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Terms of Reference: Freelance Editor / Journalism Mentor


BBC Media Action is an international NGO working in Ethiopia since 2001 as a registered charity with the Charities and Societies Agency (CSA) under registration number 1118 and Ministry of Communication under a bilateral agreement. BBC Media Action uses media and communications to reduce poverty and promote human rights in countries around the world. Our aim is to inform, connect and empower people around the world. In Ethiopia, we predominantly implement health, migration, resilience, and youth focused projects.

BBC Media Action is leading an international consortium to support media sustainability and media reform in three countries, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Sierra Leone. The consortium consists of BBC Media Action, Free Press Unlimited, International Media Support and Media Development Investment Fund. It is called PRIMED, Protecting Independent Media for Effective Development, and is funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office.

PRIMED seeks to support healthier information ecosystems where a steady flow of trusted public interest media content is more freely and widely available. To this aim, we build the capacity of partner media outlets to manage their organisations and deliver public interest content.

BBC Media Action is making available grants for public interest content production to PRIMED partner media outlets. Partners are encouraged to produce audience led and solution focused content, including content from different parts of Ethiopia apart from the capital, Addis Ababa.


The consultant will support reporters at three partner media outlets in Ethiopia to produce selected public interest stories by:

  • advising and guiding reporters remotely throughout the process of story idea framing, development, and content production.
  • consulting and mentoring reporters to produce stories that adhere to public interest principles on.
  • Monitoring the progress of selected content production of partner media house and report to BBC Media Action.

BBC Media Action will support the consultant to establish a working relationship with the respective partner media outlets and reporters. The consultant will work in close collaboration with BBC Media Action and regularly check-in with our team. The consultancy will take place in a timeframe of three months with an estimated two and half mentoring days per week and a total of ten days a month.

Conflict of interest

Applicants must declare any interest financial or otherwise, direct, or indirect, which may affect the impartiality of any obligations which the successful Tenderer owes to BBC Media Action. Tenderers should notify BBC Media Action at the time of submitting a Tender if they consider there to be a conflict of interest.

Consultancy timeframe: Three months, starting as soon as possible

Job Requirements

Selection Criteria

The consultant should have the following qualifications:

  • At least ten years of journalistic experience and practice in journalism
  • Previous experience of conducting journalism training
  • A deep understanding of the current media landscape and culture in Ethiopia
  • An understanding of digital media is desirable

How to Apply

 Interested applicants should submit the following documents by email to: [email protected]

Updated CV

  • Cover letter detailing your suitability for the role
  • The Consultant should provide their estimated daily rate inclusive of VAT

 Applications can also be submitted by post to BBC Media Action, Addis Ababa, House 540, Bole Woreda 04 near Caravan Hotel, Addis Ababa, P.O. Box 29178.

 Closing date for applications is Friday, 27th May 2022.

 Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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