[FoME] Job offer: Editor-in-Chief “Transmission Air et Terre” - radio project in Burkina Faso

Dirk Spilker | MiCT dirk at mict-international.org
Do Feb 6 11:13:54 CET 2020

Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT) gGmbh is a German non-profit
organisation that implements media development projects in Africa, the
Middle East, and Asia. Activities focus on the interplay between
conflict, media coverage and reconciliation.
“Transmission Air et Terre” is a radio project funded by German
International Cooperation (GIZ). It is an information program for small
scale farmers in Burkina Faso. The aim of the project is to improve
agricultural planning, increase productivity and professionalize
marketing in underdeveloped regions of the country. The project aims at
providing farmers in the western part of the country with information
relevant to agriculture, innovative ideas and best practice experiences.
The editor-in-chief will work closely with three partner radio stations
in Burkina Faso. Each of these local stations will have one radio editor
working on the project. In collaboration with the three local stations /
editors, the editor-in-chief is responsible for the development and
production of regular radio broadcasts around relevant agricultural
topics. During the project period, the aim is to produce around 80
broadcasts per partner station – the total target is thus 240 radio
broadcasts during the project. During the project period the
editor-in-chief will visit the partner stations and other local
stakeholders in Burkina Faso on a regular basis.

In addition, the project will employ an innovative information platform
that provides supplementary information for smartphone users. The Pocket
FM platform has been developed by MiCT and will provide a range of
information including text and image-based elements that will be updated
regularly. Initially the pocket FM system will be installed at five
locations that correspond to the GiZ project areas in Burkina Faso. In
collaboration with the local radio stations / editors the
editor-in-chief will be responsible for generating content for the
information platform.

Contract Period:      April 2020 – July 2021 (16 months freelance contract)
Contract Volume:    10 working days per month à 300.- EUR plus VAT p.d.
Based in:                   Berlin (preferably) with regular travels to
Burkina Faso

Main Tasks:
Selection of local radio stations:
o   Selection of partner radio stations in Burkina Faso in collaboration
with GIZ and MiCT

Topics / content:
o   Plan topics to be covered and formats in collaboration with the
local partner stations / editors, the MiCT team in Berlin, and the GIZ
Team in Burkina Faso

Editorial work / coaching / production:
o   Assist the local partner stations in the production of radio pieces
o   Work in close collaboration with the local radio editors (continuous
coaching process); distance coaching through email / instant messenger
programmes (Skype / MSN etc.) and a project online platform

Information platform:
o   Plan and produce content for information platform on a regular basis
in collaboration with local radio stations / Editors
o   Working trips to Burkina Faso
o   Regular working trips to Burkina Faso (about 10 during the project)
o   Conduct on-site and ‘on the job’ capacity building for the local
radio stations / editors

Liaison with MiCT Team Berlin / General project implementation
o   Liaise with the overall MiCT editorial team and the management team
to ensure project activities taking place in line with the project
proposal and MiCT’s policies
o   Responsible for general project planning and implementation in
collaboration with MiCT and GIZ
o   Responsible for implementing a monitoring & evaluation strategy
o   Assist with general project management and administrative issues –
in particular administrative and payment issues in Burkina Faso
o   Narrative project reporting as per donor requirements

o   Fluency in French; working knowledge of local languages and / or
German is an asset
o   Education in journalism and professional radio experience as a
journalist in French speaking developing countries, preferably in West
o   Ability to travel to and work in Burkina Faso
o   Sound knowledge of agricultural issues, particular in the West
African context, is an asset
o   Sound knowledge of politics, media, and journalism in West Africa,
in particular Burkina Faso is an asset

If you are interested please send your CV (max. 2 pages) and a letter of
motivation (max. 1 page) to dirk at mict-international.org
Please mention your earliest availability.
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