Media Monitoring Officer
BBC Media Action Job Description
Title: Media Monitoring Officer
Reports To: Project Manager
Based: Yangon, Myanmar with national travel
Duration: 18 months (full time with fixed term contract)
Context BBC Media Action uses various forms of media and communications to tackle poverty and contribute to long-term change around the world. To achieve this, we partner with civil society, local media and governments to produce creative programmes which inform and engage audiences around key development issues and to strengthen the media sector through building professional capacity.
BBC Media Action is delivering an exciting and challenging new governance project, Myanmar Pyaw Ba (Myanmar Speaks) with funding from the Joint Peace Fund. The project will create a 24-part factual documentary and discussion programme and accompanying digital content that increases public understanding of support for a sustainable, inclusive peace for Myanmar. Sensitive to Myanmar’s ongoing peace process and decades of civil conflict, BBC Media Action content will inform and engage audiences across Myanmar, amplifying the voices of those affected by conflict and building understanding of how the country’s long-running conflicts impact stability and development nationwide.
The Media Monitoring Officer is responsible for mapping and monitoring external media agencies in Myanmar and their media coverage of peace and conflict issues, as part of research, monitoring and evaluation activities of the Myanmar Pyaw Ba project. The post-holder will be responsible for collecting, analysis and reporting on media coverage and trends, to inform both the research and production phases of the project. In the first phase, the post-holder will work within the BBC Media Action research team to scope and map media agencies in Myanmar who are working on peace and conflict. In the second phase of the project the post-holder will work directly with the project and production team to monitor the impact of BBC Media Action programming as reported in other media, and to monitor general reporting and coverage of peace and conflict issues in the country. The post will be based in Yangon with some national travel.
• Responsible for monitoring external media to assess reactions to Myanmar Pyaw Ba programming and coverage of the issues raised by within the program
• Provide regular reports, information and data on media and the general media coverage of peace and conflict issues in Myanmar to inform project activities and objectives
• Undertake ongoing, regular review of news reporting of peace and conflict issues in local media channels (online, print and broadcast).
• Monitor and summarise reports on the formal peace process negotiations, goals and outcomes.
• Monitor and summarise conflict monitoring reports and armed conflict.
• Monitoring of responses in the media of key stakeholders in the peace process, (e.g. the military, president’s office, EAOs).
• Monitor and document incidents and outcomes related to media personnel and laws such as 66D and Article 17
• Provide input based on media monitoring to inform the project conflict sensitivity and risk management processes
• Provide regular feedback and monitoring reports to BBC Media Action project, research and production teams
• Engage and leverage relationships with a range of external media agencies in order to complete the required monitoring activities
Essential skills and experience
• Experience working in monitoring and evaluation and /or in research and data collection
• Report writing experiences (English and Burmese) and a track record of delivering reports on time and to a high standard.
• Experience in data analysis (quantitative or qualitative) • Experience in developing and presenting information to different groups and audiences
• Strong presentation skills
• Ability to plan and conduct work with minimal supervision.
• Track record of delivering to deadlines.
• Strong IT skills, including Excel and Power Point
• Excellent written and fluent spoken English and Burmese
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to engage appropriately with audiences, journalists, local researchers, contractors, senior project staff and donors.
Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience Criteria:
• Understanding of peace and conflict issues in Myanmar.
• Experience of working with media.
• Spoken and written proficiency in one or more ethnic minority languages in Myanmar.
The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job.
Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.
• Influencing and Persuading: Ability to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.
• Managing Relationships: Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Team working.
• Communication: The ability to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.
• Imagination/Creative Thinking: Is able to transform creative ideas/impulses into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.
• Planning and Organising: Is able to think ahead in order to establish an effective and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.
• Resilience: Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
• Flexibility: Adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Is able 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 organisation or job requirements.