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News Programming Adviser Job Vacancy

Education Development Center (EDC) is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and development firms. EDC is committed to Diversity in the Workplace. 

EDC operates the Sudan Radio Service (SRS), which broadcasts objective news and information to Sudan and to Darfur, through its Darfur News and Information Service (DNIS).

 News Programming Adviser is responsible for partnering successfully with Chief of Party, Principal International Technical Adviser, home office project director and with Business Services, expatriate and local staff.

The News Programming Adviser will advise the DNIS news team and the DNIS and SRS drama teams, including:

  • Assisting the COP and other staff in developing an overall vision and direction for DNIS;
  • Advising the DNIS news team, particularly the DNIS news team coordinator;
  • In collaboration with Principal International Technical Adviser and the DNIS Coordinator, ensuring that DNIS news meets SRS editorial standards;
  • Assisting the DNIS team in planning documentary programs, and ensuring that the programs meet SRS editorial and technical standards;
  • Developing and enforcing editorial practices that promote fair, accurate reporting on any and all nationally-important events and issues that impact Sudanese and South Sudanese citizens;
  • Ensuring that news coverage planning is detailed, timely, and proactive;
  • Mentoring and training of the DNIS news team on investigative techniques, writing, etc;
  • Expanding DNIS news and current events program offerings;
  • Advising on and/or editing daily DNIS news stories for broadcast and publication on the SRS website;
  • Striving to maintain SRS as the leading independent broadcast news outlet in Sudan and South Sudan;
  • Increasing the reach of Sudan Radio Service programming by strengthening existing partnerships with local broadcasters and developing new partnerships with other news outlets;
  • Managing new media initiatives which promote and disseminate SRS news coverage (website, SMS, electronic newsletters);
  • Performing other duties, as assigned.
The News Programming Adviser will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, but will travel to Sudan, and, if necessary, to Chad and other locations where Darfur refugees are located.


This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills.

Specific requirements:
  • Master’s degree or above, or equivalent combination of training & education
  • With Master’s degree, 5–8 years related experience, including a minimum of 5 years technical project management or program development experience
  • Specific technical expertise relevant to the projects, programs and operations
  • Outstanding leadership skills
  • Excellent analytical skills and aptitude for details
  • Capacity to work in difficult conditions and function well under pressure
  • Proficiency in English required; proficiency in Arabic and local Darfur languages preferred
  • International experience required; experience in a developing country essential
  • Solid background in radio journalism
EDC is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V) and a smoke-free workplace


Interested candidates who meet the above criteria may send their application letters, accompanied by detailed CVs and a day time telephone and email contact to:


EDC – Sudan Radio Service
P. O. Box 4392 -00100

To reach not later than 1 August 2011.

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

All applicants who will not have heard from us within 2 weeks from closing date should consider their applications unsuccessful.

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