Media Specialist

Work Location: Banjul, The Gambia
Requisition Number: 1183
# of Openings: 1



Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit.



Freedom House is recruiting a Media Specialist to provide media expertise and training to media actors and civil society as part of a five-year program helping to solidify and accelerate The Gambia’s democratic transition through support to civil society and the justice sector. The Media Specialist will be responsible for the design and implementation of activities to strengthen the capacity of local media outlets to channel citizen perspectives and report on critical issues that will inform citizen engagement to advance policy-based dialogue to encourage traditional justice. This position is based in Banjul, The Gambia and will report to the Deputy Chief of Party.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical direction and oversight of media-sector related programmatic activities to advance the free flow of information in The Gambia with a focus on transitional processes to inform and elevate diverse citizen perspectives:
  • Design and implement trainings to build the skills of journalists and media actors to become trusted sources of information in human rights, rule of law, the work of civil society including: investigative journalism, protection of sources and information, and ethics and sensitivities around reporting on marginalized communities such as LGBTQ+;
  • Provide ongoing coaching and assistance to strengthen accuracy, reach, and impact of media actors’ content at both the national and sub-national level
  • Work with FH program staff to develop approaches to foster collaboration and network building among media actors as well as with partner organizations;
  • In collaboration with FH program staff, develop advocacy initiatives to support freedom of expression and access to information in The Gambia;
  • Monitor and evaluate processes, and write program reports to ensure completion of program objectives;
  • Support the DCoP to ensure programmatic compliance with USG rules and regulations;
  • Required to travel extensively to project sites within The Gambia;
  • Other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, mass media, or in a related social science discipline, Master’s preferred;
  • A minimum of seven years’ experience working in media, rule of law, human rights, or other relevant fields;
  • Two years of experience supporting or training media actors in the region, experience supporting Gambian media actors strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the media ecosystem in The Gambia;
  • Expertise in communications, investigative journalism, and/or advocacy;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with local partners, government officials, media outlets, as well as local and foreign experts;
  • Demonstrated ability to mobilize communities and encourage the inclusion of marginalized groups, such as women, youth, people living with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing activity work plans, budgets, implementing programmatic activities, and providing short-term technical assistance;
  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, and other donor approaches to civil society development strongly preferred;
  • Strong knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms, and democracy promotion;
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to use productivity software such as MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint; and Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience in challenging environments and in modifying programming to fit evolving contexts.


Attributes and Characteristics:

  • Eagerness to think creatively about complex challenges
  • Willingness to reflect, learn, and adapt
  • Strong communication skills
  • Exhibit strong and sustained commitment to the mission of Freedom House
  • Commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion in all aspects of work
  • Ethical conduct and ability to model integrity to colleagues
  • High professional standards and takes responsibility for quality of work
  • Understanding of personal strengths and areas for growth; continuously builds knowledge and skills
  • Manage competing tasks on tight deadlines; know when to ask for assistance
  • Able to work on sensitive issues such as human rights violations, violent extremism, torture
  • Team oriented and thrives in a vibrant, collegial work atmosphere


Primary Contacts:

  • Internal: U.S. and Gambia-based employees at Freedom House
  • External: Local partners, U.S. Embassy, Government of The Gambia, consultants, other implementers and donors, media, vendors, members of the general public, etc.


Working Conditions:

  • General working office environment in Banjul, The Gambia;
  • Some evening and weekend hours to complete tasks or attend events;
  • Travel within The Gambia outside of Banjul;
  • Exposed to outside weather conditions when required to complete assigned tasks outside the office;
  • May involve work in regions that are remote and lack basic modern infrastructure, and in regions under U.S. travel advisory due to threats of terrorist attacks, civil unrest, kidnappings, disease outbreaks, etc.


Disclaimer:  This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job.  It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties.  The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder may differ from those outlined in the job description and that other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.


Qualified and Interested Applicants

We invite qualified candidates to complete an online application and submit a resume, and cover letter, with desired salary.


Candidate cover letters should specifically address how their previous experience relates to the duties and qualifications listed above.  


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