MERSA Media Institute Vacancy 2024

MERSA Media Institute is a nonprofit media policy think tank. We work to help create vibrant, responsible and independent media, professional unions and education centers through research, capacity building and institutional support in Africa.

We are based in Washington, D.C. and work in sub-Saharan Africa, with particular emphasis on Ethiopia. We believe free and independent media are lifelines to the development of peaceful, prosperous, and democratic societies.

MERSA Media Institute, in partnership with Deutsche Welle Akademie, is organizing a second round of new-entrants training under the Media and Journalism education project. The training will be a three-month journalism crash course where trainees from different educational backgrounds will get to experience hands-on journalism education delivered by industry experts. The main role of the assistant trainer will be supporting trainers during in-class sessions and mentorship, helping trainers edit trainees’ stories, accompanying trainees in all field reporting sessions, and preparing and overseeing studio and editing schedules for trainees.

Position: Assistant trainer

Required Qualifications

The required qualifications for this position include

  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism, media, and communication or other related fields.
  • 0-2 years of work experience in a media house
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent use and understanding of Microsoft and Google products
  • Excellent written, editing, and oral communication skills in English and Amharic language
  • Ability to work under pressure

Desired Qualifications

  • Previous experience working as a trainer/teacher 
  • Recording, shooting and editing skills
  • Avid learner, who thrives under pressure
  • Creative, storyteller, visual thinker  
  • Strong conflict management skills 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate journalism education training by preparing and organizing training materials, attending all training sessions, and supporting the mentorship of trainees together with training consultants.
  • Ensuring trainees’ assignment delivery and  helping trainers edit trainees’ stories
  • Accompanying trainees in all field reporting sessions
  • Preparing and overseeing studio and editing schedules for trainees 
  • Support the project in the procurement process including preparation of TORs, receipts of quotations, and evaluation of bids
  • Digital publishing and management, graphics design, audio-visual content production for web and social media
  • Assist in event planning, management, and other project-related activities
  • Scheduling meetings, setting agendas, and writing meeting minutes for the project team
  • Organizing, facilitating, and participating in stakeholder meetings
  • Communication: Write, edit, and distribute content, including publications, press releases, website content, annual reports, speeches, and other materials as needed that communicate the organization’s activities
  • Documentation: Maintain database: Resources, contacts, project files
  • Perform any other related task as may be assigned

Place of Work: Addis Ababa

Deadline: June 05, 2024

How to Apply:

Interested and qualified applicants, please send your resume and application letter  to

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