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Media Officer (Africa)
Media Officer (Africa)
Deadline: Sunday 19th August 2018
Hours: part-time, working 2 days per week
Salary: EUR 7,254.46 per annum (for working 2 days a week) plus 10% contribution to National Social Security Fund (NSSF)
Minority Rights Group is currently looking for a new Media Officer. This role will be based in Africa, preferably in our office in Kampala, Uganda.
The post will be 2 days per week, until October 2020 (the duration of the currently funded programme on which the post holder will be working), including the possibility for extension depending on future programmes and fundraising possibilities.
Purpose of the job
The purpose of this exciting new post is to help Minority Rights Group (MRG*) achieve its aims and objectives through the implementation of its media programmes. Primarily this will be coordinating MRG’s new 3-year programme “Reporting Effectively on Minorities, Migration and Development”, which will focus on capacity building of Journalists and Media Officers in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia to report more effectively on minority issues related to international development and migration.
As Media Officer (Africa), the post holder will be expected to develop and oversee the delivery of the project’s activities in Africa.
Activities will include: supporting the delivery of an online training course for journalists and journalism students (specifically assisting participants in completing assignments relating to minority and indigenous communities in Africa), conducting capacity building trainings, and coordinating field visits for journalists to meet minority and indigenous communities in sub-Saharan Africa.
In addition to implementing the above programme, the post holder will also be responsible for developing and implementing MRG’s overall Communications Strategy for Africa. This will include developing contacts with relevant media personnel, undertaking media outreach in the region and also supporting our other programmes in Africa, to more effectively target media.
Essential Experience and qualities
- At least 2 years’ experience as either a journalist or a media officer or similar post with a particular focus and successful track record in achieving multimedia (print, broadcast or online) coverage in international media.
- A successful track record of designing and implementing media capacity building programmes for journalists and civil society.
- At least 2 years’ experience in each of at least two out of the following four areas:
1. Experience with print, radio, TV and online media.
2. Experience of news as well as features and documentaries in some or all of these formats.
3. Experience of making short films, visual media content and/or photography.
4. Project implementation: budgets, logistics, monitoring, planning and evaluating.
- Experience of working with, or on issues related to, asylum seekers/refugees, migrants, minority or indigenous communities in Africa.
- Designing and delivering training programmes for journalists and civil society organisations.
- Organising media events, including press conferences, with the aim of influencing (including influencing senior personnel in organisations).
- Demonstrated understanding of the importance of achieving balanced coverage, showing sensitivity towards issues concerning minorities and indigenous peoples plus the importance of avoiding sensationalising stories.
- Detailed knowledge of debates about minority and indigenous peoples’ rights in Africa.
- Experience in research and writing on minority and indigenous peoples’ rights issues in Africa.
- A good knowledge of African minority and indigenous communities.
- Some experience of liaising with or working in Community-Based Organisations or NGOs.
- Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines.
- Ability to work in a team but also use own initiative.
- Ability to stay calm under pressure and to assess and absorb information quickly.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and ability to gain the confidence of members of minority communities and public officials.
- Excellent communication, writing skills and presentation skills (in English).13. Ability to work in multicultural teams.
- Knowledge of gender issues and willingness and ability to mainstream in all work.
- Ability and willingness to travel.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to network and nurture contacts.
- Fluent written and spoken English.
For full details, please see the Job Description and Person Specification.
How to apply:
All candidates who wish to apply for the above post must submit their completed MRG Application Form together with the Equal Opportunities Questionnaire to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 19th August 2018.
Please note we do not accept CVs.
To be considered for this opportunity you must either already have or be able to show us that you would be able to obtain work permission to live and work in the location where the role may be based, e.g. Kampala or any other suitable and mutually agreed location).