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2018 Campaigner Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions

2018 Campaigner Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions

Who is amandla.mobi?

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amandla.mobi is an independent, community advocacy organisation that seeks to build a more just and people powered Mzansi. We do this through our work, which aims to turn every cell phone into a democracy building tool, so that those most affected by poverty, violence and corruption - Black women from low-income backgrounds - can organise in numbers that hold power to account. amandla.mobi supports a movement of over 200 000 members across South Africa.

amandla.mobi is currently a team of 4 people who, on a daily basis, work with our members to set up campaigns on different social justice issues by using different tactics such as petitions, public submissions, meetings with decision makers, crowdfunding for campaign tactics, events, mobilising communities etc. We work with over 40 different values-aligned partner organisations who, together with our members, set up and run campaigns on www.awethu.mobi.

amandla.mobi communicates with its members through SMS, USSD, Whatsapp, email, our mobi site and social media, and we work hard to ensure as many of our campaigns as possible are translated into isiZulu, isiXhosa and Setswana.

What does the 2018 Campaigner Fellowship involve?

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The main activity of Campaigner Fellows will be to receive practical experience through hands on training and coaching in order to run at least 3 campaigns each during the Fellowship. This may involve the following activities:

  • You will be trained in how to do power mapping, where you analyse the nature of power between decision makers and amandla.mobi members in order to design campaigns in such a way that ensures collective campaign actions create change.

 

  • You will identify campaign opportunities by monitoring national and local news, social media and looking at information from amandla.mobi members and partners for potential campaigns. Campaigns must address issues that directly or indirectly affect Black women from low-income backgrounds.

 

  • You will pitch your campaign idea to the amandla.mobi team. If your campaign idea has a good analysis of power, and provides amandla.mobi members with an opportunity to use collective action to ensure a decision maker implements the campaigns demand, your campaign may be approved and you can begin designing your campaign.

 

  • During the design phase of your campaign, you spend time researching the decision maker who has the power to address the issue, and determine a realistic but impactful ‘ask’ of the decision maker to change their policy, practice or budget in a way that will have a real impact on Black women from low-income backgrounds. As part of your campaign design you will identify what collective actions could be taken by amandla.mobi members, and ensure members understand why there is an opportunity to take action at this specific moment, to create change.

 

  • Next you will start writing campaign copy (text) for the amandla.mobi site, SMS, USSD and social media, and work with others to translate this text into multiple languages before it is broadcast to amandla.mobi database of members letting them know why the campaign is important, and what actions they can take. You will receive training and coaching in campaign communications, as well as how to use amandla.mobi’s tech tools.

 

  • As part of running your campaign, you will use different actions and tactics to build public pressure on the decision makers to agree to the campaign demands. The starting point of most campaigns is for people to sign a petition; other tactics include recruiting others, making a public submission, crowdfunding for a campaign tactic such as an advert, gaining media attention, or organising events such as protests, meeting with decision makers etc.

 

  • As the campaign progresses and members take different actions, you will be in charge of delivering signatures to the decision maker and monitoring whether the decision maker agrees to the campaign demands or not. If the decision maker ignores the campaign or refuses to implement the demands, it will be your job to identify new strategies to win the campaign. As the campaign unfolds you will write and send campaign updates to amandla.mobi members to keep them engaged.

 

  • At the end of each campaign, you will do an evaluation of what worked and what didn’t work with the campaign, and share your learnings with other Campaigner Fellows.

 

  • As part of the Fellowship you may be involved with different campaign tactics, such as going out in groups of two and speaking to people face to face about campaigns and collecting signatures, organising communities, planning and running protests and meeting with decision makers.

 

  • While you will spend a lot of time working on your own campaign, as a Campaigner Fellow you will also work with amandla.mobi staff on existing amandla.mobi campaigns to gain more experience as a campaigner.

Is there an age limit for applicants to the Campaigner Fellowship?

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All applicants must be over the age of 18.

I have another commitment for part of the Fellowship

I have another commitment during the Campaigner Fellowship and will have to be away for 3 days, is this a problem?

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The Fellowship involves intensive training and coaching, and Fellows are expected to attend every day of the programme.

I don’t have a laptop/computer

Is this a problem?

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Campaigner Fellows will have access to a laptop/computer at the amandla.mobi office for the duration of the Campaigner Fellowship.

I don't have data to do the practical exercises

I want to apply but i'm worried I don't have enough data

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Applicants for the Campaigner Fellowship who successfully pass stage 1 (online application) and are sent the 1st practical exercise will receive 250mb to complete the 1st practical exercise.

Applicants for the Campaigner Fellowship who successfully pass stage 1 (online application) and pass stage 2 (1st practical exercise), and move on to stage 3 where their campaign is approved, will also receive data to complete this 2nd practical exercise. 

I'm worried I won't have enough transport money to get to the interview

If I pass stage 1 (online application), stage 2 (1st practical exercise) and stage 3 (2nd practical exercise), I'm worried I won't have enough money to travel to Braamfontein for the in person interview.

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Applicants who make it to the final stage of the application process and are invited to the interview, those who need assistance with transport, will be provided with transport money.

Will transport costs be covered during the Fellowship?

Will amandla.mobi cover transport costs for getting to the office in Braamfontein?

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Unfortunately, amandla.mobi is unable to cover transport costs, but Campaigner Fellows will receive a stipend of R7000.00 per month.

Who are we looking to apply to be a Campaigner Fellow

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Who we're looking for:

We’re looking for Black women and non-binary people committed to building people power to campaign for a more just Mzansi. We’re looking for applications from people who:

- Have exceptional writing skills in English and either isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana or Afrikaans.

- Have the ability to research an issue and communicate an issue in such a way that the campaign resonates with our members and inspires them to take action.

- Have an ability to analyse issues and design campaigns that use petitions, public submissions, protests and other tactics to pressure a decision maker in government or the private sector to meet a campaign’s demands by changing their practices, policies or budgets in order to address a specific injustice.

- Have experience in community organising at a local or national level.

- Are tech savvy and experienced in using tools such as social media, SMS or Whatsapp to help make real world activism happen faster and at scale.

- Have initiative, are highly motivated and can work independently. We’re looking for applicants who will take full responsibility for the success or failure of campaigns they’re running. Fellows, while provided with training, will be expected to do their own research and teach themselves how to effectively use technology and different tactics.

- Have a “get things done attitude” and can deliver results quickly and on time.

- Are good listeners and can centre our work within the experiences of our members, the majority of whom are Black women from low-income backgrounds.

- Are detail oriented. We’re looking for applicants who check their facts, care about the quality of their writing and campaigning, and who are quick learners.

- Are based in or near Joburg, or are able to commute to Joburg each day or stay in Joburg for the duration of the Campaigner Fellowship. Unfortunately amandla.mobi only has one office and the Fellowship has to be face to face. The Fellowship program does not provide accommodation, but does provide a stipend.

We are not worried about applicants’ education qualifications or work experience.

However, the following experience would be a plus (but not essential):

  • Published writing or blogging (including developing press releases).
  • Organising using social media and cell phones.
  • Using Customer Relations Manager/ Content Management System (CRM/CMS) tools.
  • Graphic design and/or video editing.

When will I found out if I'm through to the next stage?

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Applicants who have completed the online application (stage 1) will be notified if they are unsuccessful in moving on to the next stage by the 6th September. Those who are successful and will move to stage 2 (first practical exercise) will also find out on the 6th of September and will receive the first practical exercise to complete within 24 hours. 

Applicants who complete stage 2, will find out by the 8th September if they are unsuccessful or successful and will move on to stage 3 by the 8th September at the latest.

Applicants who complete stage 3 (2nd practical exercise) will find out if they are successful or unsuccessful in moving to the final stage (Stage 4 in person interviews) by the 24th September at the latest. 

I have a question not answered here about the Fellowship

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Enquiries about the Campaigner Fellowship may be sent to hola@amandla.mobi. Please note, emails which are not enquiries but are instead applications where a CV is attached will be disregarded. The only way to submit an application is through the online application form here: https://www.amandla.mobi/2018_campaigner_fellowship_online_application