Short- and Medium-Term Technical Consultants: TV and Radio and Digital Training Experts

Consultancies Istanbul, Turkey



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. 



IREX is seeking broadcast TV, radio, and online technical experts and trainers to design and deliver on-site (on-the-job) trainings for Syrian media outlet partners supported through IREX’s Supporting Independent Media in Syria II (SIMS-II) program. IREX has several program partners (radio, TV and online) that provide Arabic-language broadcasts, including information and news programs, to Syrian audiences.  Managers and staff at these stations have received varying levels of training; however, all will benefit from a broad spectrum of professional development in virtually every aspect of broadcast management, operations, and production. 


IREX will select multiple candidates, on an ongoing basis for training and coaching sessions, and reporting/follow-up activities with IREX’s project staff. Training assignments will range in duration for up to one (1) week ; however, consultant contracts may include multiple training assignments with multiple IREX partners within a single scope of work. In most cases, trainers will be asked to work virtually, though may be asked to travel to Turkey if circumstances allow. Under no circumstances will trainers be required or expected to travel within Syria. 

IREX is seeking trainers with documented experience delivering training in the following subject matter/skill areas:

  • Social media and website analytics 
  • Infographics and data-visualization 
  • Digital storytelling 
  • Social media training focusing on Instagram, Telegram, YouTube and Twitter. 
  • Podcast training 
  • Multimedia writing skills 



IREX will assign selected trainers to work with one or more SIMS partner stations on a given training assignment.   Certain factors may change between assignments, such as the beneficiaries, the number, and/or experience level of trainees, IREX’s reporting requirements,  and so on. Successful candidates will be able to establish and maintain collegial, supportive, and productive relationships with partner station management and staff, as well as other IREX/SIMS-II consultants and trainers. 

Selected candidates will: 

  • Develop on-the-job training plans and schedules  
  • Deliver virtual training at online, radio, or television outlets (circumstances may occasionally require that training be delivered in-person); 
  • Provide IREX and beneficiary media outlets with recommendations for follow-up training, technical upgrades, and management decisions based on results of training interventions; 
  • Produce comprehensive, written, English-language reports, detailing activities undertaken within each training assignment, actions taken by beneficiary outlets as a result of training activities, recommendations for future training, and other information as requested by IREX; and, 
  • Perform other responsibilities as requested. 



  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience ionline and multimedia journalism in such roles as news editor, editor/editor in chief, senior producer, senior journalist, correspondent.    
  • Demonstrated experience as a trainer in online and multimedia journalism, including social media  (3+ years’ experience is strongly desired) 
  • Experience working in political transition and conflict/post-conflict environments is preferred. 
  • Experience working in the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) geographic region is preferred. 
  • Ability to use and train others to use digital editing software applications is desired – Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Suite, and/or After Effects  
  • A high degree of professional reputation will be considered as part of candidates’ evaluation. Candidates should therefore include professional references within their CVs, ideally for the outlets at which they have online and multimedia work experience or for which they have delivered training. 
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills 
  • Excellent English-language writing skills for training assignment reports are required. 
  • Advanced or native fluency in Arabic is strongly desired. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, particularly in multi-cultural environments 
  • Ability to work under pressure 



  • A strong commitment to IREX partners’ success 
  • Excellent communication skills and sensitivity toward those affected by conflict/displacement, needed to foster effective working relationships with IREX partner staff. 
  • Willingness to work in a flexible manner in terms of number of working hours, days of work; and, 
  • High ethical standards. 


To Apply:  Please send a resume and a cover letter that includes a daily rate.   

If you previously applied for this job posting (Short- and Medium-Term Technical Consultants: TV and Radio Training Experts), there is no need to reapply. Previous applicants to this solicitation are under consideration. 

Prior to engagement candidates will be asked to provide references. Engagement will require a successful reference check. 

Application deadline: Shortlisted candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled or until further notice.