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  2. New York, September 24, 2021 — Congolese authorities should immediately release journalist Pierre Sosthène Kambidi and ensure the press across the country can work without fear or intimidation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On September 20, plainclothes military officers arrested Kambidi, a correspondent for Agence France-Presse and the local news website Actualite.cd, at the Sultani Hotel in the capital, Kinshasa, according to one of Kambidi’s lawyers, Gode Kabongo, who spoke to CPJ by phone; Actualite.cd publication director Patient Ligodi, who visited the journalist in detention on September 22 and spoke to CPJ by phone; and reports by Actualite.cd and Radio France Internationale (RFI), the French public broadcaster, where Kambidi occasionally contributes coverage. The journalist was taken into custody and initially questioned as a witness in the case of the 2017 killing of U.N. experts Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan in the country’s Kasai Central region, and was subsequently accused of the alleged crimes of terrorism, criminal association, and insurrection, according to the reports by Actualite and RFI. Kambidi has not been formally charged and is being held at the office of the auditor-general, an authority responsible for military justice in the country, according to Ligodi and those reports. According to Ligodi and another report by RFI, Kambidi’s arrest was connected with the prosecutor’s desire to know how Kambidi came to possess footage of the killings of Sharp and Catalan, as well as how he knew details surrounding their deaths. Kambidi had participated extensively in reporting about the killings and other violence in the area, according to posts on Twitter by Sonia Rolley, an RFI reporter who covers the region, and Axel Gordh Humlesjö, an investigative journalist working for Sveriges Television, Sweden’s public broadcaster. “Journalist Pierre Sosthène Kambidi should never have been arrested, and his detention without charge by military authorities sends a chilling message to the press in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” said Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa program coordinator, in Durban, South Africa. “Congolese authorities must respect Kambidi’s right to keep his sources confidential, and should immediately release him and drop any investigation into his work.” Military prosecutors questioned Kambidi about the case without a lawyer present on September 21, and U.N. experts appointed by the U.N. secretary general to assist in the investigation of Sharp and Catalan’s deaths participated via videoconference, RFI reported. The following day, after Kambidi was granted access to a lawyer, authorities from the military further questioned him for about eight hours, according to Bienvenu-Marie Bakumanya, deputy director of the AFP bureau in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who spoke to CPJ by phone after visiting Kambidi today to deliver him food. U.N. experts participated in this session as well, Bakumanya said. Auditor-General Lucien-Rene Likulia Bakumi responded to CPJ’s phone call for comment by referring questions to Cyprien Muwawu, the magistrate responsible for Kambidi’s case. CPJ called Muwawu for comment, but no one answered. Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General António Guterres, responded to CPJ’s emailed questions, including about the U.N. experts’ involvement in the questioning of Kambidi when his lawyer was not present. In his emailed reply, Dujarric reiterated points made in today’s midday briefing at U.N. headquarters in New York, a video of which was posted on the U.N. website. The experts assisting the investigation into Sharp and Catalan’s killings do not “interrogate witnesses or suspects directly,” he said, adding that “support provided by the U.N. includes guidance to ensure that the investigation is conducted in a manner consistent with international law.” He further added that at no point during the two days of questioning that the experts attended was Kambidi “asked or pressured” to “reveal his sources.” View the full article
  3. On June 21, 2021 at least 10 armed men, some of whom wore military uniforms, forced their way into the home of Daniel Michombero, a freelance reporter based in the DRC’s eastern Goma city, by breaking the windows of his doors, according to the journalist, who spoke with CPJ over the phone and messaging app and reports by the privately owned local news site Libre Grand Lacs and French language broadcaster TV5 Monde, which covered the incident in a broadcast posted to Facebook. Goma is the capital of the DRC’s North Kivu province, which remains under military control in response to insecurity, according to news reports. Michombero said that as the men entered he ran onto the roof of his home and began making noise to alert his neighbors; the men then aggressively questioned his wife about his whereabouts, threatened to kill him, and took a bag containing his camera, microphones, headphones, a recorder, two cell phones, a laptop, a hard drive, a tripod, and lighting equipment. The men also attacked his wife, who was holding their child, according to Michombero and Libre Grand Lacs. The men struck her in the head, arm, and hip with a knife, he added. The journalist said the attack lasted less than 20 minutes and the men left without finding him. According to the journalist and the same media report, the police only arrived the next day to review the damage. Michombero said that he had also filed a complaint about the attack with the local police on June 22, but told CPJ on September 21 that he still had not received any response. Michombero said that the attack may have been in response to his reporting on the recent Nyiragongo volcano eruption north of Goma, which he covered for various outlets, including the U.S. Congress-funded Voice of America, the Africanews website, and TV5 Monde, which posted the broadcasts on its Facebook page. The coverage detailed how people had not been warned about the eruption, the humanitarian crises facing those affected, and those peoples’ sense of abandonment by authorities, according to CPJ’s review. The journalist also reported on the effects of the eruption via posts on his Facebook page. “You talk too much in your reports, you don’t need your life anymore? It’s over today. Talk again. We’ll take whatever you use to disturb people. Give us your materials quickly and if you continue we will kill you,” Michombero recalled the men shouting as they searched the home. Michombero said that during the attack the men also destroyed his television and damaged a table. CPJ reviewed images of the damage to the TV and the table provided by the journalist. The journalist told CPJ that he had only been able to work a bit since the attack by borrowing equipment. CPJ’s request for comment sent by text to Abdu Bikulu, the chief of the local police station where Michombero lodged his complaint, and by messaging app to two other local officers whose contacts the journalist shared with CPJ went unanswered. Reached by phone, Guillaume Njike Kaiko, a spokesperson for the military in the area, told CPJ that he was not aware of the incident and that Michombero should contact him about what happened. In mid-August 2021, three unidentified assailants killed Joël Mumbere Musavuli, director of the privately owned broadcaster Radio Télévision Communautaire Babombi, in his home in Bucha-Kenya village in the DRC’s northeastern Ituri province, according to CPJ research at the time. Months earlier, in May, armed men entered the home of journalist Parfait Katoto in Biakato town, also in Ituri province, and threatened to kill him, CPJ documented. View the full article
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  5. When Komlanvi Ketohou fled Togo in early 2021, he left behind his home, his family, and his cell phone that the gendarmerie seized when they arrested and detained him over a report published by his newspaper, L’Independant Express. In July, Ketohou, who goes by Carlos, learned that the phone number connected to the device they took may have been targeted for surveillance years before his arrest. The revelation came via the Pegasus Project, a collaborative global media investigation detailing how thousands of leaked phone numbers, including many that belonged to journalists, were allegedly selected for potential surveillance by clients of the Israeli firm NSO Group. In addition to Ketohou, Togolese journalist Ferdinand Ayité, director of L’Alternative newspaper, was also on the Pegasus Project list, according to Forbidden Stories, one of the project’s partners. A third Togolese journalist, freelancer Luc Abaki, was similarly selected as a potential spyware target, according to a representative from Amnesty International, another of the project’s partners, who confirmed his number’s listing to Abaki and then to CPJ. Ferdinand Ayité (left), director of Togolese newspaper L’Alternative, and freelance reporter Luc Abaki (right) learned that their phone numbers were allegedly selected for potential surveillance. (Photos: Ferdinand Ayité and Luc Abaki) The use of NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware on these journalists’ phones has not been confirmed and NSO Group denied any connection to the list. But the three journalists told CPJ in multiple interviews conducted via email, phone, and messaging app that learning of their status as potential surveillance targets heightened their sense of insecurity, even as they continue to work in the profession. “I spent nightmarish nights thinking about all my phone activities. My private life, my personal problems in the hands of strangers,” Ketohou said. “It’s scary. And it’s torture for me.” The potential use of Pegasus spyware to surveil journalists in Togo adds to an already lengthy list of the country’s press freedom concerns. In recent years, journalists in Togo have been arrested and attacked, had their newspapers suspended over critical coverage, and struggled to work amid disrupted access to internet and messaging apps, CPJ has documented. NSO Group has said it only sells its spyware, which allows the user to secretly monitor a target’s phone, to governments for use investigating crime and terrorism. Yet Pegasus has been repeatedly used to target members of civil society around the world, including Togolese clergy in 2019, according to Citizen Lab, a University of Toronto-based research group which investigates spyware. Over 300 Togolese numbers appeared on the Pegasus Project list of potential targets, Le Monde, another partner in the project, reported. “I was very afraid,” Ketohou told CPJ after he said he was informed by Forbidden Stories that his number was listed in 2017 and 2018. He said it confirmed his decision to go into exile, where he started a new news site, L’Express International, after Togo’s media regulator barred L’Independant Express from publishing in early 2021 as CPJ documented. He asked CPJ not to disclose his location for security reasons. Ketohou told CPJ that he couldn’t point to a specific article that may have triggered potential surveillance, but said that at the time his phone was selected his newspaper was reporting on nationwide protests—which began in 2017—opposing President Faure Gnassingbé’s rule. His position at the time as president of the Togolese Press Patronage, a local media owners association, and membership in the Togolese League for Human Rights (LTDH) advocacy group may have contributed to interests in having his phone monitored, Ketohou added. L’Alternative director Ayité told CPJ that he was not certain what caused his phone number to be selected in 2018, as Forbidden Stories informed him, but that year his newspaper published what he described as “sensitive” reports on the political crisis surrounding the protests and the mediation efforts by surrounding countries. He said the selection of his number for potential surveillance fit a pattern of Togolese authorities’ efforts to intimidate him and L’Alternative. In February, CPJ documented how Togo’s media regulator for the second time in less than a year suspended L’Alternative; Ayité told CPJ in late July that the suspension ended in June. In a separate incident, in November 2020 a local court ordered Ayité and L’Alternative each to pay 2 million Western African francs (US$3,703) in damages to a Togo official who complained that their reporting on his alleged embezzlement violated the country’s press code; Ayité told CPJ that he has appealed the court order and that the next hearing is scheduled to be held on October 10. Unlike the other two journalists, Abaki said he was taking a break from journalism in 2018, the year he was listed for potential targeting, according to the Amnesty International representative. But Abaki, who has been freelancing since last year, has also had his journalism impeded by authorities. In 2017, Togo’s media regulator closed La Chaîne du Futur and City FM, the television and radio stations he directed at the time, over alleged administrative issues, according to the government of Togo’s website. Abaki told CPJ that the closure was a political reprisal against a local politician who owned the station. CPJ’s questions to Togo’s Broadcast and Communications High Authority, sent via the contact page on its website, as well as by text message to its president, Willybrond Télou Pitalounani, went unanswered. Abaki said that being listed for surveillance was “extremely traumatic,” adding “there is no private life.” “I told myself that I could have died, since the other journalists targeted from the other countries were murdered,” Ketohou told CPJ. The Guardian reported that around the time Saudi Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in 2018, phones belonging to his associates and family, including his wife and fiancée, were targeted with Pegasus spyware. Separately, The Guardian also reported that freelance Mexican journalist Cecilio Pineda Birto was selected for surveillance with the spyware a month before his assassination in 2017. Spyware attacks often occur alongside other press freedom violations, CPJ has found. “There is a huge psychological impact of knowing that someone in this country is taking control of your phone, violating your privacy,” Ayité told CPJ, adding that his broader safety and privacy concerns had already caused him to limit his dating and other personal relationships. “I will be even more careful and vigilant you never know where the fatal blow will come from. I am a journalist on borrowed time.” CPJ’s calls to Akodah Ayewouadan, Togo’s minister of communication and spokesperson for the government, rang unanswered. In July, President Gnassingbé said he “can’t confirm” the use of Pegasus spyware to target his political opponents, according to Le Monde. “Each sovereign state is organizing itself to face what threatens it with the means at its disposal,” he said. In an email to CPJ, NSO Group said that “NSO will thoroughly investigate any credible proof of misuse of its technologies” and “will shut down the system where necessary.” NSO did not directly respond to CPJ’s questions about the mental health implications of its technology’s sale and use. Meanwhile, Ketohou has vowed to plow ahead with his journalistic work. “I have increased security around me, my internet activities, my work,” he said. But the experience, he added, “did not deter or intimidate me in my work as a journalist or human rights defender.” View the full article
  6. Country: Belgium Organization: Oxfam Closing date: 12 Oct 2021 Contract: Fixed term 10 months internship Allowance: €1140 net per month plus €75 home allowance Oxfam International is unable to guarantee the obtaining of a work permit for the role. Candidates must have and be able to retain the legal right to work in Belgium. Flexible working: We believe flexible working is key to building the Secretariat of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of working arrangements that might work for you. The Role Oxfam International Secretariat is looking for an enthusiastic and well-organized intern to help promote our work on issues ranging from the coronavirus crisis to migration, from tax justice to climate change, from income inequality to humanitarian assistance through creative and strategic media and communications work. You will gain hands-on experience working with the EU advocacy and the global media team of a leading international non-governmental organization. You will develop your media drafting, social media, project management and analytical skills; and you will acquire practical knowledge of EU policy-making and legislative processes. Please see the Internship profile for further details. Key responsibilities Help design, implement and review Oxfam’s EU media and communications strategies. Keep Oxfam’s EU social media accounts up-to-date, help identify opportunities for social media engagement, further develop the social media strategy, extend reach and improve targeting of social media posts. Draft media products such as press releases as well as contributions to the weekly internal newsletter. Conduct media monitoring and analysis. Support in keeping Oxfam’s website up to date. Help organise advocacy and media events. Support in developing the media database. Support in managing the Oxfam EU media inbox. Secondment: there are opportunities to discuss spending a portion of the traineeship with the advocacy team to gain an insight into a particular theme (e.g. climate justice). Our next EU Media and Communications Assistant will require a range of skills and experience. Candidates should show a strong interest in communication and politics to achieve change in the world. Excellent written and oral English language skills. Good knowledge of other major European languages is a plus. Some previous work experience or volunteering, especially in social media and/or journalism, is desirable. Candidates must be effective team players with the ability to work and think independently, to help coordinating work in a team, and to be resourceful and proactive. Candidates must be organised and be able to multi-task. A strong command of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is a must; social media, layout/design, photo and/or video editing as well as multimedia skills are highly desirable. Basic knowledge of EU decision-making politics and processes is a plus. An educational background or training in communications and journalism or international politics and development is desirable, but not a must. What we offer This role will give you an opportunity to get hands on experience in a busy NGO working to influence EU policy as well as gaining exposure to many aspects of Oxfam International’s EU Advocacy Office’s work and activities, in the context of the worldwide Oxfam confederation At Oxfam, we believe that every aspect of our work can lead to a positive outcome. If you have the same opinion, together with the ability to meet the challenges involved, this role offers scope for immense personal fulfilment – as well as outstanding opportunities to develop your career. Oxfam is committed to providing a fair internship allowance and to providing a flexible, supportive, working environment About us Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty. We are an international confederation of 20 organizations (affiliates) plus the Oxfam International Secretariat, working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in around 90 countries. Oxfam’s EU Advocacy Office challenges EU policies to make them work for people in poverty. The Oxfam International Secretariat is currently headquartered in Nairobi, with offices in Oxford, Washington DC, New York, Brussels, Geneva, and a liaison office with the Africa Union in Addis Ababa. All our work is led by our core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness, Courage, Solidarity and Equality. Our commitment to safeguarding Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us. Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Please note that Oxfam International participates in the Inter-Agency Scheme for the Disclosure of Safeguarding-related Misconduct in Recruitment Processes within the Humanitarian and Development Sector. Under this scheme, if you have been employed by another member of the scheme, we will request information from that organization on any misconduct history in accordance with the terms of the scheme. For scheme details please click here Oxfam International is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity and inclusion within the workplace. How to apply: Please apply via Oxfam International website here. Please upload a current CV and answers to the questions below in one document. Please note applications that do not have a CV and a completed questionnaire will not be considered. Questionnaire for applications Please answer all questions and respect the maximum length indicated for each question, otherwise your application will not be considered. How is your previous experience related to this internship offer? What do you expect to get out of this internship? (Max. 150 words) What can you bring to Oxfam International’s EU Advocacy Office and its team? (Max. 150 words) Name the three most important methods or tools available to NGOs to influence EU policies through communications and media work and give a short explanation for your choice. (1-2 sentences of explanation per bullet point) Please explain in one paragraph each why the following two topics are important for Oxfam, and what its top-line position is/should be. (70-100 words per paragraph) The economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis The situation of refugees and migrants The economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis Please summarise your application in one tweet. (Max. 280 characters and emojis welcome) View the full article
  7. Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Organization: Islamic Relief Closing date: 10 Oct 2021 Islamic Relief is an independent humanitarian and development organisation which has been saving and transforming lives since 1984. With an active presence in over 40 countries across the globe, we strive to make the world a better and fairer place for those affected by poverty, conflicts and natural disasters. During this exciting period of growth, we are currently recruiting for the position of ‘Social Media Coordinator' to join Islamic Relief UK’s award-winning Marketing department. The purpose of the role is to support the development and implementation of the organisation’s organic social media strategy. You’ll be providing social media expertise to the organisation, and work alongside the digital engagement team to deliver high-profile and impactful social media campaigns that drive action, engagement and raise funds. The successful candidate must have or be: · Extensive experience in developing engaging channel-specific content for various social media platforms, particularly Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Snapchat · Strong strategic and project management skills with an ability to manage multiple demands/projects · Proven ability and experience in supporting the delivery of social media strategies · Strong understanding of the major technology-driven changes and trends affecting social media · Excellent knowledge of industry software and tools including social media management and social media listening tools (specific knowledge of Sprout Social would be advantageous) · Demonstrable knowledge of using graphic design software i.e. InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premier Pro (video editing), an advantage · Experience in live video production, and utilising live video to deliver engagement and communicate interesting and/or urgent messages to supporters and potential supporters · Strong organisational skills i.e. ability to prioritise and plan work, set and achieve deadlines, establish and maintain monitoring systems etc · Experience of working in the development sector, with some knowledge of Islamic humanitarian values If you are talented, reliable, service-minded, resilient and a highly motivated professional looking for a meaningful career, with a strong commitment to IRW’s mission and values of sincerity, excellence, compassion, social justice and custodianship, please apply by completing our online application form. For more information on the excellent company benefits we offer our employees, please visit: https://www.islamic-relief.org/work-with-us/what-we-offer/ PLEASE NOTE: Interviews are expected to take place on 20/10/2021. Pre-employment Checks: Any employment with Islamic Relief will be subject to the following checks: · Screening clearance · Proof of eligibility to live and work within the UK · Receipt of satisfactory references Please note, for UK based roles, we are only able to accept applications from candidates who are eligible to work in the UK. We are unable to progress applications which would require sponsorship. Our values and commitment to safeguarding IRW is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom IRW engages. IRW expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us. The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records checks. IRW also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures. Applicants should be sympathetic to the values of Islamic Relief: (Sincerity, Excellence, Compassion, Social Justice and Custodianship) Islamic Relief is an equal opportunities employer How to apply: https://islamic-relief.current-vacancies.com/Jobs/Advert/2368307?cid=1858&s=False&t=Social-Media-Coordinator&l=London-Waterloo View the full article
  8. Organization: BBC Media Action Closing date: 26 Sep 2021 Job title: Freelance publicist (part-time) Reports to: Head of Communications Location: London/remote working Duration: Six weeks from early October - up to 3 days per week Closing date: 26 September 2021 - 23.59 Special requirements: Proven experience in publicity or public relations is required. BBC Media Action: Are you passionate about media and about climate? Do you have a track record of catching journalists’ attention with creative campaigns? Have you got brilliant ideas to demonstrate how media can work for good to promote climate action at all levels? We have an opening for a part-time freelance publicist to support our autumn campaign on the role of media and communication in climate change adaptation. We need effective promotion of a series of ground-breaking films from Nepal, Bangladesh and Kenya, on climate change’s impact and how people can adapt, as well as support to ensure our thought leadership on the role of media and communication in climate action is seen by national and international politicians, policy-makers and duty-bearers. Job purpose: Create and manage a climate-focused publicity campaign across owned and earned channels to promote the role of media and communication in climate action; offer logistical and communications support to related events and key moments in the runup and during COP26. Main duties and accountabilities: · Strategise and lead on a multi-platform communication campaign focused on climate, with an emphasis on earned traditional and new media · Use creativity and innovation to achieve impactful media coverage and raise the profile of BBC Media Action and its partners on climate change adaptation · Anticipate and manage issues with potentially negative impact and handle related reactive issues as required · Write clear concise media information for traditional and new media as well as associated own-channel online and interactive content · Manage relationships with a wide range of stakeholders · Establish and maintain a network of contacts with the media, national newspapers and magazines, websites, TV, radio and online outlets · Evaluate work, collecting and analysing evidence to assess impact of communications work and sharing lessons with wider team · Co-ordinate press conferences/screenings/launches and briefings, previews, handling requests for interviews and when needed, face to face audience engagement/activity (audience facing events/activity) · Generate assets for use online and in social media, and contribute to the running of social media accounts · Participate in a mandatory briefing on Respect at Work, and ensure compliance with the staff code of conduct and its related policies · Report any Safeguarding concerns immediately, either to the line manager or using the Whistleblowing Policy · Strong understanding of and commitment to BBC editorial values. Required skills, knowledge and experience: Essential · Proven track record in publicity or public relations · Strong understanding and connections in the UK and international media environment, including social and digital media, and good understanding of the news-gathering process across radio, television, print and online · Excellent news sense, and the ability to write crisp, clear and lively copy, to stimulate both media and public interest · Proven creativity in campaigns, with evidence of trying out new ideas and approaches to reach audiences · Good interpersonal skills, allowing the post-holder to develop and maintain credibility and effective working relationships with a range of contacts at different levels · Able to demonstrate knowledge and awareness of all media outlets and the social media landscape · Excellent media contacts and knowledge and understanding of online/social media opportunities for a publicity campaign · Proven organisational and planning skills – managing campaigns, organizing and delivering events, managing crises. Desirable · Ability to create, edit and produce digital assets for social media · An understanding and working knowledge of the theory and impact of media and communication for development · An understanding of issues of climate change, particularly climate adaptation, affecting the Global South How to apply: Candidates should send their CV, a cover letter (in English) that outlines their relevant experience and suitability for the role, and expected day rate by email to recruitment@uk.bbcmediaaction.org. Please include the title of the position applied for in the subject line and send it by 23.59 Sunday 26 September. View the full article
  9. Country: Ghana Organization: University of Rhode Island Closing date: 18 Mar 2022 CONSULTANCY OPPORTUNITIES: STRENGTHENING THE CAPACITY OF AFRICAN PARLIAMENTARIANS, POLICY MAKERS, AND ORGANIZATIONS/INSTITUTIONS TO USE EVIDENCE IN POLICIES AND LEGISLATION (SCAPE) PROJECT** IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS: United States Department of Agriculture and Foreign Agriculture Services (USDA/FAS); University Of Rhode Island (URI) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana COORDINATING CENTER: Bureau of Integrated Rural Development (BIRD), College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, KNUST, Ghana Introduction The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, the University of Rhode Island, USA, and the ASSESS project are seeking highly qualified candidates for immediate engagement to implement the SCAPE activity. The Analytical Support Services and Evaluations for Sustainable Systems in Agriculture, Environment and Trade (ASSESS) project is implemented by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in partnership with The University of Rhode Island (URI) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). SCAPE Activity Description: The purpose of SCAPE is to strengthen the capacity of select West African parliamentarians, parliamentarian networks/associations, policy makers, and policy-focused organizations/institutions in evidence-based and data-driven legislation and policy making. The expected outcome of the activity is that selected parliamentarians, policy makers, and organizations supported by this activity will be able to effectively perform their functions of oversight, policymaking, advocacy, and national decision-making by ensuring appreciation, demand, and utilization of evaluative evidence and other data from various sources in their daily work. This activity also helps to address the important question of government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness. The overall goal is to promote economic growth and sustainable development in Africa through increased evidence-based and data-driven legislation and policy making. SCAPE will focus on four primary objectives and its associated illustrative activities: Increased evidence-based decision-making skills of parliamentarians, policy makers, and regional and national organizations/institutions engaged in policy advocacy. · Assessment of current state of use of evidence in legislative and policymaking processes. · Identification of “evidence champions” · Virtual regional trainings, including training of trainers, and training for parliamentarians · and policy makers, regional organizations, and media/journalists. · A “How To” Guide on Strengthening Evidence-based Legislation and Policies. · In-country/face-to-face clinics/workshops for parliamentarians and policy makers, regional organizations, and media/journalists. Improved strategic planning, monitoring, and oversight of legislative and policy actions. · Supporting parliamentarian M&E Plans/systems · Supporting Oversight and Evaluations of Legislation and Policies · Supporting National Evaluation Policies and M&E Systems Increased access to and use of evidence through strengthened platforms for knowledge sharing and peer learning. · Strengthening existing platforms · Developing and disseminating videos, brochures, policy briefs, evaluation syntheses, and · other sensitization and communication materials · Webinars and virtual study tours to facilitate experience sharing and networking Development of resources and tools that will enable USAID Missions in Sub Saharan Africa to work more effectively with Parliamentarians to strengthen evidence used in decision making. Position 6: Multimedia Specialist (1) Type of position: Local hire (engaged by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana)** Expected duration of assignment: September 2021 to 15 September 2022 Hours: Full time** Location: Virtual, with travel to and within Ghana and West Africa when required** Salary: To be determined by Experience and Education** Roles and Responsibilities Under the direction of the Senior Knowledge Management/Communication Specialists, the multimedia specialist will be responsible for all aspects related to the use of multimedia to improve production and dissemination of communication and materials, including incorporation of photography and audio-video vignettes into reports, policy briefs, brochures, knowledge sharing sites/platforms, webinars, and interviews.** Key Qualifications ● Minimum of a Bachelors’ degree in multimedia production/Communication Design or masters’ degree in Communications with concentration in multimedia ● 5-7 years of experience in photography and audio-video production and editing. Particularly, experience synthesizing video content from a variety of sources and producing audio and video clips and podcasts would be a strong asset. ● Experience with 508 (disability accessible) compliance ● Proficiency in English and French (writing/reading/speaking) preferred How to apply: Mode of Application: To apply for any of the positions, please email your application pack to Dr Albert Arhin (aaarhin@knust.edu.gh) with a copy to Jacqueline Anyan (Jacqueline.anyan(@knust.edu.gh) and scapeproject@knust.edu.gh. Your application should include the following in English: (i) a cover letter (maximum 1 page) (ii) a curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages) (iii) three names and contact details for persons who are knowledgeable about your capabilities and experience. (iv) a writing sample (for all positions except the Administrative Specialist/Project Coordinator). Writing sample includes a technical report, journal article, brochure and relevant write-ups related to the position. Deadline: Open until Filled. Applications will therefore be accepted on a rolling basis. Note: The project’s Equal Opportunity Policy requires that all decisions regarding hiring of applicants for this position be non-discriminatory, based only on valid job requirements, and extend to all terms, conditions, and privileges of the contract including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, and disciplinary actions. ONLY SHORTLISTED APPLICANTS WILL BE INVITED FOR INTERVIEWS View the full article
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  11. Country: United States of America Organization: Catholic Relief Services Closing date: 13 Nov 2021 About CRS Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding. Job Summary The Regional Officer, Communications (ROC) for CRS’ East Africa Regional Office (EARO) will implement a communications strategy that establishes CRS as an industry leader with key audiences in the U.S. and in the region. The ROC will capture and effectively disseminate written and multimedia content that demonstrates the impact of CRS’ work across the region, increases CRS’ visibiltiy and influence among key stakeholders, and supports business development through effective positioning. (S)he will establish and maintain relationships with US and international media representatives based in the region, and regularly pitch stories for publication. The ROC will help ensure strong and consistent branding and messaging and work with country program Communications or other designated staff to create impactful and compelling storytelling. Roles and Key Responsibilities Travel throughout the region to gather information on CRS and partner programs and create compelling human interest-focused content, including stories, photos and videos, that can be used for marketing and communications materials across platforms and for different audiences. Identify and utilize effective distribution channels to disseminate marketing materials to key audiences. Help manage the design and production of creative and compelling communication and marketing material and in conjunction with country program and HQ MarCom staff, coordinate visits of freelancers to the region. Establish and maintain relationships with US and international media representatives based in the region and frequently place CRS in high level and strategic media to increase awareness of CRS . Support country program Communications staff in the development and execution of annual work plans for communications and marketing. Basic Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in journalism/communications or related field. 5 – 7 years work experience in journalism, communications and public/media relations Solid understanding of U.S. and international media Proven track record of high-level US media placements Experience working in international development preferred Proven written and oral communication skills Significant photography and videography experience Basic knowledge of social media, especially Twitter *Required Languages-* List languages required to perform the job *Travel* - Must be willing and able to travel up to 30-40 %. Preferred Qualifications Knowledge of video editing Overseas work experience in the developing world, preferred Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff) These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results. Continuous Improvement & Innovation Builds Relationships Develops Talent Strategic Mindset Accountability & Stewardship Supervisory Responsibilities – Dotted line supervision of country program Comms staff What we offer CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vision, generous retirement savings plan and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world. *Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position. CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. *EOE/M/F/D/V -* CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (For all US and International positions) Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. How to apply: https://www.aplitrak.com/?adid=VHVuZ2FydWt1bmRvLjI5NzYyLjM4MzBAY2F0aG9saWNyZWxpZWYuYXBsaXRyYWsuY29t View the full article
  12. Country: Ethiopia Organization: World Vision Closing date: 29 Sep 2021 World Vision is a Christian humanitarian, development and advocacy organisation devoted to improving the lives of children, families and their communities around the world. Our 34,000+ staff members in nearly 100 countries are united in helping the most vulnerable children overcome poverty and experience fullness of life. We help children of all backgrounds, even in the most dangerous places, inspired by our Christian faith. Through our work, every 60 seconds… a family gets water… a hungry child is fed… a family receives the tools to overcome poverty. Here’s where you come in: As the Communications & Marketing Director, you will: Increase the overall reputation, trust, and income of World Vision Ethiopia. Provide strong strategic communications and marketing leadership for the organisation. Lead in the development and implementation of an integrated strategy for the building of a high-performance communications and marketing function that is managed, structured, focused, and staffed for productive and quality work. This strategy will identify the key communications and marketing needs of World Vision Ethiopia, while setting and steering strategic communications and marketing goals and processes that are contextualised to and in alignment with its core ministry functions and goals nationally and with our global strategy, Our Promise. Ensure alignment with global marketing and communications strategic objectives of; achieving high-quality and sustainable funding, ignite content, ignite global voices, and ignite staff. Requirements include: Degree in Marketing, Communications, Business, Media, Journalism, Arts or similar. 10-years experience leading and managing marketing and communications teams in international humanitarian and development sector, business, or creative industries. Demonstrated experience managing corporate partnerships and developing major donor relationships. Advanced technical skills in at least one or more of the major areas of the job, such as; creative services, public engagement, corporate communications, marketing operations, supporter engagement, business development, etc. Fluency: English is required Basic knowledge: Amharic or other local language is desired. Willingness to learn. Working primarily in the head office in Addis Ababa, semi-regular travel locally and internationally will be required. How to apply: Find the full responsibilities and requirements for this position online and apply by 29 SEPT 2021. Due to the number of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. World Vision is dedicated to our team members’ development and their success. We aspire for all employees to be fulfilled through their work and their contributions to an organisation working to provide long-term sustainable solutions to the world’s most vulnerable people. For more information on World Vision International, please visit our website: www.wvi.org. Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness. Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so. View the full article
  13. New York, September 17, 2021 – Angolan authorities should not contest the appeal of journalist Carlos Alberto against his prison sentence and fine, and should stop pursuing criminal defamation cases against members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On September 13, the Luanda Provincial Court convicted Alberto, editor of the online news outlet A Denúncia, on charges of criminal defamation, injurious denunciation, and violating press freedom, according to media reports and Alberto, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app. The court sentenced Alberto to two years in prison and a fine of 110 million kwanzas (US$176,000) but allowed him to remain free and suspended that sentence for 20 days to allow Alberto to make a public apology, according to those sources. If he publishes an apology every five days on his Facebook page and on A Denúncia for 45 days, the fine and prison term will be dropped, according to reports. Alberto told CPJ that he had appealed the decision and had no intention of apologizing. His lawyer, Almeida Lucas, told CPJ by phone that the appeal would be heard by the Supreme Court and the sentence was suspended until the case could be heard. “The conviction and sentencing of Angolan journalist Carlos Alberto is egregious; criminal defamation and insult laws are colonial relics that have been found to be unconstitutional in several jurisdictions throughout Africa and globally, and should never be used to persecute the press,” said Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa program coordinator, in Durban, South Africa. “Angola’s judiciary has the opportunity to finally strike down these laws, which criminalize journalism and are abused by the country’s politicians and officials against the press.” The charges were prompted by a complaint filed by Angolan Deputy Attorney General Luis Liz, in response to A Denúncia’s May 15 video about his alleged illegal appropriation of land for a shopping mall, as CPJ documented in June. Lucas told CPJ that two other people accused of complicity in that land deal, Esperança Ganga and João Quipaca, had joined Liz’s complaint, thereby “aggravating the alleged crimes imputed to Alberto.” CPJ was unable to find contact information for Ganga or Quipaca. In a phone call with CPJ, Liz said, “it doesn’t bring me any happiness that someone may go to prison for defaming me” but that Alberto’s reporting had negatively affected his health, his work, and his family life. He also accused Alberto of repeating “unfounded accusations even during and after the sentence, in a defiant attitude both towards me and the authority of the court.” The court convicted Alberto on three counts each of criminal defamation, injurious denunciation, and violating press freedom, Lucas said. In addition to paying 100 million Kwanzas ($160,000) to Liz, Alberto was also ordered to pay five million kwanzas (US$8,000) each to Ganga and Quipaca, according to reports. Alberto told CPJ that the Provincial Court refused to look at evidence he submitted in court, and said he believed the process was “rigged to benefit Liz” and to shutter A Denúncia because it was “a nuisance after exposing corruption by top government officials.” A Denúncia is an independent news outlet that publishes on its website, a YouTube channel, where it has about 2,600 followers, and on other social media networks. It frequently covers allegations of official corruption and other local news events in Angola. Previously, on June 16, the attorney general’s office issued a restraining order that prevented Alberto from contacting A Denúncia’s employees, according to Lucas and a copy of that order, which CPJ reviewed. Lucas said that order, coupled with the court’s refusal to examine evidence that could exonerate Alberto and the heavy sentence applied by the judge, showed that authorities sought to silence Alberto’s journalism. Alberto João, a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office, told CPJ via message app that the restraining order was “a legal mechanism to prevent the continuance of a criminal activity.” João said he was not prepared to comment on other elements of Alberto’s case. View the full article
  14. Country: Kenya Organization: International Committee of the Red Cross Closing date: 30 Sep 2021 The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organisation with the exclusively humanitarian mission to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance. It also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening International Humanitarian Law and universal humanitarian principles. The ICRC's Regional Delegation in Nairobi co-ordinates the institution's humanitarian activities in Kenya, Tanzania and Djibouti. Overall Responsibility The Global Web Editor will be responsible to curate, edit and generate timely and compelling content for ICRC’s English-language website, working with communications experts worldwide to ensure it is responsive and optimized. The ideal candidate will be highly familiar with the digital media industry. He/She will be an all-round communicator with sound news judgement, great writing skills and a passion for storytelling. Tasks and responsibilities · Responsible for the creation and publishing of content for the ICRC’s English website in coordination with HQ web team, editing to ensure it is optimized for search, in line with agreed content priorities and together with SEO experts; · Ensures the website reflects the organisation’s global editorial priorities and works with content creators across the ICRC network to curate relevant and timely web content; · Uses analytics to identify and understand behavioral trends, coordinating with digital marketers on promotion rollout to ensure search positioning of the ICRC on key contexts, themes and issues. Research for new keywords in line with our institutional priorities in order to increase traffic to website, copyediting and proofreading where necessary; · Create high quality, engaging web content to ensure homepage relevance for both daily and longer-term editorial priorities. This includes monitoring daily trends and conversations (on social and media), identifying opportunities to create content, and drive ICRC messaging around key topics; · Develop web content for global campaigns on key ICRC themes, in liaison with thematic leads, creative agencies and external stakeholders and coordinating with a range of internal stakeholders; · In coordination with the HQ teams provide strategic advice on how to realize their web content and engagement objectives, and implementation of that advice. This includes creating new pages and performing page updates, advice and support on stand-alone web projects; · Regularly support and communicate with digital counterparts in HQ and Regional Communication Centers, to share and provide feedback on global trends and content performance; · Coordinates with communications colleagues responsible for other website languages to ensure smooth translation of priority stories. Minimum Requirements and competencies · Minimum Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing or journalism, preferably with a digital background and specialization (managing website, social media platforms, video projects, etc.); · Minimum 6 years’ experience in digital communication; · Expertise in writing and editing on the website; · Must have an advanced level of both spoken and written English language. French definite asset; · Skilled computer user of web publishing (content management systems, including Drupal and/or Wordpress) and design tools (PhotoShop); · Sound understanding/expertise in search engine optimization, analytics, tools and metrics; · Certificate of Good Conduct. How to apply: Application The interested candidates should fill up a form by clicking the link below on or before 30th September 2021 at 4:30 pm then submit their CV, motivation letter, including references details, supporting documents (Certificates, Diplomas, Degree etc) and current and expected remuneration to ICRC Nairobi Delegation, HR Department via the email address provided below: Application Link** E-mail: nai_hrrec_services@icrc.org The reference Global Web Editor must be stated in the application to be valid. If you do not fill out the required information as per the link provided or clearly state the position for which you are applying and attach the required certificates & other supporting documents, your application may not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applicants must have the permanent right to work in Kenya. ICRC does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. All applications are free for all candidates and no one should require any payment or compensation during the recruitment process. May the candidate be asked for any fee, he/she must report to ICRC HR Department through the recruitment contact. *ICRC is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.In processing your personal data for recruitment purposes, we follow the information notice as explained ******HERE*** View the full article
  15. Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Organization: Save the Children Closing date: 29 Sep 2021 The Opportunity Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the**- Global Campaign Communications Manager at any existing Save the Children office location.** Role Purpose: The Global Campaign Communications Manager is responsible for developing and driving the implementation of an effective internal and external communications strategy that, drives conversation, engagement and action for Save the Children's advocacy and campaigning, while increasing brand awareness. The post holder works collaboratively with media, digital, content, communications, campaigns and advocacy colleagues in Save the Children Members and Country Offices, the Communications and Engagement team, the Global Media Unit, and the Global Campaign Team to develop integrated strategies. In order to be successful you will bring/have: EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS Excellent written and verbal communication skills to motivate, influence and negotiate both internally and externally Proven experience in developing first class integrated communications strategies and plans to achieve successful campaigning and advocacy outcomes. Proven experience in developing integrated comms strategies across all functions / platforms to support campaigning goals / ambition (rather than generalist communications person) Personal drive and commitment for wanting to affect positive changes and drive action that leads to social and political change Proven success in developing and implementing complex campaigns, media or communications projects Proven success in delivering high quality communications, products or tools targeting a diverse range of audiences. Experience of and commitment to working in wider coalitions and partnerships to deliver strong campaigning and communications outcomes. Cultural sensitivity, with highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing and negotiation. Experience of building personal networks, resulting in securing significant new opportunities for the organisation Experience of developing and managing communications content and tools and making best use of user-created content. Excellent planning and organisational skills, with an ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple demands and competing priorities, while maintaining high quality standards An ability to work as part of a team within a networked structure, and to maintain good working relationships with colleagues across functional and geographical boundaries An ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to adapt work plans flexibly depending on external opportunities Demonstrated commitment to Save the Children's mission and values. We can offer circa £45,000 per annum (If based in UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply. This role can be based in any existing Save the Children office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location. Where we Work - Where We Work | Save the Children International The Organisation We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030: No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday All children learn from a quality basic education and that, Violence against children is no longer tolerated We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued. Application Information: Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers/apply We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy. Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. How to apply: Please follow this link to apply: https://www.aplitrak.com/?adid=dGFuaWEuZHVnZ2FsLjU4NjM5LjEyMTg1QHNhdmV0aGVjaGlsZHJlbmFvLmFwbGl0cmFrLmNvbQ View the full article
  16. COP26 is being hailed as the most critical UN negotiating session since Paris in 2015. This is with good reason. Not since 2014, has China, the US, Europe and most of the world’s major economies been able to align their climate pledges. With buy-in from East Asian powerhouses Japan and South Korea, and the UK investing heavily in its diplomatic influence across the Commonwealth, it is right to project that COP26 could indeed be a turning point for the global climate movement. In spite of all this, there are far too many hurdles to jump over for journalists from the Global South to be represented at the climate negotiations. From low vaccination levels to travel restrictions and skyrocketing airfares, the obstacles are multifaceted. This is why, this year we’re working to bring 5 young journalists from the Global South residing in Europe or the UK to this year’s climate negotiations. https://bit.ly/3AgIZaC
  17. COP26 is set to be one of the most important climate negotiations since COP21 in Paris. But there are innumerous obstacles preventing journalists from the Global South to attend and engage in the sessions. Given all these factors, we’re excited to have the opportunity to support a team of 20 young journalists to report virtually on the UN Climate Talks this October and November. We’re looking for young, early-to-mid career reporters who want to learn from some of the best climate reporters in the world, connect with other reporters from around the world, and work on collaborative stories they can publish in their national media.https://bit.ly/39aPwbe
  18. Nairobi, September 15, 2021 — Tanzanian authorities should immediately rescind the suspension of the Raia Mwema newspaper and cease banning media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In a statement released on September 5, Tanzanian government spokesperson Gerson Msigwa announced a month-long suspension of the privately owned newspaper, beginning the following day. In that statement, he accused Raia Mwema of repeatedly breaking the law and violating professional journalism standards through misleading reporting and incitement. Raia Mwema editor Joseph Kulangwa denied those allegations but said the newspaper would comply with the order and not file an appeal, according to a letter from the newspaper to Msigwa, which CPJ reviewed, and interviews Kalangwagave with local outlet The Chanzo and German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who took office in March, previously ordered the reversals of some media bans, and officials in her government have made statements committing to improve conditions for journalists, according to multiple news reports and CPJ reporting. However, last month her government also suspended Uhuru, a newspaper owned by the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party, for two weeks, as CPJ documented at the time. “Promises by Tanzania’s government to improve the country’s press freedom climate will continue to ring hollow if authorities keep up the trend of taking newspapers off the streets on the flimsiest pretexts,” said CPJ Sub-Saharan Africa Representative Muthoki Mumo. “Tanzanian officials should drop their suspension of Raia Mwema and ensure that all newspapers can report the news without fear of suspensions and bans.” Msigwa, a presidential appointee who is also in charge of Tanzania’s Information Services Department, which licenses newspapers, said in his statement that Raia Mwema broke the law in three separate reports. He cited an August 21 article about proposed government fees for public locations playing music, saying it “creates panic among the community.” Speaking to Deutsche Welle, Kalangwa said that the report was not published with malicious intent but was meant to tell the public to prepare for the new fees. Msigwa alleged that a September 3 article about the August 25 shooting of police officers by a person whom Raia Mwema linked to the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party did not provide adequate evidence that the shooter was a member of that party and could incite hatred within it. He also alleged that the newspaper showed a lack of professionalism by mislabeling the date of that article. In the letter from Raia Mwema and in Kalangwa’s interviews, the newspaper and editor said that the article only claimed that the shooter was a supporter of the party, not that he was a member, and said that they had visual evidence and witness statements to support that claim. Raia Mwema also asked why the party itself did not file a complaint. In the September 3 article, which CPJ reviewed, a man identified as the shooter is seen wearing a shirt with the party’s colors. Msigwa also cited another September 3 article about a lawsuit against a former government official, saying that the newspaper failed to make clear in its headline that the official was no longer in office. In that article, which CPJ reviewed, the official is identified as having left office in the first paragraph. In his statement, Msigwa accused Raia Mwema of breaching sections of the Media Services Act, a 2016 law which imposes prison terms of up to five years and fines of up to 20 million Tanzanian shillings (US$8,600) on those convicted of publishing false news; up to five years in prison and fines of up to 10 million shillings (US$4,300) for first-time offenders convicted of publishing and distributing seditious content; and prison terms of up to six years and fines of 20 million shillings (US$8,600) for publishing false information likely to cause alarm or disturb the peace. In 2019, the East African Court of Justice ruled that the Media Services Act, which was also cited in the Uhuru case in August, was inimical to press freedom, as CPJ documented. However, Tanzania has not implemented the court’s directive to amend the law, according to multiple reports. The law was also cited as justification for the closure of several publications under the previous government of President John Magufuli, including in 2017 when Raia Mwema was closed for 90 days, according to reports and CPJ research. On September 6, CPJ emailed the Information Services Department for comment, but did not receive any reply. On September 12, Samia moved that department from the Ministry of information, Culture, Arts, and Sports to the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, headed by a newly appointed minister, according to a statement shared by Msigwa and media reports. After that reorganization, CPJ emailed the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology for comment on September 14, but did not receive any response, and the phone number listed on the ministry’s website did not connect. CPJ repeatedly called Msigwa for comment and also contacted him via messaging app and Twitter, but did not receive any responses. View the full article
  19. Country: Ghana Organization: Ghana Health and Education Initiative Closing date: 31 Oct 2021 **GHEI is recruiting for a Communications Officer (CO) to be based in Humjibre, Ghana. If you are entrepreneurial and ready to go on this journey with us, read on…. Start Date: As soon as possible Duration: 13 months Only applicants willing to commit at least 13 months should apply. Extension beyond 13 months will be considered based on exemplary job performance. Reports to: In-country, this position reports to GHEI’s Country Director. Functionally, the CO will report to the remote-based Executive Director who will oversee professional development progress and accomplishment of deliverables. Position Description: This position entails working closely with both GHEI’s local Ghanaian staff and the Global Support Team to manage GHEI's organizational publicity and web-based marketing. The CO is responsible for promoting GHEI's work through social media and blogging, website, developing online promotional and fundraising campaigns, coordinating donor reporting and relations and writing and editing reports intended for Ghanaian and Western stakeholders. This position requires a great deal of flexibility since responsibilities can change greatly throughout the year. Other essential qualities include creativity, an outgoing personality, thoughtfulness, initiative, and an ability to live and work in a challenging, resource poor environment. Responsibilities: Strategy (5%) Develop and implement annual communications plans and assist with long-term plans to leverage GHEI’s existing resources in order to solidify funding opportunities. Donor Relations and Experience (25%) Cultivate and manage relationships with existing and new donors through high quality interactions, seeking to foster long term engagement and investment. Work with local staff to co-manage information tracking processes regarding acknowledgement, recognition, on-going communications with individual donors. Reporting (15%) Prepare and disseminate periodic reports, newsletters and program specific reports to stakeholders and support all aspects of its production, in compliance with specific requirements and ensure reports are submitted on time. Write, edit and ensure overall editorial quality of periodic and program specific reports. Website Management (5%) As necessary, create and publish engaging content on GHEI’s website. Regularly review website performance and carry out updates and maintenance. Social Media Management and Analysis (15%) Diversify, manage and maintain GHEI’s social media presence through regular content production that highlight ongoing health and education initiatives, success stories and raise awareness of GHEI’s catchment communities, mission, vision and values. Conceptualize campaigns and execute social media strategy in support of fundraising efforts. Track, monitor and analyze social media presence by assessing performance under key indicators such as reach, engagement, website/page visits and followers. Content Creation (20%) Photograph program activities, conduct interviews with beneficiaries and write compelling human-interest stories Produce engaging promotional/informational communication materials including flyers, videos, infographics, quote cards, reports etc. Manage and maintain a hard drive containing all communications materials, including up-to-date photographs, fact sheets etc Volunteer Program Marketing and Coordination (15%) Provide recruitment and marketing support to GHEI’s volunteer program (Summer, Serve and Learn, Ghana) via email marketing, online promotion, alumni engagement etc As necessary, provide logistical and administrative support including pre-departure communication with volunteers and on-site programming and coordination. The CO should be prepared to assume a mentoring role with the volunteers as they adjust to life in Humjibre. There may be up to four (4), two-week summer volunteer sessions. Required Skills, Knowledge, Abilities: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, media or related field. Masters degree preferred Minimum 1 year work experience in a communications, digital marketing or related role Good understanding of and strong interest in development issues Excellent oral and written communications and presentations skills in English Ability to translate complex development issues into simples messages for local and global audiences Excellent knowledge of social media tools and applications with a special focus on community building Proficient in MS Office and Google Workspace Good understanding of digital content creation; graphic design, photo and video editing. Basic photography skills (able to compose a shot, interest in developing photography skills) Creativity, outgoing personality and willingness to take initiative Ability to live and work in a resource-poor environment with limited internet capabilities and intermittent power outages Demonstrated cross-cultural awareness Ability to collaborate effectively with all stakeholders in Ghana and globally Ability to work independently and as part of multicultural team Resilient, patient, flexible, and willing to perform a wide variety of tasks as they arise Willingness to participate in capacity building initiatives, and implement learnings on-the job Desirable Skills, Knowledge, Abilities: Experience working with NGOs and famliarity with nonprofit publicity and marketing Experience using publishing programmes such as Adobe Creative Suite, Canva or equivalent. Knowledge and experience of web-based technologies such as Wix, Google Analytics, MailChimp, Hootsuite, etc Previous experience with NGOs in developing countries. Familiarity with volunteer program marketing. Compensation and Benefits GHEI puts nearly all our funds into supporting our mission of providing necessary health and education programs to communities in rural Ghana. Unfortunately, we cannot cover the cost of international travel, nor can we cover the cost of initial entry visas and health insurance for international candidates. Salary: The CO will receive a salary of 1200 GHC/month, equivalent to $200 USD. This salary is non-negotiable. The CO will receive monthly reimbursement for internet and work-related travels. Housing: In Humjibre, the CO will also receive free housing and kitchen on-site for the duration of the agreement. Vacation: The CO receives 25 days of holiday a year. For Candidates Not Currently Based in Ghana: If coming from overseas, the CO will receive initial transport to Humjibre from Accra and all necessary immigration registrations and documents for foreign residents in Ghana. How to apply: Application Process To apply, please send a cover letter (one page maximum), your resume/C.V (two page maximum) and contact details of 2 references (including their email) to team@ghei.org with ‘CO-Your Name’ as the subject line. Applications without all three requirements will not be considered. Although not mandatory, we strongly advice interested candidates to share relevant portfolio demonstrating skills in writing and editing, photography/videography, graphic design, digital content creation etc. Work samples produced at the university level will also be accepted. Only applicants that are selected for further consideration will be contacted for interviews. The application period will remain open until we find the right person.** View the full article
  20. Country: Kenya Organization: African Technology Policy Studies Network Closing date: 24 Sep 2021 Main Duties and Responsibilities: Provides leadership in the communications and outreach department of the ATPS in serving its diverse network members with content that meet the needs of its different network categories; Develops communication strategy for ATPS and for different projects and programmes as may be required; Markets the ATPS brand across its wide stakeholders including donors, development partners, policymakers, researchers, private sector actors, and the civil society actors among others; Regular maintenance and updating of the ATPS website with contents as well as running all the social media platforms on behalf of ATPS; Writing, editing, proof-reading and web-designing and laying-out of all ATPS publications on a timely basis including ATPS publication series, Annual Reports, Quarterly Newsletters, popular articles, book volumes, Research and Working Papers, etc.; Collecting information and stories necessary for the publication of in-house newsletters four times a year, news articles, bibliographies, brochures, program promotions, media outreach, etc. on a timely basis; Assisting in the fundraising effort of the ATPS communications team through proposal writing and bidding for contracts etc.; Assisting in running the ATPS Information Resource Centre; Working with consulting designers, editors and other suppliers to publish institutional documents; Assisting in organizing media and public awareness events and campaigns and other special events, such as the Scientific Revival Day for Africa; Preparing the ATPS promotional and advocacy materials; Maintaining contact with the press, information professionals, communicating with libraries and publishers for documents and information requested by ATPS staff; Assisting the team in media outreach and information dissemination-related activities and supporting the implementation of relevant public events; Designing and implementing the ATPS advocacy and communications strategy plans; Delegation of Responsibilities for this position: 80% time to be spent in Communication and Outreach activities 20% time to be spent in fundraising activities Academic Qualifications A Degree in Communication Studies or any other related discipline from a recognized university is required. A Master’s Degree in the relevant fields will be an added advantage. Skills and Competences Proficiency in English and French is compulsory. Knowledge of any other international language will be a great advantage; Strong interpersonal and networking skills to work well with wide range of stakeholders to elicit accurate information and expression of views on relevant issues; Strong coordination, facilitation, negotiation, networking, lobbying and advocacy skills; At least 3 years proven experience in communications, outreach and public relations, preferably with an international organization; Good writing and presentation skills in English and French; Strong skills in the web-design and layout of documents for publications; and Female applicants will be given high priority for this position. Personal Attributes Good communication leadership characteristics A Self-starter with a strong desire to learn Ability to work as part of a team Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines How to apply: Interested and qualified candidates should send an application letter stating their motivation for the job and a detailed curriculum vitae with at least three (3) referees to executivedirector@atpsnet.org with a copy to finance@atpsnet.org The deadline for the submission of applications is on Friday, 24 September 2021. Use the job title “Communications and Outreach Officer” as the subject of your email when submitting your application. Follow the link: https://atpsnet.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Range-of-Vacancy-Announcements-at-the-ATPS.pdf for more details on this opportunity View the full article
  21. Country: Kenya Organization: UN Office on Drugs and Crime Closing date: 19 Sep 2021 Posting Title: Consultant to Develop a Comprehensive Communication Strategy for the National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ) Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Duty Station: NAIROBI Posting Period: 09 September 2021 - 19 September 2021 Result of Service After an inception meeting submit an inception report detailing the consultant’s understanding of the present terms of reference and the strategy (methodology and workplan) towards accomplishing the task. Undertake as outlined above an expansive review of the relevant resources and undertake consultative engagement on the development of the Strategy. Submit to UNODC an initial draft of the developed Strategy that would incorporate strategies and guidelines Present the draft Strategy to relevant stakeholders for validation and implement any changes agreed on. Submit to UNODC a consultancy report on the tasks undertaken together with the final validated and amended version of the Strategy. Work Location: Nairobi, Kenya Expected duration: 70 Working Days between September and December 2021 Duties and Responsibilities 1.Background of the Assignment As the global guardian of the United Nations standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice, UNODC is mandated to support Member States in upholding the rule of law, promoting crime prevention and effective, fair, humane and accountable criminal justice systems. Within the framework of the UNODC Regional Programme for Eastern Africa (2016-2021), and in close cooperation with the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East at UNODC headquarters, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CPCJ) Programme seeks to implement these objectives through support to major justice reforms processes undertaken by East African States. In line with this mandate, the UNODC project ‘Strengthening the Administration of Justice and operationalising alternatives to imprisonment in Kenya’ aims to support the Government of Kenya to strengthen efficiency in the delivery of judicial services, enhance coordination within the criminal justice sector and widen the use and application of alternatives to imprisonment. The project is designed to implement a part of the Programme for Legal Aid and Empowerment in Kenya (PLEAD). The Programme is funded by the European Union and targets the counties with the five largest urban centres of the country (Kisumu, Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru and Uasin Gishu) and seven counties of the most marginalised area within the country (Garissa, Isiolo, Lamu, Mandera, Marsabit, Tana River and Wajir). The PLEAD component implemented by UNODC targets support to the following institutions in the justice chain (national partners): i. The National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ); ii. The Judiciary; iii. The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP); iv. The Kenyan Probation and Aftercare Service (KPAS); v. The Witness Protection Agency (WPA). UNODC, through PLEAD, has supported the various criminal justice institutions develop their strategic and communication plans. In 2020 UNODC through the PLEAD Programme supported the NCAJ in the development of its (draft) strategic plan, as well as the work its various Committees and Task Forces. The Programme now seeks to support the development of the organisation’s communication plan. This support is intended not only to strengthen the NCAJ but also highlight its critical role in enhancing coordination in the criminal justice sector. The communication specialist will be expected to develop a comprehensive strategy that would incorporate strategies and guidelines to ensure coherent, coordinated and targeted communication, as well as enhance the visibility and efficiency of the organisation. The Communication Specialist will also be expected to engage the relevant stakeholders in the development of the strategy, as well as present the strategy to the NCAJ for validation. 2.Purpose of the Assignment The purpose of the assignment is to develop a comprehensive communication strategy (hereinafter “the Strategy”) for the NCAJ, in consultation with the relevant membership and staff of the organisation, and other partners. 3.*Specific Tasks to be performed by the Consultant* Under the overall supervision of the Regional Representative and direct supervision of the Head of the Criminal Justice Programme UNODC ROEA, and within the framework of the UNODC Regional Programme for Eastern Africa (2016-2021) the consultant will be expected to: Conduct an inception meeting with NCAJ and UNODC and draft an inception report outlining their understanding of their task, as well as their intended methodology and workplan including on stakeholder consultations. Conduct a review and stakeholder engagement exercise and draft a report as follows: i. Review all relevant documents and resources, including but not limited to: the NCAJ Strategic plans, the NCAJ website as well as those of the constituent membership and partners of the NCAJ, the NCAJ Bridging Communication Strategy and the State of the Judiciary Reports (SOJAR); ii. Engage as agreed with UNODC the relevant stakeholders and partners of the NCAJ on the development of the Strategy. iii. Identify the conflicts, overlaps, institutional gaps, challenges and opportunities relevant to successful implementation of the Strategy, and outline how they can be addressed in the Strategy. Following international best practices, develop a comprehensive communication strategy that would incorporate strategies and guidelines to ensure coherent, coordinated and targeted communication, as well as enhance the visibility of the organisation as follows: i. Key messages and communication objectives across various initiatives and action areas in the work of the NCAJ. ii. Guidelines on internal and external communications, including stakeholder engagement and outreach to national institutions, civil society and other development partners by members of the NCAJ and Secretariat staff. iii. Strategies for both routine and event-related engagement of traditional media as well as social media engagement, including the adoption of hashtags and other identifiers. iv. Strategies to enhance the visibility of the various actions and work outputs, publications, training materials, etc. of the various Committees, Task Forces or Working Groups of the NCAJ, as well as of the NCAJ Secretariat and Court User Committees (CUCs). v. Guidelines on the planning and management of multilateral engagement, events, sensitization campaigns and other social gathers conducted by, or in partnership in the NCAJ. vi. Guidelines on the development and publication of Information Education and Communication (IEC) and other outreach materials including the development and use of banners, logos, corporate videos or documentaries etc. vii. Development of public relations strategies, including for crisis management. viii. Development of evaluation criteria for assessing the impact of the forgoing communication tasks, including the use of website analytics and other statistics. ix. Development of NCAJ website policy or guidelines. x. Provision of strategies for knowledge management related to communications as well as recording, publication and archiving of all produced materials such as photographs, videos and communication plans. xi. The strategy shall also clearly outline the preferred qualities and skillset of NCAJ communication staff, and their role(s) in the implementation of the strategy. xii. The strategy should also identify the required resources for its implementation. xiii. The strategy should also include the visual identity of NCAJ As agreed with UNODC and other relevant stakeholders present at the NCAJ for discussion and validation, and make amendments as advised. Draft and submit a comprehensive report on the tasks undertaken, together with the final validated and amended strategy. Qualifications/special skills Academic Qualifications: An advanced degree in journalism, communications or a related field is required. A first-level university degree or equivalent, with an additional two years of relevant working experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree. Experience: • A minimum of 10 years of work experience in communication is required. • Experience in developing communication or partnership strategies is required. • Experience in working on engagement and outreach programs is desirable. • Experience in handling media houses at national level is desirable. • Experience in working with development partners in supporting justice reform or justice sector support programs is desirable. • Experience working with national partners in the criminal justice system is desirable Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage. No Fee THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS. How to apply: Click on the link https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=163601&Lang=en-US or on before 19 September 2021. View the full article
  22. Country: Kenya Organization: UN Office on Drugs and Crime Closing date: 19 Sep 2021 Posting Title: Consultant; Communication Expert to Support the National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ) Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Duty Station: NAIROBI Posting Period: 09 September 2021 - 19 September 2021 Result of Service All outputs should be submitted in English and meet the satisfaction of UNODC according to the following indicators: Technical competence. Quality of written work. Timeliness of delivery. Comprehensive and impact-oriented reports on monthly activities (deliverables A-E). The evaluation of the consultant’s performance (e.g. the technical competence shown and the timeliness of the reports) will be determined by the UNODC Regional Representative for Eastern Africa, in close coordination and consultation with UNODC headquarters. If the consultant does not meet the requirements, he/she will be provided with an opportunity to redraft in terms of the guidance provided by the assessors. If after redrafting the requirements are not met, the UNODC reserves the right to non-payment and/or suspension of the contract. Work Location: Nairobi, Kenya Expected duration: 70 Working Days between September to December 2021 Duties and Responsibilities 1.*Background of the assignment* As the global guardian of the United Nations standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice, UNODC is mandated to support Member States in upholding the rule of law, promoting crime prevention and effective, fair, humane and accountable criminal justice systems. Within the framework of the UNODC Regional Programme for Eastern Africa (2016-2021), and in close cooperation with the Regional Section for Africa and the Middle East at UNODC headquarters, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme of ROEA seeks to implement these objectives through support to major justice reforms processes undertaken by East African States. In line with this mandate the UNODC project ‘Strengthening the Administration of Justice and operationalising alternatives to imprisonment in Kenya’ aims to support the Government of the Republic of Kenya to strengthen efficiency in the delivery of judicial services, enhance coordination within the criminal justice sector and widen the use and application of alternatives to imprisonment. The project is designed to implement a part of the Programme for Legal Aid and Empowerment in Kenya (PLEAD). The Programme is funded by the European Union and targets the counties with the five largest urban centres of the country (Kisumu, Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru and Uasin Gishu) and seven counties of the most marginalised area within the country (Garissa, Isiolo, Lamu, Mandera, Marsabit, Tana River and Wajir). The PLEAD component implemented by UNODC targets support to the following institutions in the justice chain (national partners): The Judiciary; The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP); The Kenyan Probation and Aftercare Service (KPAS); The Witness Protection Agency (WPA); The National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ). NCAJ was established in 2011, under the Judicial Service Act, to coordinate the administration of justice and reforms of Kenya’s justice sector in an effective, efficient and consultative manner. It is a high-level policymaking, implementation and oversight coordinating mechanism. The Council is composed of heads of all of the justice institutions, principle secretaries of relevant ministries, representatives of CSOs active in human rights and legal aid and a representative of the private sector. The NCAJ is cascaded from the national level to the court level in the form of Court User Committees (CUCs). These committees bring together all stakeholders (including local chiefs and legal aid CSOs) to find local solutions to problems related to justice delivery. Their role is key to supporting and sustaining greater cohesion and coherence throughout the justice process. CUCs regularly report to NCAJ, which allows policymakers to respond to challenges faced on the ground. 2.*Purpose of the assignment* The assignment entails continuous communication support to the NCAJ. This will include bringing greater visibility to NCAJ and raising awareness of its mandate and highlighting its positive impact on the justice system, through a range of activities and the use of different modes of communication, including audio-visual material and social media. 3.*Specific tasks to be performed by the consultant* The Consultant will work under the overall supervision of the Regional Representative, direct supervision of the Head of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme UNODC ROEA and in close technical cooperation with Programme and Associate Programme Officers of PLEAD, and within the framework of the UNODC Regional Programme for Eastern Africa (2016-2021). The Consultant shall perform the following tasks: Support communications for specific events and campaigns, including drafting talking points, press releases and social media and website content. Contribute and coordinate social media content to raise the visibility of NCAJ. Coordinate the delivery of identified support services, such as graphic design and layout, illustrations, translation, photography and video and audio production Identify new and creative ways to enhance the visibility of the NCAJ. Assist with editing and revision of documents for publication. Edit publications to ensure clarity, consistency and readability of the text for the intended audience. Ensure that the NCAJ website is regularly updated. Provide strategic advice on communications to promote coordination in the sector and criminal justice reform. Support the development of webinars. Develop and foster productive relationships with colleagues with both national and international partners (including UNODC) to facilitate harmonized communication and key messages on PLEAD as well as optimizing available communication opportunities. Qualifications/Special skills Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in journalism, communications or other relevant discipline is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Experience: A minimum of 10 years of work experience in communications is required. Experience in supporting justice programs or actors is desirable. Experience working within Eastern Africa region is desirable. Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage. No Fee THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS. How to apply: Click on https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=163598&Lang=en-US to apply on or before 19 September 2021. View the full article
  23. Country: Zimbabwe Organization: Internews Network Closing date: 10 Oct 2021 ABOUT THE PROJECT The Rooted in Trust project works to combat COVID-19 rumors and misinformation in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Colombia, Brazil, Mali, DRC, Sudan and South Sudan. We work to create impact at the local level and inform approaches to rumor management at the global level. The project is supported by a Global Technical Advisory team made up of media, humanitarian, data science, and information management experts. In Phase 1 of the project, we collected more than 19 thousand rumors in 14 languages and supported more than 30 local trusted information providers. In this critical phase of the pandemic, we will build on these efforts to listen and respond to the information challenges faced by vulnerable groups in humanitarian contexts, encouraging open dialogue between citizens and scientists and stronger and more collaborative partnerships between information providers (such as local media) and humanitarian and health sources. ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY The Media Mentor will manage relationships between the project team and the local media. They will help to better understand and respond to the needs of journalists in this crisis in relation to information, content and skills, as well as approaches to combating misinformation. LOGISTICS This is a remote-first position. The ideal candidate is based in Zimbabwe. You must have work authorization in your location that does not require sponsorship from Internews. Wherever possible, we work to try to find solutions for international hiring that work for both the company and the candidate. This means that some of the particulars around the offer for a role will be dependent on several factors, and that the benefits and salary structure that apply to a position will ultimately be based upon the candidate's location and where the role is hired. OUR COMMITMENT TO FOSTERING A CULTURE OF BELONGING We are an organization of dynamic, mission-driven individuals who are passionate about our core values and about supporting positive change in the world. We pride ourselves on our commitment to innovation and flexibility. We believe that diverse teams are strong teams and work to support an ethic of belonging, dignity, and justice for all people. Our current team includes a mix of genders, parents and non-parents, and people of multiple races, nationalities, ages, sexual orientations and socio-economic backgrounds. We are an EEO employer and encourage candidates of all races, genders, ages, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply, and welcome those with alternative backgrounds and experiences. DAY-TO-DAY TASKS will include: In all duties, the Media Mentor will demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to upholding Internews' Core Values. Media Support Create and update a database of media organizations and prominent journalists in Zimbabwe, including basic brief of capacity, language needs, and key contacts; Create or support existing peer-to-peer learning platforms for journalists in Zimbabwe to understand journalists and media grassroots organizations' support needs, share story ideas, ask questions, and receive support from Internews experts and health and humanitarian partners; Connect with smaller, community-based media and media who may broadcast in different languages to assess their needs; Connect with local, national, and regional media and journalists' associations; Investigate what platforms (if any) are being used by media in Zimbabwe to share COVID-19 related information - particularly media and news outlets known to be utilized by marginalized and displaced populations; Establish, or contribute to existing, information sharing platforms to connect media with verified information and Internews products and support; Track the use of Internews partner-generated content and information; Connect with Media Engagement and training specialists in Internews offices in the region to provide support in accessing COVID-19 information and resources to support programming; Organize semi-regular roundtable events designed to discuss pressing, timely issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will include choosing appropriate dates, platforms, and venues, identifying guests and topics, etc.; Identify media and Internews partners to invite to the event, including large and small media houses, freelance journalists, and influencers as well as humanitarian and health agencies; and Design feedback methodology to evaluate event(s). QUALIFICATIONS WE'RE LOOKING FOR Five years of relevant working experience in the media in Zimbabwe Strong experience with communication, media development, social media monitoring, or similar Experience working in humanitarian contexts and/or working in challenging environments and having a strong understanding of how to work with local authorities, international agencies like the UN, international NGOs, and local organizations and community representatives Excellent information management skills Strong interpersonal communication, organizational, teamwork, facilitation, and presentation skills Strong writing skills and proven ability to produce high-quality reports under tight deadlines Fluency in spoken Ndebele and Shona an added advantage Experience working with communities in Zimbabwe to gather their concerns and issues Awareness of, and familiarity with, the issues and dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic in Zimbabwe and/or other health issues in humanitarian contexts a strong asset, but not required Understanding of the Zimbabwe media operating environment is preferred How to apply: To apply, please submit CV and optionally a cover letter via our Careers page. 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  24. On August 11, 2021, authorities in Tanzania issued a 14-day suspension of Uhuru, a newspaper owned by the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) ruling party, following allegations that the paper had published a false and seditious report about the country’s president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, according to media reports and a statement by government spokesperson, Gerson Msigwa. Earlier that day, Uhuru had published a front-page story alleging that Hassan, who took office in March following the death of her predecessor, John Magufuli, did not intend to run for office during the next general election in 2025, according to the same media reports and a statement by the CCM. The CCM disowned Uhuru’s reporting, claiming that the article was false and a mischaracterization of an August 9 interview Hassan gave to the BBC, according to the party’s statement and CCM Secretary General Daniel Chongolo, who spoke about the incident during a press conference on the morning of August 11. In a video posted on Twitter on August 27, Uhuru Media Group, the newspaper’s parent company, said that the publication was back in circulation after 14 days and shared top headlines of that day’s newspaper. Edwin Soko, the chairperson of the Mwanza Press Club who spoke to CPJ via telephone on September 9, also confirmed that the paper was in circulation. CPJ was not able to get through to anyone at Uhuru when trying to call phone numbers listed on its website and Facebook page in early September. The publication also did not respond to an email, a message sent via Facebook, or a message submitted through an automated form on the outlet’s website. At the August 11 conference, Chongolo said that the newspaper’s board had suspended three senior managers at Uhuru pending investigation, and that he had directed the newspaper to cease publishing for seven days, according to a recording of the press conference posted on YouTube by private media outlets Mwanahalisi TV and Global TV. However, Msigwa, a presidential appointee who is also the director of Tanzania’s Information Services Department, whose mandate includes licensing print media, issued a harsher 14-day suspension of Uhuru’s license, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account later that day. The suspension would take effect August 12, Msigwa said, adding that Uhuru could appeal to the Minister of Information if it wanted to contest the suspension. In the statement, Msigwa said that in publishing the front-page story, Uhuru had breached professional standards and had violated sections of Tanzania’s Media Services Act. He accused the newspaper of violating sections of the law that allow for the imposition of hefty fines and prison terms for publications that include false information or have seditious intent. Under the Media Services Act, first-time offenders convicted of publishing or distributing seditious publications may face up to five years in prison and/or fines of 10 million Tanzanian shillings (US$4,300). Anyone convicted of publishing “recklessly” or “fraudulently” fabricated information may face a prison term of up to five years and fines of up to 20 million Tanzanian shillings (US$8,600). Uhuru is the first newspaper to be suspended in Tanzania in 2021, though the Media Services Act was weaponized to temporarily shutter several publications and to indefinitely revoke the license of at least one newspaper under the Magufuli presidency, according to CPJ’s past reporting and an August 11 statement by a local non-governmental organization, the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC), reviewed by CPJ. In 2019, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ), a regional body, directed Tanzania to amend the Media Services Act, finding that the law was inimical to press freedom and violated the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community, of which Tanzania is a founding member, as CPJ reported at the time. In the August 11 statement, the THRDC urged the government to implement the 2019 EACJ ruling, saying that failure to do so was giving Tanzania a “bad image.” On August 27, the THRDC and two other local non-governmental organizations, Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) and the Legal and Human Rights Centre, filed a lawsuit against the government of Tanzania for contempt of court at the EACJ for its failure to amend the Media Services Act, according to a statement published on Facebook by the MCT. CPJ emailed the EACJ for confirmation of the filing, but did not receive a response. CPJ’s emails to the CCM, the Ministry of Information, and the Information Services Department requesting comment on the suspension of Uhuru, sent in late August and early September, went unanswered. Msigwa did not answer his phone when CPJ called twice in early September, and also did not respond to a text message or WhatsApp message from CPJ requesting comment. View the full article
  25. Country: United States of America Organization: Harvard University Closing date: 31 Dec 2021 About the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is a university-wide academic and research center in humanitarian crisis and leadership. HHI is an affiliated program with the International Division of the Brigham Health Emergency Medicine Department and based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) Department of Global Health and Population. As an Inter-Faculty Initiative, HHI collaborates closely with all Harvard Schools and Harvard Teaching Hospitals and is the primary humanitarian outreach arm of Harvard University. The mission of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is to create new knowledge and advance evidence-based leadership in disasters and humanitarian crisis. HHI was founded in 2005, currently operates 20 projects, and consists of 60 staff, faculty, visiting scientists, students, and collaborators. HHI’s aim is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue in pressing humanitarian issues, advance the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide, and improve the lives of communities in war, conflict, and natural disasters. HHI is looking for a Case Study Consultant for the Executive Negotiation Project (ENP) to implement case studies pertaining to humanitarian tools and technologies. Specifically, these case studies will analyze the development, implementation, and scaling up processes of a number of technologies. About the Executive Negotiation Project The HHI Executive Negotiation Project (ENP) - Advanced Strategies for Humanitarian Leaders is a program designed by HHI to advance field level innovation and advanced leadership development with the aim to enhancing organizational performance and equipping humanitarian practitioners at multiple levels to plan and engage in humanitarian negotiations at the local, regional, and international levels, and to operationalize principled humanitarian action in complex environments. ENP will work with USAID to create a dynamic online and onsite community of learning and practice by implementing three distinct programmatic activities serving different groups of participants: Negotiation Strategies for Senior Leaders in the Field: Providing strategies and approaches for senior executive humanitarian leaders, focusing on responsible leadership and negotiation across sectors; Humanitarian Access Negotiation for Frontline Leaders: Proven advanced negotiation training programs for local humanitarian leaders, focusing on operational challenges and dilemmas, as well as developing the capacity of national staff; The Humanitarian Design Lab (HDLab): Creating a learning partnership between academic organizations, humanitarian leaders and local innovators, focusing on creating and scaling effective solutions About the Opportunity The ENP Communications and Media Intern is a graduate student position with HHI’s Executive Negotiation Project (ENP). The student will provide dedicated communications and media content development for online and onsite professional development sessions using platforms/software such as the HHI Learning Management System (LMS), Zoom, Canva, Adobe Premier Pro, Final Cut Pro, Vimeo, YouTube, and others. This position will focus on developing a comprehensive communications and media plan while also offering event and technical support for ENP activities. The ENP Communications and Media Intern will be part of the HHI Team and report to the ENP Program Manager. The ENP Communications and Media Intern is expected to complete the following tasks and deliverables: Develop various content (promotional, instructional, event agenda, informational one-pagers, etc.) for workshops, webinars, and events across the three main ENP activities; Create a communications plan and release schedule to disseminate content through HHI social media channels; Maintain the ENP digital presence by coordinating media posts with HHI colleagues Brainstorm new strategies for engaging participants/target audiences; Support the development of high quality instructional video content and course materials using video editing software when necessary; Post workshop content, background materials, case studies, session recordings, and other course content on the HHI learning management system; Manage the logistics and technical hosting of synchronous workshop and thematic webinar sessions, including ensuring smooth practitioner enrollment, implementing basic and advanced features such as live polls, breakout rooms, screen sharing, moderating the chat and Q&A functions, and attendance reports, among others; Troubleshoot technical issues and efficiently escalating more complex issues to Instructional Designer as needed; Take notes in sessions as needed; May perform other basic administrative support as needed. Qualifications Bachelor's degree required. Graduate student desired, with focus in humanitarian work or education or communications is a plus. Minimum one year of communications/media experience preferably in an academic setting with faculty and within online learning tools and platforms. Effectiveness with global teams and remote work. Demonstrated experience in meeting software (Zoom, Google Meet, Teams). Familiarity with editing programs/media software (Adobe Premier, Camtasia, Final Cut Pro, Vimeo, YouTube, Sony Vegas, iMovie, etc.) is a plus. Demonstrated confidence and exceptional ability to communicate clearly and effectively in person and online with multicultural stakeholders. Experience working with multicultural professional audiences. Excellent oral and written proficiency in English; French is a plus. Detail oriented, self-motivated, and able to work in the absence of complete information. Reliable, professional, and customer service-oriented. Comfortable interacting with students and faculty, anticipating and addressing emergent issues confidently and efficiently. Attentiveness and discretion is expected. Computer and reliable internet connection is essential. Compensation Practicum or Internship for academic credit or part of formal academic degree requirements. Alternatively, a stipend is available through Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Students will be onboarded through Brigham and Women’s hospital as either for-credit trainees or stipend research trainees. Number of Hours per Week 15 - 20 hours per week Job Start Date Flexible Time Frame Fall 2021, Winter 2021, Spring 2022 semesters Location of Internship The primary work location for this position is the HHI office on 14 Story Street, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined but anticipated to begin in September 2021 (or later into the fall), this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this internship is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required once the School and this internship return to an operational status that supports it. How to apply: Required documents to apply CV/resume Cover letter Writing or work sample Please send your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Emily Ing at eing@bwh.harvard.edu with the subject line “ENP Intern: YOUR NAME”. View the full article
  26. Country: Kenya Organization: Action Against Hunger USA Closing date: 20 Sep 2021 Action Against Hunger-USA is part of the Action Against Hunger International network, which provides humanitarian relief in more than 50 countries worldwide in the sectors of nutrition, health, water/sanitation, and food security. Action Against Hunger-USA, an independent NGO, currently manages programs in 7 countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, and Haiti. Action Against Hunger-USA implements more than $60 million in programs annually, and approximately 1,500 permanent employees based in New York City, Washington D.C, Nairobi, and country offices. Additional growth is anticipated. Action Against Hunger has been present in Kenya since 2001 and is a transformative leader in nutrition security for improved quality of life among vulnerable communities. Action Against Hunger wants to contribute to the optimal functional performance of National, County, and Community systems through strategic partnerships for innovative nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific interventions to achieve its impact. The organization recognizes gender equality as central to its core strategy towards realization of effective and sustainable outcomes on nutrition, WASH and surveillance interventions. Action Against Hunger is currently implementing activities in West Pokot, Mandera, Isiolo, counties. I. Summary of Position The Communications Intern will support visibility efforts in the Action Against Hunger office in Kenya through development and implementation of communication strategies specifically documentation of human-interest stories and success stories as well as media engagement. The Communications Intern will work under the direct supervision of the Health & Nutrition Coordinator and Regional Content Officer in supporting communications & visibility activities. The intern will be based in Nairobi with up to 60% field travel. This internship opportunity is for a six months term subject to renewal & availability of funds. The Communications Intern role has the following purpose, engagement and delivery: Purpose The Communications intern will support country office in visibility through implementation of communication plans specifically documentation of human interest & success stories, photography, social media & media engagement, package and design publications for sharing. Engagement The Communications Intern will work collaboratively with program team and support teams internally & position Action Against Hunger in Kenya to key audiences. Delivery The Communications Intern will collect & package information for use in different platforms, increase visibility and build the profile of the country office. Essential job functions · To capture and document success stories, human-interest stories and narratives that demonstrate impact · Work with external service providers including videographers and photographers in collecting and compiling content for communication products such as newsletters, fact sheets, brochures, social media, documentaries, video testimonials and photobooks. · Leading the process of editing, producing and finalizing quality written narratives, photos and videos for dissemination to Action Against Hunger audiences. · Ensure compliance to branding guidelines are accurately applied for all communication outputs. · Generate ideas, propose content production, select images, and write captions and messages for the Action Against Hunger Kenya social media channels. · Post, monitor and respond to social media activity relevant to Action Against Hunger Kenya · Research, engage, and build connections with key national stakeholders and influencers to improve Action Against Hunger Kenya’s visibility on social media. · Coordinate with national & county media contacts for publicity & visibility in various media channels that include TV, radio, print & social · Organize media engagement activities including media field visits and interviews with beneficiaries & stakeholders. · Work with the technical teams to develop support materials for press engagements, donor visits and other visits to project sites. This may include but is not limited to briefers, one pagers, factsheets and press notes. · Build a localized digital asset management database for storage of photographs, videos, captions and narratives for further use and dissemination. II. Supervisory Responsibilities Communications Intern will not supervise any staff III. Fiscal Responsibility Communications Intern is not a direct budget holder IV. Physical Demands While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to concentrate on work, including typing, and turn out heavy volumes of work accurately, within short time frames under stressful situations in the context of a moderately noisy office with many interruptions. Must be able to proofread own work accurately so that only minor corrections are needed on an infrequent basis. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. V. Working Conditions, Travel and Environment The duties of the job require regular job attendance at least five days per week. Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required. Must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business travel as well as to the country offices if appropriate. While visiting the field, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high security risks and/or very basic living conditions and outside weather conditions, as well is to infectious diseases. VI. Gender Equality Commitments & Zero Tolerance to Abuse Foster an environment that reinforces values of women and men, and equal access to information. Provide a work environment where women and men must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance. Promote a safe, secure, and respectful environment for all stakeholders, particularly for children, beneficiaries, and members of staff. Help to prevent any type of abuse including workplace harassment and sexual abuse and exploitation. Respect beneficiaries’ women, men, children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sex orientation, disability, religion, race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status. Value and respect all cultures. VII. Required Qualifications and Professional Experience · Higher Diploma or Bachelor’s degree in Communications with specific focus on campaigns or marketing · A minimum of 2 years’ experience in digital content, campaigns, marketing or advertising. · Experience in design & graphics. Required Skills & Competencies · Computer skills with excellence in Microsoft Excel and Word or any other design software packages. · In-depth knowledge of various social media platforms, best practices, and website analytics. · Good level of spoken and written English and Kiswahili · Ability to work under minimal supervision and deliver results within deadlines · Excellent organization, coordination, report writing and team management skills · Strong and effective communication and presentation skills · Team player and keen to details · coach a team – a team player How to apply: Applications, including CV with cover letter and 3 professional references and apply through: recruitment@ke-actionagainsthunger.org not later than 20th September 2021 clearly mentioning the position on the subject line . e.g Communication Intern. Action Against Hunger - USA provides all staff with an attractive salary & benefits package. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees & qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Action Against Hunger - USA complies with all applicable laws governing non-discrimination in employment.** View the full article
  27. Country: Tunisia Organization: Internews Network Closing date: 8 Oct 2021 ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY Internews is seeking a Senior Media Advisor for a potential USAID-funded media support project in Tunisia. The Senior Media Advisor provides technical expertise on reporting on capacity building in democratic and economic governance and electoral issues. The Senior Media Advisor is responsible for assessing, designing and planning media assistance after discussions and coordination with traditional and online media, respective institutions, Tunisian journalists and civil society. The Senior Media Advisor will report to the Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Internews. LOGISTICS This is a remote-based position, and candidates based in Tunis, Tunisia will be considered. Wherever possible, we work to try to find solutions for international hiring that work for both the company and the candidate. This means that some of the particulars around the offer for a role will be dependent on several factors, and that the benefits and salary structure that apply to a position will ultimately be based upon the candidate’s location and where the role is hired. OUR COMMITMENT TO FOSTERING A CULTURE OF BELONGING We are an organization of dynamic, mission-driven individuals who are passionate about our core values and about supporting positive change in the world. We pride ourselves on our commitment to innovation and flexibility. We believe that diverse teams are strong teams and work to support an ethic of belonging, dignity, and justice for all people. Our current team includes a mix of genders, parents and non-parents, and people of multiple races, nationalities, ages, sexual orientations and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are an EEO employer and encourage candidates of all races, genders, ages, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply, and welcome those with alternative backgrounds and experiences. DAY-TO-DAY TASKS will include: Provide support to the Regional Director and local media team; Provide technical expertise on design of relevant trainings, mentoring programs, and/or consultations to local media outlets to produce engaging, quality reporting that holds government to account; Assess the current media landscape, viewership, trends and needs of target audience to create a baseline and design assistance; Support regular progress reporting and the collection and analysis of monitoring and evaluation data on the results and impact of program support; Engage with social media platforms on disinformation and fact checking; Nurture relationships with media outlets, research institutions, media literacy initiatives, and media support organizations in the region; Technical support, guidance and mentoring to media partners on topics related to reporting on democratic and economic governance and electoral issues; Ensure all projects’ deliverables are completed according to agreed timeline and budgets; Managing risk and security during the implementation of the project, including the development of contingency plans; Support the Regional Director in ensuring the projects comply with all administrative requirements, donors’ regulations (including branding and marking), laws including local laws and requirements for local staff; Ensuring timely reporting of activities and effective collaboration with relevant Internews staff; Support strategic communications efforts of Internews in coordination with the Regional Director to promote and publicize Internews activities; Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values. QUALIFICATIONS WE’RE LOOKING FOR: Ability and permission to work and reside in Tunis; Minimum of four to six years of experience managing donor-funded media projects in transition countries; Demonstrated news management experience; Experience in journalism training, particularly political, investigative and election reporting; Experience training and mentoring journalists or journalism students, as well as developing training curriculum; Ability to analyze, interpret, and report on media trends; Fluency in English is required; Proficiency in French and/or Arabic is preferred; Strong critical thinking and writing skills; excellent communication skills; Thorough understanding of the technical, political and social, issues specific to Tunisia; Proven interpersonal and networking skills with international organizations and donors; Team-building skills and the ability to manage a diverse staff. This position is being offered and hired by Internews Network. Benefits will be consistent with Internews Network's offerings and will be reviewed during the hiring process. Additional information can be found on our About Working for Internews page. Internews Network is an EEO/AAP/OFCCP employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. Internews does not discriminate based on race, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law. How to apply: Please submit application materials at https://phf.tbe.taleo.net/phf04/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=INTERNEWS&cws=38&rid=1539 View the full article
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