Journalism and Media Management Experts

Consultant Roster

Background:
Welcome to Scofield Associates, your premier research partner in the Horn of Africa. With a steadfast commitment to excellence, we have established ourselves as a leading research firm operating across nine countries in this dynamic and diverse region. Our extensive presence allows us to provide unparalleled insights and comprehensive analysis, tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients. Our expertise spans various sectors, including governance, development, security, and public policy. We pride ourselves on delivering high-quality, evidence-based research that informs decision-making and fosters positive change.

Operating in nine countries across the Horn of Africa, Scofield Associates is strategically positioned to capture the region’s complex realities. Our extensive network and local knowledge enable us to conduct thorough research and provide valuable insights that reflect the nuanced contexts of each country. This broad reach ensures that we remain at the forefront of developments in the region, offering our clients the most relevant and up-to-date information.

At Scofield Associates, we offer a wide range of research services designed to meet the diverse needs of our clients. These include Qualitative and Quantitative Research, Policy Analysis and Development, Program Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Organization Capacity Assessment, and Big Data Analytics. We employ robust methodologies to gather and analyze data, assist policymakers with evidence-based recommendations, assess the impact and effectiveness of development initiatives, provide training and support to local institutions, and harness the power of big data for comprehensive insights.

We are currently updating our roster of consultants to support our growing portfolio of projects. We seek a Journalism and Media Management Consultant Expert to provide strategic guidance and technical support on media relations, content creation, and effective communication across various platforms.

Objectives:
The Journalism and Media Management Consultant Expert will play a crucial role in ensuring that Scofield Associates’ projects effectively leverage media and communication channels to achieve their objectives. Key objectives include:

  • Providing technical expertise and guidance on media relations, journalism ethics, content creation, and strategic communications.
  • Developing and implementing media engagement strategies, including press releases, media advisories, and media outreach plans.
  • Writing and editing high-quality content for various platforms, including news articles, feature stories, blog posts, and social media content.
  • Training and mentoring journalists, communicators, and other stakeholders on media skills and best practices.
  • Conducting media training workshops and seminars to enhance media literacy and communication skills.
  • Analyzing media coverage and evaluating the impact of media engagement strategies.
  • Advising on media management and communication strategies for projects and organizations.

Scope of Work:
The Journalism and Media Management Consultant Expert will be engaged on a project-specific basis, with the scope of work tailored to the specific needs of each project. Typical tasks may include:

  • Developing and implementing media engagement strategies for projects and organizations.
  • Writing and editing press releases, media advisories, and other media materials.
  • Pitching stories to journalists and media outlets.
  • Organizing press conferences and media events.
  • Providing media training and coaching to spokespeople and other representatives.
  • Monitoring and analyzing media coverage.
  • Evaluating the impact of media engagement strategies.
  • Providing advice on media management and communication strategies.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Master’s degree in Journalism, Media Studies, Communications, or a related field with at least three years of relevant experience, OR
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Media Studies, Communications, or a related field with at least five years of relevant experience.
  • A PhD in a relevant field is preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise in journalism, media relations, content creation, and strategic communications.
  • Strong understanding of media landscape and trends.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills.
  • Experience in conducting media training and workshops.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Fluency in English is required; proficiency in other languages is an asset.

Application Requirements:
Interested candidates are invited to submit the following documents:

  1. Motivation Statement: A brief statement outlining your interest in the position, your relevant experience, and your availability. Please include your daily rate (in USD) in your motivation statement.
  2. Current Resume/CV: A detailed resume or CV highlighting your educational background, work experience, skills, and publications. Ensure to include links to relevant journal articles and previous work.
  3. Sample Work: Examples of previous media articles, press releases, communication strategies, or publications that demonstrate your expertise. 
  4. Country of Experience: Show where you’ve worked in the Horn of Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Ethiopia, the Sudans, or Rwanda). This should also be reflected in your motivation statement, your resume and your sample works. This will help us place you in specific projects in specific countries.

Please send your application to [email protected] with the subject line “Journalism and Media Management Consultant Expert Application.” Scofield Associates is committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds. Scofield Associates is also an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds, especially women and individuals from marginalized groups.