Media Sustainability Advisor

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Description :

Position overview 

The Media Sustainability Advisor provides technical support to project partners and beneficiaries and is actively involved in the planning and delivery of the project’s business development and institutional capacity building of media partners. This position will train and support media managers, and marketing and advertisement personnel on financial management, marketing, and organizational development in order to improve their management structures, and revenue collection. The position requires sound technical knowledge and skills in the areas of media business management / development, organizational development, planning and strategy, and finance and administration. This position will work under the supervision of the Senior Media Advisor.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Support assessments of the capabilities of selected media entities (community radio stations, online start-ups, print, TV and grassroot initiatives) and throughout the project ensure that training, mentoring, and resource creation addresses their professional development and learning needs; Closely coordinate with GeoPoll on the production of regular audience research and establish comparability among media outlets; Work with community radio stations on market studies and action plans that will enable them to systematically explore revenue generation; Provide training on core business skills– such as budgeting, financial management, goal setting and tracking results;
  • Lead virtual and in-person training sessions for participants based on training agendas and content which are conducive to participant-led learning processes, incorporating adult-learning methodologies and trainer best practices;
  • Provide ongoing mentoring to editors and media managers to increase knowledge and technical skills;
  • Mentor media personnel on core media management issues, with the goal of supporting retention of journalists and other media professionals / workers, as well as overall editorial independence;
  • Provide practical advice to strengthen partner media outlets’ revenue generation capacities, to enable them to achieve financial sustainability; Coach media to interact with local, national, and international businesses, for revenue generation purposes on behalf of their media outlets;
  • Guide media managers and personnel in linking market research and audience data with media programming and business operations; Collaborate with the project team and partners to identify skill gaps / needs and existing resources;
  • Maintain and build active relationships with businesses and advertising agencies throughout Zimbabwe; Contribute to the writing and compiling of program reporting, including quarterly reports and other project-related reports;
  • Provide technical support to Internews subgrant partners implementing training and mentoring programs;
  • Help track project metrics that serve to measure the success of project activities;
  • Draft, review and provide input to project work plans, proposals, and annual reports;
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, skills and abilities

  • Degree in business administration, media management, communications, or related field.
  • Master’s Degree or MBA preferred; Minimum of 5 years work experience in the media, advertising, or journalism sector, with demonstrable results; Understanding of the Zimbabwean business and advertising landscape;
  • Interest in strategic business management, organizational capacity development, financial and operational analysis, financial reporting, etc; Experience in adult learning and/or organizing and providing training;
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, ability to prioritize workload and multi-task in a fast-paced environment with a strong track record of meeting deliverables;
  • Excellent soft skills, including interpersonal and communication skills, with a problem-solving attitude and as a self-starter who works both independently and as a collaborative team player; Must be self-reliant, resourceful, good problem-solver, good humored, and flexible; Ability to travel within and spend extended time in the field, with limited facilities.

To apply

To apply

Interested applicants to submit their cover letter with expected salary and benefits, current CV to [email protected] Please specify “Media Sustainability Advisor” on subject line. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.

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