Parliamentary Trainers

  Pajhwok Afghan News
  Afghanistan Unspecified 576
Date Posted:Sep 22, 2010
Closing Date:Oct 5, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:2
Functional Area:Media
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: false
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

About Pajhwok Afghan News:


Pajhwok Afghan News ( is the leading independent news agency registered with the Ministry of Information and Culture of Afghanistan. Pajhwok has a network of reporters nationwide larger than any other news agency in the country. Pajhwok provides comprehensive, reliable, timely and bias-free news about Afghanistan from an Afghan perspective. It distributes and publishes online daily reports and photographs as a service to newspapers, radios, and television news channels as well as individual and institutional subscribers. In the Seven years of its existence, Pajhwok has become Afghanistan most credible news and feature service-provider to national and international media outlets on a national and international level.

Job Summary:

Pajhwok Afghan News will recruit two trainers to launch a team of reporters covering Afghanistan's parliament, for three months each consecutively. The first trainer will begin in mid- to late October after the election results and continue to early January 2011; the second will begin shortly after that. Alternatively, an exceptionally strong candidate may be considered for a single, six-month contract.

The trainers will work with five reporters to create a "pool" coverage for all Afghan media on the activities and analysis of Afghanistan's national assembly, and its individual elected members.

In this group of reporters, one will be from Pajhwok staff and four will be competitively selected from other Afghan news outlets, including TV, radio, print, and online. The five pool reporters would also be shadowed by five interns, to be selected competitively from universities in Afghanistan.
The trainers will work with reporters, interns, and the two assigned editors, on a daily basis for three months. The training would involve both formal lessons and on-the-job training, such as critique of interviews and press conferences, review of their story preparation and development, and developing group reporting projects.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities of the trainers are:
+Advise Pajhwok admin and project staff on overall strategy for coverage of Afghanistan's parliament
+Assist HR in recruitment of reporters and interns for the pool coverage
+Working closely with Pajhwok training department, develop skill-based training sessions for project reporters on how to cover parliament
+Develop and supervise daily schedule of on-the-job training for project reporters
+Work daily with Pajhwok editors to assist in production of stories on parliament
+Offer materials and work with Afghan trainers to carry out a training program for regional reporters on covering members of parliament
+Other assistance as requested by Pajhwok management
+Report on all activities to project coordinators

Job Requirement:

Qualifications include:
+At least five years of experience in covering politics, government, and related issues for news outlets within the Asia/Middle East region
+Prefer at least ten years of experience in journalism
+At least two years of editing and/or training experience in a relevant environment
+Working knowledge of more than one medium for news (examples: both radio and news agency; or, print, video and online)
+Direct knowledge of Afghanistan strongly preferred
+Bachelor's degree or higher in a relevant discipline
+Excellent written and spoken English

Salary to be negotiated based on qualifications. Accommodation and travel expenses are paid by Pajhwok.

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