Expert Trainer - Freetown, Sierra Leone

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One Expert Trainer will be hired to conduct journalism training activities (including workshops, preparing curriculum, lecturing and mentorship) across Sierra Leone (eight months, full-time in Sierra Leone plus preparation of materials before departure).

The expert will have significant journalism experience, a proven ability to successfully teach others and the ability to work in a challenging, cross-cultural environment.

The expert will organize and run a workshop series focused on building the capacity of the Sierra Leonean media to report on human rights issues.

While JHR's Head Office and local Country Director will direct the expert in choosing the general topics for the training exercises, the experts will be expected to construct the training material prior to their departure.

The expert will also be responsible for working with four other JHR trainers who will be based at specific media outlets in Freetown and Kenema.


  • A strong university degree - a masters degree in journalism or human rights related field or equivalent experience
  • Significant working experience as a journalist
  • Significant training, teaching or educational experience
  • Experience organizing and managing events
  • Strong knowledge of Sierra Leone and West Africa
  • Living or working experience in sub-Saharan Africa preferred
  • Proven ability to live and work in a challenging environment
  • Extremely self-motivated
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to manage and motivate people
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Fluency in English
  • Fluency in a Sierra Leonean language is preferred

    Remuneration: Monthly living stipend plus flight and some pre-departure costs.

    No payment for part-time curriculum development prior to departure.

    Application Deadline: February

    Start Date: Early summer (specific date to be determined.)

    Overseas Duration: 8 months

    To apply: Please send a cover letter and CV to Nikki Whaites at nikki [at] (no attachments please).

    No Phone Calls Please.

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