The Center is currently implementing a three-year project to support its core activities. The Center under the Project aims to offer short-term training in human rights, particularly the human rights of vulnerable communities. The short term-training target high and mid-level government and civil society leaders and officials. The training aim to engender greater awareness and knowledge about human rights as well as to provide the target audience of the training with the necessary skills to address the specific human rights issues of the concerned marginalized communities. By doing this, the training aim to strengthen the implementation of the existing human rights protection mechanisms as well as to identify the gaps so that necessary steps towards fulfilling the rights of marginalized communities can be taken. The training are designed as specialized postgraduate training which will entitle the participants, upon successful completion, to a certificate. The Center aims to institutionalize these training so that their sustainability is guaranteed even after the expiry of the project.
One of these specialized training will focus on media freedom and human rights.
Ethiopia is currently undergoing a political transformation that should usher in a new era of democracy and rule of law. One of the actors that could play – and are already playing – an important role in the ongoing democratic reform process are the media. Free media are not only valuable for fulfilling freedom of expression, they are also crucial in a democratic process since they provide a country’s residents with the information, discussions and different viewpoints necessary to make informed political choices and to hold elected governments to account. They can also be important instruments in strengthening a culture of human rights and constitutionalism by providing information and creating awareness about human rights, by providing balanced and human rights sensitive opinions, and by exposing human rights violations. On the other hand, the role of media can also be detrimental to democracy and human rights by nurturing a climate of societal polarization, intolerance and hatred. Both positive and negative roles can be identified in the contemporary Ethiopian context. Although freedom of media is protected in international covenants ratified by Ethiopia as well as in the country’s constitution, Ethiopian media have until recently been stifled by a restrictive and repressive political and legal environment. Yet, in the wake of the aforementioned political reforms, political restrictions have been significantly loosened and the domestic legal framework is under revision.
In this context, the training is expected to focus on the international standards as well as on Ethiopian domestic standards related to press freedom (e.g. UDHR, ICCPR, Ethiopian constitution and other pertinent laws) and its legitimate limitations. The positive and negative – actual and potential – roles of media in the Ethiopian democratization process with a specific attention to the role of social media are expected to be another part of the training. This training aims to attract a wide range of stakeholders, such as organization and institutions working in or on the media sector as well as organization and institutions that are interested in using and promoting the positive role of media in human rights protection.
Accordingly, the Center wants to recruit two qualified and motivated consultants (with different disciplinary backgrounds) who will collaborate as a team to prepare a training manual and to offer short-term training on media freedom and human rights in Ethiopia.
The preparation of the manual and of the training sessions requires close collaboration and coordination between the two team members.
- Qualification/Profile of the Consultants
A Master’s/PhD degree in law, human rights, political science, journalism or communication or related fields.
The consultants should have a solid background in human rights and/or media related research and teaching.
The consultants should have a good publication record in English. Experience with preparing training materials and handbooks will be given particular consideration.
The consultants should have a commitment and demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment.
- Fees and Payment
Each consultant/author shall be paid a professional fee of Birr 30,000(thirty thousand) for developing the manual and Birr 25,000(twenty five thousand) for offering the training, together a total of Birr 55, 000 (fifty five thousand), subject to taxation.