Location: Suva, Fiji
Duration: 1 Year Personal Services Consultancy
Commencing: February 2020
Line manager: Content Coordinator – Philippines/Pacific
Department: Asia PMU
Term & LOE: Full-time; 100
Salary range: USD 1000 – USD 1500 per month plus USD 30 communication allowance
Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard.
Internews provides communities the resources to produce local news and information with integrity and independence. With global expertise and reach, Internews trains both media professionals and citizen journalists, introduces innovative media solutions, increases coverage of vital issues and helps establish policies needed for open access to information.
Internews programmes create platforms for dialogue and enable informed debate, which bring about social and economic progress. Internews’ commitment to research and evaluation creates effective and sustainable programs, even in the most challenging environments.
Internews operates internationally, with administrative centres in California, Washington DC, and London, as well as regional hubs in Bangkok and Nairobi. Formed in 1982, Internews has worked in more than 90 countries, and currently has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.
About EJN Asia-Pacific
Internews developed the Earth Journalism Network (EJN) to empower and enable journalists from developing countries to cover the environment more effectively. With a mission to improve the quantity and quality of environmental coverage and over 9,000 members from 130 countries, EJN trains journalists to cover a wide variety of topics, develops ground-breaking digital media sties, establishes networks of environmental journalists in countries where they don’t exist, and builds their capacity where they do, through workshops and development of training materials, Fellowship programs, support for story production and distribution, and dispersing small grants.
EJN has been working in Asia to improve the capacity of local journalists to report on environmental issues since 2008. As a direct result of our activities, trained journalists – working in print, radio, TV and online media – have produced more than 5,580 stories, not including the environmental coverage they go on to produce after participation in our programs. Several of these stories – in countries including Indonesia, China, Vietnam, India and Pakistan – have won national and international awards after uncovering scandals such as wildlife smuggling rings and illegally polluting factories. In addition, by combining increasingly available environmental data with the use of new mapping and data visualization tools, EJN and its partners are launching regionally based platforms that add context to journalists’ stories. This concept is best exemplified by The Third Pole and Mekong Eye interactive mapping platforms that host richly designed and easily sharable maps and other information about environmental topics in South Asia and the Mekong region, respectively. Finally, our online network EJNet connects 1,250 journalists from around the world who have an interest in covering environmental issues. This network enables sharing of resources and information in stories that often cross borders and continents.
With funding from Sweden International Development Agency (Sida), the EJN Asia-Pacific project builds on EJN’s work in this region with the aim to improve the capacity of local and regional actors to promote greater accountability and sustainable development in relation to the environment and climate in Asia and the Pacific, by building the capacity of individual reporters, media outlets and journalism networks to cover environmental, climate change and natural resource managements issues; to spread news and information to the most vulnerable communities and to help boost the voices of women and marginalized groups who are most at risk. With a special grant from Sida,
About the role
The Fiji/Pacific Content Coordinator will play a lead role in managing and coordinating Internews Earth Journalism Network’s editorial, capacity building and networking activities in Fiji and other South Pacific island states. Working closely with EJN’s two other Content Coordinators based in the Solomon Islands and the Philippines, this position will support EJN by building content for its online platform InfoPacific, mentor local journalists, represent EJN in local forums and communities, overseas grantees in the Pacific region and participate in the selection of beneficiaries for EJN activities and funds. The Fiji/Pacific Content Coordinator will provide support to EJN’s Executive Director and EJN Asia-Pacific Project Manager, as well as contribute to EJN’s project implementation, supervision of partners and deliverables, donor reporting, content management, and proposal development.
Role and Responsibilities – Other duties may be assigned.
- Manage content on InfoPacific and provide editorial support to grantees and partners to ensure that content is accessible to the media and target audiences. This includes:
- Work with EJN’s partner, Pacific Island News Association, to set up an editorial team for InfoPacific, and to be a member of this team
- Commission stories from Pacific journalists to be published on InfoPacific and mainstream media outlets
- Aggregate content from local/regional media for InfoPacific
- Arrange partnerships with local media to generate content InfoPacific
- Produce environmental stories for publishing on InfoPacific and other sites supported by EJN
- Supervise story development, editing and translating stories
- Support development and redesign of EJN’s GeoJournalism websites, especially InfoPacific.
- Assist with management of EJN’s story grants programs (in a variety of media formats), including overseeing selection process, distribution of funds, working with grantees, monitoring their progress, reviewing and distributing their final stories.
- Provide day-to-day oversight, mentoring of and regular liaison with EJN’s grantees in the Pacific
- Assist in the development and launch of environmental reporting training modules
- Assist in the selection of participants in EJN activities and programs including judging processes, and logistics support as directed
- Organize and facilitate training and mentoring activities in the Pacific
- Work to increase the profile of women and marginalized-groups journalists and facilitate their access to communications tools and media outlets
- Carry out research as assigned and in support of ongoing projects and new initiatives
- Represent EJN in the Pacific at key conferences and events, including with funders and policy experts, and increase the profile of EJN in the Pacific
- Assist with fundraising for EJN projects, including networking with donors and partners to propose projects and promote EJN services
- Monitor project activities and achievements and provide regular reports on deliverables and impacts
- Support Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) activities to collect and interpret data for EJN’s indicators spreadsheets
- 2 – 5 years related work experience in an editorial position, preferably with environmental reporting in PNG and the Pacific region
- Strong background in environmental research and policy
- Experience with multimedia editing, programmes design, and mapping tools. Data journalism and web design experience is a plus.
- Fluency in written and spoken English, with expertise in one or more local languages
- Proven organization and administrative skills, with strong attention to detail
- Ability to multi-task, problem-solving, and prioritize with a shifting workload
- Proven ability to operate effectively in a multicultural and team environment
- Relevant university degree
- Good communication, presentation and inter-personal skills
- Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations, which may be remote or difficult to reach.
- Closing date for applications: January 20, 2018
- Interview by February 15, 2018
Candidates must submit a covering letter of no more than 2-pages explaining how they satisfy the requirements of the person speciation in addition to a CV highlighting relevant experience. The successful candidate will also be asked to provide three professional referees, one of whom must be from their