Graça Machel Trust: Media Network Coordinator

Graça Machel Trust
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 23 October, 2015
Opportunity type: 
Employment

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE
MEDIA NETWORK COORDINATION CONSULTANCY
 

The Graça Machel Trust works across the continent on three issues: women’s rights, children’s rights, and governance and leadership. Our mission is to amplify women’s movements, influence governance, and promote women’s contributions and leadership in the economic, social, and political development of Africa; and advocate for the protection of children’s rights and dignity.
 
The Trust is currently looking for an experienced and highly networked individual in the media across Africa to establish the Network of African Women in the Media. 
 
PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This project is funded by the Government of Norway. The project seeks to enlist the support of the media, in particular senior women professionals, to drive coordinated messaging and build awareness on issues related to girls and women’s health, education, and economic empowerment.  A select number of women journalists will be identified to form a core group that meets on a regular basis to identify opportunities for coordinated messaging on development issues, and to identify young female talent that can be enlisted into the network.
 
The media network will be the fourth network to be established and supported by the Trust. It will be linked with already existing networks of the Trust, namely the network of women in finance, known as New Faces New Voices (NFNV), the Network of African Business Women (NABW), and the African Network of Women in Agriculture (AWAB). These networks have a reach in about 20 African countries and can offer the media network easy access to women who are knowledgeable in various fields and are already working at influencing policies for the benefit of girls and women. Through the Trust, the network will be in a position to access expertise offered by the Trust’s partners in various African countries who can help strengthen messaging and the reframing of stories about women and children.  
 
PROJECT GOAL & OBJECTIVES

The overall goal of this project is to create or support a network of women in Africa’s traditional and new media to collectively strategise, develop, and disseminate empowering messaging and storylines about women and children in Africa, with a particular focus on health, education, and economic empowerment.
 
There are two objectives tied to this goal:

  • Leverage the voice of Mrs Machel to influence the agenda of African media owners and editors to support messaging that promotes the empowerment of girls and women.  
  • Enable intergenerational exchanges and mentoring of women in the media who can collectively champion targeted messaging on women and children in Africa, with a focus on health, education, and economic empowerment.  

PROJECT ACTIVITY AREAS

  • RESEARCH: The network formation will informed by research covering Southern Africa, East Africa, and Central Africa. The research will enable the Trust to identify possible candidates to lead the network and identify strategic messaging that may influence advocacy on the right of women to health, education, and economic empowerment.
  • NETWORK BUILDING AND FACILITATION: As determined by the research, the Trust will identify women and media organisations it can partner with, either by supporting an already existing network or creating a new one. This will include particular activities targeted at young women journalists such as mentoring, coaching and training in new media.
  • ENGAGE REGIONAL EDITORS AND MEDIA OWNERS: The Trust intends to identify selected media leaders in each region, particularly those with a wider reach and impact in the news media and develop activities together with them.
  • MENTORING: Identify and engage organisations that provide training and mentoring. We are particularly interested in those initiatives that can multiply numbers of women participating and/or owning/leading new media platforms.

PROJECT OUTPUTS UNDER THIS CONTRACT 

  1. Strategy development. Strategic review and development with the Research    Consultancy, provision of strategic advice and development of workplan for year one and year two.
  2. Develop a research plan. This plan will take into account other possible research that may be currently undertaken by global partners within a similar field.
  3. Complete research report including the following:
  • An analysis of the issues prominent African women’s voices raise on social media.
  • Mapping of associations and networks of media owners and editors in three African regions.
  • Insights into the extent to which women in newsrooms participate in digital media initiatives.
  • A list of women on social media platforms that the Trust can work with as a network.
  • A list of organisations and initiatives in the three regions that support women’s participation in the new media market, either through training or mentorship. 
  • A database of media leaders, mentors and women journalists that can participate in this grant by first quarter.
  • Issues that might be strategic for the network to mobilise itself around.
  1. Develop a criteria to invite and select media candidates to be part of the Women in Media Network.
  2. Create an advisory group of progressive and prominent journalists and editors who can inform the direction of the network formation and focus.
  3. Organise two roundtables/workshops of women in the media with Mrs Machel. This roundtable meeting or workshop should bring together a group of prominent and young women working in media.
  4. Engage with selected groups of media owners and editors with a wider impact on countries of interest to the Trust. Identify and create an opportunity for Mrs Machel to address African editors and media owners on women’s health, education, and economic empowerment.
  5. Progress reports every two months
  6. Develop Women in Media Social Media Platform/s that can be used going     forward to mobilise, advocate, amplify messages, develop the Women in Media presence and reputation and in doing so help build on the reputation and legacy of the Graça Machel Trust.
  7. Deliver a six-month final report with recommendations for future activities.
  8. Assist the Trust identify a fulltime network coordinator.
  9. Assist the Communications Department with any arising communication activities related to the Graça Machel Trust Women’s and Children’s Rights and Nutrition Programmes that are included as beneficiaries in the NORAD grant.

CONTRACT PERIOD

The contract is for six months, with an immediate start date ideal. However, consideration will be given for a 1 November 2015 start date.

REQUIREMENTS

  • A proven record of building relationships with media owners and editors in Africa
  • A proven database of women editors and journalists in Africa
  • Connections with media training institutions in the continent   
  • Experience as a journalist, or editor in the continent
  • Familiarity with the issues in the media across the region
  • Solid experience in conducting research that informs projects in the media
  • Understanding of development and humanitarian sector in Africa, including experience that addresses policies and strategies in poverty eradication, education, health and/or women’s empowerment
  • Strategic thinking and ability to drive diverse groups
  • Strong planning, project and partnership management and diplomacy skills
  • Understanding of Portuguese or French would constitute an additional asset

To apply, submit applications to info@gracamacheltrust.org
 

Location: 
South Africa

NGO Services

NGO Services

NGO Events

S M T W T F S
 
 
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
31