Consultant - Sub-Saharan Africa Media Literacy Expert

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About IREX:

IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $90 million, offices in 20 countries, and a global staff of 400. We work in more than 100 countries worldwide.

About the Learn to Discern (L2D) Media Literacy Training:

Through this virtual training course, Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni will be equipped with key skills and tools for navigating today’s information ecosystem which contains, in addition to objective reporting, a significant amount of misleading, manipulative, and dangerous content.  Mis- and disinformation have profound negative impacts on all aspects of life and society, and leaders like Fellowship Alumni are well-positioned to build critical thinking and resilience in their communities.  The course will increase Alumni’s understanding of key concepts in today’s information infrastructure, such as media ownership and independence, social media platforms and their algorithms and all the competing incentives; human cognitive and emotional biases that play a role in how we engage with information; and concepts of dis- and misinformation, propaganda, conspiracy theories, and other types of manipulative information.  It will also focus on developing skills that can lead to forming resilient critical information engagement habits that promote responsible, safe, and empathy-driven participation in today’s information space.  Alumni will not only gain these skills and tools for themselves, but they will also be empowered to develop and deploy strategies for sharing them with others through effective social media campaigns and multi-format trainings and workshops.


Summary of Position:

IREX seeks qualified expert consultants to provide input and subject matter expertise for the Learn to Discern (L2D) virtual course for Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni.  IREX is seeking consultants with expertise and experience in the field of media literacy and/or related disciplines, including topics such as fact-checking, disinformation, stereotypes, social media influence, visual literacy, data literacy, digital safety, hate speech, journalism standards, and media production, specifically within the sub-Saharan African context. IREX prefers consultants who are familiar with online training methods and/or in-depth knowledge of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. There is no minimum and no maximum number of experts to be selected under this call.    


The consultant(s) will work with IREX staff in Tbilisi, Georgia and Washington, D.C. on a variety of assignments such as advising on the media literacy landscape in Sub-Saharan Africa, providing examples and case studies to enhance curriculum content, contributing directly to content, and reviewing and providing feedback on the course. The projected timeline for this consulting opportunity is approximately three months, from December 2021 – February 2022.


Summary of Responsibilities:


  • Advise on the media landscape in Sub-Saharan Africa, including widely used social media platforms, media ownership, and media consumption.
  • Provide examples and case studies for incorporation into the course.
  • Contribute content, which may include participating in video recordings and/or written content.
  • Review and provide feedback on content before the launch of the course.


Skills and Qualifications:


  • Demonstrated understanding of media landscape and media environment in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Understanding of media literacy;
  • Experience in virtual training methods preferred;
  • Experience in working with adult learners preferred;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Mandela Washington Fellowship strongly preferred;
  • Languages: fluency in English required.


To Apply:

Click on "Apply" below to submit your CV for consideration. Candidates should include a cover letter with their availability, proposed daily rate, and summary of their experience in line with the scope of work.