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AI Manager (Remote) at Code for Africa

Code for Africa is the continent’s largest federation of independent civic technology and data journalism laboratories, which build digital democracy solutions giving citizens unfettered access to actionable information that empowers them to make informed decisions and that strengthen civic engagement for improved public governance and accountability.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: AI Manager

Location: Remote
Job Type: Full time

About the Role

  • The successful candidate will join CfA’s Technology team.
  • The Tech team is distributed across East / West Africa and benchmarks itself on similar civic technology initiatives elsewhere in the world that build digital democracy solutions.
  • As an AI Manager, you’ll be responsible for developing and implementing CfA’s AI strategy to drive positive social change.
  • Reporting directly to the CTO, you will lead and collaborate with a diverse team of technologists, designers, and product managers in designing and deploying AI-driven solutions that align with CfA’s goals.
  • You will also work closely with stakeholders to build trust, mitigate risks and increase accountability around the applications of AI.


  • Develop the vision and roadmap for impactful AI/Gen AI initiatives spanning areas such as civic engagement, public policy, journalism, and social impact.
  • Build and lead a high-performing team of AI professionals capable of implementing this vision, fostering their professional growth, expertise, and collaboration.
  • Uphold best practices across the AI lifecycle – unbiased data, transparent modelling, and ethical deployment.
  • Collaborate across teams to identify high-impact, socially beneficial AI use cases and ensure seamless integration.
  • Build trust by engaging all stakeholders, communities, government, and industry to align AI efforts.
  • Spearhead robust governance for ethical AI that mitigates risks and increases accountability
  • Lead AI literacy and capacity-building initiatives across stakeholder groups.
  • Explore innovative practices like participatory AI for increased representation and inclusion.
  • Represent the organisation’s AI thought leadership and build strategic AI partnerships.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science / Mathematics / Engineering or a related technical field
  • 3+ years driving successful AI/ML applications in engineering, research or product roles.
  • Expertise in modern AI techniques such as NLP, Multimodal LLMs (such as Meta’s LLaMA), and Python.
  • Proven ability to build and manage high-performing AI teams that deliver cost-effective AI/ML solutions.
  • Understanding of socio-cultural contexts related to AI use cases across Africa.
  • Passion for applying ethical, human-centred AI design to create a positive societal impact.
  • Exceptional communication skills to build trust and AI understanding across stakeholders.


  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science / Mathematics / Data Science or a related technical field.
  • Experience with civic tech tools and platforms, particularly election and media monitoring, transparency and accountability, or data platforms.
  • Experience working with government agencies, civil society organisations (CSOs) or community-based organisations (CBOs) in Africa.
  • Experience with data analysis, visualisation, or storytelling to communicate complex AI/ML concepts to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of grant management processes and experience in working with international donors is a plus.

Application Closing Date
30th June, 2024

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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