, we have promoted the highest standards in journalism by training reporters around the world to cover issues relevant to their local context, accurately and impartially. Today, we work to strengthen local and national journalism, improve media ethics, standards and regulation, combat misinformation, and explore and shape the future of the profession. We do this through newsroom consultancy, journalism training and mentoring, capacity-building, and via our funding of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.

    We provide support to journalists and independent media outlets to produce and distribute high quality journalism in some of the world’s most challenging environments.

    We are seeking a highly organised project coordinator with excellent organisational skills and good people skills to work on our media development programme Wealth of Nations. This programme supports African media to report on and investigate illicit financial flows and the abuse of tax laws. The programme sits within the Foundation’s Media Development team, which runs a range of programmes aiming to foster the highest standards of journalism worldwide.

    The ideal candidate must be a self-starter with the ability to be proactive on tasks, be able to communicate effectively and have good problem-solving skills. You will be able to juggle multiple demands to support the programme, arranging logistics, providing administrative support, ensuring all records are kept up to date and financial data is kept on track and logged. You will also lead the set-up of a new coordinating mechanism to build relationships between participating journalists and relevant experts as well as organisations (policy, academia, government, civil society groups, international bodies from key African focus regions and globally) and facilitate participating journalists’ access to relevant sources for their reporting. You will be working on Microsoft Outlook and Excel as well as in Salesforce to ensure our contact databases are up-to-date. Occasional travel may be required across the continent.

    Please note, this is a fixed-term contract until December 2022.

    About the Role

    As a Project Coordinator at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, you will:

    • Provide logistical support for remote and in-person activities including workshops and mentoring schemes
    • Coordinate activities with WON project team members, internal functions (finance, comms, etc.) external contractors and partner organisations across Africa
    • Monitor programme finances in collaboration with colleagues in the team
    • Keep track of programme outputs and examples of impact, and contribute to report writing
    • Maintain the alumni network of journalists involved in the programme
    • Perform data capture and maintain database records
    • Support knowledge capture, ensuring that we document our networks, relationships and ongoing conversations systematically
    • Research potential collaborators for our coordinating mechanism and act as first point of contact for enquiries, coordinating a response and involving other members of the team as appropriate, and facilitate collaboration
    • Build our network and relationships across media, policy, academia, government, civil society groups, international bodies from key African focus areas and globally for our coordinating mechanism
    • Participate in designated meetings with external stakeholders, conferences and events and feed back information to the team
    • Assist with other duties or work on other programmes, as required

    To be our Project Coordinator, you will likely have:

    • At least 3 years’ working experience
    • A Bachelor’s Degree in international development, international relations, journalism, media studies or related field
    • Prior experience in a relevant role building relationships across organisations with common goals, and working constructively with a diverse range of people
    • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to work with changing priorities and time pressures
    • High motivation with ability to work independently or in a team environment
    • A pro-active self-starting and problem-solving attitude, including paying attention to detail and being good on follow-through
    • Excellent organisational skills, and the ability to create and maintain a systematic, process-driven approach to outreach and relationship management
    • Strong written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively
    • with people from different cultures and backgrounds and ability to influence others
    • Experience of administrative or finance processes and excellent numerical skills
    • Competency in Word, Teams, Outlook and Excel. Experience with databases (e.g. Salesforce) would be an advantage
    • Fluency in English
    • It would be useful (but not essential), if you also have:
    • Understanding of journalism and media capacity building
    • Existing networks and links with media outlets across Africa
    • Existing networks and links with NGOS, academia, government working on tax justice issues
    • Understanding of the key institutions and policy actors working on illicit finance, and of current issues and arguments around illicit financial flows and tax justice
    • Experience working effectively as part of a remote team on collaborative initiatives
    • Advanced reading, writing, and speaking ability in French

    What’s in it For You

    • At the Thomson Reuters Foundation, our people are our greatest assets. Here are some of the benefits we offer for your personal and professional growth:
    • Global Perspective and Impact: Interested in working for a dynamic global organization with a focus on social impact? With hubs all over the world from Bangkok to Madrid to Rio de Janeiro, join a truly international team with a shared goal of helping to build societies around the world that are free, fair and informed.
    • A Unique Approach: Our expertise in media and the law is world class; we combine the power of both to address the critical issues faced by humanity.
    • Our Relevance: With a focus on advancing media freedom, fostering more inclusive economies and promoting human rights, our work has never been more needed than right now.
    • Benefits: We offer competitive salary packages and market-leading benefits.
    • Learning & Development: We are dedicated to the continual professional development of our employees and offer access to both in-house and external training opportunities.

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    Digital Rights And Data Equity Specialist

    Job Description

    Digital Rights and Data Equity Specialist – 12mth Fixed Term Contract

    The Digital Rights and Data Equity Specialist will sit within our Inclusive Economies Programmes team, a dynamic and growing team within the Foundation. We are looking for someone to drive and grow our digital rights and data equity portfolio and explore the impact of technology on society to establish our thought leadership in this area and help us develop our programmatic approach. This role will be based in Nairobi and will focus on work across Africa, in line with our current programmatic priorities.

    We are looking for somebody entrepreneurial and strategic who has a passion for data equity, technology and digital rights and their impact on society across Africa. You will actively contribute to scoping and developing the Foundation’s programmatic activities on data privacy and data discrimination, exploring effective ways in which the organization can deploy its services to actively contribute to strengthening the data ecosystem across Africa. You will contribute to mapping the ecosystem and promoting vibrant multi-stakeholder discussions on this theme on the continent and globally. You will also scope how the Foundation’s work on data privacy and data discrimination intersects with our work on Media Freedom, another key strategic focus for the Foundation.

    You will be a subject matter expert and partnership builder that can help us grow our activities and thought leadership in this area. You will have strong project management experience and the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team, with ideally a legal or policy background.

    About the Role

    In this opportunity as Digital Rights and Data Equity Specialist you will: 

    Strategy and multi-stakeholders convenings: 

    • Map the data and digital rights ecosystem across target countries in Africa, conducting needs assessment analysis and identifying key needs, trends and stakeholders (both local and international).
    • Work closely with other TRF teams (including Programmes, Media Freedom and TrustLaw) to identify and develop strategic interventions that leverage the power of convenings, the law and the media to address issues on data equity and digital rights.
    • Deliver strategic convenings with a diverse range of key stakeholders to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practice, and contribute to legal policy work and other interventions delivered by the Foundation and adopted by the broader stakeholder community (see example of strategic convenings: ESG Working Group or Banks Alliance).
    • Coordinate the Foundation’s participation in key sector events

    Project management and partnership:

    • Coordinate across Foundation teams to facilitate the effective implementation of the digital rights strategy, keeping to timelines and budgets.
    • Drive partnership development across Africa

    In- house cross-team collaboration:

    • Lead the Foundation’s in-house group on data equity and digital rights and contribute to growing the Foundation’s thought leadership around these thematic areas
    • Proactively facilitate learning and innovation within the Foundation on matters of data equity and digital rights
    • Provide programme design input on training materials related to data equity and digital rights issues
    • Help accelerate civil society engagement with digital rights NGOs across Africa and work collaboratively with the Foundation’s global pro bono legal service to help them spearhead legal research on issues surrounding data and digital rights

    About You

    We are looking for a strategic, dynamic, and knowledgeable individual with proven experience in the following areas:

    • In depth knowledge of the data equity and digital rights landscape in Africa and globally
    • Extensive experience in scoping and developing opportunities and partnerships on data and digital rights
    • Experience with programme design and implementation of data and digital rights initiatives in Africa
    • Experience in event management and coalition building and partnership development especially with the private sector
    • Project management and financial management skills, including the ability to prioritize, and to drive to achieve results on time and on budget
    • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills and confidence to liaise with partners at all levels of seniority
    • Established regional networks with relevant stakeholders and key sector players especially in the private sector.  
    • Experience of working independently and as part of globally diverse and distributed team
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including report writing and editing skills
    • Strongly Preferred:
    • Law degree or policy experience related to data and digital rights   
    • Familiarity with international development issues such as inclusive growth and inequality

    What’s in it For You

    At Reuters, our people are our greatest assets. Here are some of the benefits we offer for your personal and professional growth:

    • Global Career: As a global company, we can offer a truly international career and progression opportunities
    • Learning & Development: we have a dedicated training team focused on the continuous development of our employees
    • Benefits: we offer competitive salary packages and market leading benefits
    • Perks:  Work alongside Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and a team who provide unmatched, award-winning coverage of the world’s most important stories

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