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African Elections Project: Opportunity for Ghana Election Coverage Volunteers


Penplusbytes ( is a leader in new media and innovations; mining, oil and gas and the use of new digital technologies to promote good governance and democracy. It is seeking volunteers for the coverage of 2016 elections in Ghana.

Job Descriptions for Volunteers for the Elections

Reporters/Journalists/bloggers –

  • Research and write stories/blogs on elections for online platforms.
  • Create image links and ensure links are up to date.
  • Ensure blog(s) are accessible from a variety of different environments.
  • Perform continuous enhancements and modifications to blogs.
  • Respond promptly to blog comments and email.
  • Contribute to research work.

Editors –

  • Copy edit content including posts on twitter and Facebook
  • Edit and create layout for new articles and features.
  • Ensure images are delivered to the viewer at sufficient high speed and quality.
  • Interface collaboratively with web design team to insure cohesiveness between stories and blogs for corporate web site and other platforms.

Social Media Analyst –

  • Lead in the creation, conception, and presentation of social media strategy for elections 2016
  • Analyse trends and content (posts) on various social media platforms to make predictions/forecasts.
  • Provide metrics of traffic statistics, reports and blog comment feedback to appropriate people.
  • Write reports for the Elections team to show which topics or issues are trending and how they are likely to impact on votes.
  • Increase the overall exposure of Penplusbytes elections work though search engine optimization (SEO) by using key words.
  • Study emerging social media tools and observe how often those platforms and tools are used.
  • Monitor emerging social media tools to see how they can be incorporated into wider analysis.
  • Use analysis to interpret social media and other online data to react to issues and other concerns that may affect the elections coverage.


  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Must be team players, but able to work independently when needed.
  • Degree in Communications, New Media or Public Relations.

Social Media Assistants –

  • Responsible for creating and maintaining a presence on social media sites, which include Facebook, Twitter, Flickr as well as any organisational blogs.
  • Responsible for posting content on elections social media platforms.
  • Monitor emerging social media tools and find ways how they can be incorporated into the elections coverage.
  • Use creativity and social media networks to help generate awareness and promote Penplusbytes Elections coverage.


  • Must have creative writing ability.
  • Must be team players, but able to work independently when needed.
  • Degree in Communications, Marketing or Public Relations.

Field officers/Monitors –

  • Send information from the field and verify information sent by citizens.
  • Be able to keep confidential information.
  • Maintain effective relationships with counterparts in the CSO sector to promote and strengthen coordinated support for Penplusbytes project.


  • Must be team players, but able to work independently when needed.
  • Degree in Political Studies

To Apply 

To apply for any of these positions, kindly follow and complete the form in this link: The application deadline for this position is May 12th 2016.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. We thank all applicants.