Opportunity for youth in Kenya: Virtual training for online job opportunities

Opportunity for youth in Kenya: Virtual training for online job opportunities

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IREX’s Center for Applied Learning and Impact, KaziRemote, and the Kenya Ministry of Information, Communications, and Technology are recruiting a group of youth (ages 18 to 29) who reside in Mombasa County, Kenya, to participate in a virtual training. The training will prepare participants to work on short-term online job opportunities or virtual gigs and help them harness their skills for decent sustained careers or entrepreneurship.

The training will inform research IREX is conducting to understand how to support skills development focused on preparing youth for decent and consistent virtual gig work in Kenya. Participants consent to the use of data collected from them to inform learning on youth employment and virtual gigs; personally identifiable information will only be shared with the research team to inform learning about individual experience in the virtual gigs initiative.    

Deadline: July 2, 2020

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Who is the training for?

The training is open to youth between the ages of 18 and 29 years old from diverse backgrounds. Youth should have an interest in learning transcription (converting audio to text). They can also have either some or no previous virtual work experience. 

  • Youth with experience: Have had some experience doing virtual gigs while living in Mombasa County within the past 12 months (e.g., work performed remotely on a computer or mobile device such as transcription, data entry, graphic design).    
  • Youth with interest: Have an interest in obtaining virtual gigs (doing online work), but have no previous experience.

How will participants be selected?

Participants will be selected by a committee of IREX, KaziRemote, and the Kenya Ministry of Information, Communications, and Technology after all applications are reviewed. Gender balance and representation of marginalized groups will be prioritized. Selection will be based on the criteria for the two groups of participants described below. All selected youth will be notified by e-mail and WhatsApp. 

Group 1: Youth with online work experience

  • Between ages 18 and 29
  • Have had one or more online work experiences within the past 12 months (e.g., work performed remotely on a computer or mobile device such as transcription, data entry, graphic design)
  • Be based in one of the six subcounties in Mombasa
  • Demonstrated interest in and motivation for working online
  • Demonstrated ability for taking initiative on a task or project, engaging in active listening, working independently, and committing to a project from start to finish

Group 2: Youth with interest in working online

  • Between ages 18 and 29
  • Have an interest in getting online work (no previous experience required)
  • Be based in one of the six subcounties in Mombasa
  • Demonstrated interest in and motivation for working online
  • Demonstrated ability for taking initiative on a task or project, engaging in active listening, working independently, and committing to a project from start to finish

What is the cost of the training?

The training will be provided for free to a selected group of youth.

Will participants be paid?

Participants will not be paid for the time spent in the training. All participants that successfully complete the training will receive a certificate 

When will the training be held?

The training will be conducted between July and August 2020. It will be held online over a one-week period and followed by check-ins and support for obtaining virtual gigs. The training will take approximately 25 hours (including assignments). Selected participants will be notified with a training schedule.       

Where will the training be held?

The training and support will be conducted online using online platforms like Zoom and Slack. Participants will need consistent and regular internet access throughout the training.  

Does the training guarantee a virtual gig?

No. Participants can use the skills they developed from this training to independently secure virtual gigs.

About the organizers

IREX’s Center for Applied Learning and Impact collaborates with programs around the world to assess impact, conduct research, identify and apply insights, and promote learning. We use our learning to create cutting-edge thought products aimed at enhancing our global impact.  

KaziRemote is an impact sourcing transcription service provider in Kenya that offers 100% human generated transcription services as a way of creating jobs and changing youth unemployment. KaziRemote works with both global and local clients to provide safe, secure, and cost-effective transcription, subtitles, captions, and translation services.

Kenya Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology has responsibility for formulating, administering, managing and developing the information, broadcasting and communication policy. It is mandated to formulate policies and laws that regulate standards and services in the information, communication, and technology (ICT) sector, telecommunications, and the media industry. It is also charged with the responsibility of developing and administering ICT standards, building capacity of mass media and ICT, and the dissemination of public information through the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.