Job offer : web community moderator (Africa)

Job offer : web community moderator (Africa)

Deadline: as soon as filled
Starting date: 1st November 2016
Location: African country part of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint programme on FGM/C*
Employer: GAMS Belgium

About the project “Building bridges between Africa and Europe to tackle FGM/C”

The overall aim of the project is to increase the effectiveness of actions against FGM/C and improve the living conditions of women and girls in Europe and in Africa by building bridges between professionals (media, health, psycho-social, etc.), communities from targeted African countries and migrant communities, CSOs and relevant professionals in Europe, through exchanging, implementing and adapting good practices, positive messages and mutual learning.

A Community of practice (CoPs) will be set up on psycho-sexual care of women with FGM/C. CoPs are “groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better”. They are an easy way to interact online between professionals, CBOs, researchers, in order to share best practices on a specific theme. Group discussion via email, web platforms, webinars and videoconferences will be used to interact.

In a building bridge perspective, the moderation of the CoP will be managed by one person at GAMS Belgium, in Europe, and by one person based in Africa.

Job Description
The African web community moderator will work with the European equivalent in the set up and moderation of the Community of practice. The adhesion to the CoP will be open to professionals interested in contributing to the exchange of best practices.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply for this position.

Key responsibilities (together with European moderator)

  • Set up the Community of practice: Facebook page, blog, Google group, etc.
  • Communicate the creation of the CoP among CSOs, professionals, institutions, Universities and networks working on FGM/C in order to stimulate interest
  • Co-moderate the web community of practice
  • Coordinate meetings (web and real-life)
  • Organize web events such as webinars
  • Support partners in organising live events
  • Disseminate project outcomes (videos, photo exhibition, tools, etc)
  • Participate in drafting of project reports
  • Any other task related to the position

Knowledge, skills and abilities


  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to use social media in a professional setting (Facebook, twitter…)
  • Ability to work mainly in French
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

Proficiency in the use of…

  • Windows Office pack
  • Social media (Facebook, etc.)
  • Blogs (CMS)


  • Working knowledge of English
  • Experience from volunteer or paid work within the NGO secto
  • Understanding of violence against women, gender issues and female genital mutilation/cutting
  • Experience in working on gender-based violence and/or human rights
  • Knowledge of other languages is an asset

Previous experience of working on CoPs is an asset but not a requirement. Both moderators will be trained at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium at the end of 2016, before the launch of the CoP.

Personal characteristics:
•    Adaptability
•    Ethics
•    Good at building relationships
•    Work as part of a team
•    Organised

Working Conditions:

  • This is a paid position
  • Flexible location in Africa (country concerned by FGM/C)
  • Laptop, internet connection and phone will be provided
  • The role is required to work 20 hours per week
  • The person should be able to go to Brussels for training (approx. one week)
  • The assignment is from 1st November 2016 to 31st December 2017

How to apply:
If interested, please apply by sending a CV and a motivation letter in French to

* Countries member of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint programme on FGM/C
1. Djibouti
2. Egypt
3. Ethiopia
4. Guinea Conakry
5. Guinea Bissau
6. Kenya
7. Senegal
8. Sudan
9. Burkina Faso
10. Gambia
11. Uganda
12. Somalia
13. Eritrea
14. Mali
15. Mauritania

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