World Federation of
Science Journalists

International Journalism Trainer/Consultant

Various Countries - Africa, Middle East, Asia/Pacific, Europe/Eurasia, and Latin America/Caribbean

Management Systems International
Africa, Middle East, Asia/Pacific, Europe/Eurasia, and Latin America/Caribbean

Opportunity Details

Media Development Consultants/Journalism Trainers, Various Countries

Company Profile: Management Systems International (MSI) is a global international development firm based in Washington, D.C. providing specialized short- and long-term technical assistance. In 2008, MSI joined Coffey International, Ltd., becoming part of Coffey International Development, a global international development consulting firm. Together with Coffey ID, MSI now has more than 1,500 development professionals worldwide, a corporate presence in 11 countries and manages more than 200 projects worldwide. It currently manages more than 20 long-term projects in countries including Iraq, Sudan, Colombia and Russia. Broadly, MSI implements a range of analytical and field projects in its core technical areas, including democracy and governance, strategic management and performance improvement, organizational capacity building, human development and natural resource management. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at

Project/Proposal Summary: The objective of the 2 year UNDP Communications and/or Media Development Training Services is to identify and engage companies that will be able to train local journalists and who have expertise in establishing media institutes and/or strengthening media programs in developing countries. UNDP has been working on two fronts in independent media development: helping to strengthen the skills of local journalists and working to establish and/or improve media institutes and/or program around the world. The development of independent, legally protected, professionally managed, and economically viable news media is considered essential to political and economic progress and vital for democracies.

Position Summary: MSI is seeking to attract trainers and consultants who are skilled in coaching local journalists, have technical expertise in UNDP issue areas (poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, environment and energy, and/or HIV/AIDS), and/or have experience in interacting with national governments interested in establishing media institutes. Trainers will train in the following UNDP regions: Africa, Middle East, Asia/Pacific, Europe/Eurasia, and Latin America/Caribbean. Trainers will report directly to the UNDP Office of Communications (OC) Chief of External Communications and work in close consultation with the OC Director of Communications. Assignments will be approximately 2-5 weeks in duration; multiple assignments are possible over a two-year period.


Journalism trainers will assist with the design and adaptation of core journalism training workshop(s) to specific country contexts, create training and reference materials for the workshops and for journalists to continue using on the job afterwards, conduct reporting skills workshops, and provide individual assessments of participating journalists. o Increase understanding among local journalists of development issues (e.g., poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, environment and energy, and/or HIV/AIDS).
Media development consultants will work with governments, ministries, universities, or state media organizations to establish new or strengthen existing media institutes, media outlets or media programs.

  • Experience in training local journalists in developing countries;
  • Degree in journalism or communications preferred;
  • Experience in setting up and/or improving media institutes and media outlets;
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience in journalism and international media development;
  • Fluency in English required, Additional languages, especially French, Spanish, Arabic or Russian, strongly preferred;
  • Previous experience with media development and/or journalism training in one or more regions: Africa, Middle East, Asia/Pacific, Europe/Eurasia, and Latin America/Caribbean;
  • Understanding of how to operate in countries where press freedoms are constrained; knowledge and/or experience in drafting and enforcement of constitutional and other legal guarantees for free media in post-conflict societies and other emerging democracies, an asset;
  • Understanding of development issues, as it pertains to UNDP specifically, and the UN, generally;
  • Previous UNDP experience preferred;
  • Ability to work within a culturally diverse workforce;
  • Capacity to provide feedback in a constructive manner;
  • Self motivated, innovative and resourceful;
  • Flexible and responsive to the needs of participants and UNDP.
Submission Instructions

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

No phone calls, please.

To apply, please visit the MSI website:

Application Deadline
April 23, 2010

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