Community Information Volunteer (CIV) Program

ALIN’S Community Information Volunteer (CIV) Program was designed to assist young graduates gain employment skills through community work by supporting development and sharing of local content.

The programme primarily aims at meeting three objectives;

  1. Increase and improve content generation for exchange through ALIN’s electronic channels such the Open Knowledge Network project, market information systems and other publications produced by ALIN
  2. Build the skills of community development workers and community members in documentation skills
  3. Offer exposure and practical experience to young documentalists and journalists in the field of development communication

The Volunteer Programme has been designed to engage each group of graduates for a period of 12 months. By the end of the 12 months, a fresh lot would be ready to join the Programme creating an overlap for purposes of continuity. With time, this Programme will create a pool of ‘former’ Volunteers who will no doubt be absorbed into various fields in the communication industry. ALIN will maintain the strong database of contacts for purposes of networking.

The pioneer lot of Volunteers (10 women and two men) is drawn from various reputable institutions of Mass Communication and Journalism. The 12 were been posted to the various Focal Groups that are implementing the Open Knowledge Network, eight in Kenya and three in Tanzania. These are Garissa, Isiolo, Kyuso-Mwingi, Nyahururu, Isinya, and Magadi in Kenya; Dodoma, Shinyanga and Kayanga in Tanzania.

ALIN will continue to build on the new experiences as well learning from existing Volunteer Programmes to better this initiative.

Criteria for Joining ALIN’s Volunteer Programme

  • A fresh graduate of Communication, Journalism or Media Studies from a reputable institution
  • Under 27 years of age, preferable single
  • Willing to work in rural communities

    • Volunteers’ Terms of Reference

      • To collect (through interviews, observation, research etc) and send to ALIN a minimum of eight local and development-related articles every week for publishing via the Open Knowledge Network and other channels
      • To monitor information downloads through the WorldSpace technology while establishing an information storage system – both electronic and manual
      • To innovatively disseminate the downloaded information to the community
      • To seek, follow up and document study cases where information obtained through the ALIN Focal Group has been used and show its impacts on the livelihoods of the recipients
      • To research and document projects of interest in the locality for publication in ALIN’s information products
      • To build the skills of the local community in writing, editing, and use of computers for information management and communication