Search in partnership with Kiunga Youth Bunge Initiative (KYBI), Human Rights Agenda (HURIA), Humanity Action Knowledge Integrity in Africa (HAKI Africa) and Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) is implementing a comprehensive 36 months youth-focused community peacebuilding action across the Coastal region of Kenya focusing on the counties of Lamu, Kwale, Mombasa and Kilifi over a period of 36 months. This project is supported by the European Union.
The project pursues three complementary objectives:
- To strengthen the capacity of and coordination among community-based youth and youth groups to be more active and effective in peace and security efforts in their communities;
- To increase awareness of target communities of the potential of at-risk youth to positively contribute to peace and security;
- To create opportunities for at-risk youth to engage with youth peers and with local leadership in support of community peace and security efforts.
Search is looking to hire a Short-term Peacebuilding Media Advisor to provide support to the Search Kenya team and its radio station partners in Lamu, Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa in ensuring the quality and Common Ground Approach of the youth-led radio programs to be produced as part of the project. As such, the selected candidate will help radio station partners to kickoff the production of their own youth-led radio programming that will elevate the voices of marginalized and vulnerable young men and women on peace and security topics, and then accompany them and the Search team to put in place mechanisms to ensure their quality and continued attractiveness to youth.
This short-term assignment is for a for a total of 4 weeks, spread over a three-month period (mid-March through mid-June, 2019).
The Peacebuilding Media Advisor Will work with the Media Focal Point at Search Kenya to complete the following expected technical support and tasks:
1. Provide coaching for the Search Kenya Focal Point:
- In developing radio content for different formats, and writing material for scripts, using conflict sensitive journalism techniques and ensuring Common Ground principles are integrated.
- In undertaking radio editing, using technology and on the different tools and formats, such as Cool Edit Pro, Pro Tools and Adobe Audition, for editing and radio production purposes, and for converting audio files.
- In interviewing and field reporting techniques for Common Ground radio programming.
- In monitoring the quality of radio programming produced by radio station partners, including planning of episodes and critical listening of programs produced.
2. Provide coaching for journalists/radio producers from our radio station partners:
- Develop a coaching plan for the journalists from our local radio station partners in four counties in Coastal Kenya, geared towards balanced and conflict-sensitive programming, inclusion of diverse voices and opinions youth in particular, addressing of sensitive issues that may lead to violent extremism.
- Use some of Search’s radio for peacebuilding Africa guide books to guide journalists on topics like conflict analysis, conflict sensitivity, inclusion of diverse voices and opinions, balanced and responsible programming and specific production techniques.
- Ensure Search’s best practice and lessons learned in media for peacebuilding are shared with the journalists and radio station partners, and integrated into the design of their radio programming.
3. Follow radio production and ensure programme quality:
- Oversee the design and kickoff of the radio programs with the Search Kenya Focal Point and the trained journalists, ensuring that the new productions are geared toward common ground journalism, are adapted for a youth audience, and assist in generating and researching ideas for programs.
- Organize listening and planning sessions with each radio producer, including also joint listening/planning sessions bringing together all radio producers engaged in the project.
- Provide critical input at production planning stage to ensure radio content is entertaining for a youth audience, accurate, relevant, conflict-sensitive and adheres to the principles of Common Ground journalism.
- Ensure highest technical and content standards for all youth-led radio programming produced under the project. Provide technical expertise on sourcing potential contributors and interviewees.
- Help the journalists in the development of briefings for presenters, reporters, journalists, and provide them with guidance and tips on hosting/presentation skills.
4. Monitoring and Evaluation
- Together with the Search Kenya media focal person, the Search’s DM&E Officer and the radio station partners, help develop a draft monitoring tool(s) to track reach, resonance and response of the radio programs;
- Provide a guide to ensure radio stations prepare good radio production reports, including description of the program, key outcomes including the monitoring data, lessons learned and emerging trends.
Terms of Mission
Search will supply the following:
- National or international flight (if required)
- Accommodation while in Mombasa
- Per diem based on Search rate in Kenya, while in Mombasa
- Technical fee (daily rate)
Logistics will be organized by Search.
Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, media studies or related field.
- 6-8 years’ experience as a radio producer/journalist and trainer, preferably in peacebuilding media programming and/or youth-led media programming;
- Third level qualification in communications, media, peacebuilding or related field – or equivalent experience.
- Experience training and working with young journalists from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds;
- Demonstrated experience in peacebuilding/conflict transformation projects or of working in conflict environments;
Skills and Competencies
- Working knowledge of Common Ground media approaches an advantage;
- Proficient in use of digital radio production and post-production equipment;
- Excellent interpersonal and facilitation skills;
- Proactive, independent and adaptable with ability to identify solutions;
- Excellent written and spoken English; Swahili is an added value;
- Ability to live and work in basic conditions and insecure environments.
This position will close on March 11, 2019
To apply, interested candidates should send the following items to our employment portal here:
- current resume
- cover letter demonstrating your capacity and experience in doing similar work
- proposed daily fee
Note: Search for Common Ground retains the right to amend the Terms of Reference, in discussion with the selected candidate.
Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website http://www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.
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