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Job: Media Capacity Development Associate

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    The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) helps people to realize the benefits of their countries’ endowments of oil, gas and minerals. We do this through technical advice, advocacy, applied research, policy analysis, and capacity development. We work with innovative agents of change within government ministries, civil society, the media, legislatures, the private sector, and international institutions to promote accountable and effective governance in the extractive industries. For more information, please see www.resourcegovernance.org.

    Good governance of oil, gas and mining resources and the revenues they generate requires effective oversight. An active, knowledgeable media plays a critical role in helping inform and engage the public, citizen groups and parliaments and thus help them hold government and companies accountable. NRGI currently offers training and related professional support to journalists in selected countries to improve their ability to report about oil, gas and minerals under the program for strengthening media oversight of the extractive sectors.

    DESCRIPTION

    NRGI seeks a full-time Media Capacity Development Associate preferably to be based in Accra, Ghana.

    Reporting to the Program Officer for Media Capacity Development, the Program Associate will provide administrative and programmatic support to the management and implementation of media project activities with primary, but not exclusive, focus on programming in selected Anglophone African countries. These include Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda.

    Country-level activities are primarily implemented by local partners, with guidance and support from NRGI. Working in tandem with the Program Officer, the Associate will ensure close coordination with partners to harmonize planning and monitor activities against agreed work plans and budgets. He/she will support efforts to evaluate progress as well as to document and facilitate the sharing of lessons, experiences, and practices across countries.

    The media program is designed to be responsive to the changing and emerging needs of and challenges facing journalists, the media industry, and the extractive sector. The position will therefore require familiarity with the African media landscape and competence in basic research and analytical skills to be able to discern and document trends in media coverage of oil, gas and minerals and extractive journalism generally.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Conduct routine background and operational research on media development and training practices to inform NRGI’s programming;
    • Track and monitor the coverage of extractive issues by the media in NRGI’s priority and limited-engagement countries in Anglophone Africa;
    • Contribute to the development, and lead on the implementation of, the methodology for curating news and stories on extractives by current and previous NRGI training beneficiaries and participating media houses;
    • Support the management of relationships with local partner organizations and grantees to ensure coordinated planning, harmonization of activities, and successful grant-making;
    • Manage relationships with alumni of NRGI’s media program to foster ongoing engagement and continuous learning;
    • Gather, archive, and keep a record of all training materials including the management of access to proprietary content;
    • Support the planning and organization of program events;
    • Collect and disseminate news and information about the media program’s activities and act as the program’s liaison with NRGI’s communications team.

    QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, media, communication or related fields in the social sciences, humanities, and international development;
    • At least two years of substantive experience related to media capacity development;
    • Ability to deal with staff, partners, and beneficiaries in remote locations at multiple levels of intervention (global, regional and national);
    • Some familiarity with the latest thinking in the field of media development and a host of capacity development approaches relevant to the needs of early- to mid-career journalists;
    • Knowledge of key organizations and networks active in the field of media capacity development and extractive sector governance is desirable;
    • Background knowledge of extractive sector governance issues is desirable;
    • Experience in using ICTs for capacity development is highly desirable;
    • Fluency in English is a must; fluency in another language of relevance to the Africa region will be an added advantage.

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS

    • Project management skills, including ability to multi-task, work efficiently in a fast-paced environment, troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion, with strict deadlines and without loss of attention to detail, budget and reporting;
    • Excellent written, verbal, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills;
    • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office;
    • Good listening and communication skills with sensitivity to cultural differences;
    • Ability to work effectively as a team member and independently, with a high-level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals;
    • Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues.

    SALARY AND CONTRACT:

    A term based full time post initially for one year, subject to satisfactory performance. Salary is commensurate with experience.

    START DATE:

    As soon as possible.

    LOCATION:

    Accra, Ghana

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

    Please email by 13 March 2015 an application letter stating your salary requirements and provide your CV with names of three referees to:africatemprwi@resourcegovernance.org

    Send the application letter and CV in one PDF document as an attachment.

    Use Media Capacity Development Associate as the subject line of your email.

    Source:Resource Governance

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