ASToN is a network of 12 cities across Africa using digital tools to overcome local and global challenges. With over 30 million citizens between them, the cities are responding to questions like:

How can a transition to digital technology improve my city for citizens and what should I be doing about it?

How might we collaborate and learn together with other cities to make that transition faster and more sustainable?

How can we make sure no one is left behind in the process?

Which digital experiments can I run that can have a positive impact on my city and citizens at scale?

Through a 2 year programme of peer exchange and learning, engaging local stakeholders and experimentation, ASToN cities are accelerating progress towards becoming sustainable and inclusive places to live and work.

From now to mid-2022, the ASToN network and its cities will draw on ad-hoc support from experts. We are seeking 3 main types of expertise:

  • Peer learning:​ Support to design and deliver exchange and learning activities across the 12 countries.
  • Urban policy challenges:​ in particular in digital governance and Smart Cities related areas.
  • Participatory policy design and delivery:​ support for local authorities to collaborate with a broad range of local stakeholders so they can co-design and deliver progressive policies.

You will work at network and / or city level, and will be able to work in either English, French, or both. For some roles Arabic or Portuguese will also be useful. You will provide thematic expertise, or support with the methodology for specific activities (e.g. thematic input at our all-city Summits, facilitating local workshops, producing thematic tools, reports or short research pieces).

Download the position description in ​English, here​ or in F​rench, here​ for further details and to apply.

If you are interested and have suitable expertise, we are receiving applications in French or English at any time until April 2022. ​All applications must be sent by email to Thierry PICQUART, Head of the ASToN Project Unit thierry.picquart@aston-network.org


The French Urban Regeneration Agency ANRU has partnered with the French International Development Agency AFD to create a network of African cities around smart city issues (African Smart Towns Network – ASToN). ANRU also manages the European URBACT programme (currently URBACT III) which has already worked with more than 1000 cities across Europe. ASToN is drawing on that method and is the first network of its kind in Africa.