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oficina_10Call for applications: Tunisia Facilitator, Middle East Forum
Source: Open Democracy
July 10, 2017.
The Middle East Forum is a project that encourages emerging young voices to express themselves, exchange views and be heard. The project provides participants with a series of workshops to develop writing skills, media presence, and digital security as well as a free discussion space where they have the capacity to debate constructively. Participants in the forum host speakers, acquire skills, share knowledge, and give feedback to one another.

We are currently looking for a facilitator to coordinate a group of 7 participants from Tunisia. openDemocracy has a standard of expectation from our participants as well as from each individual facilitator.

This is a freelance role, 35 days of work spread over 11 months with a salary of $109 per day.

In general, facilitators will be expected to:
• – Ensure a safe space for all the participants to express themselves freely;
• – Host debates but allow for the creative process to take its due course;
• – Cultivate a good working relationship with the participants, and serve as their mentor;
• – Maintain a good line of communication with the participants, and be available for any questions;
• – Be responsible for training the participants, providing them with the tools necessary to complete the program successfully, and the ability to organise other professional trainers where needed;
• – Outline learning objectives for the group;
• – Oversee and support the participants’ work, and assist where necessary;
• – Provide constructive feedback and suggestions to enhance the participant’s learning experience.

We are looking for people who are passionate about journalism and its potential to change the world, and have:
• – Expertise in the specific region of the program;
• – Experience in debate moderation;
• – Prior experience of digital publishing and social media;
• – A background in journalism and journalistic writing;
• – Fluency in both Arabic and English – able to write and edit;
• – Knowledge of online security, computer systems and office-related software;
• – Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
• – Finding, screening and selecting seven candidates for the program;
• – Meeting the commitment of 15 sessions;
• – Actively developing an online space for debate;
• – Developing a working relationship with the participants, such that you can adequately serve as their mentor;
• – Actively moderating debate;
• – Managing communication with participants;
• – Ensuring that notes for each session are being taken. Share notes with all participants;
• – Editing articles written by the participants in both Arabic and English;
• – Liaising with the project coordinator and editor;
• – Writing progress reports;

Who can apply?
You can apply for the position if you fall under any of the following:
• – Previous experience as a journalist or editor
• – Currently completing or recently completed post-graduate studies in related field
• – Possess expertise in the specific region of the program

How to apply?
• Send in a sample piece of 1000 words in Arabic or English of why you believe you are suitable for this role and your resume
Please send your application documents to by the 28th August 2017.



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