Thursday, 28 September 2017

Job Opportunity At Search for Common Ground-Media Assistant, Dar es Salaam


Kinondoni, Kinondoni Dar Es Salaam

Application deadline

The Organization
Search for Common Ground (Search) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in
Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and
governments deal with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative
solutions. Search seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their
commonalities. With a total of approximately 450 staff worldwide, Search implements projects
from 39 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.
Within Sub-Saharan Africa, Search works in sixteen countries: Angola, Burundi, Chad, Central
African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar,
Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Since 2011, Search has been working in Tanzania to develop responsible business practices in the extractive industry sector, to promote gender equality and improve the relationship between government and Civil Society.
Summary of Position
The Media Assistant position will be based in Dar es Salaam. This position will work under Search Tanzania’s two projects implemented in Tanga, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, and Zanzibar with overall objectives of strengthening community resilience to key drivers of potential violent extremism in at-risk areas as well as promote peaceful coexistence in communities. The projects seek to promote participation and inclusion of populations vulnerable to extremism (especially young men and women) as well as fostering interfaith collaboration and social cohesion in communities through an innovative mix of trainings, community dialogues, media campaigns and other community-led initiatives.
The projects engage a wide range of stakeholders including: radio and television stations, media practitioners, community leaders, local authorities, civil society organizations, security officials, and community members, with a particular focus on women and youth.
Summary of Position
The Media Assistant will support the Project Coordinator in management and implementation of all media aspects of the two projects. S/he will also support other Search Tanzania media work as required. S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator in close coordination with the Project Associates/Focal Points, Design Monitoring and Evaluation (DM&E) Officer as well as the Country Director as required.
Major duties and responsibilities
Duties for the Media Assistant include but are not limited to:
• Work with the Project Associates/Focal Points (Arusha/Tanga and Dar es Salaam/Zanzibar), DM&E Officer and Project Coordinator for effective planning and implementation of media activities;
• Support the day-to-day media activities of Search projects, including planning, logistics, and oversight;
• Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, design and implement a multi-media campaign under the projects;
• Work with the Project Coordinator, Finance and Administration Manager to negotiate with radio and television channels to broadcast Search activities, as well as to market and distribute media products via traditional and new media;
• Work with Search’s Regional/Head Quarters Communications team to ensure media aspects of the country’s activities are shared internally and externally;
• Be the focal point for all Search Tanzania social media platforms, ensuring that real-time updates of activity highlights are posted on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp groups;
• Work with the DM&E Officer to develop tools for tracking and evaluating media activities and participate in data collection, and conducting listenership surveys as requested;
• Compile and submit monthly Media Activity Reports;
• Meet regularly with Project Coordinator to review progress of projects against project objectives, indicators and deliverables, and give meaningful input and recommendations into the project management and institutional learning;
• Collation of media logs for media programs;
• Working with Project Associates/Focal Points to update real time and other content on Search’s social media platforms;
• Travel to communities regularly to ensure media activities are on track and to troubleshoot as needed;
• Be directly engaged in the continuing development of the organization, its mission, and its staff, through the sharing of experience and knowledge.
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.
• A Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication, Journalism, Theater Arts or a related field;
• Demonstrated technical capacity to provide support and guidance to project staff on design and implementation of radio, television and other media programs;
• Ability to successfully facilitate trainings and dialogues using participatory methods;
• Professional knowledge and experience in using and applying social media in programming;
• High standards of integrity, professionalism, and impartiality;
• The ability to work independently and effectively in a team environment;
• A proven track record of being proactive;
• The ability to multi-task and work to meet tight deadlines;
• Proficient in use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, e-studio as well as web browsers;
• Fluency in Kiswahili and English, both verbally and in writing;
• The ability to travel across project areas.
The physical demands and work environment that have been described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.
Duration: An initial six month contract with possibility of renewal
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