JOB TITLE:  Salon Ibn Rushd Webinar Producer
PROGRAM:  Operations
LOCATION:  Online
DURATION:  One year, renewable.
Deadline for submission: February 20, 2021

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) is seeking well-qualified applicants for the position of Salon Ibn Rushd Webinar Producer. The producer reports directly to the Deputy Director of CIHRS.

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies:  The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) was established in 1993 as a regional NGO dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights.  Its mission is to strengthen the human rights movement within the Middle East and North Africa. For more than 25 years, CIHRS has played a unique and central role in identifying and responding to the challenges and needs of this movement and helping to shape its development.   CIHRS enjoys consultative status with the United Nations ECOSOC and observer status with the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights.  CIHRS has received numerous awards for its work including the French Republic Award for Human Rights in December 2007, and an award from the Library of Alexandria (2010).

Salon Ibn Rushd is intended to be a monthly webinar series bringing together notable and respected scholars, human rights defenders, journalists, politicians and other intellectual leaders from the region and around the world for thematic discussions and debate on contemporary human rights and democracy issues facing the MENA region or specific countries in the region. The monthly Salon Ibn Rushd webinar will be a continuation of a seminar of the same name, a longstanding event organized by CIHRS since its establishment in 1993. For a variety of reasons, CIHRS has hosted the Salon only sporadically since 2013.

The role of the Salon Ibn Rushd seminar/webinar is to advocate for a human rights perspective within the intellectual trends and political schools of thought working on the MENA region. It is the assertion of CIHRS that by standardizing the inclusion of a human rights perspective within the major social, political, developmental and economic debates in the region, a greater consensus in recognition of universal rights and freedoms will be cultivated in the collective consciousness of peoples throughout the region. Most of these dialogues deal with outstanding challenges and issues of concern for the theory and practice of human rights in the MENA region. Over the past 27 years, the Salon has revisited some of the most heated debates in the region, including on women’s rights, Islam and human rights, and the role of human rights in politics, in armed conflict, and in other relevant contexts. The panel discussions organized under the Salon over the years have brought some of the most prominent figures in the region concerned with human rights issues and reform.

Salon Ibn Rushd addresses the deterioration of the human rights and political situation in the MENA region in the aftermath of the Arab Spring and aims to influence the political discourse to reverse trends of authoritarianism while advancing democracy and human rights reform. Contesting authoritarianism cannot occur solely within the realm of monitoring and reporting mechanisms. Indeed, rigorous analysis is essential to understanding the multifaceted dynamics surrounding any issue and to influence these dynamics toward bolstered support of human rights and democratic polices and principles, within the realms of governance and within the collective consciousness of communities, societies, and countries in the region and beyond.

The importance of Salon Ibn Rushd stems from the need for an open, flexible and secure forum conducive to an exchange of views, and even more importantly, an exchange of experiences whereby the potential is opened to draw upon lessons for future activism. Thus, the Salon has functioned as a safe and tolerant space for human rights defenders and activists, intellectuals and academics, youth, policy makers, and others with relevant experiences or interests in promoting human rights, feminist, and democratic values, practices and policies within major contemporary political developments and intellectual trends.

The initiative to establish the Ibn Rushd Salon derives from the aspiration to advance views from within the Arab human rights movement to a broader audience and thus influence and orchestrate peaceful change so that future generations may live in communities – ranging from their local community to the international community- where human rights and democracy are not only values to be discussed and theorized but are values to be lived, respected, and practiced without exception or exclusion.

JOB PURPOSE:  The Salon Ibn Rushd producer is responsible for a variety of operations. His/her tasks are both creative and administrative. S/he is tasked with concept development, commissioning speakers, guiding the promotion of the Salon online, planning the webinar cycles and evaluating the Webinar’s quality. As such, the producer of the webinar is expected to 1) Create a biannual plan for the monthly webinars, 2) Generate the initial treatment for the monthly webinar that provides a summary of the idea behind it, 3) Invite speakers that would attract viewership to the webinar and provide depth to the discussions, 4) Draft the main points that should be addressed by the speakers or panelists during the webinar.

JOB DESCRIPTION:  The producer is expected to devote time toward researching human rights conditions in the MENA region and studying the main trends and issues that need to be addressed in the webinar. The producer should also coordinate with and support webinars hosted by other institutions to cultivate creative ideas for Salon Ibn Rushd that would be of added value to the human rights movement. The producer will work with a larger team of programs and CIHRS staff located in multiple countries.

Tasks and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Research, assess, and implement ideas and assess thematic topics for the webinar
  • Prioritize which webinar projects to produce, or individually formulate webinar concepts based on key political dates in the region, human rights celebration dates, etc.
  • Design twice yearly six-month work plans for the webinars to be produced
  • Manage social media updates related to the webinar
  • Moderate the webinar when necessary
  • Plan and manage resources and schedules, ensuring that the entire production stays on schedule and within budget
  • Draft concept notes for webinars
  • Propose and invite speakers to webinars
  • Devise a media plan to advertise and build awareness of the webinars, thereby expanding the outreach or audience of Salon Ibn Rushd
  • Draft press releases about the webinars
  • Prepare media coverage reports on the webinars
  • Commission writers prior to the webinars
  • Pull together all the strands of creative and administrative talent at CIHRS to create a support team
  • Hold regular meetings with CIHRS management to discuss webinar ideas
  • Produces long and short form content to advertiser
  • Manage Zoom, YouTube and Facebook broadcasting of webinars
  • Translation/interpretation
  • Increase audience
  • Provide biannual report with statistical analysis on the performance of the webinars.

Qualifications

  • Degree in Communications /Media Studies /relevant field
  • Work experience in television or film production
  • Thorough understanding of information technology
  • Thorough understanding of multimedia
  • Demonstrated commitment to universal human rights.
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and to be individually motivated and organized.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Experience working remotely and managing own schedule
  • Willingness to take on new and challenging tasks and goals.
  • Languages: excellent command of Arabic is a must.

HOW TO APPLY

All applicants must submit:

  • Updated CV or resume (including details of language skills)
  • Cover letter, containing two references with email and phone contact information
  • Please indicate which position is being applied for in the subject line of the email

Applications should be submitted to:

recruitments@cihrs.org with subject title Salon Ibn Rushd Producer.

Deadline for the receipt of applications: 20 February, 2021

Only applicants who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

CIHRS is committed to ensuring equality and non-discrimination on grounds of sex, race, religion, age, nationality, disability or belief in its hiring process.