January 22, 2019

New Job Alert – Maarifa Data Fellow

Terms of Reference: CoG Maarifa Platform Fellow


Kenya’s Council of Governors (CoG) is a non-partisan organization composed of the Governors of the nation’s forty-seven counties. The council strives to promote visionary leadership, and share best practices by promoting inter-county consultations, and encouraging and initiating knowledge and information sharing.

The Council of Governors and its partners have established the Maarifa Centre (“Knowledge Centre”) as “Kenya’s Premier Devolution Knowledge Sharing and Learning Platform for effective Governance and Service Delivery”. The Maarifa Centre
serves as an important national platform to document and share experiences, innovations and solutions on Kenya’s devolution journey.

For the Maarifa Centre to more effectively manage this knowledge and ensure experiences and lessons learned are systematically captured and shared across the organization, with partners, and other government entities, a Knowledge Sharing System (KSS) is required to resourcefully capture, share, and manage critical knowledge.

Therefore, while the Maarifa Centre is primarily a platform that allows for face-to-face exchanges and interactions amongst government officials in counties and nationally, it will also feature an online presence. This online platform will serve as the
primary knowledge repository and “go-to place” for anybody interested in quick access to how-to knowledge on Kenya devolution. It will also allow for online exchanges, peer learning and discussions.

The Maarifa Centre team has developed a vision and strategy for its operations, and now will progress to designing a Knowledge Sharing System (KSS) that supports and captures its expectations for an online platform.


Description of services needed:

To coordinate the different facets of the Maarifa platform, the CoG seeks to create a fellowship program and hire it’s first fellow. The fellow will work under the overall management of the Manager of the Maarifa Platform at the CoG Headquarters in
Nairobi, and his/her role will be assisted by the Open Institute, the advisors to the project. The fellows specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Work to establish a Data Desk at the CoG – The Data Desk will be the central point for collecting, cleaning, coordinating and uploading data on the Maarifa platform, received from various stakeholders and counties.
  2. Be the communication liaison working with the respective County points of contact, to continuously gather data and resources to upload to the maarifa platform.
  3. Collect, clean, upload and continuously update the Maarifa platform and all its components. These include, but are not limited, forums, budget data, events, devolution resources, etc
  4. Working together with the Manager, review, and moderate responses to comments on blogs and forums
  5. Support Committees to moderate Communities of Practice (COPs) and
    generating reports at the end of each COP.
  6. Working with support from the Open Institute, provide training and support services to county staff, on the use of the platform and on sending data and resources to CoG to keep the platform updated
  7. Provide feedback on platform performance, stability and potential upgrades
  8. Analyse analytics on the use of the platform and provide feedback on user habits
  9. Participate in seminars, workshops and events to showcase the platform
  10. Coordinate and prepare a monthly Maarifa newsletter
  11. General Project Management


Required competences and knowledge

  • Candidate must be located in Nairobi and be a Kenyan Citizen
  • Proven experience working with/for Government bodies is an advantage
  • Strong communication, written, oral and presentation skills
  • 5 years experience working with Data and Databases
  • Degree in Computer Science is an added advantage
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili


Duration of contract:

1 year with the possibility of an extension


Submission of Applications

Qualified candidates may submit their cover letter and complete Curriculum Vitae by 8th FEB , 2019 via e-mail to jobs@openinstitute.com. Kindly indicate the vacancy title in the subject line when applying by email.

The first lines of the email application must state the following in this exact format:
First Name:
Last Name:
Gender (male / female):
Years of relevant experience:


The Open Institute reserves the right to reject any application without the above format in the submission email.

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