Job: Central African Republic: Conflict Sensitive Journalism Trainer
Supporting Local Media To Inform & Engage
with Vulnerable Populations
Position: Conflict Sensitive Journalism Trainer (CSJT)
Reports to: Humanitarian Journalism Trainer (HJT)
Location: Embedded within different radio stations in the regions as security allows
Duration: 11 months
Anticipated start date: Immediately, ASAP, no later than mid February, 2014
Deadline for applications: Jan 12, 2013 (23:59 GMT)
Position subject to confirmation of funding
For the past three years, Internews and its local partner, the Association of Journalists for Human Rights (le Réseau des Journalistes pour les Droits de l’Homme –RJDH), have worked very closely to connect and support a unique network of 13 community radio stations with one another and create and set up a Community Radio Correspondents Network (CRCN) through a Coordination Centre in Bangui run by the RJDH.
Since the beginning of the current crisis in December 2012, the RJDH has consistently reported on the crisis and produced scores of stories on the rebellion, the ensuing humanitarian crisis, its impact on communities across the country and the efforts made by the humanitarian community to address some of the most pressing humanitarian needs in CAR.
The objectives of this project are to:
- Create access to timely, accurate and well-targeted information for local communities by supporting, rebuilding and establishing community radio stations and reinforcing community correspondents’ networks in the conflict affected regions.
- Establish two-way communication flows between the media and humanitarian agencies to ensure affected communities have access to timely, accurate and well-targeted information so they can make informed decisions to protect their lives and livelihoods and participate in the transitional process aimed at returning the country to constitutional order, effective government and civil peace. This program will support the RDJDH Coordination Center in the production of centralized news and information outputs, including an e-newsletter, a news website, a crisismap and setting up a radio production facility for the production of a national radio program.
- Build the capacity of the RJDH, the network of community radios and community correspondents to continue to report accurately and reliably on the humanitarian crises, and the ongoing political situation and mitigate conflict through conflict sensitive reporting.
This project will also assist the humanitarian community to be more effective, transparent and accountable by enabling communities to better access relief services, understand aid operations and communicate with aid providers.
Violent conflict is also a threat for local journalists and local media organizations. But at times of crisis, good journalism is most important.
By providing reliable, timely information to the public, local reporters can assist their own communities to be better informed about the conflict beyond violent incidents and casualty figures. Local reporters can seek and analyze possible solutions that can potentially alter the way those communities deal with the own conflicts. And in order to do that, journalists need to understand more about the roots of the conflict, how that conflict may develop and how it may end.
The Conflict Sensitive Journalism Trainer (CSJT) will be embedded within a number of community radio stations providing training, mentoring and technical support to effectively run them under the premise of Do-No-Harm.
Under the supervision of the Humanitarian Journalism Trainer (HJT), the CSJT will design, implement and oversee all aspects of an ongoing training and mentoring program for a number of community radio stations as well as the network of community radio stations and community radio correspondents, including Training-of-Trainers.
The core of the CSJT will be embedded within a number of community radio stations providing training, mentoring and technical support to effectively run them under the premise of Do-No-Harm.
More specifically, the CJST will:
- Support a number of community radio stations in the daily management of their stations and in the production of high quality programming.
- Design, implement and oversee all aspects of an ongoing training and mentoring program for a number of community radio stations as well as the network of community radio stations and community radio correspondents, including Training-of-Trainers. This includes adapting/translating curriculum and the conflict sensitive journalism manuals to the local CAR context.
- Produce regular multimedia materials (i.e. blog posts, photos, podcasts) documenting the life of the project for external audiences, as required.
- Prepare and assemble materials for monthly and quarterly reports, in compliance with donor guidelines, including documenting achievements and challenges for Internews learning purposes, as required.
- Liaise with international media and promote Internews’ work, as required.
- Any other duties as required.
- Fluency in spoken and written French and English.
- Extensive experience in journalism training and mentoring.
- Extensive experience in facilitation and training using hands-on participatory approaches. Previous experience in Conflict Sensitive Journalism will be an asset.
- Extensive experience working (i.e. reporting, training…) in crises and relief operations, preferably in Sub-Saharan French- speaking Africa. Previous experience in CAR will be an asset.
- Very good working knowledge of the mandates and modalities of the international humanitarian sector.
- Fluency in use of digital field recording equipment, basic studio equipment and software, such as Adobe Audition and/or CoolEdit Pro.
- Demonstrated skills in partnership/stakeholder management.
- Sensitivity to cross-cultural dynamics in the work place.
- Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team in a challenging and a highly fluid environment.
- Good interpersonal and networking skills to liaise authoritatively with figures from the local media community and the international aid sector.
- Ability to adjust to shifting political circumstances and create programming accordingly.
- An understanding of the vision/mission, core values and objectives of Internews.
- Understanding of and passion for the area of communications with refugees and disaster affected communities.
- Excellent communication and reporting skills, both written and oral.
- Excellent time management and the ability to prioritize a heavy workload under pressure.
- Excellent administrative and organisational skills.
- Willingness to work in demanding, stressful, and, at times, dangerous situations under difficult living conditions with respect for basic security rules.
- Psychological resilience and a sense of humour.