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Code for Africa   |   Nairobi, Kenya   |   Log in or register to see the closing date

Data Journalist

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Media, communications, languages
  • Experienced (senior worker)
  • Full Time
  • Permanent
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Job Summary

Code for Africa (CfA) is looking for someone to join its data journalism team. This diverse team comprises journalists who assist CfA’s network of journalists to produce stories based on numerical research and statistics, visualizers who create the interactive and static charts and maps and developers who create data-driven interactive content.
The ideal candidate is a data journalist with a strong design aesthetic and coding knowledge. Your primary responsibility would be to create interactive graphics, but you would also be able to create static charts, maps and satellite visualisations. Additionally, you would use your coding skills to help journalists clean and analyse data to enrich their stories.
Our team uses tools like Slack, Google Spreadsheet, Infogram, Atlas, Carto, Adobe Illustrator, QGis, Shorthand, OpenRefine, D3JS and others.
Some familiarity with all of these tools would be helpful, but the main requirement is knowing how to read, work with and present data well. We value clarity, precision and concision in our graphics and are looking for someone who can communicate a story effectively through data graphics.
The position is full-time and is based in Nairobi, Kenya or Cape Town, South Africa.
The successful candidate will report to the interactive manager and, when required, to the Pan-African data editor.
The successful candidate will report to the be available to start by no later than 1 April 2018.
The candidate will have to share a portfolio and/or references to his or her previous projects.
About CfA
CfA is registered as an NPO in South Africa and serves as coordinator for the continent’s largest federation of civic technology laboratories that help the media, civil society organisations, and governments digitise information and build tools to inform and empower citizens. CfA currently has active projects in 24 African countries, with affiliate labs, of varying size, capacity and maturity in: Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. You can find more information at: https://codeforafrica.org/
CfA’s fiscal agent, based in the U.S.A, is the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). CfA is supported by donors that include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google NewsLab, Google Jigsaw, the Knight Foundation, Omidyar Networks, Open Society Foundations, the World Bank and a number of smaller philanthropies.
At CfA, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. CfA is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or gender identity. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.


  1. Research and refine data on health, gender and development topics
  2. Cooperate with journalists from Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and South Africa
  3. Design and build interactive charts and maps
  4. Monitor trends in data journalism and digital cartography, trends and applications and appropriately apply that knowledge
  5. Create and manage projects timelines and ensure all content goes live as per the scheduled date

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Permanent
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Media, communications, languages
Seniority: Experienced (senior worker)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 2 years
Required skills: Journalism; Analytics; Data collection; Programming; Communication; Research publication; Data analysis
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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Code for Africa (CfAfrica) is Africa's largest data journalism and civic technology initiative, operating CitizenLabs across the continent

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