Position Description

MENA: Humanitarian Journalism Trainer
Location To Be Determined
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The Humanitarian Journalism Trainer (HJT) will work on a project done in collaboration with a humanitarian organization responding to the refugee crisis to support them to bu ild the capacity of young local journalists to produce stories and deliver information that is useful, targeted and unbiased and i nform and engage local communities, thus increasing the organization’s accountability to affected population.

The Journalism Trainer will support Internews’ partner organization to support local media by creating a pool of trainers and a curriculum to be taught and expanded over time. By developing this pool of trainers they can become an ongoing sustainable resource to the community and affected population can get the information they need to make better-informed decisions. The Humanitarian Journalism Trainer (HJT) will also train the trainers to use Communications with Communities techniques.



  • Conduct a needs assessment to address the following issues:
  • Understand and evaluate the technical skills of the Trainers and their confidence level;
  • Understand and revise existing training materials and methodologies and tailor them for this specific context;
  • Based on the above, identify the gaps/needs in terms of training curricula, methodologies and mentoring needed for the potential participants.
  • Develop of a Training of Trainers (ToT) Curriculum to function as both an educational guide that the trainers can read and learn from, and as an outline for a workshop focusing on supporting local journalists in eventually become trainers themselves. The ToT curriculum will include:
  • Learning materials (video and audio);
  • Examples of stories/projects;
  • Exercises and simulations;
  • Printable design and PPT support visuals.
  • Conduct a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 5 training sessions in Lebanon
  • Design with the participants of the training a mentoring plan to be implemented over the course of the program.
  • Act as a “go-to” resource for the partner organization staff during the course of the year, including in-between trainings, so as to ensure that skills gained in each training are than applied and understood.
  • Represent Internews in Lebanon and with the partner organization
  • Any other relevant task assigned by the Senior Director for Humanitarian Programs


  • Individual assessment of each trainer (maximum of 8 people);
  • Assessment of the training material, curricula and methodologies already existing;
  • Final work-plan with objectives and specific activities;
  • A minimum of 4 in-person trainings with one extra training to be delivered depending on the needs of ICRC staff in the ground;
  • Mentoring plan;
  • Final Curriculum complete with exercises; evaluations tools; learning materials; slides presentations for frontal classes; printable design etc.



  • Relevant degree in media, communications, journalism, international development, or humanitarian sector
  • A solid background in journalism, communication for development and humanitarian media
  • Experience in broadcasting for audiences including news, entertainment, sports, drama and music programing; experience from other countries/regions to ensure sharing of best practices to an international standard
  • Fluency in digital editing software, such as Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut, or equivalent
  • Experience in Communication with Communities (CwC) projects, with a strong focus on the feedback loop from the communities into the humanitarian system
  • A good understanding of the work of humanitarian and development agencies, the UN system and ICRC
  • Strong communication and diplomatic skills
  • Proven ability to develop staff and mentoring programs
  • Practical experience in planning and operating participatory training programs
  • Experience of living and/or working in conflict/post-conflict environments
  • Ability to adjust to shifting political circumstances and create programming accordingly
  • Sensitivity to cross-cultural dynamics in the work place and experience supervising staff
  • Must be self-reliant, resourceful, good problem-solver, good humored, and flexible
  • Must be extremely self-reliant, and organized
  • Fluency in English (a working knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable)