Yemen

Media Mentor, Rooted in Trust Yemen

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Rooted in Trust project works to combat COVID-19 rumors and misinformation in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Colombia, Brazil, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Sudan, South Sudan, Haiti, Yemen and Madagascar. We work to create impact at the local level and inform approaches to rumor management at the global level. The project is supported by a Global Technical Advisory team made up of media, humanitarian, data science and information management experts.

In Phase 1 of the project, we collected more than 19 thousand rumors in 14 languages and supported more than 30 local trusted information providers. In this critical phase of the pandemic, we will build on these efforts to listen and respond to the information challenges faced by vulnerable groups in humanitarian contexts, encouraging open dialogue between citizens and scientists and stronger and more collaborative partnerships between information providers (such as local media) and humanitarian and health sources.

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

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.

LOGISTICS

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

Wherever possible, we work to try to find solutions for international hiring that work for both the company and the candidate. This means that some of the particulars around the offer for a role will be dependent on several factors, and that the benefits and salary structure that apply to a position will be based upon a candidate’s location and where the role is hired.

Note: Hiring is contingent upon receipt of funding.

This is a limited duration position with an expected end date in January 2023.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so candidates should apply soon.

OUR COMMITMETNT TO FOSTERING A CULTURE OF BELONGING

We are an organization of dynamic, mission-driven individuals who are passionate about our core values and about supporting positive change in the world. We pride ourselves on our commitment to innovation and flexibility. We believe that diverse teams are strong teams, and work to support an ethic of belonging, dignity, and justice for all people. Our current team includes a mix of genders, parents and non-parents, and people of multiple races, nationalities, ages, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are an EEO employer and encourage candidates of all races, genders, ages, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply, and welcome those with alternative backgrounds and experiences.

DAY-TO-DAY TASKS will include:

  • Media Support
    • Create a database of media organizations and prominent journalists in Yemen, including basic brief of capacity, language needs and key contacts;
    • Create or support existing peer-to-peer learning platforms for journalists in Haiti 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 combatting misinformation;
    • Localize and contextualize global pandemic reporting resources created 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 Haiti to share COVID-19 related information – particularly media and news outlets known to be utilized 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; and
    • Connect with Media Engagement and training specialists in Internews offices in the region to provide support in accessing COVID-19 information and resources to support programming
  • Media Roundtables: Organize semi-regular roundtable events designed to discuss pressing timely issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • This will include: choosing the appropriate date/platform/venue; identifying guests and topics; etc.
    • Identify media and Internews partners to invite to the event, including large and small media houses, freelance journalists and influencers as well as humanitarian and health agencies;
    • Design feedback methodology to evaluate event(s).
  • In all duties, demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values .

QUALIFICATIONS WE’RE LOOKING FOR

Required

  • 5 years of relevant working experience in the media in Yemen 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 and having a strong understanding of how to work with local authorities, international agencies like the UN, INGOs 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 working under tight deadlines;
  • Fluent written and spoken English;
  • Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values .

Preferred

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

  • Fluency in Arabic 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

How to apply

To apply, please submit CV and optionally a cover letter via our Careers page.