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MDI recrute Project Assistant

POSITION:                               Project assistant (Full-time)


TERM:                                     5 Months (01.11.14 – 31.03.15; potential series of 1 year prolongation dependent on donors’ assessment of project progress; subject to 3 month probationary period)

RESPONSIBLE TO:                  Project Coordinator

PROJECT:                                Inclusive Voices for Conflict Prevention and Democracy Building in North Africa: bringing the voices of the Sahara into the public sphere

SALARY:                                  Dependant on skills and experience



To assist with the management and implementation of all aspects of the Inclusive Voices for Conflict Prevention and Democracy Building in North Africa: bringing the voices of the Sahara into the public sphere project, in coordination with UK, regional and local project staff and partner organisations, in accordance with project plans and budget.

PROJECT OVERVIEW: This three years project strives to incorporate the voices of isolated and marginalised local communities all other Sahara to provide more inclusive, accurate information on security, conflict, human rights and development issues. Training, and working with citizen journalists, media leaders, the project will set up an information network across Algeria, Libya, Mali, Mauritania and Morocco. Through the network’s media output and complementary cultivation, and awareness-raising events, the project will enable the opinions of marginalised and isolated communities, and local accurate information, to be heard in the public debate in the decision-making centres of the target countries and beyond. This will serve as a balance and addition – and potentially a corrective – to dominant perceptions of the issues in the Sahara at the centre.

The Project Assistant should provide support for organising training courses for journalists, roundtable debates, cultivation events for media leaders and civil society organisations and networking with media decision makers and professionals, besides administrative and financial management of the local office.


  • To coordinate project activities in collaboration with UK, regional and local staff and partner organisations, in accordance with project plans and budget, to ensure the effective implementation of the project;
  • To coordinate project activities in collaboration with UK and local staff, and local partner organisations to ensure the effective implementation of the project;
  • To be completely familiar with all planned activities, events and publications outlined in the project application;
    • To support the missions of all consultants and trainers working in Morocco on behalf of MDI;
    • To assist in the running of MDI’s Morocco office;
    • To assist with monthly reports to MDI London on expenditure, bank reconciliation and projected income needs;
    • To assist in ensuring all project information and materials are provided for upload to the MDI Arabic and English websites in an accurate and timely fashion;
  • To assist in the organisation and coordination of project activities throughout the country (including events, workshops and meetings)
    • To assist with the French and Arabic-language output and communications of the project by providing translation as required;
    • To encourage and assist with the dissemination of project-generated outputs in both the local and international media;
    • To assist in collecting all articles and reports, both printed and electronic on the project;
    • To assist with the provision of project reports to the Swiss cooperation and UK embassy in Rabat as required, in cooperation with MDI London office;
    • To provide other assistance as may be required in support of the project.


Languages – Fluent Arabic and French required, and ability to communicate clearly in English and Tamazight (written and verbal) is an asset.

Project Assistance Experience – ideally, experience of assisting NGO, media or communication projects is desirable.

Communication – ability to communicate clearly and thoroughly.

Concern for results – a commitment to ensuring project objectives are achieved.

Flexibility – ability to work effectively with a variety of situations, individual and groups. Ablity to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or easily accept changes in one’s own organization or job requirements.

Planning and Organization – able to think ahead, prioritize and plan activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources.

Working under pressure – able to manage personal effectiveness in the face of pressure, set backs or when dealing with provocative situations.

Teamwork and Co-operation – able to work in a co-operative manner with others, to be part of a team working together as opposed to working separately or competitively.


Please submit your CV and a cover letter to

Deadline for applications: 19 October 2014.

Media Diversity Institute

Rabat Office:

Appt 6, Immeuble 406, bd Hassan II Rabat.

Tel: +212 (0) 663004146 | Tel: +212 (0) 537708225 | |

London Office:

Victoria Charity Centre, 11 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7255 2473 | Fax: +44 (0) 20 3163 0265 | |

MDI is registered as a charity in the UK (Charity Name: Media Diversity; Registered No. 1110263)