Call for Applications Digital Protection Facilitation Traineeship in Sub-Saharan Africa


The Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP) is calling for applicants to participate in its Digital Protection Facilitation Traineeship in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2021. Selected participants will, in the first phase, take part in a paid 30-day traineeship sessions spread over three months between 1st April to 30th June 2021. If selected for the second phase as Digital Protection Facilitators, the participant will go on to carry out a 12 month paid accompaniment for a human rights organization in improving its digital security.

The Digital Protection Facilitation Program

The Digital Protection Facilitation was founded as the Digital Integrity Fellowship by the DDP in 2014 as a means of offering support to human rights organizations in need of improving their digital security. Under the current model, facilitators will work 10 days per month providing accompaniment, coaching and training to one organization at a time, in accordance with their needs, and contributing to other DDP activities like creation of regional resources to help organizations in the frontlines. Facilitators support the strengthening of awareness of digital security and privacy issues within the organizations, the development of resilient digital (and overall) security practices, and the well-being of the collective in general. Working with a holistic perspective, they collaborate where necessary with experts in physical security, legal support, or psychosocial well-being. In order to support the sustainability of the process, they build the capacities of internal organizational focal points who, by the end of the project, have the skills, knowledge, and networks necessary to continue updating the organization’s practices.

The Digital Protection Facilitation in Sub-Saharan Africa

DDP is now growing its team in Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on strengthening local capacities and offering coaching and mentorship along the way. This Traineeship offers activists, digital security experts and human rights organizations, collectives or networks in Sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to become trained in the DDP accompaniment model and to carry out a paid twelve month accompaniment process.
The process involves two phases: in the first phase, selected participants will take part in a 30-day remote traineeship spreading over a three-month-period from 1st April to 30th June 2021 as part of the provisional preparation to undertake accompaniment. At the end of the 3 months, all candidates will have successfully improved their skills during a first phase. Successful candidates from phase one will then be encouraged to apply to carry out a twelve-month long accompaniment of human rights organizations chosen together with the regional project team.

Who can apply to be a Trainee?

Freelancers, independent consultants and applicants that can commit ten days per month to the traineeship are invited to apply.

Applicants will be asked to provide a list of between one and three organizations which they would like to accompany if selected to participate in phase two.

Applicants must be based in Sub-Saharan Africa, speak fluent English, and identify either as an activist, human rights defender, or support them. Applicants must be willing to share and replicate the knowledge and skills gained during the training with their own organizations, networks and/or communities.

A background in Information and Communication Technologies is not necessary, though knowledge of the fundamentals of digital security and its relevance to human rights activism is required. Curiosity, motivation, collaboration and trust are core to the positive experience of a Digital Protection Facilitation process.

We particularly welcome interdisciplinary applicants, with backgrounds or experience in coaching, free and open-source software, gender-based violence, humanitarian support, human rights, open and investigative data, organizational development, training and facilitation, popular education, protection, psychosocial wellbeing, self-care/collective care, or other relevant fields.

DDP is dedicated to strengthening diversity in the field of digital security. In this regard, we offer a competitive stipend and women, LGBTIQ+ people, persons with disabilities, as well as others traditionally under-represented communities in the field, are encouraged to apply.

Which organizations can apply or receive support?

Organizations submitted by applicants for hosting their Trainee Fellowship should be not-for-profit oriented, committed to human rights, and subject to digital risks or threats. Small organizations (over 3 persons) embedded in different networks or communities, and small/medium-sized organizations developing local or regional work (on issues such as human rights, indigenous and environmental justice, Internet freedom, social transformation, education and learning, digital rights and open data, gender and LGTIQ rights, urban social movements, etc.) will be accepted. If applicants submit large networks or organizations, they may be encouraged to focus their work of accompaniment in a specific area of that network or organization.

Trust is a central part in the success of an accompaniment process between a Digital Protection Facilitator and an hosting organization as those often operate in complex environments, face different types of threats and are under pressure. Because of this, whenever possible it is recommended that applicants propose hosting organizations with whom they have already built some kind of trust relationship.


22nd of February: Call for applications open

26th of March: Call for applications close

26th of March: Short listed participants are contacted for setting up an online interview.

April: Final selected participants will be invited to the training if successful in the online interview, accepting the Code of Conduct. The Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP) will invite participants selected for the traineeship to sign a contract for 3 months (10 days per month x 3 months).

5th of April to 25th June: Traineeship for Digital Protection Facilitators

July 2021 – June 2022: Accompaniment of organizations by selected* Digital Protection Facilitators

*The Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP) will invite 5 out of the 10 participants at the traineeship to sign a contract for 12 months to accompaniment with human rights organizations (10 days per month x 12 months). The complete process of the accompaniments will have to take place within 12 months

How do I apply?

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Other relevant information and links:
DDP website
Digital First Aid Kit