CLC West Africa is Hiring

TakingITGlobal, in partnership with Open Society Initiative for West Africa, is leading the implementation of the Creating Local Connections West Africa project. A TakingITGlobal initiative that has already been successfully implemented in both Russia (http://projects.takingitglobal.org/clcrussia) and Canada (http://projects.takingitglobal.org/clccanada).

Creating Local Connections West Africa (CLC WA) aims to realize the potential of youth and engage them as development actors in the improvement of their communities, countries, and region. CLC WA will achieve this through peer-led trainings, networking, national youth meetings, media creation, award processes, research and development of strategic use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) during its implementation in: Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, and Liberia. The project’s activities will run over a 12 months period (March 2007 – March 2008).

TakingITGlobal and its lead local partner organizations are presently looking to hire 5 young national coordinators as part of the CLCWA team. To find out more about the available position, please view the job description by clicking on this address: http://about.takingitglobal.org/d/getinvolved?view=141. For more information on this project or on how you can get involved, please visit the project page at this address: http://projects.takingitglobal.org/clcwa.

Project Description: Creating Local Connections West Africa (CLC WA) aims to realize the potential of youth for improving their communities, countries, and region. CLC WA will achieve this through peer-led trainings, media creation, and strategic use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) during its implementation in: Sierra Leone Nigeria, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, and Liberia. The project will run over a 15 months period (February 2007-april 2008).

Project Mission Statement: Creating Local Connections West Africa will realize the potential of young people as development actors through information and communications technologies.

Project Objective Statement and Components: Creating Local Connection West Africa will scope, coordinate, support and enhance existing local level efforts of youth within the region to deal with common challenges. These common challenges the project will focus on include emergence from conflict, advancement of democracy, economic empowerment, reducing stigma and raising awareness about HIV/AIDS. Thus, the ultimate project objective focuses on increased levels of issue awareness, engagement and empowerment within the West African youth community.

Project Components:
• Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Capacity Building
• Regional Networking of Youth
• Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Connectivity Research
• Regional Youth Awards Process

CLC West-Africa – National Coordinators [05 Part-time Positions]:
• CLC-WA national coordinators, male or female, are representatives of their respective youth communities, aimed at strengthening and supporting the CLC reach through local outreach initiatives.
• Position will be based in a set partner youth organisation, in each respective country. [Position should not require relocation] Each coordinator will work out of the project’s partner organization headquarters:
– Nigeria: Port Harcourt
– Cote d’Ivoire: Abidjan
– Liberia: Monrovia
– Sierra-Leone: Freetown
– Guinea: Conakry
• 12 months part-time position – March 2007 to March 2008
• Expected average of 3-4 full days of work per week
• Salary equivalent to 300.00USD per month paid in local currency

Core Responsibilities
• Ensure that the goals and objectives of CLC-West-Africa are being met
• Manage the overall national outreach and promotion strategies
• Responsible for updating, promoting and maintaining its respective country site and posting all of CLC-WA or its network’s past or upcoming activities on the TakingITGlobal.org online platform.
• Maintain a strong focus towards all project activities on elements of gender equality, information and communications technologies, economic accessibility, geographic accessibility and youth participation
• Formulate strategies for local youth engagement in civics, entrepreneurship and ICTs.
• Develop, broadcast and maintain a database of youth initiatives, government departments, young professionals and youth organizations through the creation of a solid national network which involves researching and adding new groups and individuals, establishing and maintaining partnerships and making presentations and workshops for youth groups on how to leverage TakingITGlobal’s online tools (including managing organizational accounts, project pages etc)
• Represent TakingITGlobal and CLC-WA at local or national conferences and events
• Coordinate and, in most cases, facilitate Open Forums, national youth meetings, live chats, workshops and trainings on predetermined or region-specific relevant issues
• Ensure that all project activities are adequately publicized within the entire CLC-WA network
• Responsible for the collection and distribution of pertinent and project-related information, material and documents (including connectivity questionnaires, Youth Awards submission etc)
• Build and maintain a network of young professionals as a source of facilitators, co-facilitators or expert trainers
• Ability to travel within his/her respective country

Related Skills and Experiences
• Advanced presentation and facilitation skills
• Self-motivated and highly organized
• Strong knowledge and experience in resident youth community
• An understanding of his/her respective country’s context and key youth related issues
• Understanding of and experience using online community tools (a respectable knowledge of TakingITGlobal.org and its tools would be a great asset)
• Experience (or great interest in) liaising with youth organizations
• Sensitivity to elements of gender equality, information and communications technologies, economic accessibility, geographic accessibility and youth participation
• Ability to take initiative and work well both individually and in team setting
• Ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines
• Ability to understand and engage youth from diverse backgrounds
• Strong knowledge
• Strong writing and editing skills

Application Procedure
• Please write position title in email subject heading
• Please submit a resume and cover letter to CLCWA@TakingITGlobal.org before February 17
• This position is open only to each country’s national citizens and permanent residents
• Due to the nature of this youth led/oriented project and its implementing organizations, our positions will offered to young women and men under the age of 30.
• For more information please contact Francis Cardinal by phone (+223 663 1486) or by email mentioned above.

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