CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR TRAINERS: Strengthening Digital Resilience of Civil Society in West Africa

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR TRAINERS: Strengthening Digital Resilience of Civil Society in West Africa

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:

  1. 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).

  1. 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.

  1. Implementation

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.


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.



  • Whitnay Segnonna, Programme Assistant – Tech, / +233 501 398 469 (WhatsApp)
  • Franck Sombo, Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, / +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.


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Fiifi is a Ghanaian and currently serves as Communications and Information Officer at the West Africa Civil Society Institute. He joined the Institute in December 2020.


Nancy is a Ghanaian and currently serves as Programme Officer in the Knowledge Management unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute. She joined the Institute in January 2021.


Agnes is a Ghanaian and currently serves as Head of the Administration unit in the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in October 2021.


Doris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social sciences (Economics and Sociology) from the University of Cape Coast. She is passionate about impacting young lives hence co-founded Impart Foundation. A non-profit organization which seeks to empower young lives through education, technology and entrepreneurship.


Prince Akowuah is a Ghanaian and currently the Programme Assistant in the Translation Unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in 2020.


Maxwell Apenteng is a Ghanaian and joined WACSI in September 2010. He provides gardening and janitorial services at the Institute.


George Adu-Mintah is a Ghanaian and currently the Protocol Assistant/Driver at the West Africa Civil Society (WACSI). He joined the Institute in October 2006.


Ibrahim Kwaku Gbadago is a Ghanaian. He joined the Institute in 2008 and provides janitorial services and assisting the institute's errands. Before joining the Institute, he worked at the Palestinian embassy in Accra, Ghana.


Ruth Yakana is from Cameroon and currently the Receptionist at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in 2020.


Bethel is a Ghanaian. He provides technical and IT related support to the Institute. He joined the Institute in October 2006.


Whitnay Segnonna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Management from the University of Benin. With 2 years of experience, she has a strong knowledge of organizational and project management. Combined with her bilingualism, she is very passionate about her work. She joined WACSI as Project Assistant on Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) for the Capacity Development Unit.


Stella Yawa Wowoui holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Translation Studies. She has a perfect grasp of both French and English, as well as an intermediate level in Spanish. She is currently working as a Project Assistant on the Techsoup Project.


Kwame is an experienced IT Consultant/Software Developer. He is skilled in Web Applications Development, Digital Security, Database Management, Digital Marketing and Brand Management. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology and is a Microsoft Programme Alumni. He is currently serving as a Marketing and IT Officer on the Techsoup Project.


Grace Akpene Ziggah is a Togolese and currently the Logistics Officer and also assists in administration duties at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in June 2009.


Lilian Dafeamekpor is a Ghanaian and currently the Assistant to the Executive Director at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in 2020.


John P. Frinjuah has expertise and interests in civil society, international development, democracy and governance, conflict, crisis, and security. He has extensive experience working with civil society and international development organizations where he supported and managed research, programmes, and provided technical assistance on a variety of themes around public policy, governance, and development. He is an alumnus of the University of Ghana and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy - Tufts University in the United States, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from two institutions respectively. John speaks English, French and several Ghanaian and regional West Africa languages.


Gervin has extensive international development experience, including 5 years of policy advocacy and capacity building of grass root organisations. He has implemented over the years a combination of agriculture value chain, livelihood, food security and governance and rights programmes.
Prior to joining WACSI, Gervin worked on two USAID projects focusing on agriculture value chain development and governance in northern Ghana
Gervin holds a master’s degree in development & Governance from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany as well as a Masters in Global Studies from the Universities of Vienna (Austria), Leipzig (Germany) and California (Santa Barbara), USA. He is passionate social justice and inclusion.


Leandre Banon, Beninese, joined WACSI in September 2014 as Capacity Development Programme Assistant. Since then, he has worked in various units within the Institute to support operational and institutional capacity strengthening programmes for civil society in the region. Currently serving as Capacity Development Programme Officer at WACSI, his main responsibilities involve designing, planning, implementing and monitoring capacity development programmes for civil society constituents and grouping across the West Africa. Leandre is a certified Change the Game Academy Programme Trainer. His background lies in the areas of economics and development planning.


Samuel Appiah is a Ghanaian and currently the Programme Officer in the Finance and Administrative Unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). He joined the Institute in May, 2016.


Jimm Chick Fomunjong, Cameroonian, joined WACSI in May 2018 as the Head of the Knowledge Management and Communication Units of the Institute. He has over ten years’ experience as a journalist and a development communications expert. He has a vast experience in supporting African organisations to strengthen their internal and external communications, building and sustaining relationships with the media and, leveraging on the power of social media to promote their mission. He is also excellent at supporting organisations to set up and operationalise functional communications and knowledge management systems. He has a deep passion and expertise in supporting Africans and African civil society organisations to document their praxis, share and learn from experiences documented from the African civil society sector.


Franck Sombo is a development practitioner with the drive to lead self and others to influence productivity and efficiency. His work involves supporting organisations to develop strategic plans, design monitoring and evaluation systems, develop and use relevant performance measurement tools to track progress, assess organizational growth and institutionalise learning. Franck has eight years of experience working with WACSI where he currently serves as the Head, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning. His academic qualifications include Masters in Organisations’ and Projects’ Management, and in Business Sciences and a High National Diploma in Finance and Accounting.

Franck is a Fellow of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) and a graduate of the Graduate Training Institute (GTI) - Ghana with specialization in Strategic Management and Corporate Leadership. He has a rich experience in Project Management, Capacity Development, Strategic planning, Data Analytics, Monitoring and Evaluation, Training and Facilitation, Mentoring and Coaching among others.


Omolara is a development practitioner and advocacy strategist with over 10 years progressive experience in development programming targeted at strengthening civil society in West Africa. She joined WACSI in November 2009 as an Advocacy Consultant. And later became the first Policy Advocacy Officer in 2010 and Head of Policy Influencing and Advocacy unit in 2015. As head, she offers strategic direction to the institutes’ ambitions to connect and convene groups of organized and organic civil society actors; and influence regional and global discourses on crosscutting policy issues including—civil society regulations, sustainable development goals, civic space and enabling environment, aid effectiveness, gender equality.

Previously, Omolara served as a Service Development Marshal at TVQ Consulting Group, a customer service firm focused on designing strategic customer relationship and business growth plans for private and public financial institutions in Nigeria. She also served as a Programmes Associate with the Women in Peace and Security Network-Africa where she teamed up to design and implement two programmes on—multidimensional peace support operations and gender mainstreaming in security sector reform in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia.


Kwabena Kroduah is a Ghanaian and currently heads the Finance Unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). He joined the Institute in January 2008.


Charles currently serves as the Head of the Capacity Development Unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). Charles has over 10 years of experience working in international development and social justice issues in Africa. Charles has expertise in strengthening civil society and public agencies including the design and implementation of governance and leadership programmes, development of knowledge pieces and policy advice. Charles was the founding Board Chair of Innovation for Change (i4C)-Hub Afrique, as well as the founding member of the International Consortium on Closing Civic Space (iCon), an initiative of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC. Charles currently serves as the Member of the Governing Board (Coordination Collective) of Africans Rising. He is a Member of the Development Studies Association, United Kingdom. Charles is a 2017 Stanford University Fellow for Nonprofit Leaders and a certified Change the Game Resource Mobilisation Trainer.


Nana Afadzinu is a Ghanaian and currently serves as the Executive Director of the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in October 2010.