Project title: Technical assistance in support to civil service reform, Parliament and the electoral cycle in Sierra Leone
Brief description of the assignment: Building a good relationship between the Media and Parliament is very critical. However, it has been observed that the relationship between the Media and Parliament leaves much to be desired. Sometimes their relationship is marred by inaccurate reporting or the way journalists present their stories. This problem and many other challenges have created a deep mis-trust between the Media and the Members of Parliament. In most instances, journalists are not aware of Parliamentary procedures and processes, this invariably creates tension between the media and Members of Parliament. On the other hand, members of staff of parliament who deal with the media also often have difficulties communicating with journalists on priority matters that require reporting, including supporting journalists on the important discussions emanating out of a matter that may have been deliberated over a long period. In order to strengthen the relationship between journalists and the Members of Parliament, EU Governance Team is organizing a two-day workshop for journalists covering Parliament of Sierra Leone. The objective of the workshop is to enhance the knowledge and understanding of journalists in Parliamentary processes and procedures and enhancing the capacity of parliamentary staff charged with working with the media on how to deal with journalists in a professional and ethical manner.
The international resource person will participate in the workshop with the Public Relations and Journalists covering Parliament of Sierra Leone scheduled for December 10-11, 2018. During this period the resource person will:
- Prepare and conduct training for Journalists on “Effective Coverage of the Parliament”;
- Conduct a half-day training for the Parliamentary staff on information management and outreach;
- Create interactive role-play sessions during the training;
- Facilitate the role-play sessions and discussion among participants throughout the workshop;
- Share practical experience with journalists on strategies for investigative journalism and political reporting;
- Share good practices and innovation on how Parliament can effectively communicate with media and the public;
- Provide tips to participants on strategies for effective working relationship with Members of Parliament;
- Discuss ways to improve communication between Parliament and the citizens;
- Develop an outline for a Communication Strategy for the Parliament of Sierra Leone;
- Carry out consultation with relevant stakeholders at the Parliament to seek their inputs into the Communication Strategy;
- Develop a Communication Strategy for the Parliament of Sierra Leone;
- Facilitate the validation session to review the Communication Strategy.
Duration of the assignment: 30 work days in the period December 2018 – February 2019
Education and skills
- At least a tertiary degree or other post graduate degree in Mass Communication, Journalism, Development Communication or as an equivalent first university degree and 5 years more than the minimum years of general experience defined below;
- Excellent written and spoken English, with excellent skills on parliamentary processes for processing budgets and financial oversight;
- Excellent communication and negotiation skills, diplomacy;
- Excellent knowledge transfer skills (for capacity building activities);
- Sound knowledge of modern parliamentary function and an understanding of theory and practice of parliamentary Committee functioning in its core business;
- Excellent coaching and knowledge transferring skills;
- Excellent writing and reporting skills;
- Good computer skills – and good command of MS office.
General professional experience
- Minimum of 10 years as a journalist covering Parliament/legislative institutions with a deep knowledge of political reporting and communication;
- Understands the relationship between the media and elected representatives;
- Experience of working in Sub-Saharan African will be considered an advantage.
Specific professional experience
- Experienced journalist with the knowledge of working of the media in Africa;
- Understands the political climate and the media operations in Sub-Saharan Africa;
- Media/political communication expert of not less than 10 years;
- Good familiarity with training methods and approaches.