Opportunity - July 31, 2022

APPLY NOW! AU Media Training on Sensitive Reporting of Harmful Practices: Child Marriage & FGM

Deadline: 16th August 2022

Target Countries: Niger, Nigeria, Mauritania, Egypt, Chad, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, DRC, Liberia, Djibouti



The African Union Commission Department of Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development  (AUC-HHS) in collaboration with the Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Programme, opens a call for applications from all qualified and experienced media practitioners from Niger, Nigeria, Mauritania, Egypt, Chad, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, DRC, Liberia, Djibouti, for the 3 day face-to-face media training on sensitive reporting on harmful practices for West, Central and North African Countries.

The main objective of this training is to enhance media awareness, garner media support for advocacy-based reporting and to mobilize social behavioral changes at all levels led by the media against harmful traditional practices, particularly child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The training will also culminate into the creation of a network of an AU network of African media professionals that is engaged, connected, collaborating and is learning from each other to lead and influence populations towards ending harmful practices by 2030.

The AUC is therefore inviting applicants to a 3-day capacity building session for frontline journalists, university journalism lecturers and journalism scholars (Masters level) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in September 2022.

Three (3) media practitioners will be selected for the training from each of the 11 countries, namely:

  • 1 University Journalism Lecturers,
  • 1 Master’s Student
  • 1 Frontline Gender and Child Protection Reporters/ Journalists.



For University Lecturers  

– English proficiency

– A PhD or master’s degree in journalism, International Relations, Conflict Communications or Media Education

–  Ten (10) years or more teaching and delivering training programmes in journalism at university level, including publication of Op-Eds, digital, live and print media content on gender and child rights.

For Frontline Journalists and Journalism Master’s students 

– English proficiency

– At least a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, International Relations, Conflict Communications, Media Studies, Social Sciences,

– At least Five (5) years of reporting on gender and child rights issues, including publication of investigative and advocacy beats on live, digital, print and social media on harmful traditional practices.

Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.



Applicants who fulfil the eligibility criteria above should submit the following documents to AUHPU@africa-union.org not later than 16 August 2022.

– A letter of motivation of no more than 500 words highlight why you would like to be considered for the training, what relevant media advocacy and writing you have published in the recent past and how you will utilize the skills from the training to further the AU harmful practices sensitive reporting agenda in your country.

–  A summarized resume of 2-pages highlighting your relevant gender and child protection reporting experience and media qualifications

– A 2-page portfolio summarizing links, snapshots and resources you have produced around gender and child protection reporting in the past 5 years.


NOTE: Applicants will be notified of their successful participation by August 31st, 2022.

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