OPEN KNOWLEDGE ADVOCACY PROGRAM (OpenCorps)

OpenCorps is an initiative led by the ROI Africa E-Learning Network in support of global efforts to promote Open Science in Africa. The vision of the program is to sensitize Africa and to generate interest in Open Science most especially in the Open Knowledge trifecta which are Open Education, Open Access and Open Data in an effort to advocate and influence policies that will increase literacy rate, encourage research & development and eliminate legal frameworks that stifles collaborations between scholars and educators. The program aims to do this by marching a strong team of young motivated advocates and educators across Africa who will ultimately becoming vehicles for social reforms in their respective countries.

Objectives

  • Advocate and promote the Open Knowledge trifecta (i.e. Open Education, Open Access and Open Data).
  • Raise community awareness on the roles of Open Knowledge in research and human capacity development in Africa.
  • Run events and create youth advocacy groups focused on Open Knowledge.
  • Act at local and international levels on Open Knowledge issues.

Duties and Responsibilities of Advocates

  • Expanding the OpenCorps network by inviting potential change agents.
  • Advocating for Open Knowledge through social media and field campaigns.
  • Hosting community awareness events, OpenTalks, trainings and club/group discussions on Open Knowledge.
  • Serve as official spokespersons for OpenCorps and coordinate local efforts to empower aspiring advocates to promote Open Knowledge.

Benefits

  • Special Certificate recognizing you as an Open Knowledge Advocate/Educator.
  • Learning and Training Experience which will improve your self-confidence.
  • Opportunity to find collaborators, launch a career and carve a niche in the field of Open Science.
  • You increase your chances of obtaining opportunities such as scholarships to attend Open Science related conferences, and be recognized by the community for the work you do to promote Open Knowledge.
  • You will be at the forefront of efforts taken by the governmental and non-governmental institutions in developing and leading a global movement for Open Knowledge.
  • The relationships you develop through OpenCorps could serve as a foundation for your future endeavors.
  • Chance to build professional and personal relationships with high-level stakeholders in civil society, business, government and the Open Science community.
  • Your experiences will become central to our network’s efforts and legacy in empowering youths in Africa to be change agents.
  • OpenCorps will enable you to make real impact while navigating through complex scenarios and overcoming difficult hurdles, preparing you for leadership challenges.

Eligibility

  • Citizen of an African country.
  • Must be resident in Africa.
  • Must be between 15-38 years.
  • Must have high interest in Open Science.
  • Must demonstrate that he/she has the time and resources to commit to this role – candidates with too many overlapping commitments will be exempted from this position.
  • Must be absolutely self-driven, accountable and responsible for meeting his/her goals.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal communications skills.

Deadline:

Ongoing

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online. Apply via: http://bit.ly/2uNJ6vl

***Please note that OpenCorps is a voluntary (non-paid) role.