Oxfam: Researcher/ Storyteller

Researcher/ Storyteller

Country    Occupied Palestinian Territory
Place of appointment (city)    West Bank, Area C (South Hebron, North Jordan Valley and E1)
Length of contract    20 work days (November)
Begins    October 2016

Partner Organizations

The project “Integrated Protection in Area C: Enhancing the Resilience of Communities to Violations of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law” in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, West Bank, Area C (South Hebron, North Jordan Valley and E1) is financed by la Direction générale de la Coopération au Développement (DGD) and implemented in close collaboration with Bimkom, Yesh Din and Land Research Center (LRC). 

Context of the position

As part of the planned communication activities of the above-mentioned project, Oxfam will produce a web-documentary showing the impact of the Israeli policies on the lives of Bedouins living in Area C by telling the stories of people facing settler violence, forcible displacement, violations by Israeli authorities and who live under demolition orders with little to no access to basic services (health, education, electricity, water, sanitation). 
The web documentary will feature the daily struggle of the Bedouins in Area C to resist relocation, show what life is like while living under looming demolition orders and provide a compelling product for the general public to understand the policy complexities of the separation policy through a combination of first person accounts (short films, audio interviews, photo essays) and factual information. 
The web documentary will be linked to a social media campaign to stop demolitions in the West Bank and its launch will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation in 2017.

Description of the position

Under the direct supervision of the Oxfam Communication Advisor and in close collaboration with Oxfam Media and Communications Lead, field staff in OPTI and  project partners (Yesh Din, Bimkom, Land Research Center (LRC), Palestinian Livestock Development Center (PLDC), the Journalist/Researcher will perform the following tasks: 

1-     Research by reading reports, establishing contact and interviewing staff and partners and travelling in communities to identify eight individual stories of compelling characters who accept to be filmed, photographed or to be audio interviewed. Record audio pre-interviews if possible (recording equipment and transport supplied by Oxfam).

Characters should be Bedouins living in communities targeted by the DGD project in Area C (E1, South Hebron, North Jordan Valley) and representing a diversity of gender and age groups, with a special focus on youth and women. The stories should represent the vast array of difficult conditions and obstacles facing the Bedouins living in Area C – Settler violence, violations by Israeli authorities, forcible displacement, living under demolition orders, having little to no access to basic services (health, education, electricity, water, sanitation) and the complexity of the issues Oxfam campaigns on in simple and compelling way.
2-    Write a research report which include summaries of the stories, character’s profile, contact details. 

3-    Plan and book the filming days.

4-    Accompany the filmmaker during the filming days, providing guidance, assistance  and translation as needed.

Time frame: November (20 work days)


STATUS    Jerusalem Identification.
EDUCATION    University degree in Communications, Journalism or any other relevant field.
WORK EXPERIENCE    At least three (3) years of relevant experience as a print or television journalist/ fixer/ producer in OPTI or similar context.

SPECIFIC SKILLS FOR THIS POSITION    • Demonstrated capacity to conduct interviews and identify compelling stories. 
•Excellent story-telling skills
• Professional autonomy, proactive and capacity to establish contacts
• Intercultural skills
• Excellent oral and written communication
LANGUAGE (S) OF WORK    Fluent spoken and written English and Arabic
QUALITIES    • Adherence to the mission and values of Oxfam, including the promotion of equality between women and men
• Diplomacy and good judgment
• Autonomy and initiative
• Professionalism
• Ability to work under pressure


Salary negotiable    

How to apply

Qualified candidates can send their CV, a brief cover letter and their expected fee to Roslyn.boatman@oxfamnovib.nl by no later than 1 November 2016.