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Madagascar: Media Mentor, Rooted in Trust

Internews is looking for a candidate for the position of Media Mentor for the Rooted in Trust project which works to combat COVID-19 rumours and misinformation in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Colombia, Brazil, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Sudan, South Sudan, Haiti, Yemen and Madagascar. The Media Mentor will manage relationships between the project team and the local media. As the project’s health media specialist, the Media Mentor will help to better understand and respond to the needs of journalists during the pandemic in relation to training, information, and ensuring they are equipped to report on the scientific aspects of the pandemic and to combat misinformation.

Day-to-day tasks:
  • Create a database of media organizations and prominent journalists in Madagascar, including basic brief of capacity, language needs, and key contacts;
  • Create or support existing peer-to-peer learning platforms for journalists in Madagascar to understand the needs of journalists and media organizations and connect them with training, resources, and opportunities to collaborate;
  • Collaborate with the Internews Health team to design and deliver training to journalists on health and science reporting or topics related to combating misinformation;
  • Localize and contextualize global pandemic reporting resources creating for journalists to ensure they meet the needs of local journalists;
  • Connect with smaller, community-based media and media who may broadcast in different languages to assess their needs;
  • Connect with local, national and regional media and journalists’ associations;
  • Investigate what platforms (if any) are being used by media in Madagascar to share COVID-19 related information, particularly media and news outlets known to be used by marginalized and displaced populations;
  • Establish, or contribute to existing, information sharing platforms to connect media with verified information and Internews products and support;
  • Track the use of Internews partner-generated content and information;
  • Connect with Media Engagement and training specialists in Internews offices throughout the region to provide support to journalists in accessing COVID-19 related information and resources to support programming;
  • Organize semi-regular roundtable events designed to discuss pressing, timely issues during the COVID-19 padnemic. This will include choosing the appropriate date/platform/venue, identifying guests and topics. Identify media and Internews partners to invite to the event, including media houses, freelance journalists, influencers, and humanitarian and health agencies. Design feedback methodology to evaluate events;
  • Understand and demonstrate commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • 5 years of relevant work experience in the media in Madagascar as a journalist, reporter, presenter, or editor;
  • Experience translating complex health and science issues for an audience;
  • Experience developing and implementing training for journalists;
  • Strong experience with communication, media development, social media monitoring, or similar;
  • Experience working in humanitarian contexts and/or working in challenging environments, with a strong understanding of how to work with local authorities, international agencies like the UN, international NGOs, and local organizations and community representatives;
  • Excellent information management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal communication, organizational, teamwork, facilitation, and presentation skills;
  • Strong writing skills and proven ability to produce high-quality reports and to work under tight deadlines.

Note: Candidates who do not have these preferred qualifications, but are interested and willing to learn, are encouraged to apply. 

  • Fluency in French a distinct advantage
  • Awareness of, and familiarity with, the issues and dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic and/or other health crises in humanitarian contexts a strong asset

This is a remote-based position. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrable knowledge of the Madagascar context. The candidate must have work authorization in the current location that does not require sponsorship from Internews. Additionally, there are locations in which Internews is not able to support fully remote work.

Note: hiring for this position is contingent upon receipt of funding.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so candidates are encouraged to apply soon. This is a limited-term position with an anticipated end date in January 2023.

To apply please click here.

Status: Open

Organisation: Internews Network and Internews Europe

Deadline: Ongoing

Location: Remote


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