19 Jan 2011

Job Opportunity with Daraja: Monitoring and Research Officer

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Are you an experienced researcher or monitoring and evaluation specialist? Do you have a passion for working to make local government more accountable? If so, take a look at the advert below and the job opportunity it presents - Daraja is looking for a Monitoring and Research Officer. 

Or if you're not the right person for the post, perhaps you know someone who is? Please spread the word about this opportunity and help Daraja get the best person for the job. 

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Job Opportunity: Monitoring and Research Officer

Daraja is inviting applications for a Monitoring and Research Officer. This position is responsible for overseeing monitoring and evaluation for our two governance and accountability programmes – Maji Matone and Kwanza Jamii. It also includes conducting a series of short research projects on local governance, and on using social networks and social media to increase local government accountability.

We are looking for someone with experience of developing monitoring and evaluation systems for a respected NGO and of conducting social research. Experience with social media and social networks is an advantage. Applicants should ideally hold a Masters degree in a relevant subject (economics, sociology, development studies, etc.).

For more details of this position and of how to apply, see the vacancies section of our website: www.daraja.org/vacancies

Our website also includes extensive information on our work.

The deadline for applications for this position is 5pm on Monday 7th February 2011.

Daraja particularly encourages applications from women and young people.

14 Jan 2011

What Kwanza Jamii Njombe can learn from Arusha Times

Daraja's Kwanza Jamii Njombe newspaper is one of very few genuinely local newspapers in Tanzania. The vast majority of papers cover stories from the whole country (though with a big bias for stories from Dar es Salaam and Dodoma), and aim to distribute across the most cities and towns nationwide.

One of the few examples of a well established local paper is the Arusha Times, published weekly in English by F.M Arusha Ltd established by William Lobulu and available online with the most-read newspaper website in Tanzania. I had the opportunity this week to visit Arusha Times's office, to introduce Kwanza Jamii Njombe and to see what lessons Daraja can learn from Arusha Times's experience.

12 Jan 2011

Messages are flowing, and water too? An update on MajiMatone


Shortly after last year's election our MajiMatone programme's pilot phase in three districts got underway. Radio programmes and spots have been going out on three radio stations, the SMS system has been up and running, and a huge number of publications have been distributed around Njombe, Mbozi and Morogoro Rural (see image for an example).

It's only just two months since we began this process and it's far too soon to draw any firm conclusions about the public response to the programme. But there are some early signs to report, mostly positive, though some are more challenging.