Media Law Advocacy Consultant at IREX

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Media Law Advocacy Consultant
International • Colombo,
Sri Lanka

Call for Media Law Advocacy Consultant

The IREX MEND Program: The International Research and Exchanges Board, with support from USAID, is implementing the Media Empowerment for a Democratic Sri Lanka (MEND) program. The goal of MEND is to improve citizen access to balanced and reliable news and information and to support Sri Lanka's efforts to strengthen media freedom and democratic governance.

Summary: The MEND program includes support for Sri Lankan organizations working for the reform of media laws, greater freedom of expression for regional, community and online media, improvement of working conditions for journalists and support for the rights and responsibilities of digital and online media. IREX will support journalist's unions and advocacy groups with technical support for grassroots and social media advocacy campaigns. IREX is seeking a media law advocacy consultant to advise MEND program staff on assistance activities, conduct training for advocacy groups and recommend advocacy campaigns that strengthen media independence and press freedom.

Duties and Responsibilities: The selected consultant will work with IREX MEND staff on the design of assistance intended to increase the effectiveness of advocacy groups and networks, including training in Sri Lanka.

Qualifications: The media advocacy consultant selection consultant will have extensive experience in working with advocacy groups in a development context. The consultant should have

  • Demonstrated experience in designing effective advocacy campaigns for organizations working on public policy affairs such as human rights, freedom of expression, independent media, humanitarian and other civil society related issues

  • Demonstrated experience in training advocacy groups, associations, unions or similar organizations in the tools and techniques of effective advocacy in an international development environment

  • Demonstrated experience in working with civil society organizations on how to use media, professional forums and other platforms to constructively criticize policies, and analyze and lobby against problematic regulatory and legislative proposals

  • Knowledge of public policy issues related to free and independent media and the public's right to information

  • Demonstrated experience in teaching advocacy groups with similar interests how to increase their effectiveness through networking and coordination

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field

  • Speaking, reading and writing proficiency in English is required.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, work ethic, ability to work in a multicultural environment, work remotely and travel to Sri Lanka are required

  • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically and creatively to meet objectives

  • Strong ability to anticipate challenges and generate solutions.