Responsible Computer Science Challenge Fellow (Kenya) Remote Kenya

Company: Mozilla

Deadline for applications: October 3, 2022

The Mozilla Foundation is a California nonprofit public benefit organization that exists to protect and promote the Internet as a global public resource, open and accessible to all.

A key part of our strategy is to invest in the innovators at the frontlines of working to make the internet more open, inclusive, decentralized, and secure. Through fellowships and awards, we support these leaders and amplify their important work on issues impacting the health of the internet. 

The Responsible Computer Science Challenge (RCS), a global initiative passionate about integrating ethics into computer science education, is a core part of this work.  By helping to fuel a new wave of engineers, designers, and other technologists who consider ethics as a primary design constraint: this Challenge is driving a shift in technology that will lead to more trustworthy AI and a healthier internet. 

The Fellowship 

Mozilla Foundation seeks a part-time Fellow to support the expansion of the RCS Challenge in Kenya! The ideal Fellow candidate will be a resident of the country, have a strong national technological and higher education understanding, and demonstrate the capacity to build a strong network for this Challenge.  

You will collaborate with the RCS Program Lead, while working  with the rest of the  team to implement the program strategy, support a local cohort of grantees, and share lessons across geographies to advise the broader field. 

The responsibilities will include the following activities:

  • Strategy: Working closely with Program Lead and other program Fellows to advise program strategy based on local expertise and context.
  • Outreach: Encouraging Challenge applicants and supporting them through the application process. 
  • Local Community Building: Building local partnerships and community through in-person and virtual events, especially developing and supporting grantees. These community building events could include local symposia, faculty working groups, workshops, etc.
  • Global Community Building: Collaborating with other fellows to build the Global Community of Practice, help with event and community design and helping facilitate convenings. 
  • Thought Leadership: Advising Mozilla’s work in the given geography through expertise and thought leadership. 
  • Learning: Documenting and sharing findings across geographies and supporting the program’s overall measurement, evaluation, and learning strategy. 

Ideal Candidate Qualifications:

  • You are located in Kenya. 
  • You have expertise in computer science, higher education pedagogy, or other relevant experience that will allow you to serve as a peer, mentor, and thought partner to educator, and other community members seeking to change the way technologists are educated. 
  • You have a deep contextual understanding of technological and educational landscape in your country.
  • You  built, worked within, or ran communities of practice.
  • You have experience as a grant maker or grant recipient.
  • You can work in a self-directed manner to achieve agreed goals and outcomes.
  •  Given this work crosses teams and involves outside collaborators, you will bring strong interpersonal skills, ability to communicate, and relationship building skills, and you can influence across multiple partner groups 
  • You enjoy working in a  diverse and geographically distributed team across time zones, languages, and cultures. 

Compensation and Benefits 

The Fellow will be engaged on a fixed-term employment agreement at a part-time level (50%), ending September 30, 2024. 

Fellows receive an annual salary of $45,000 USD for a commitment of 20 hours/week (50% FTE), to be converted to, and paid in, local currency. 

Fellows may be eligible to receive Mozilla employee benefits such as private medical insurance, access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), professional development, wellness budget, and paid time off (PTO).  Benefits are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Mozilla Foundation, and are pro-rated for fellows with a part-time status. 

Details about benefits specific to your location will be discussed in the interview process if your application is successful.

Timeline

Part-time (50% or 20hrs/wk), fixed term.

Eligibility and Requirements

All applications must be in English.

Mozilla Foundation Engagement Practices:

Mozilla understands that valuing diverse creative practices and forms of knowledge are essential to and enrich our core mission. We encourage applications from everyone, including members of all equity-seeking communities, such as (but certainly not limited to) women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in this application or interview process, to perform essential functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges. Please contact us to request accommodation at accommodation@mozillafoundation.org.

Additionally, we require all participants in Mozilla’s Fellowships and Awards programs, which the positions fall under, to agree and adhere to our community participation guidelines.

Please contact fellowships@mozillafoundation.org with any questions about this  fellowship opportunity. 

Applications will be evaluated based on the selection criteria included in the job description, geographic considerations, and alignment with Mozilla’s strategic policy priorities.

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