Position: Consultant – part time (up to 25 days)
Salary: Market rate
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period of work: 1st October – 5th December 2018
Deadline for applications: 16th September 2018 (23:59 BST)
Interview date: 19th – 21st September 2018 (skype based)
BAAG – The British & Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group – is a unique advocacy and networking agency which aims to support humanitarian and development programmes in Afghanistan and to reflect the views and wishes of the people of the country. Founded in 1987, we currently have 29 member agencies, and BAAG is a source of expert advice for policymakers, donors, media and the public.
BAAG’s vision is for a just and peaceful Afghanistan where every citizen is able to fulfil his or her potential, to enjoy economic and social rights, and to play an active part in the development and governance of their country. Its mission is to work together with member agencies and others to raise awareness of the needs and aspirations of Afghans, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable. It aims to promote policies to counter poverty and encourage good practice and policies in development and humanitarian work.
Rationale for the role
In November 2018 the UN and Afghan government are jointly hosting the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, an inter-Ministerial conference to review progress made on commitments made to and by Afghanistan and to agree reform and development milestones. BAAG is currently working with the Civil Society Working Committee (CSWC) and the UN and donors, in Kabul and Geneva, to enable effective input and participation by civil society ahead of, and during, the Conference. There will be a minimum of ten Afghan delegates from civil society, two of whom will deliver a statement in the main conference on the 28th. They will also attend side events on the 27th November, along with development experts from international NGOs, think tanks and academia and policy makers from Europe, Afghanistan and elsewhere. BAAG is organising a full-day workshop in Geneva on the 26th November for the Afghan delegates and international civil society representatives. Recommendations will be prepared for high level EU, Afghan and international delegates and the media.
During the lead-up to the conference, BAAG will work with donors and a range of Afghan and international NGOs to organise a schedule of complementary events (round tables, discussions, high level meetings) in the UK and Afghanistan.
A core objective for BAAG and its stakeholders is to secure international media coverage of the GCA, the views if civil society and the Afghan delegates, and thus we are seeking an experienced Media Consultant.
- Develop biographies of the Afghan civil society delegates, based on questionnaires and individual telephone/skype interviews.
- Pitch these profiles to international media contacts in Geneva and Afghanistan to secure interviews. Interviews may be offered in Kabul or Geneva.
- Work with BAAG to develop feature pitches and press releases for international media contacts. Work with recommended NGOs/CSOs (civil society organisations) in Europe and Afghanistan to develop supporting information – this may include case studies, programme visits for Afghanistan-based journalists, staff interviews etc. Pitch these to international media contacts in Geneva and Kabul.
- Offer basic media training and guidance to those Afghan delegates requiring it. This can be delivered in Geneva shortly before the conference.
- Manage 1-2 volunteers during the conference period 23rd-30th November (who will provide support in the coordination of the Afghan delegates, organising media logistics, booking interviews, taxis, etc).
- Manage the conference press room on the 26th, with support from BAAG and the volunteer(s).
- A minimum of 5 interviews, news pieces or features in traditional and/or online international media which involve or quote Afghan delegates to the GCA.
- Consolidated report of all media outlets which ran stories and/or interviews on the delegates, with links provided where possible
- Short debrief session to discuss outcomes and lessons learnt document for future BAAG media activities.
Experience and skills required
- Demonstrable experience of securing mainstream Geneva media coverage (print and broadcast) of international development issues and/or events
- Strong and current relationships with the Geneva correspondents of major European news outlets
- Experience of writing press releases and op-eds
- Strong relationship development skills and experience of managing multiple stakeholders/partners
- Geneva based or able to be based in Geneva during the work period at no cost to BAAG.
- Experience of managing media logistics
- Journalism experience
- Knowledge of the Afghanistan development context
Reporting line and structures
The Consultant will report to BAAG’s Programme Manager (London-based) and have shared oversight of conference volunteers.
Schedule of work
A total of 25 days work is anticipated. The schedule below is indicative though the final work plan will be agreed upon employment. The conference period between the 23rd and 30th November will be Full-time:
Week commencing 24th September – 2 days (including brief orientation with BAAG staff)
Weeks commencing 8th October to and 16th November – 1-2 days per week
24th November – 30th November – 7 days (including some work at the weekend)
Week commencing 3rd December – 1 day (De-brief and Evaluation)
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please send your CV and a covering letter outlining both how you meet the minimum experience requirements and providing examples of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org by 16th September 2018 (23:59 BST).
Interviews will be by Skype between Wednesday 19th and Friday 21st September and the successful consultant should be available to start work in the week of 1st October, as per the indicative schedule of work above.