Call for external consultants to conduct an online session on 'Civil Society and Media'

  • Development
  • Anywhere
Country: Jordan
Organization: IM – Swedish Development Partner
Closing date: 14 Nov 2020

Terms of Reference

Civil society and Media


IM is a Swedish NGO committed to empowering civil society, catalysing profound societal change towards equality and democracy, as a feminist and anti-racist change agent. We base our work on a rights-based approach and we work with Social Inclusion, Economic Inclusion, Capacity of Civil Society, and Enabling Space for Civil Society.

IM sees and reacts to injustice in the world. Our primary mission is to fight poverty and exclusion and contribute to lasting change for individuals in particularly vulnerable situations. We do this through social and economic inclusion and by giving the right holders the opportunity to raise their voices. We believe a strong civil presence is the key for a democratic society. All projects are implemented in close collaboration with local partner organisations.**

IM has been working in the Middle East since the late 1960s in the area of intellectual disability. At present IM Middle East works with partners in Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon to achieve 4 priorities; Social Inclusion, Economic Inclusion, Ensured Civic Space, and Strong Civil society.

In Jordan, the main target groups of IM’s work are young women, persons with disabilities, and civil society organizations.

Rationale and purpose

IM intends to recruit an external consultant to conduct an online session on ‘Civil Society and Media’ as part of its work on Strengthened Civil Society; This session comes with special focus on the relation in between media and the civil society and whether media is considered an enemy or ally of the Jordanian civil society, especially after having been identified as one of the main sectors affecting an enabling or a shrinking space for the Jordanian civil society. The purpose of this session is to highlight the importance of continuous and transparent communication in between Media and the Civil society, and how media can be utilized as a platform for enhanced advocacy work.


  • Enhance partner organizations’ understanding of the role of Media in leveraging their work

  • Contribute to increased transparent communication in between the civil society and media

Learning Outcomes:

  • Partner Organizations understand the role of media and diversity of existing media platforms

  • Partner organizations understand the importance of continuous and up to date communication with media

  • Partner organizations start including media in their strategic and programmatic planning and implementation


  • Introductory reading material on the role of media in supporting the work of the civil society, and enhance the public image of civil work

  • Design a template for an action plan on how to correspond with media

  • Prepare a mock case on how to map relevant media stakeholders for an organization, how to approach them strategically, and how this communication contributes to leveraging the work of the civil society

  • Report on session’s findings and recommendations for next steps

Date and location:

This session is a one-time activity and will be held online for a period in between 2-3 hours in between November and December, the final date and time will be agreed on when signing the contract within the mentioned period.


Participants will be IM Partners which include but not limited to, Civil Society Organizations, Volunteers, Rights Holders, and Stakeholders from Jordan and Palestine.

Consultant’s Required Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in the Development sector, capacity building programs, journalism; and have in depth knowledge of the context in Jordan
  • Experience in participatory and interactive online training and learning techniques
  • Experience in civil society’s challenges on local, regional, and global levels
  • A working Knowledge of human rights and Media
  • Fluency in Arabic is a must
  • Excellent presentation and report writing skills

How to apply:


Interested candidates must submit the following to no later than 14/11/2020.

  • CV

  • Cover Letter

  • Proposal including methodology

  • Financial Proposal

Applications lacking one or more of the requested documents will not be screened.