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26 Nov 2012
The Asia Pacific Safety Office is a joint initiative between IFJ-AP, INSI and UNI APRO and the Media Safety and Solidarity Appeal (MSSF) - a joint project of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (Australia) and the EPMU (New Zealand).
The Safety office will strengthen and streamline regional safety support to media workers in particular around issues of safety advocacy, support and training, emergency response, organisational support and alliance building.
The position will be based out of the Asia Pacific Safety Office, sitting within the UNI APRO office, in Singapore.
The Program Manager will form the key role in the functioning and growth of the Asia Pacific Safety Office. The Program Manager will report on a day to day basis to UNI APRO and will liaise closely with IFJ AP and INSI London, specifically the Director, Hannah Storm on safety issues. The position will also have reporting responsibility to the Asia Pacific Safety Office Steering Committee made up of representatives from IFJ AP, UNI APRO, INSI, Media Safety and Solidarity Appeal.
We are looking for a highly organised person with a human rights or political background, a well-developed understanding of the challenges facing media workers in the Asia Pacific and experience in safety and journalist training, advocacy and press freedom, program development and implementation.
1. Program Management and Development
• Develop in consultation with stakeholders a regional and national media safety strategies and project plans to meet the needs of media workers and their unions in the region
• Administer the office including general administration duties, budgeting, project implementation and all narrative and financial reporting.
• Identify and source project and other relevant funding to immediately support project expansion and the long term sustainability of the office.
2. Networking and Campaigning
• Establish links with the office into the IFJ affiliate networks and other projects throughout the region
• Liaise with INSI head office and specialist safety personnel to identify safety needs for media workers in the Asia-Pacific and develop safety programs to address those needs, including provide a region-based safety program targeting media personnel in the AsiaPacific region and coordinating safety and protection activities specifically designed for conditions in Asia-Pacific
• Work closely with media and entertainment industry unions affiliated to UNI APRO and IFJ AP, with media industry employers and with freedom of expression groups to promote understanding and campaigning around safety for media workers
• Collect and share information on security and safety risks for journalists and other media workers in high-risk parts of the region
• Facilitate sharing of resources developed by unions and others to promote safety for media workers including developing a resource base of safety specialists within IFJ Asia-Pacific affiliates, available to share their expertise across countries.
• Coordinate with the relevant GUF rapid response fact-finding and advocacy safety missions and identify contingency funding for rapid response, safety support, urgent missions
• Provide support to journalists, media workers and their families under attack
• Lobby government, non-state actors, unions and employers and raise awareness about journalists’ safety and alternative ways of dealing with complaints against the press
3. Monitoring and Reporting
• Work closely with the IFJ Asia Pacific and IFJ and UNI affiliates to collate and document violations of journalists safety throughout the region including maintaining a database of violations for annual publication
• Provide campaign and advocacy support for issues identified through the Safety Office safety monitoring activities
• Produce annual reports the highlight major challenges in the region and present the activities of the Safety Office.
4. Capacity Building
• Collate best practice training resources from around the region and work with INSI and IFJ Asia Pacific partners to update the Training of Trainers module.
• Build the capacity of local journalists’ organisations and networks for implementing safety measures for media communities, monitoring safety violations, and conducting advocacy to defend the right of media personnel to safety and protection.
• Provide technical expertise to regional projects on safety issues
• Provide specialist safety trainers and training modules as required
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPEREINCE REQUIRED:
• Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing national or regional programs of support to journalists and media workers and for securing donor funding for such active
• Experience in providing capacity building and technical program support, including distance relationship management
• Experience in developing campaign material and reporting instances of rights abuses for advocacy purposes
• Strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to represent and advocate on behalf of the Asia Pacific Safety Office including in the preparation of grant proposals
• Understanding of donor policies and procedure
• Experience in project administration and financial reporting is required.
• Commitment to the principles of unionism.
• Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience – human rights, political science,
• Experience working in the media in the Asia Pacific Region would be highly regarded as would experience working with national and global unions.
For details on the job description, contact Hannah Storm at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Written applications including a resume and cover letter addressing the selection criteria should be addressed to email@example.com, with the subject heading “Asia Pacific Safety Office Program Manager”.
Application Deadline: 18th December 2012.
Please Note: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted