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Friday 4 October 2013

Media Specialist Job opportunity in Uganda at Freedom House

Job Title: Media Specialist

Organization: Freedom House
City Kampala,
Country Uganda

Reports to: Chief of Party

About Us:
Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.

Job Summary: The Media Specialist will be responsible for design and implementation of activities to advance flow of information in Uganda.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Offer technical direction and oversight of programmatic activities to advance the free flow of information in Uganda with a focus on media professionalization, strengthening institutions that regulate the media, and the promotion and protections of individual rights to access of information;
Provide direction and assistance to promote sustainability and build capacity of local organizations and media houses at both the national and sub-national levels;
In collaboration with partner organizations, foster network building and other initiatives that strengthen media associations;
Design and implement trainings to build the skills of journalists in human rights, rule of law, investigative journalism, and protection;
Monitor and evaluate processes, and write program reports to ensure completion of program objectives;
Support the COP to ensure programmatic compliance with USG rules and regulations;
In collaboration with the COP, develop advocacy initiatives to support freedom of expression and access to information in Uganda;
Assist the COP with fundraising, which includes developing concept notes, proposals, budgets, etc.;
Required to travel extensively to project sites within Uganda and occasionally within the region;
Other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
The candidate should possess a master’s degree in journalism, mass media, or in a related social science discipline;
A minimum of three years’ experience in media advocacy and engagement on rule of law and human rights matters;
Two years of technical experience in dealing with multiple stakeholders including the media, judiciary, CSOs, and adjudication institutions in a developing country;
Must have demonstrated experience in media in Uganda;
Expertise in communications, investigative journalism, and/or advocacy;
Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with local partners, government officials, media houses, as well as in-country and foreign experts;
Demonstrated ability to mobilize communities and encourage the inclusion of marginalized groups;
Demonstrated experience in developing activity work plans, budgets, implementing programmatic activities, and providing short-term technical assistance;
Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, and other donor approaches to civil society development;
Strong knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms, and democracy promotion;
Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing;
Ability to use productivity software such as MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint; and Microsoft Excel.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates to send a resume, and cover letter with salary history and desired salary (only candidates who send salary requirements will be considered for the position) to: FHproposals@freedomhouse.org or fax at (202) 822-3893, Attention: FH Proposals, referencing 2013-004 Media Specialist Uganda. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
Deadline: 22nd October, 2013