Position Title: Radio Station Manager, YMCA Youth Peace Radio

 

Employer:                  YMCA of Liberia

 

Duty Station:             Gbarnga, Bong County

 

Post Duration:           1 year, but renewable based on satisfactory performance and   availability of funds.

Supervisor:                County Coordinator, Bong County YMCA

Hours:                        Full Time (100% of time required)

Annual Salary:          Based on experience and qualification for the assigned task

           

1.0 Background and Operational Context:

The YMCA is a nonprofit organization that has been in existence since 1881. YMCA programs are mainly geared towards developing young people in the areas of spirit, mind and body. To this target, the YMCA implements programs of youth leadership development, peace building and civic education, health promotion, livelihoods, entrepreneurship training, education and life skills, among others.

The YMCA Youth Peace Radio in Gbarnga got restarted in September 2020 as a central part of the Civil Peace Service Program supported by Bread for the World. The station is the core part of our conflict-sensitive communication with communities in Bong County. We invest into guidance, organization, equipment and capacity building so that our young people become agents of change and form a new group of leaders in the media landscape of Bong County and the country in general.

Position Purpose

The YMCA is seeking to recruit a competent and qualified Station Manager for its Youth Peace Radio in Bong County. He/She will report directly to the County Coordinator of Bong County on the entire operations of the radio station while working closely with the YMCA Civil Peace Service Program Coordinator to oversee all of the station’s activities. He/She will provide thorough leadership and strategic advice to the National Secretariat from time to time on all station activities, manage the station’s operational efficiency, manage the team, and guide program implementation. The Radio Station Manager is also expected to provide quarterly reports on all activities and provide strong oversight on all financial activities.

The main actors are young people. Therefore, the station manager should be highly committed to this approach. He/She is expected to provide expertise in radio journalism, interest in peacebuilding, and knowledge in conflict- and gender sensitivity, showing passion for empowering young people, guiding them without dominating them.

2.0 Job Description:

The Station Manager will serve as the Team Leader and key YMCA focal person at the Youth Peace Radio station.  He/She manages activities of the radio station, support resource mobilization, works closely with all stakeholders and provides communications support for the implementation of YMCA’s activities in the Local Branch, linking the radio station with other YMCA activities in the branch and the country at large.

His/Her task is the ongoing development of a Youth Peace Radio as a peacebuilding instrument in Bong County by involving young people, impacting peers and communities to promote non-violence and build a positive peace.

3.0 Main Responsibilities of the Radio Station Manager shall include the following:

  • Manage daily operations of the radio and its up keep
  • Serves as the final approval to all programs and ensure that contents are in line with the YMCA CPS peacebuilding approaches.
  • Create a safe space for young people to learn and develop in becoming peace journalists.
  • Engage in partnering with other NGOs in the county, cooperate with CPS partners in the network and relevant institutions.
  • Maintain up-to-date personnel, Financial and operational information of the station
  • Responsible for work planning and progress reports, specifically to the CPS program team.
  • Ensure quality control in programs and broadcast to reach more young people and community with credible and behavior change programs
  • Serve as the focal person and linkage between the radio station and the county/national for efficient operations in line with YMCA’s standards for timeliness and quality
  • Ensure coordination and monitor all sections of the radio station through effective communications and leadership
  • Manage staff/volunteers and create an enabling atmosphere for supervisees to properly function while maintaining oversight
  • Design a sustainability strategy and create effective methods to engage community entities in support of the station over the long run
  • Engage in strong partnership, networking for effective resource mobilization effort

4.0 Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or post-secondary degree in Communications, with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in radio station management or a senior role at a reputable media institution.
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Experience working with community-based organizations, elders, youth, private sector entities, and other local entities.
  • Ability to verbally communicate in an engaging manner and write clearly and concisely
  • Ability to build effective relationships with all clients, peers, and stakeholders
  • Ability to work within a cross cultural setting with tolerance and respect, and negotiate diplomatically,
  • Ability to liaise closely with other staff and then provide leadership to on-the-air staff and work teams;
  • Experience as an engaging and effective trainer
  • Proactive and creative, get the job done spirit;
  • Ability to work hands-on, independently, and within team under pressure and in difficult work environment
  • Excellent written English and ability to write reports
  • Willingness to travel to other Branches of the YMCA of Liberia

5.0 Reporting and Organizational Relationships:

This position is located in Gbarnga, Bong County, Liberia and reports to the County Coordinator, Bong County YMCA in consultation with the Civil Peace Service Program Coordinator.

 

Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, CV with names and contact information of 3 references (cell contact numbers and email addresses) as well as copies of relevant documents to ascertain education/qualification. The submission of the requested documents should be sent to:

The Recruitment Committee

C/O Human Resource Section

YMCA of Liberia

126 Broad Street, Crown Hill

Monrovia

Applications can be dropped at the YMCA National Headquarters on Broad Street, The Gbarnga YMCA Youth Center on Ganta Highway, Gbarnga and can also be emailed to application@ymca.org.lr

Deadline for application is the 21st. of February at close of official business. Late applications or Applications which do not meet the specified minimum requirements will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and qualified females are highly encouraged to apply.

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