CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

TENDER: NEWSSPECTRUM PROGRAMME EVALUATOR

Location: Remote

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2021 (Central European Time)

Shareable link: https://ipi.media/tender-newsspectrum-programme-evaluation/

Position description

Tender – Terms of Reference
(one-off contract)

Purchase of services for an external evaluation of the NewsSpectrum programme

A consortium led by the International Press Institute (IPI) and including the European Assoc​​iation of Daily Newspapers in Minority and Regional Languages (MIDAS) seeks tenders from potential providers to conduct a final evaluation of the NewsSpectrum project, which provides residences at host majority media organisations to journalists and other media professionals working in minority language media. The residencies are structured either as an element of a collaborative project or as a professional secondment. Participants will also benefit from a training and networking programme in the post-residency period. With funding from the European Commission, the current NewsSpectrum project period runs until March 31, 2022. Please see https://newsspectrum.eu/ for more information.

The final evaluation is scheduled to take place during the final month of the project period, from March 1 to March 29, 2022.

Terms of Reference

1. Background

The project’s overall objective is to develop an internship programme that serves the professional development of journalists and other media professionals working in minority languages in Europe, including migrant languages, paving the way for a more informed and impactful discussion of European affairs in minority-language media and the communities these media serve. This took the form of a pilot programme in which minority language media professionals – including journalists and other professionals working within the newsroom, such as community managers – took part in one of two types of placements with host media organisations. The internship programme was then complemented by training and networking opportunities to broaden the sustainability and reach of the pilot programme.

The specific objectives and expected results of the programme to be evaluated are:

  • Enhance minority media professionals’ knowledge and professional abilities. Indicators: At least 40 media professionals working in minority-language media participate in one of two residence internship schemes with host media organisations, increasing their knowledge of different newsroom cultures and command of journalistic techniques (as reported through post-placement surveys); Journalists and other media professionals actively participate in online training and networking sessions.
  • Encourage collaborative working partnerships between media professionals working in minority language media and others working in majority-language media outlets within the European Union. Indicators: Minority language media professionals and host media organisations develop and execute collaborative projects through the internship programme; Online networking sessions strengthen new and existing relations between media professionals working in minority language media across the EU, potentially leading to joint journalistic projects; a database of potentially interested host media organisations is developed, allowing potential applicants to search for appropriate placements.
  • Contribute to the open discussion of European affairs in minority-language media. Indicators: at least 10 pieces of content are produced within the Collaborative Reporting Fellowship that portray European affairs in a new format or from a new angle.
  • Stimulate innovation and sustainability in minority language media amid the digital transition. Indicators: Through internships and post-programme training and networking, minority language media professionals gain skills and professional insights from their host media colleagues on meeting the needs of the journalism of the future, including the production of impactful online and multimedia journalism, managing the digital transition through new funding models, and the building of online communities and audiences that is central to the survival of strong public-interest journalism in the digital news age.

The activities conducted under the programme consisted in 1. Design of internship programme, 2. Selection of participants/host organisations, 3. Logistical support for participants/host organisations, 4. Information and communication, 5. Financial management, and 6. Monitoring and evaluation.

2. Objectives of the evaluation

An indicative list of the areas of assessment is provided below. The evaluation questions can be further refined by the provider carrying out the evaluation.

Relevance: Assess whether the funds from the European Commission contributed to the advancement of minority-language media in Europe, the professional development of minority-language journalists, and the strengthening of coverage of public interest and European affairs by minority-language media by providing opportunities for collaborative partnerships and work placements.

  • To what extent did NewsSpectrum achieve its overall objectives?
  • To what extent did NewsSpectrum contribute to the development of exchanges between minority- and majority-language media?
  • To what extent did the two fellowship schemes achieve their specific goals?

Effectiveness: Assess whether the grant was implemented effectively and efficiently by the partners in the consortium to fulfil the planned deliverables, especially amid upheaval caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

  • To what extent were the planned activities carried out and were these delivered within the planned budget and timetable?
  • Were risks properly identified and managed and challenges that arose properly addressed?
  • How effective was the programme’s design in the success of the project?

Impact: Assess the changes resulting from the programme (positive/negative, direct/indirect, intended/unintended).

  • To what extent did NewsSpectrum support the advancement of minority-language journalism in Europe as part of a vibrant and pluralistic media landscape?
  • How did NewsSpectrum help to foster collaborative work between journalists across the minority language- and majority language-media?
  • To what extent did the project contribute to stimulate innovation and sustainability in minority language media amid the digital transition?
  • What measurable impact, if any, did NewsSpectrum-supported outputs have on public discourse or any specific outcomes?

Sustainability and Replicability: Assess whether the impacts achieved through the programme are likely to be sustained after the current funding period.

  • What are the prospects for NewsSpectrum to develop into a sustainable programme?

Learning Review: Identify and expand upon lessons learned that have not been drawn in the sections above.

  • This section will cover any key areas that have not featured in the sections above and that may surface throughout the evaluation process

3. Methodology and Deliverables

The selected provider will:

  • Review all grant-related documents;
  • Interview staff from the consortium organisations involved in the project, including project managers and senior management;
  • Interview a broad cross-section of NewsSpectrum fellows;
  • Other relevant activities.

All interviews with the fellows and staff at host organizations will remain confidential and anonymized. During all contacts with stakeholders, the independent evaluation provider will clearly identify themselves as independent consultants and not as an official representative of the consortium behind NewsSpectrum.

The consultant will provide one draft report (approximately 30 pages long) covering all areas noted in Section 2. It shall be submitted to IPI by April 8, 2022. The final report – which incorporates or has responded to any internal feedback provided on the draft version – should be submitted to IPI by April 22, 2021.

4 Eligibility Criteria

The selected provider will need relevant subject knowledge and experience conducting journalism-related evaluations.

The independent evaluation provider must be strictly neutral, and will not have had any involvement in the project prior to this activity, so as to avoid any potential conflict of interests.

Award criteria

  • Quality of the offer (60%), including:
    • Methodology proposed;
    • Previous experience in evaluating journalism-related projects/programmes;
    • Technical competence and experience in conducting evaluation from a distance/by video conference.
  • Financial offer (40%).

Eligible tenderers will be invited for an interview to discuss their credentials and proposed plan. All tenderers will be informed about the outcome of their submission by email.

5. Applications

Interested parties must provide a short proposal outlining their approach (two pages maximum). This should be accompanied by:

  • CV(s) of the tenderer/any staff who will be involved in carrying out the evaluation;
  • A proposed methodology for carrying out the monitoring and evaluation;
  • Ideally, one example of an evaluation report recently completed in English.

Tenders shall be submitted by email only (with attachments) to the email address info@ipi.media  with the reference “NewsSpectrum evaluation”. Deadline for submission: January 31, 2022.

Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place between the following week, and these will be conducted remotely to address COVID-19 related health and safety risks.

6. Other considerations

The assignment shall be conducted remotely, following all COVID-19 safety recommendations.

The maximum amount available for the evaluation of the project, covering all the deliverables to be achieved by the selected tenderer as listed above, is 15,000 Euros. The allocated budget includes consultancy fees, and travel and subsistence if relevant and in line with COVID-19 safety rules, and translation costs, if any.

AFRICA PROGRAMME OFFICER

Location: IPI Secretariat (Vienna)

Deadline for applications: 15 February 2022, 23:59 (Central European Time)

Shareable link: https://ipi.media/ipi-vacancy-africa-programme-officer/

About IPI:

The International Press Institute (IPI) is a global network of editors, journalists, and media executives dedicated to defending press freedom and independent journalism. Founded in 1950, IPI is one of the world’s leading global press freedom organizations and is based in Vienna, Austria.

Position description:

The International Press Institute (IPI) is seeking a dedicated and driven Africa Programme Officer to support IPI’s work in monitoring attacks on press freedom in Africa and advocating for journalists’ rights across the continent, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

The Africa Programme Officer will play a central role in expanding IPI’s monitoring and advocacy in Africa, helping to grow IPI’s network and contacts to journalists and local civil society organizations. The Programme Officer will work to ensure that IPI’s work has a strong practical impact and reaches the necessary audiences.

This is an exciting opportunity to join IPI’s fast-growing team as we redouble our efforts to defend independent journalism globally.

Duties and responsibilities include:

– Carrying out robust research and data collection on press freedom violations in Africa, working directly with journalists, local CSOs, IPI members in Africa, existing data platforms, and other sources on the ground
– Producing regular coverage of press freedom violations in Africa through statements, analyses, newsletters, fact sheets, annual reports, and policy briefs that support national, regional, and global advocacy
– Growing IPI’s network of partners, contacts, and sources across Africa
– Conducting research into existing commitments and legal mechanisms to protect safety of journalists in Africa and monitoring states‘ compliance with those commitments
– Working with regional and international partners to develop advocacy strategies to tackle pressing violations
– Carrying out campaigns to raise awareness about attacks on the press and build regional and international solidarity for media for journalists under threat
– Coordinating panel sessions and side events at key international forums related to press freedom in Africa
– Developing IPI’s Africa-related activities with respect to key dates, including World Press Freedom Day (3 May) and International Day to End Impunity (2 November), as well as advocacy tied into the annual IPI World Congress
– Coordinating IPI press freedom missions to African countries with a high degree of press freedom challenges
– Contributing to the coordination of other aspects of IPI’s engagement in Africa, including training on covering disinformation and countering online harassment
– Liaise with IPI’s membership team on communication with current and potential IPI members in Africa
– Representing IPI at international events, on panels and giving interviews to the media on issues related to press and media freedom in Africa

In carrying out these tasks, the Africa Programme Officer will work closely together with IPI’s advocacy, communications, and press freedom staff, as well as with IPI’s membership team and Africa-based IPI members and National Committees.

Skills

The Africa Programme Officer:

– Has proven familiarity with press freedom issues and a strong understanding of freedom of expression as a fundamental human right
– Has good knowledge of the journalistic profession and the challenges journalists face in doing their jobs, especially in Africa
– Is familiar with principles of international human rights law related to freedom of expression
– Has strong research skills, is able to find and follow up with sources on the ground, and carry out robust fact-checking
– Is a strong writer with the ability to present complex information in a compact, understandable fashion
– Has excellent oral and written communication skills in English; knowledge of other languages, especially French or Portuguese, is a significant advantage for this position
– Is familiar with social media platforms and has experience using online channels to develop effective advocacy campaigns
– Has strong collaborative working skills, and is able to build partnerships and relationships with relevant players, including local press freedom and human rights organizations
– Is able to think strategically about how to use IPI’s voice to combat attacks on the press
– Feels comfortable representing the IPI global network and pursuing advocacy aims with confidence and professionalism in various forums
– Has experience with project management, including managing budgets, and is comfortable setting and meeting deadlines
– Demonstrates a strong work ethic, is able to generate ideas independently, and proactively pursues goals

Experience working in Africa is not necessarily required for this position, but would be a clear advantage.

Please note that this position is expected to involve regular travel, pandemic permitting.

The Africa Programme Officer should have at least three years of relevant professional experience. Journalistic experience and/or experience working for a related human rights organization is highly valued.

Location and term

The preferred location for this position is Vienna, Austria, at IPI’s headquarters. All nationalities are eligible to apply. A successful candidate who is not a citizen of the European Union/European Economic Area will be eligible for a work permit in Austria.

The successful candidate will be asked to start as soon as possible. This position is initially envisioned as a three-year position.

Remuneration

Salary will be determined based on experience and qualifications. Net (take-home) salaries are paid 14 times per year in accordance with Austrian employment law. IPI employees are able to benefit from Austria’s national health and other social insurance programmes. The salaries of IPI employees are not subject to income tax in Austria.

Holiday allowance is 25 days per year, in addition to Austrian national holidays.

Application procedure

If you meet the qualifications above, and wish to join IPI’s passionate team, please send a cover letter and CV to the email address info@ipi.media with the subject line “Africa Programme Officer”. Please include the names and contact information of at least two references. Applications must be received by no later than 15 February 2022, 23:59 (Central European Time)

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview, which can be conducted at IPI’s offices in Vienna, or virtually. Kindly note that IPI is unable to reimburse travel costs for those wishing to have an in-person interview in Vienna.

PRESS FREEDOM AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

Location: IPI Secretariat (Vienna)

Deadline for applications: Rolling basis

IPI welcomes applications for non-paid internships in our press freedom and communications department. IPI internships require a high degree of initiative and an ability to work independently and in a diverse environment. Candidates should have a keen interest in human rights, particularly media freedom.

IPI generally seeks undergraduate or graduate-level students, or recent graduates seeking experience in an international human rights NGO environment. Interns should be available for approximately 20 hours per week for a term of two to three months.

Candidates must have a very strong command of verbal and written English. Proficiency in additional languages – particularly Turkic, Slavic or Romance languages, or Arabic – is preferred. IPI is also interested in candidates with experience in video production or use of social media.

Responsibilities will include monitoring developments worldwide impacting media freedom; conducting research and interviews; drafting statements, articles and other materials for use by IPI in its advocacy work; and other related tasks.

Candidates should contact IPI Deputy Director Scott Griffen, sgriffen[at]ipi[dot]media, with a resume/CV, a cover letter indicating dates of availability and two writing samples (under 10 pages) demonstrating ability to write in English. No calls, please.

Please note that, due to the volume of applications, only applicants under serious consideration for an internship will be contacted.

PRESS FREEDOM AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN (TURKISH-SPEAKING)

Location: IPI Secretariat (Vienna)

Deadline for applications: Rolling basis

IPI is seeking a Turkish-speaking intern to contribute to its press freedom and communications department. IPI internships require a high degree of initiative and an ability to work independently and in a diverse environment. Candidates should have a keen interest in human rights, particularly media freedom.

IPI generally seeks undergraduate or graduate-level students, or recent graduates seeking experience in an international human rights NGO environment. Interns should be available for approximately 20 hours per week for a term of two to three months. Please note that IPI internships are unpaid.

Candidates must have a very strong command of verbal and written Turkish and must also be proficient in English. Other languages, and additional skills such as social media, are welcomed.

Responsibilities will include monitoring developments related to press freedom in Turkey; conducting research and updating IPI’s databases; producing written content for IPI’s FreeTurkeyJournalists campaign; and other related tasks.

Candidates should contact IPI Press Freedom Officer Renan Akyavas, rakyavas[at]ipi[dot]media, with a resume/CV and a cover letter indicating dates of availability. No calls, please.

Please note that, due to the volume of applications, only applicants under serious consideration for an internship will be contacted.