IJNet Arabic Researcher - Reporter


Organization Name: International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)
Location: Regional / Global
Apply email: Not Specified
Start Date: 20-November-2020
Closing Date: 19-December-2020

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., is seeking a Researcher-Reporter to develop an Arabic-language toolkit of expert resources and evidence-based case studies pulled from the IJNet Arabic Mentoring Center for media startups in the Middle East and North Africa, now in its seventh year.

The consultant will be tasked with producing engaging, evergreen resources that draw on timely lessons learned and best practices around media entrepreneurship and sustainability. This may include, but is not limited to, covering topics such as business plans and models, fundraising, management, site design, audience engagement and long-term sustainability. While the context is MENA-specific, the consultant will design the toolkit resources to be of interest and use for journalists and media entrepreneurs working around the world.

The ideal candidate has a background in data analysis and journalism. Familiarity with media entrepreneurship is a plus. The consultant must be fluent in both Arabic and English, and closely familiar with the media landscape in the Middle East and North Africa.


• Consultant will develop and conduct an evaluation survey of all Mentoring Center alumni.
• Analyze past grant reports, survey and evaluation data from the Mentoring Center program.
• Determine data-informed best practices and lessons learned in media entrepreneurship and sustainability.
• Identify Mentoring Center program alumni to interview for relevant case studies.
• Produce 10 expert resources to be published on IJNet, including:

1. 4 case studies
2. 4 evergreen resources detailing tips and tools related to media entrepreneurship
3. 2 multimedia resources


The consultancy should begin in November 2020 and will last approximately 4 months, based on effective completion of deliverables, as determined by ICFJ headquarters program staff. This is a part-time consultancy.


The consultant will work remotely, but MENA-based is preferred. The consultant will report to the IJNet Manager in the Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Required Skills and Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution;
• Master’s degree or higher strongly preferred;
• Minimum of 10 years’ experience working in journalism in the MENA region;
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience with data analysis and research;
• Familiarity with media landscape in MENA and connections with media professionals in the region;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Fluency in Arabic and English.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants should apply by filling out this form (

Only complete applications will be considered.