While movements and organisations strive to increase their effective use of digital platforms, it is critical that local civil society increases its collective capacity to understand, adapt, and respond to the challenges of digital resilience.
Challenges to the digital space for civil society continue to evolve and affect the sector’s operating capacities both online and offline. Civil society organisations and actors therefore need to increase their knowledge and capacities to build their own digital narratives and communities against misinformation and disinformation to effectively participate in countering emergent digital threats. They also need to strengthen their digital security and resilience in the delivery of their social impact mission.
The Digital Activism for Resilient Communities programme is built to deliver just such an ecosystem. Over the past months, WACSI in partnership with TechSoup Europe has launched a French instance of Hive Mind, an online training and community of practice platform for social activism, with relevant localised educational content, as part of the Digital Activism for Resilient programme. The platform helps to convene CSOs, activist, journalists and trainers through campaigns, educational and analytical experiences, to help them increase faith in themselves as participants in democracy. It also provides an opportunity to build a stronger community that can engage in campaigns and actions supporting democratic rights and norms, in response to shrinking civic space and digital safety and security concerns.
To build on the gains and expand the benefits of the Hive Mind localisation process, WACSI, in partnership with TechSoup Europe has designed this project aiming at ‘Strengthening the Digital Resilience of Civil Society in West Africa’. Specifically, the project will target civil society organisations and groups from three (3) countries, including: Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia.
This call seeks to invite expression of interest of local trainers from the target countries to build their capacities to respond more effectively to the ongoing evolution of digital safety and security challenges in the region.
The project will involve the following aspects:
- The project management team will assess the capacity needs of selected trainers;
- Selected trainers will take part in a Training of Trainers course to strengthen their knowledge and skills and receive orientation in methodologies to address threats to digital safety and security;
- Selected trainers will participate in the localisation and tailoring of course curricula to the needs of target audiences in the respective countries;
- Selected trainers will also integrate an international Community of Practice (CoP) of digital security trainers and activists, and build mutually beneficial connections with their peers from other countries.
Professionals with relevant experience, interested in becoming trainers within the framework of the project are strongly encouraged to apply here by 10 August 2022.
The specific Objectives of the programme are to:
- Increase Digital Safety and Security training capacities, knowledge and confidence of local civil society trainers in West Africa; and
- Increase awareness and skills related to Digital Safety and Security among CSOs in local communities in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia.
The project implementation spans the period 1st July 2022 – 30th June 2023.
The following methodology is proposed:
- Selection of participants
The participants will be selected from the three targeted countries (ie. Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia) for this project based on their eligibility (see eligibility section below). All the applicants will be notified of their selection status within two weeks after the deadline (a date will be communicated for an interview when pre-selected).
- Participants Needs and Skills Assessment
The implementation team will conduct participants’ needs and skills assessment to gain a better understanding of trainers’ skills and support needed.
The project will offer a series of capacity strengthening activities to selected trainers such as community of practice, workshops, trainings and mentoring. In addition, the project team will adopt a gender sensitive methodology and approach during the various phases. All course contents will be developed in English and French and tailored to respond to each trainer’s capacity needs based on prior assessment.
The expected outcomes of the project include:
- Increased knowledge of Digital Safety and Security;
- Improved facilitation skills;
- Trainers are more confident in their ability to adapt education content to the needs of their target audience.
Interested trainers will be required to commit and own the process, participate in all phases of the training programmes and workshops. They must meet the following criteria:
- Operating in one of the project target countries: Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia;
- Good track record in training and facilitation in West Africa;
- Be registered or start registration process on Hive Mind platform;
- Willing to attend the Train the Trainers programme and dedicate approx. 70 hours , online orientation workshops and online subject matter training sessions in Digital Safety and Security;
- Willing to participate in the design of training materials and to dedicate approx. 20 hours in the delivery of face-to-face training sessions in Digital Safety and Security for civil society organisations;
- Committed to assist trainees in the development and implementation of their action plans.
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE
Interested trainers should fill out the application form and submit it by 10 August 2022. We will notify you of our decision two weeks after the deadline. Selected trainers would receive detailed information about their responsibilities in the programme.
FOR ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT
- Whitnay Segnonna, Programme Assistant – Tech, email@example.com / +233 501 398 469 (WhatsApp)
- Franck Sombo, Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, firstname.lastname@example.org / +233 204 355 793
Kindly note that all your personal data submitted in the scope of this project will only be used for the implementation of Strengthening Digital Resilience of Civil Society in West Africa project and for any related activities falling within the WACSI’s or its partners mission and scope of activities.