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Media Consultant for Human Rights Program in Yemen

Flexible, Remote
Request for Proposals (RFP)
Media Consultant for Human Rights Program in Yemen

DT Institute is an international development non-profit organization, established in July 2019, that functions as both a funder and an implementer to help build and preserve more resilient, equitable, inclusive, and democratic societies. DT Institute focuses on strengthening communities and leaders as an implementing partner, developing and verifying new approaches through action-oriented research.
DT Institute is implementing a 30-month Yemen Human Rights Forensics Lab Plus (YHRFL+) Program . The goal of YHRFL+ is to increase recognition and protection of human rights in Yemen by empowering the civil society to champion justice and accountability by considering Human Rights Documentation, Reporting, and Advocacy Efforts, through 1) Systematic documentation, preservation, corroboration, analysis, and reporting on evidence, obtained from a variety of sources, of HRV committed by all parties involved in the Yemeni conflict; 2) Technical and financial capacity building of CSOs to empower them to take a formal role in human rights monitoring, documentation, and reporting efforts, filling the gap left by absence of the GEE; and 3) Expanding opportunities for CSOs to elevate the voices of victims and survivors of human rights abuses.  
Position Description:
As part of the YHRFL+ program, DT Institute seeks to support Yemeni CSO’s to amplify the reach of human rights advocacy messages and provide guidance on strategically collaborating with media stakeholders to publish stories and elevate the profile of human rights priorities in Yemen.
We are seeking a media consultant to work closely with our local Yemeni partner organizations on a number of thematic areas. The consultant will cover one or more of these thematic areas and support partners in identifying compelling stories, developing pitches, and connecting with international media outlets to pitch potential human-rights related stories. Key responsibilities include but is not necessarily limited to:
  1. Helping partners develop selection criteria and identify impactful human rights stories from Yemen.
  2. Assisting in the development of story contents and persuasive pitches tailored to international media outlets.
  3. Facilitating connections between local organizations and relevant journalists/editors.
  4. Providing guidance on media engagement strategies and best practices.
Applicants are encouraged to suggest additional activities or approaches based on their experience. The goal of the project is to develop and pitch up to 10 stories in the covered thematic areas, which are: arbitrary detention and forced disappearance, freedom of expression, mistreatment of detainees, attacks on civilian infrastructure, violence against children, human rights defenders, internally displaced persons, transitional justice, UN Human Rights mechanisms (such as the UPR cycle), and the role of human rights organizations in justice and accountability.

Eligibility Criteria:
Qualified candidates should meet the following criteria:
  1. Demonstrated experience in media relations, journalism, or communications, with a focus on human rights issues.
  2. Familiarity with the Yemeni context, including understanding of the political, social, and cultural dynamics.
  3. Strong network of contacts within international media outlets, particularly those covering human rights issues.
  4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; proficiency in Arabic is desirable but not required.
  5. Ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, including local organizations and international journalists.
Submission Requirements:
Interested candidates should submit the following documents:
  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV) highlighting relevant experience and qualifications.
  2. Statement of interest outlining the candidate's motivation and suitability for the position, including previous reports with international media outlets.
  3. Proposed scope of work detailing how the candidate plans to fulfill the responsibilities outlined in the position description.
  4. Hourly/daily consultancy rates, including any applicable taxes or fees.
    1. Note: LOE will be tracked per partner (up to 10 partners) with an estimated maximum of 12-15 hours per partner depending on the consultant’s rate.
  5. Indicate your preferred thematic areas for coverage by selecting from the above list. You may also indicate that you are comfortable covering any of the thematic areas.

Deadline for Submission:
All proposals must be submitted no later than March 15, 2024.
Contact Information:
For inquiries and submission of proposals, please contact yemen.programs@dt-institute.org with the subject line: "Media Consultant RFP - Yemen Program."
We look forward to receiving your proposals. Thank you for your interest in supporting our mission.


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