Summary of the Campaigner Fellowship:
The amandla.mobi Campaigner Fellowship is designed for writers and community organisers to receive training in best practice campaigning, intensive coaching and hands-on practical experience in running campaigns.
This four-month full-time, paid Fellowship is open to Black women and gender non-conforming people, and will be based at the amandla.mobi offices in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. There are six spots available for the Fellowship, which will run from 3 February 2020 to 29 May 2020.
**Deadline for online applications is midnight Sunday 22nd December 2019 - The online application includes a number of questions and a practical exercise**
** Please do not contact amandla.mobi staff directly to enquire about the fellowship. Please read this page and the Frequently Asked Questions page. If your question is not answered you can send a query to firstname.lastname@example.org. The recruitment process will be fair and objective and can only be done through our application process **
Who we're looking for:
We’re looking for Black women and gender non-conforming people, young and old, 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, Afrikaans, Xitsonga, Ndebele, siSwati or Tshivenda.
- Have the ability to research an issue and communicate information in a way that is short, simple and powerful.
- Have an ability to analyse news, reports etc 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. Campaign demands must be focused on creating tangible change, such as the decision-maker 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 of R7500 per month
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).
- Community Organising or campaigning using social media, whatsapp or SMS.
- Using online tools such as a Customer Relations Manager/ Content Management System (CRM/CMS).
- Basic web coding such as HTML.
- Graphic design and/or video editing.
What is involved in the Campaigner Fellowship:
The Fellowship will be full-time and Fellows will be expected to work from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday at amandla.mobi’s office.
Duration: 3 February 2020 to 29 May 2020; and there can be no expectation of employment at the end of the Fellowship.
Location: amandla.mobi’s office in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Payment: Monthly stipend of R7 500.00 for the 4 months.
Click here to read more about the Campaigner Fellowship programme including the practical experience, training, and coaching you will receive.
The Fellowship application process:
Shortlisted applicants will have to complete the following selection stages in order to make it to the final interview and stand a chance to be selected as a Campaigner Fellow:
Round 1. Online application including practical exercise - closes midnight Sunday 22nd December 2020.
Applicants will need to complete the following online application which involves answering questions, providing references and completing a practical exercise. The following guide has been developed to assist you with completing the online application practical exercise. Access the guide here
Round 2. Timed Practical Exercise - starts at 10 am Thursday 2nd January and must be completed by 10 am Saturday 4th January 2020.
Those applicants whose online application is accepted will receive an email with instructions for a timed practical exercise. The practical exercise will involve identifying and setting up a campaign. amandla.mobi will provide 250mb to applicants who get through to this practical exercise so that data is not a barrier to applying.
Round 3: Feedback practical exercise - starts on Monday 6th January to Thursday 9th January 2020.
Applicants who successfully complete round 2 of the application will receive feedback which must be implemented.
Round 4: Run and try to win a campaign on www.awethu.mobi between Friday 10th January 2020 and Wednesday 22nd January 2020.
Applicants who successfully complete round 3 will load their campaign onto awethu.mobi and have 13 days to run and try win the campaign. This round will involve mobilising others to take action and engaging your campaigns decision-maker. amandla.mobi will provide data to applicants whose campaigns are approved to be run.
Round 5: In-person interviews and practical exercises between Monday 27th January and Wednesday 29th January 2020.
Shortlisted applicants will have to be available on either 27, 28 or 29 January for an interview at the amandla.mobi office. The interview panel will ask you more questions about yourself, the Fellowship role and may give you 1 or 2 practical exercises to complete.
The 6 amandla.mobi 2020 Campaigner Fellows will be announced on Friday 31st January 2020 and must be available to begin the Fellowship at the amandla.mobi office on Monday 3rd February 2020.