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NEWSLETTER: DECEMBER 2013

THANK YOU TO ALL PARTNERS, DONORS AND MEMBERS

In warm appreciation of our association during the past year, we extend our very best wishes for a happy holiday season – FAIR Board and staff

INVESTIGATING CONGO CRISIS

M23 leader reveals how the Kinshasa regime okayed a robbery to steal $5million from American gold smugglers … By Richard Mgamba – published by FAIR with support from Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) … It was seven days before Christmas eve, the period in which Christians all over the world are busy with shopping and planning for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.  But to me it was the day I lunched with M23 rebels’ top commander, General Sultan Emanuel Makenga. His resume included three different wars in three different countries (Uganda, Rwanda and Congo) but still, as he told me, he was willing to fight till his last blood.  Why, I wondered, and what was driving the engine behind this conflict? Who was paying the piper? What were the source of arms and ideologies?  Download the pdf version here

GRANT STORIES PUBLISHED ONLINE

The big question: Can war on terror respect human rights?
By Patrick Mayoyo, Daily Nation, 26 November 2013.

Kenya – and indeed the whole of East Africa -today finds itself smack in the middle of that tricky position of balancing the war on terror and respect of human rights. Its geo-political position in the region means it is an attractive place to set up proxy detention sites where terrorism suspects are interrogated before being transferred to secret prisons.

Nigeria: A difficult place to be a widow
By Rose Nwaebuni, the Africa Report, 27 November 2013

The rights of women in Nigeria, where they are more often than not seen as part of their husbands’ estate and written wills are frowned upon, take a turn for the worse upon the death of their spouses.

Ivory poaching in Mozambique
Le Monde diplomatique, Exclusive, By Hongxiang Huang and Estacio Valoi, 28 November 2013

Conservationists say that blood money from ivory trafficking was used to fuel tensions in the run-up to elections in Mozambique. Municipal elections were held in late November 2013 and presidential, parliamentary and regional assembly elections will be held on October 15 next  year. Violent flare-ups between the ruling party Frelimo and the opposition Renamo in recent months have led to fears that the civil war  which ravaged Mozambique from 1975 to 1992 may be rekindled.

FAIR MEMBER STORIES

A Pilgrimage to Mandela House in Soweto
By Theophilus Abbah, Daily Trust, 8 Dec 2013

As I departed the museum I learnt a lesson: Mandela was human. He was not born in an extraordinary manner; his early days were not different from those of children born in his generation; he didn’t enjoy any form of preferential treatment. He chose pains against pleasure. He was not afraid of death. He ruled over himself and became a hero, not only in South Africa, but in the world. At the announcement of his death last Thursday, one verse in the Bible that depicts his life rang a bell in my head. It is a verse from a letter written by Apostle Paul to Timothy in 2 Timoth 4:7. It says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.”

The European Commission’s problem with the truth on Angola
By Rafael Marques De Morais, Maka Angola, 9 Dec 2013

On November 19, the president of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Barroso, instructed the European Union (E.U.) High Representative and vice-president of the Commission, Baroness Catherine Ashton, to respond on his behalf to queries on the detention of Angolan activist Nito Alves, a minor, and the charges brought
against him. Mr. Barroso is a very well known and controversial figure in Angola, for his promotion of the first peace agreement in the country, in 1991, signed between President José Eduardo dos Santos, and his nemesis, the late rebel leader Jonas Savimbi.

Who will save Kenyans from guns and grenades?
By Kipchumba Some, The Standard (Kenya), 14 Dec 2013

From Mombasa to Mandera, Marsabit, West Pokot, Turkana Busia, Kisumu, Bungoma and Nairobi counties, crime is fast becoming a way of life to a section of Kenyans. At the Coast, especially in Mombasa, what is increasingly looking like religious extremism is taking root among the youth as evidenced by hostile takeovers.

Kimberley’s Illicit Process
By Khadija Sharife and John Grobler, World Policy Institute, From the Winter Issue “Faceoff: China/India”

Somewhere between Africa’s diamond mines and the dazzling diamond bazaars of Dubai and Antwerp, a Belgian company called Omega Diamonds has constructed a financial triangular trade, where at least $3.5 billion worth of diamond profits simply vanished between 2001 and 2008. And, if Belgian investigators are to be believed, there was little anyone could do about it. Not only did Dubai authorities deliberately turn a blind eye to questionable corporate practices of tax evasion and systematic under-invoicing—“tax optimization” being the preferred term—but the Dubai Multi-Commodities Center (DMCC) leadership appears to have actively blocked investigation by other governments. Instead of being busted and black-balled from the
industry, Omega Diamonds, owned by two of the largest industry players, was handed a get-out-of-jail-free card.

2013 PROGRESS REPORT TO SIDA ON THE AFRICAN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM GRANTS FUND

FAIR funded over 80 grantees across various themes, ranging from small grants to larger themes such as China-Africa, Land Grabbing, War on Terror, Women and Violence, Ecological and Illicit Activities. The grant process is ongoing and we estimate over 100 grantees by end 2013. Publications included Le Monde Diplomatique, Africa Report, New African, Mail & Guardian among others, penetrating pan-African and international media houses and distribution. We aimed for online
publication to facilitate wide-scale access to investigations, catalyzing the use of social media as well as civil society groups, but recognizing weight of print, also placed key stories in media houses with large reach. 

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE

VACANCIES AT FAIR

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Title: FAIR Office Administrator
Start date: 30 January 2014
Deadline: 30 December 2013

FAIR seeks to appoint an Office Administrator who will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The position is for a 12 month period, renewable at Board discretion.

Duties will include:

• Attend to administrative tasks at the FAIR office;
• Answer telephone calls, maintain fax line and internet connections;
• Update the FAIR members database in Excel and online;
• Maintain an office filing system for HR and financial records;
• Circulate news and headlines to subscribers on FAIR email lists;
• Respond to information requests and queries from members, partners and journalists;
• Prepare materials and manage logistics at FAIR conferences and events;
• Ensure timely payment of membership fees;
• Assist with preparation for annual financial audits and project reports.

The successful candidate will:

• Have at least 2-3 years work experience in an office environment;
• Be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint;
• Demonstrate knowledge of email and internet applications;
• Be able to work during 9am to 5pm on weekdays.

To apply, send a cover letter with CV attached, by email to the Secretary General: wkabukuru@gmail.com

Closing date: 31 December 2013

COMMISSIONING EDITOR
Title: Pan-African Investigations Editor
Start date: 30 January 2014
Deadline: 30 December 2013

Open to: Journalists born or working for African media outlets, or residing on the continent.

Job Purpose: To coordinate news operations, obtain well-researched,incisive and ground-breaking articles on developments and current affairs and ensure written copy meets high editorial standards and ticks all the boxes on professional ethics, completeness, fairness and balance.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The prospective job holder must have:

• Solid understanding of Africa’s dynamic contemporary development trends, including on trade, extractive, and financial sectors; and, high-impact political decisions plus associated discourses shaping the continent’s future.
• A track record in in-depth reporting on or editing investigative stories and demonstrated evidence of knowledge and contextual understanding of vast topical issues.
• Excellent command of the English language, both written and spoken. Knowledge of French language will be an added advantage.
• Demonstrable skills and preparedness to work from a virtual office;
• The flexibility to travel frequently and at short notice;
• Experience in marketing copy to editors, news outlets and other organisations in a highly dynamic and competitive environment of news sourcing and supply. The job holder must have vast contacts in both pan-African and international media; and
• A track record, supported by references, in managing or reporting on the management of, donor funds plus thorough grounding in the legal, ethical and financial oversight requirements of this duty.

RESPONSIBILITIES

You will:

• Oversee a pan-African programme of investigative journalism projects;
• Liaise with other professional media organizations to market/disseminate commissioned stories
• Monitor the implementation of the grant project and demand from grantees outputs within signed deadlines.
• Enforce compliance with grant guidelines/conditions and promptly
update supervisor(s) on identified anomalies.
• Co-operate with and assist in evaluating the impact of the project, including producing full, detailed reports as and when required.
• Assess political, social and economic trends and anticipates likely developments for coverage
• Brief grantees/journalists, gets debriefing, and makes final judgment call on story angles
• Mentor and guide journalists/writers on cutting edge news reporting
• Ensure that grantees/journalists deliver quality content within deadline.
• Edit stories to ensure they meet editorial standards and journalistic ethics across news platforms and regions
• Supervise other editors and ensure that their gate-keeping produces highest quality stories
• Adhere to and enforce zero tolerance on deadlines
• Customer Service:  Maximum 48-hour turn-around for resolution of complaints

OTHER QUALITIES

You will be:

• Committed to FAIR’s vision of promoting investigative journalism as an aspect of development rather than a simple exposé of wrongdoing;
• An excellent communicator in organizational as well as journalistic contexts;
• A strong, conscientious manager and team worker; you are the link between FAIR and its grant recipients and must be able to keep both parties well informed and collaborating effectively;
• A flexible personality adaptable to working with journalist colleagues in widely varied cultural, newsroom across Africa; and
• Commitment to FAIR members’ to excel, both at work and personally.

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS

• Hold at least a first University degree and/or professional qualification in journalism or related media studies.
• At least three years working experience in a busy newsroom and a reputable media outlet
• Strong writing and editing skills

To apply, send a cover letter with CV attached, by email to the Secretary General: wkabukuru@gmail.com

Closing date: 31 December 2013

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Title: FAIR Executive Director
Start date: 30 January 2014
Deadline: 30 December 2013

FAIR seeks to appoint an Executive Director who will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The position is for a 12 month period, renewable annually after performance reviews and Board approval.

General duties will include:

• Focus on strategic organisational leadership;
• Manage project and operational budgets;
• Implement policy of the Board, AGM and donors;
• Build relations with stakeholders and media partners;
• Represent FAIR in public forums, events, conferences;
• Raise funds together with Board members;
• Oversee staff and operational issues.

Specific tasks:

Governance and oversight
• Develop and implement a business plan with operational budget for two years;
• Manage staff effectively and monitor staff performance as per Board instruction;
• Ensure quality and timely submission of accounting reports for annual audit;
• Compile reports from Projects, and present for quarterly Board -
meetings and the yearly Annual General Meeting (AGM);
• Supervise assets and other resources owned by the organization;

Fundraising
• Develop strategies, policies and protocols
• Raise funds strictly on the basis of FAIR’s mission, objectives and annual reports;
• Engage with a wide range of funding agencies to find and implement new partnerships;
• Decrease dependency on two existing donors, develop two other
partnerships into full funding relationships and find an additional donor.

Sustainability
• Marketing of journalists’ and FAIR work to generate income for both;
• Membership drive to raise awareness amongst African journalists;
• Increase paid subscribers to 15 new members per quarter.

Board Reporting and AGM
• Submit budgets, cash flow statements, annual audits, statements and other reports;
• Ensure at least 4 Board meetings and one AGM are held annually, in
compliance with the • FAIR Constitution;
• Oversee and ensure legality of the yearly election, at the AGM, of a new FAIR Board.

Conferences
• Efficient organization of a yearly pan-African IJ conference in accordance with FAIR objectives, mission and Board and AGM directives;
• Manage annual regional conferences and prepare delegations for Global IJ Conference.

The successful candidate will:
• Hold a University Degree in Journalism or related field;
• Have 6-8 years work experience on investigative journalism and/or project management;
• Show proficiency in using Skype, Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Excel and Power-point;
• Demonstrate advanced knowledge of social media, email and Internet applications;
• Be able to work during 9am to 5pm on weekdays and after hours where necessary;
• Be self driven and work with little supervision from the Board;
• Have an established network of media contacts in Africa;
• Show proven financial literacy.

To apply, send a cover letter with CV attached, by email to the Secretary General: wkabukuru@gmail.com

Closing date: 31 December 2013

CONTACT FAIR

Office: 4th floor Mentone Media Centre, 1 Park Road, Richmond, 2092, South Africa.
Telephone: +2711 482 8493
Fax: +2711 482 7208
Email: admin@fairreporters.org
Website: www.fairreporters.org

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