available languages: english January 25, 2021

Location: Beirut, Lebanese regions, and home-based

Period: February–December 2021

Closing date for applications: 15 February 2021, 12:00 PM local time (Beirut)

DRI is looking for 10–12 young media makers who are Lebanon-based to be part of a junior fellowship programme aiming to support and inform citizen-centred engagement on democratic discourse and political reform in Lebanon.

The Programme

Ahead of the 2022 elections, we aim to launch, together with young media makers, an online broadcast that introduces new faces to the media landscape and amplifies civil society voices. The broadcast will discuss political change in Lebanon and the way it can be achieved through the coordinated effort of local stakeholders. In parallel, we aim to empower young media makers by expanding their skills to tackle policy problems and jointly collaborating on the broadcast. The project further includes Open Dialogues (talks) with a variety of speakers who are experienced thought leaders (e.g., leading civil society activists, women leaders etc.).

The pilot project is structured around thematic queries that cut across the various project outputs and activities. Tentative thematic queries include the following:

  1. How to re-shape the Lebanese political system based on a new social contract, secular citizenship, and a sound system of checks and balances?
  2. How can a value-centric political model rebuild Lebanon? The scope may include the identification of values (e.g., meritocracy, inclusion, sustainability, stewardship, accountability, social justice) and the alignment of target audience on rethinking the political culture of Lebanon.
  3. How to establish the Rule of Law, Accountability, Ethical and Responsible Government?
  4. How to change the electoral system for a fair representation of Lebanese society?
  5. How to improve public service provision?
  6. How to boost the role of civil society, particularly youth and women, in effecting political change?

Background

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide. Democratic discourse is the basis of our mission and vision. In our work, we facilitate discussion and exchange about democratic government and the need for a continuous discourse adhering to democratic rules.

In the framework of a pilot project, we aim to expand the democratic space for a civil society-led debate on systemic change in Lebanon. It is premised on the theory of change that, if citizens and marginalised voices are given a platform to engage in the democratic space, and have increased awareness of the political debate, then the vision of Lebanon’s future political model will be more inclusive, because new thought leaders can engage and discuss new proposals for citizen and people-centred political change. In the long-term, citizens can actively participate in the governing of their own country in an inclusive and participatory manner.

The Fellowship: What We Offer

DRI is looking for 10–12 young media makers who are Lebanon-based to be part of a junior fellowship programme aiming to support and inform citizen-centred engagement on democratic discourse and political reform. If you are selected for the fellowship programme, you will:

  • Training opportunity. You will participate in a capacity-building programme on investigative journalism, digital storytelling, policy monitoring, election reporting etc. (7 training sessions in total) between April and July 2021. The training curriculum specifically will be tailored to the needs of the young media makers based on an initial needs assessment.
  • Professional experience. Between April and December 2021, you will be part of a one-month internship programme at DRI Lebanon that provides you with an opportunity to apply your skills. Fellows are entitled to a one-time compensation of 250 EUR for their successful completion of the internship.

Who Can Apply

We are looking for interested applicants having the following profile:

Required:

  • Currently studying or completing a university degree in communications, media studies, journalism, or other relevant fields
  • No more than 3 years of work and/or internship experience in communications, journalism or the media sector
  • Interest in democratisation, human rights, political reform, and civic engagement
  • Media writing skills
  • Creativity and sense of initiative
  • Strong communication, presentation, and negotiation skills
  • Public speaking and presentation skills
  • Fluency in English and Arabic
  • Availability to actively attend all fellowship activities and a one-month internship

Desirable:

  • Experience in online broadcasts and/or podcast creation
  • Video editing
  • Creating digital and visual content
  • Using video production tools (camera, audio etc.)

Due to possible covid-19 travel restrictions, part of the fellowship may be conducted remotely.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this fellowship, please send the following application documents to [email protected]:

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Samples of your work (portfolio, publications, media products)
  • A one-minute audio-visual “elevator pitch” showcasing your idea for a podcast/WebTV episode promoting inclusive civic engagement and political change in Lebanon

IMPORTANT: Please share the “elevator pitch” and any other media products via WeTransfer and include the links in the motivation letter.

Please include “Junior Media Fellowship – Lebanon” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. All incomplete application will be disregarded.

The applicants will be evaluated 70% on their application documents and 30% on their experience (internships, project assignments, part-/full-time work).

DRI is committed to diversity and does not discriminate in employment based upon gender (including pregnancy), race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.

Closing date for applications is 15 February 2021, 12:00 PM local time (Beirut). The fellowships may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Organisation responsible for this call:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

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