Start-date: 1 April 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter 

Location: Remote, with preference for CET time zone 

Hours: Full-time 100% (80% is also a possibility) 

Deadline for application: 28 February 2021 

The New Humanitarian puts independent journalism at the service of the millions of people affected by humanitarian crises. Our journalists report from the frontlines of conflicts and disasters in some 70 hotspots around the world to drive more effective prevention of and response to crises. Our on-the-ground reporting and expert analysis inform policy-makers and practitioners, amplify the voices of those at the heart of crises, and act as a watchdog to hold the aid sector accountable.

While the COVID-19 pandemic posed an existential threat to many newsrooms, The New Humanitarian is surviving the crisis with minimal disruption – thanks to our agility and nimbleness; our diversified funding; and our decentralised structure. If anything, we are emerging from it stronger, thanks to an increased recognition from both readers and donors of the importance of reliable information about crises. 

Over the past five years, since our spin-off from the United Nations in 2015, we have established ourselves as the only newsroom worldwide specialised in covering humanitarian crises; constituted a legal entity with an independent board of directors; raised millions of dollars in funding; rebranded from IRIN to The New Humanitarian; sharpened our editorial voice under the leadership of a new Executive Editor from the New York Times; launched an investigations unit and a podcast; begun a membership programme, which has attracted hundreds of paying readers; and put our work on the map in fora like TEDx and the World Economic Forum.

Our small, passionate, impact-oriented team is working at the nexus of some of the world’s most interesting challenges, with a vision to produce the world’s best journalism about the world’s toughest crises, setting the agenda in the interest of those most affected. 

About the role 

TNH’s first podcast producer will take over the production of TNH’s pilot podcast series, grow the podcast’s production value and reach, and strategise about longer-term podcasting potential for The New Humanitarian. 

The Rethinking Humanitarianism podcast seeks to explore the future of humanitarian aid at a time of unprecedented global need and transformative global events.

In Season 1, topics have varied from the impact of COVID-19, to decolonising aid, to new financing models, to reform of the UN. Guests have ranged from heads of aid agencies to senior diplomats to field workers to government donors. 

As one of the only podcasts about humanitarian issues, it has emerged as a key platform in which to discuss improved ways of working in the aid sector, setting the agenda for the humanitarianism of the future.

Initially intended as a 10-part series, produced in collaboration with the Centre for Global Development, the biweekly podcast has seen such resounding success that we would like to turn it into a long-term venture, to now be produced “in-house” at The New Humanitarian.

You will work closely with the host, TNH’s Director Heba Aly, and be responsible for conceptual work, research and coordination, script-writing and editing of the podcast – in other words: production from A to Z. 

We are also exploring the potential for new TNH podcasts – including an innovations podcast on “What Works” in the sector; a podcast with narrative, character-driven audio story-telling from the field; and a podcast in which we delve into our reporters’ notebooks. You will be key in creating a vision for these podcasts and working with our editors to make them a reality. 

What we’re looking for 

We are looking for someone who is an avid podcast listener, interested in the latest trends in the podcasting industry, and passionate about audio story-telling. 

You should have extremely high standards and ambitions – you’ll be working with a demanding host! – and take interest in both the conceptual and production sides of podcasting. 

You should have strong attention to detail and a desire to continually innovate. You need to be organised and an excellent external representation of the brand in your engagement with high-level guests. 

We seek someone with an understanding of the news media and experience working in agile start-ups; and especially welcome candidates who reflect the diverse communities our journalism serves. 

As with all staff at The New Humanitarian, you need to be versatile, flexible to evolving demands of the role, and interested in learning new skills quickly. 

You must also be aligned with our organisational values:  

  • Commitment 
  • Humility 
  • Candour & Transparency
  • Constructiveness
  • Diversity 

Skills and competencies 

  • Experience working in radio, television or podcasting as a producer or in a related role 
  • Experience liaising with high-level guests 
  • Strong editing skills, including using Adobe Audition
  • Excelling writing skills 

The following are considered assets:

  • Understanding of humanitarian sector
  • Strong networks within international humanitarian circles 
  • Fluency in different languages 

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Stay abreast of news and developments in the sphere of aid policy 
  • Research potential episode topics and guests 
  • Conceptualise episode structure with host(s) 
  • Reach out to guests, coordinate schedules 
  • Identify and edit relevant clips 
  • Write episode scripts 
  • Edit audio files to broadcast-ready quality 
  • Review and edit transcript of recording 
  • Draft episode story page on the website 
  • Promote episode on social media 
  • Suggest ways to continually improve the podcast
  • Strategise ways to further develop TNH’s podcast offering

About The New Humanitarian 

Founded in 1995 by the United Nations as “IRIN News”, as a result of the humanitarian information gap exposed by the Rwandan genocide, The New Humanitarian spun off in 2015 to become an independent non-profit media organisation, now headquartered in Switzerland. 

Some 375,000 government officials, UN and NGO representatives, journalists, academics and wider audiences interested in understanding crises visit our website every month; 57,000 subscribe to our email newsletter; thousands have downloaded our new podcast, and millions more access our work through social media and republication/citation in mainstream media (BBC, Associated Press, New York Times) and regional media in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Our journalism has prompted investigations into misconduct, changes in UN policy, and new aid programmes; it has inspired public petitions, donations, and charity telethons; and it has been used as evidence before the International Criminal Court and the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee. 

Amid an unprecedented number of simultaneous crises around the world and a media industry in financial crisis, our informed and independent lens is more needed than ever. Our reporting tackles many of the key issues of our time, from migration to climate change, from the war in Syria to COVID-19, from a multi-billion-dollar aid industry in the midst of soul-searching to emerging forms of solidarity. 

Our value proposition has become even stronger now that Europe has experienced an influx of refugees; climate change is resonating in the public’s consciousness; and the new coronavirus has spread around the world. We believe readers will increasingly seek out the kind of content we produce. This is a unique opportunity to work for one of the few non-profit media covering international affairs who have thrived at a time when most media are struggling. 

Our $2.5 million USD budget is mostly funded by a mix of governments and foundations. 

We are registered in the canton of Geneva as a non-profit association under Swiss law. 

Find our latest annual report here.  

To apply 

Send your CV, along with a cover letter explaining why you want to work with us, to [email protected] with the subject line: Podcast Producer. Include any ideas you have about how TNH can evolve its podcast offering (on a relatively small budget) moving forward. 

The recruitment process will involve a performance exercise in which we ask you to plan an episode with our hosts; and edit raw audio into a final broadcast-ready product. 

Deadline for application: 28 February 2021 

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