Job opening: Senior Expert, Gender Balance & Research

Position: Senior Expert, Gender Balance & Research, WAN-IFRA Women in News

Engagement length: February 2022 through to January 2023

Engagement type: (Milestone-based contract; 85% input)

WAN-IFRA Women in News (WIN) aims to increase women’s leadership and voices in the news. It does so by equipping women journalists and editors with the skills, strategies, and support networks to take on greater leadership positions within their media. In parallel, WIN partners with media organisations to identify industry-led solutions to create environments that embrace equality and navigate the transition to digital to build toward greater financial and operational stability.

Our Vision is a media industry in which women and men are equal. Equal in the way they are portrayed in news content and equal in their professional roles and treatment in the newsroom within stable media organisations.

Our Values:

We champion equality

We strive for excellence

We empower people

We collaborate to drive change

We embrace our differences as our superpower

We are a supportive community

Women in News has been running capacity building programmes and in-house training and coaching for 10 years in Sub-Saharan Africa, and 5 years in the Arab region via support from the Swedish International Cooperation Development Agency. Most recently we launched in Myanmar, The Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam as part of WAN-IFRA’s strengthening independent programme, which is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Each region is led by a regional director and their supporting extended team. A director of Insights leads WIN research. A number of key experts, reporting into the leadership committee which also includes the executive director, manage communications, MREL and research/monitoring activities.

The Position

Women are still disproportionately underrepresented in the media whether as expert sources, protagonists, or in by-lines produced, on average appearing just once for every four times a male counterpart is featured. For a number of years WIN has invested in equalising this ratio through training and sensitisation efforts including practical toolkits as well as online modules, and, bespoke workshops targeting senior and middle management. 

The Senior Expert, Gender Balance & Research is the point person on all gender balance activities as well as responsible for measurement and reporting of all WIN activities in the Arab Region. This is a senior member of the Women in News implementation team.

A position with two distinct roles, the majority of their input (approximately 50%) is responsible for the successful development and administration of gender balance training, sensitisation and tracking in each WIN market with a specific emphasis on Accelerator and Advisory audiences.

In addition, this position will directly support the Monitoring, Research, Evaluation and Learning Lead in all reporting activities for the Arab Region which will take up 35% of their input. For this reason, strong written and verbal knowledge of Arabic is essential for this position, as is a research and training background.

This position reports directly into the Leadership Group as a whole, which operates as an oversight body for programme-wide (cross regional) functional roles such as this. The Director of Insights will serve as the performance coach for this position. This position has 1-2 partial direct reports who will offer support in monitoring activities.

Gender Balance Expert (50%)

  • Refine and deliver gender balance in content sensitisation sessions and training workshops to WIN Advisory partners located in 12-15 markets, serving as lead trainer representing the programme and customising each session to incorporate concise reporting drawn from gender balance content monitoring (see below) to support training and sensitisation efforts. This will be repeated each six months for a total of 40-60 training sessions within a calendar year and as part of an overarching approach to work with select media partners identified by regional leads. Training will be tailored to executive and management level individuals (30% input) and workshops should last between 90 and 120 minutes each;
  • Refine and deliver gender balance in content training for mid-level journalists taking part in the Women in News Leadership Accelerator programme, leveraging automated tools and digital toolkits where possible to encourage efficiencies in programme training – 6-8 workshops lasting 2-3 hours each per 12-month cycle (5% input);
  • Leads the gender balance in content media monitoring project, coordinating the regional resource(s) that carry out the scheduled tracking of partner content – ensuring deadlines are met, methodology is upheld, and reports are compiled to support semi-annual reporting to Advisory partners as part of trainings (10% input). This also includes contributing expertise to the development of the digital Gender Balance Tracker led by the Director, Insights and Manager, Digital & Research;
  • Responsible for analysing and presenting gender balance data for annual reporting to all donors and internally including supporting Executive Director in internal benchmarking for WANIFRA (5% input);
  • Act as the point-person for WIN’s Gender Balance ‘expertise centre’, leading Training of the Trainers (ToTs) as relevant, drawing analysis, trends and other relevant observations that would feed into sensitisation and education tactics throughout the programme (5%);
  • Participate as WIN representative and Gender Balance Expert in third-party events on an ad-hoc basis (likely 1-2 events per year).

Arab Region Expert, MREL (35% input)

  • Regional expert and project manager for MREL activities including planning, coordination of monitoring and data collection for activity results and change stories (20% input);
  • Provide direct support to Director, Arab Region in conducting Advisory partner audits; collect HR data and other as requested working in close collaboration with Senior Manager MREL as well as Regional Director on an ongoing and as relevant basis (10%);
  • General/rotating support on projects to help set up research, MREL or other initiatives in collaborative approach with other functional leads and managers (5%).

Key Qualifications of the Successful Candidate

  • Extensive experience as a corporate trainer or formal educator (10-15 years) on the subject of gender balance/Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) with exceptional grasp of virtual/remote learning systems for dynamic and interactive communications;
  • Specific experience in media monitoring in English and Arabic, with a focus on gender equality or DEI;
  • Strong level of comfort with impact measurement, results-based management and other methods applied to monitoring & evaluation efforts;
  • Ability to organise and motivate oneself as well as a geographically dispersed and culturally diverse team;
  • Verbal and written fluency in English and Arabic;
  • Exceptional organisational, analytical and data focused skills with a proven ability to assess both the large picture while honing in on the minute details to interpret results and trends both positive and negative for internal and external reporting purposes;
  • Exceptional competencies in xls. and all google based or word-based office management software and other project management software approaches;
  • Effective IT and communication skills in report writing, presentations and holding effective conversations;
  • Experience collaborating in a remote setting with multiple stakeholders of varying degrees of seniority, cultures, and contexts;
  • Demonstrated champion of diversity, equality, and inclusion in both professional capacity and personal ethos.

Key attributes: Collaborative, communicative, supportive, and extremely organised and detailed oriented.

Interested applicants should submit their CVs to by 31 January 2022. Please include the title of the position in the subject line of your email. Please note, only successful candidates will be contacted. 

WAN-IFRA Women in News is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on any basis prohibited by race, age, gender identity or sexual orientation, creed, religion, and nationality.                                                            

About WAN-IFRA           

WAN-IFRA is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers, representing more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. WAN- IFRA is unique in its position as a global industry association with a human rights mandate to defend and promote media freedom, and the economic independence of news media as an essential condition of that freedom.                                                     

WAN-IFRA applies a dual approach to supporting media freedom. It addresses political and structural constraints to media freedom through advocacy and at the same time works to strengthen the capacity and networks of the media and their representative institutions. This dual approach allows WAN-IFRA to address challenges to media freedom from multiple perspectives, leveraging experiences and synergies between advocacy and development projects, partnerships, and the wider expertise of WAN-IFRA’s international community to encourage meaningful change.                                               

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