Monday, January 25, 2016

IREX Comm & Media Expert (Guatemala City)

Position: Communications and Media Expert
Location: Guatemala City
Reports To: Senior Technical Advisor
Division: Democracy, Governance, and Media Division


About IREX
IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, women and youth.

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.

Summary of Position
IREX seeks a Media Expert to work on a USAID-funded civil society and governance program in Guatemala that aims to strengthen and develop the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in Guatemala to play a more effective role in addressing citizen security, accountable governance and corruption issues. The Communications and Media Expert will support the project by providing training, mentoring and technical expertise to Guatemalan civil society organizations and other partners throughout the country. The Communications and Media Expert will also help CSOs develop outreach and engagement strategies to work with traditional and digital media activities on advocacy for a variety of issues, including gender equity.

Citizens of Guatemala are encouraged to apply.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical expertise to project management team in relevant program design issues
  • Develop and maintain a keen understanding of challenges and issues facing effective media and communications in Guatemala
  • Design and conduct technical trainings on using social media, technology for advocacy, and working with the news media
  • Work with the project management, local partners and local staff to conceive directions for growth of current projects and devise new strategies to assist Guatemalan CSOs
  • Cultivate relationships with relevant local and international media and other partners
  • Support efforts in project planning, budgeting, and administrative issues.
  • Represent IREX publicly and support its organizational development
Skills and Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications or related field preferred
  • Seven years’ (minimum) experience in civil society strengthening, with a specialization in communications and working with the media
  • Extensive experience in providing media training for CSOs, communicating with the media, and designing and executing advocacy and engagement campaigns 
  • Proven expertise leveraging innovative technology and social marketing tools to deliver key messages
  • Strong familiarity with the Guatemalan media and technology landscape
  • Experience with international donor-funded development projects, particularly in Guatemala and/or Latin American countries, desired;
  • Experience in designing, planning, managing, and delivering technical assistance, technical training, and consultations to CSOs;
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication, interpersonal, and cross-cultural skills required
  • Demonstrated leadership, integrity, and versatility
  • Professional-level proficiency in Spanish and English required

Please supply a resume and a cover letter with your application.

Applications will be considered as they are received. Applications will be accepted until the closing date, unless the position is filled earlier.
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