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Short- and Medium-Term Technical Consultants: TV and Radio Training Experts

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POSITION TITLE: Short- and Medium-Term Technical Consultants: TV and Radio Training ExpertsREPORTS TO: Chief of PartyLOCATION: International; (IREX may require that certain training assignments be conducted remotely).ABOUT IREX:  IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information.POSITION SUMMARY:  IREX is seeking broadcast TV and radio technical experts and trainers to design and deliver on-site (on-the-job) trainings for Syrian media outlet partners supported through IREX’s Supporting Independent Media in Syria (SIMS) program. IREX has several program partners (both radio and TV) that provide Arabic-language broadcasts, including information and news programs, to Syrian audiences.  Managers and staff at these stations have received varying levels of training; however, all will benefit from a broad spectrum of professional development in virtually every aspect of broadcast management, operations, and production.IREX will select multiple candidates, on an ongoing basis, to coordinate training design and preparation, training and coaching sessions, and reporting/follow-up activities with SIMS lead media development consultants (“mentors”) assigned to specific SIMS partner stations. Training assignments will range in duration from less than one (1) week to six (6) months; however, consultant contracts may include multiple training assignments within a single scope of work. In most cases, trainers will be embedded within media outlets as part of training assignments. Under no circumstances will trainers be required or expected to travel within Syria.IREX is seeking trainers with documented experience delivering on-site training in the following subject matter/skill areas:Editorial managementNews and/or program productionRadio and television on-air presentationDigital audio and video editingStory productionMultimedia productionVideo storytelling and productionProgram scheduling and formattingTechnical broadcast operations (studio design, lighting, camera operations)Transmission engineeringRadio and/or television managementSales and marketing strategySocial media integrationEvaluation and application of audience researchFinancial management for media outletsMedia business strategyDUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESIREX will assign selected trainers to work with one or more SIMS partner stations on a given training assignment. Some training activities will require co-training among two or more selected trainers. Each assignment will be unique. Certain factors may change between assignments, such as the training site and/or beneficiaries, training topics and/or format, the number and/or experience level of trainees, IREX’s reporting requirements, the presence of co-trainers, and so on. Successful candidates will be able to establish and maintain collegial, supportive, and productive relationships with partner station management and staff, as well as other IREX/SIMS consultants and trainers.Selected candidates will:Develop on-the-job training plans and schedules as directed by IREX and in coordination with SIMS lead media development consultants (“mentors”);Deliver on-the-job training at radio or television outlets (circumstances may occasionally require that training be delivered remotely);Provide IREX and beneficiary media outlets with recommendations for follow-up training, technical upgrades, and management decisions based on results of training interventions;Produce comprehensive, written, English-language reports, detailing activities undertaken within each training assignment, actions taken by beneficiary outlets as a result of training activities, recommendations for future training, and other information as requested by IREX; and,Perform other responsibilities as requested.SKILLS AND EXPERIENCEMinimum of seven (7) years of experience in television or radio in such roles as station general manager, program manager, journalist/reporter/correspondent, newsroom manager, editor/editor-in-chief, producer, presenter, technical engineer, or their equivalent (10 years’ experience is strongly desired).Demonstrated experience as a trainer in broadcast television, radio, or a related field (3 years’ experience is strongly desired).Experience working in political transition and conflict/post-conflict environmentsExperience working in the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) geographic regionAbility to use and train others to use digital editing software applications is desired – Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Suite, and/or After EffectsA high degree of professional reputation will be considered as part of candidates’ evaluation. Candidates should therefore include professional references within their CVs, ideally for the broadcast outlets at which they have radio and/or television work experience or for which they have delivered training.Excellent communication and presentation skillsExcellent English-language writing skills for training assignment reports are required;Advanced or native fluency in Arabic is desiredStrong interpersonal skills, particularly in multi-cultural environments; andAbility to work under pressure.Attitudes:A strong commitment to IREX partners’ successExcellent communication skills and sensitivity toward those affected by conflict/displacement, needed to foster effective working relationships with IREX partner staff.Willingness to work in a flexible manner in terms of number of working hours, days of work; and,High ethical standards.To Apply:  Please send a resume and a cover letter to Add the word “Training Expert” in the subject of the email.NO PHONE CALLS PLEASEAA/EOE/M/F/Vet/DisabledApplication deadline: Shortlisted candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled or until further notice.

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Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $70 million and a staff of over 400 professionals worldwide. IREX employs field-tested methods and innovative uses of technologies to develop practical and locally-driven solutions with our partners in more than 100 countries.

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