Position Description

Humanitarian Journalism Trainer
Location Bangladesh
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PROJECT

The Internews Humanitarian Information Service (HIS) in Bangladesh is part of a consortium with BBC Media Action and Translators Without Borders. The consortium aims to improve communication with communities by ensuring that community engagement/feedback, the provision of information, and participation are continuous throughout the response and effectively documented, coordinated and addressed.

As part of the consortium, Internews will set up a community-based information service run by members of the community for the community. This will be done through localised narrowcasting on speakers, peer-to-peer sharing and other ways of reaching those members of the community that have the least access to information and decision making. The information produced by these community-correspondents will also be shared with the wider humanitarian community, integrating qualitative input with other forms of feedback from other humanitarian partners.  

 

ROLE

The Humanitarian Journalism Trainer (HJT) supports a national Multimedia Producer to set up the Narrowcast Audio Service, together with a team of approximately 20 Community Correspondents (from the Rohingya community), trained to produce a narrowcast Rohingya language audio program shared through local speakers. The HJT will support the Multimedia Producer in setting up an editorial process to ensure the production of audio and potentially other outputs, in collaboration with humanitarian organizations in Cox’s Bazar. The HJT will also provide hands-on training to produce creative content, together with the Multimedia Producer and the Community Correspondents. The programming will have a strong public service element to increase effective engagement with the community and ensure their questions and concerns are answered.

The HJT will also train people to use Communications with Communities techniques which may use many forms of media including exhibitions, public announcements, photography and internet-based media. The HJT will also support the Project Lead (PL) in other tasks (for example attending meetings etc.) as necessary. The HJT will be responsible for all fact-checking and editing. Finding the correct and fact-checked answers to community questions and supervising a community team to be vigilant about fact-checking is extremely important.
This short-term consultancy should result in a strong editorial structure that organises the creative process of producing regular humanitarian content in a very volatile environment.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Mentor the narrowcast manager and assistant producer to ensure clear editorial direction, processes & outputs
  • Train volunteers in the use of broadcast equipment
  • Train staff to produce community reports, information updates, programmes and features (mainly audio)
  • Develop strong checks and balances into the editorial process to ensure fact-checking and conflict-sensitive reporting.
  • Contribute to the Internews training material database with all relevant material developed during the project and maintain the database.
  • Coordinate with Internews partner organizations and other NGOs to facilitate creative programme sharing and collaboration.
  • Support gender mainstreaming throughout the project
  • Work extensively in the community to increase community participation
  • Contribute to the wider communications for the project as a whole with excellent writing and communications skills.
  • Support the work of the RHIS project lead where required, give regular updates and assist as necessary including managing staff; procurement


ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Relevant degree (for example in media, communications, journalism, international development, or humanitarian sector)
  • A solid background in (community based) journalism and/or participatory communication with a strong focus on the feedback loop from the communities into the humanitarian system
  • Fluency in digital editing software, such as Adobe Creative Suite, Audacity, Final Cut, or equivalent.
  • Practical experience in planning and operating participatory training programs and develop staff
  • Experience in leading and coordinating a local team– often with no or limited experience in journalism or reporting
  • Strong communication and diplomatic skills
  • Ability to adjust to shifting political circumstances and create/adjust programming accordingly
  • Sensitivity to cross-cultural and gender dynamics in the workplace
  • Must be self-reliant, yet also a team player, resourceful, good problem-solver, good humoured, and very flexible
  • Ability to travel within and spend extended time in the field, with limited facilities, often under harsh conditions

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: position will be filled as soon as suitable candidate is found

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