Vacancy Announcement for Media Consultant (Azerbaijan)
The World Bank in the framework of the Program "Improving Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) in the European Neighborhood Policy East Countries and Russia" (www.enpi-fleg.org) is announcing an opening for Media Consultant to develop and implement public awareness related activities aimed to increase Forest Law Enforcement and Governance understanding; coordinate all communication activities within national office and with counterpart consultants working in other countries to help ensure accurate and unbiased ENPI-FLEG media coverage.
About the Program: The ENPI FLEG program supports governments, civil society, and the private sector in participating countries in the development of sound and sustainable forest management practices, including the reducing the incidence of illegal forestry activities. Participating countries include Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. This program is funded by the European Union and is being implemented by the World Bank, WWF and IUCN.
Description: Under the overall and direct supervision of the ENPI/FLEG World Bank Program Coordinator â€“ Azerbaijan, the Media Consultant will be responsible for the development and improvement of mass media coverage of the FLEG supported activities in Azerbaijan. Specifically the Consultant will be fulfilling the following tasks:
- Development and implementation of the National Programme Communication Strategy in Azerbaijan;
- Development and implementation of country-specific communication issues, which will include monitoring, analysis and reporting on those issues;
- Raising general publicâ€™s awareness about the FLEG Program (both regionally and nationally) in Azerbaijan; stimulate interest in the FLEG Program among the journalists in Azerbaijan;
- Delivery of training sessions to journalists and other mass media representatives on media coverage of the implementation of activities under the FLEG Program and other related issues in Azerbaijan; Coordination between journalists, government, local communities, private users of forest resources and the other stakeholders in order to improve media coverage of FLEG supported activities and related issues;
(i) National programme communication strategy
- Identification of problems in coverage of the FLEG Program supported activities and related issues (both locally and nationally) by Mass Media in Azerbaijan; Development of the communication strategy document, with specific actions and recommendations to mass media;
- Monitoring of the media coverage of FLEG related issues and activities in Azerbaijan, as per the communication strategy;
- Facilitation of proper and accurate media coverage of FLEG supported activities and related issues in Azerbaijan, as per the communication strategy.
(ii) Trainings for Journalists
- Identification of specific training topics focused on forestry research, natural resources management and protection etc;
- Identification of training participants and trainers, and communication and agreements with both;
- Monitoring the trainings in order to blend practical lessons for journalists;
- Ensuring that the journalists to be trained have proper access to the information related to the FLEG supported activities and related issues;
- Identification of measures to be taken to stimulate interest of mass media in FLEG activities and issues;
- Identification of media agencies and journalists in Azerbaijan working on environmental issues, especially on forestry and natural resources management and protection;
- Creation of a database of those media agencies and journalists;
- Maintaining effective cooperation among journalists, local governments and local forestry administrations in order to facilitate access to all the necessary information related to the scope;
- Facilitation of effective collaboration between journalists and local NGOs, and governmental forestry sector, business, scientific institutes, under the framework of FLEG program in Azerbaijan;
- Follow up joint work with journalists and best performing students from the respective educational institutions in order to increase media-coverage of FLEG issues;
- Preparation of the inception, monthly, interim, draft final and final reports and present to the Program Coordinator
For the implementation of all tasks, the Media Consultant will be working in close consultation with in-country Program Team (PCT).
Qualifications: The position requires an individual or team with proven managerial skills and knowledge of environment related media issues. Consultant should have at least 7 years of relevant professional experience. The following specific qualifications must be met:
- A Masters or higher degree in a discipline that is relevant to media management or governance issues;
- Experienced in organizing events;
- Knowledge and understanding of environmental and forestry issues in Azerbaijan;
- Proven public awareness / media experience in international, national and local projects, including supervisory experience;
- Experience in providing quality technical reports;
- Ability to analyse and clearly articulate complex issues in an understandable fashion to decision-makers;
- Highly developed communication skills, including the preparation of high quality reports and the delivery of presentations;
- Ability to work under pressure, sometimes with extended hours, and to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs;
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion when dealing with sensitive political issues;
- Knowledge of World Bank work globally and regionally is an asset;
- Computer literacy;
- Fluency in oral and written Azerbaijani and English; Russian language is an advantage;
- Cultural awareness and sensitivity to gender issues.
Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
Duration: 6 month with likelihood of extension
Application process: Applications should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org and should include a CV and References (please use forms provided)
Deadline: World Bank is seeking to fill this position as soon as possible; the final deadline for submitting applications is December 20, 2010. Short-listed candidates only will be invited for an interview.