An awesome job opportunity for civic minded Joburgers

Like digital stuff? Want to use your skills and knowledge to do good in the world? Like the idea of organising data hackathons and project managing citizenship apps? Have a burning desire to work with the country’s top journalists and media houses to make some awesome things in the run up to the general election?

You’ll love this – Justin from the African Media Initiative sends word that Code for South Africa and the Praekelt Foundation are looking for a new “Transparency and Governance Coordinator”. The job title might sound dry, but if you read the job description it’s an opportunity to lead a brand new ‘CitizenLab’, which is being set up at Jozihub in Stanley Ave, Johannesburg, and work with globally recognised organisations like the Open Data & Democracy Initiative and the Open Knowledge Foundation. You’ll also liaise with the local chapter of Hacks/Hackers (of which I’m a member).

If all that means nothing to you, this probably isn’t the job for you. If, on the other hand, you recognise all of those names and realise that this is a chance to do some really cool and important stuff with mobile tech and those data deep-dive skills you’ve been honing, then get your CV ready.

From the job description, highlights of the job include:

  • Manage the CitizenLab desk and its resident teams / projects at Jozihub, in close coordination with Praekelt Foundation and Code4SA.
  • Manage a minimum of four annual Code for Democracy hackathons, at Jozihub and mirror venues elsewhere in the country.
  • Help grow partner organisations, such as the local chapters of Hacks/Hackers, the Open Data & Democracy Initiative (ODADI), the Open Knowledge Foundation, etc, by providing logistic, networking and marketing support for their meetups, workshops, projects, and campaigns.
  • Manage a micro-grant and tech incubation programme for social entrepreneurs and civic start-ups.
  • Help build a broad-based ‘active citizenry’ movement by developing relationships with additional organisations working in the transparency and governance space.
  • Help develop concepts for additional digital projects in the transparency and governance space.

Application details are over here.

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