Africa Check, set up in 2012 to tackle misinformation and improve public debate across the continent, is looking for candidates from around Africa to join our Board of Trustees from January 2019, to help oversee our next stage of development.
Founded as the continent’s first independent fact-checking organisation, Africa Check operates today in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa:
- Checking the accuracy of hundreds of key claims every year
- Making accurate information easily available on leading topics
- Working with others to curb the harmful impact on society of misinformation about topics from health to society
- Running the annual African Fact-Checking Awards and supporting new fact-checking organisations around the continent
- Providing training in fact-checking and verification skills to the media and young people in particular
Our work has impact. We win corrections from national politicians and institutions and international bodies. We have changed the way many in politics and the media work. We partner with the media, social media platforms such as Google and Facebook and professional bodies. “Africa Check is a tool that empowers others in the democratic space to enact their democracy,” as Pierre de Vos, of the University of Cape Town, says.
The body that oversees this work is the Africa Check Board of Trustees, registered in South Africa, but with oversight of our work in all our operating countries. Meeting three times a year, it ensures we meet our obligations, agrees our overall strategy and verifies that we work in line with our declared mission and principles.
In January 2019, we are renewing the board and so invite applications for these unpaid Trustee positions:
- Oversight of Business Operations
- Oversight of HR & organisational development
- Oversight of adherence to our mission and principles
We seek, in particular, applicants from Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa. Board meetings will be held in English. The deadline for this round of applications is close of business Friday 16 November.
To express your interest
Please email the Executive Director, Peter Cunliffe-Jones, on email@example.com with a covering letter explaining your interest and relevant skills and experience, and a CV. Please put “Trustee application” in the subject-line.
If you have any questions about the role you are welcome to contact Peter by the same email address.
Please note that the decision on who may be invited to become a trustee is one for the current trustees alone.