To whom it may concern,
Media Advisor to Develop Media Kit for the Kampala Convention
2 Months – Starting as soon as possible but no later than 15 August 2010
This consultancy can be carried out from any location provided it offers
good internet access
Background and scope:
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian
Refugee Council (NRC) is the leading global monitor and an important
advocate for the rights of internally displaced people (IDPs).
IDMC’s online database at www.internal-displacement.org provides
comprehensive information and analysis on the situation of IDPs
displaced by armed conflicts and violence in some 50 countries, with
regard to their rights under international law, as restated in the
Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. The database was set up in
1998, following a request of the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee.
In October 2009, the African Union adopted the Convention for the
Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa,
also known as the Kampala Convention. The Convention is the first
regional instrument in the world to impose legal obligations on states
in relation to the protection and assistance of IDPs, and its adoption
has been widely recognised as an historic achievement.
The Convention addresses different causes of internal displacement,
including displacement caused by armed conflict, human rights
violations, natural disasters and displacement caused by “projects
carried out by public or private actors”. The Convention also addresses
the different phases of displacement: it places obligations on states to
protect people from arbitrary displacement, to provide protection and
assistance to IDPs during displacement, and to seek durable solutions
As part of IDMC’s larger project on the Kampala Convention, IDMC is
developing a media strategy with the overall objective of raising
awareness with the general public (including IDPs) in AU member states
about the Kampala Convention.
The creation of an easy access media/press kit will be one of the first
steps to implement the media strategy.
Purpose of the consultancy:
The purpose for this consultancy is to develop and publish online, and
promote a media package for partner organisations, consisting of
information about internal displacement in general, the Kampala
Convention, and country-specific information for each of the countries
where our partner organisations support media projects.
• Online media package with information on different aspects of the
• Suggestions for journalists on how to develop stories for written
media, radio or TV on internal displacement and the Kampala Convention.
• Outreach to partner organisations to introduce them to the media package.
• Framework for ensuring that the media package remains up to date, with
a timeline for appropriate steps to be taken.
Resources and management:
The consultant will report to the Head of IDMC and will liaise closely
with the NRC media advisor.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the field of forced displacement.
• Experience of working with the media in Africa.
• Demonstrated effective and strong writing skills.
• Knowledge of and experience with different kinds of internet
publishing tools; knowledge of html/java script is desirable but not
• Basic skills of photo editing tools such as photoshop etc.
• Demonstrated excellent drafting and editorial skills, and proven
ability to communicate sensitively and effectively across different
• Demonstrated ability to form strong relationships with clients and
external actors such as media organisations and journalists.
• Advanced university degree in communications, international relations,
development studies or other relevant social sciences. Can be
compensated by work experience in communications/journalism.
• A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in communications,
journalism, or online publishing/journalism.
• Experience with planning, creating, publishing and promoting online
• Demonstrated experience of developing online media kits/information
material for the press
• Field experience with NRC or other humanitarian or development
organisations will be an asset
• Demonstrated planning and organisation skills to effectively corporate
strategic communications plans and ensure timely delivery of results
Fluency in English; knowledge of other AU working languages (Arabic,
French and Portuguese) is desirable.
For further information please contact Kate Halff, Head of IDMC at
[log in to unmask] The deadline for applications is 15 July 2010. Please
send a cover letter and your CV in English to the following address:
Norwegian Refugee Council – Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
Chemin de Balexert 7-9 CH-1219 Châtelaine (Geneva) E-mail:
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Fax: +41 22 799 07 01
The gross fee offered is in the range of 15000 - 16500 CHF total,
depending on education and experience.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be informed of the
status of their application and invited to participate in an oral interview.
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