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Press Release-JHR Job Vacancies

18 March 2006 at 05:07 | 794 views

8 Positions: Journalism Trainer (in Ghana, 6 months)

Description: Eight Journalism Trainers will be hired to work in JHR’s office in Ghana for 6 months. Applicants must have Canadian citizenship or be a permanent resident. Selected Trainers will be based in Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi or Tamale.

Of the eight Trainers, one will have newspaper experience, five will have radio experience, and two will have TV experience. Trainers’ work will vary, but will be focused on working with JHR’s Ghanaian media partners to build the capacity of the Ghanaian media to report on human rights issues. This includes field producing, conducting informal seminars and providing other training to local journalists. They will also work with JHR’s Expert Journalism Trainers to run workshops. JHR’s Country Director in Ghana will manage their work.

Selected trainers will also have the opportunity to participate in a cross-Canada speaking tour of universities about their experiences upon their return.

Qualifications:

A journalism degree or relevant experience

Strong working experience as a journalist

Strong knowledge of human rights

International experience or strong, demonstrable interest

Ability to live and work in a cross-cultural environment

Excellent interpersonal skills

Excellent written and communication skills

Fluency in English

Remuneration: $1000 per month living stipend, plus flight and visa.

Application Deadline: April 7, 2006

Start Date: July 15th, 2006. Successful participants will be required to attend a three-day pre-departure orientation in Ottawa or Toronto at some point before their start-date.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and CV to Nikki Whaites nikki@jhr.ca (no attachments please). Please quote “Ghana - TV, Radio OR Print” in subject line.

This program is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

10 Positions: Journalism Trainer (across sub-Saharan Africa).

Foreign Affairs Canada Young Professional International Program (YPI)

Description: Ten Journalism Trainers will be hired to work with JHR media partner organizations across sub-Saharan Africa for a period of eight months. Applicants must have Canadian citizenship or be a permanent resident and be between the ages of 19-29. Applicants must not have participated in any prior Youth Employment Strategy (YES) programs.

The positions are based in Kenya (print), South Africa (print), Nigeria (print), Ghana (print), Uganda (print), Sierra Leone (radio and television), Tanzania (print or radio), Senegal (print) and Namibia (print).

Trainers’ work will vary, but will be focused on working with JHR’s media partners to build the capacity of the African media to report on human rights issues. This includes field producing, conducting seminars/informal workshops and providing other training to local journalists.

Qualifications:

A journalism degree or relevant experience

Working experience as a journalist

Strong knowledge of human rights

Excellent interpersonal skills

Excellent written and communication skills

Fluency in English (all positions)

Fluency in French (Senegal)

Canadian Citizen or permanent resident

Participants must not have participated in any Youth Employment Strategy Programs

Between the ages of 19-29

Remuneration: Modest stipend provided to cover living expenses

Application Deadline: April 7, 2006

Start Date: July 15th, 2006.

End Date: March 15th, 2007

To apply: Please send a cover letter (stating country of preference) and CV to Emilee Irwin - emilee@jhr.ca (no attachments please). Please quote “YPI Application - Country Name” in subject line.

Ben Peterson
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Journalists for Human Rights (JHR)
416-413-0240
www.jhr.ca

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