TERMS OF REFERENCE To Train Journalists on Gender-Sensitive Court Reporting

at Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association(EWLA)
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 26, 2021
Category Communication
Social Sciences
Job Type Contract
Currency ETB



The Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) is a non-profit women's advocacy group founded by Ethiopian women lawyers. It began its work in 1996 after being registered in 1995. It has been re-registered as a charitable organization by the Charities and Societies Agency in 2010 as per the Charities and Societies Proclamation. EWLA’s mission is promoting the economic, political, social and legal rights of women and to that end assist them to secure full protection of their rights under the Constitution of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and other international human rights conventions.

Therefore, as part of its mission and vision EWLA is a grantee of USAID Feteh Activity Ethiopia and implementing a six month grant called   Enhancing Women Engagement to Enable Gender Responsive Judicial and Legal Reforms. The General Objective of this grant is to protect women from denial and violation of their rights through initiating for justice and legal reform to ensure laws better reflect women’s protection and enhance access to justice efficiently.  This grant is Implemented in Adama (Oromia region), Bahir Dar (Amhara region), Awassa(SNNPRS), Assosa (Benshangul/Gumuz Region), Gambela (Gambel region), Semera  ( Afar ) , Jijiga ( Somali ) and Addis  Ababa .

EWLA works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, the empowerment of women, and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.  For this purpose, a gender sensitive court reporting training has been prepared for journalists in engaged in the broadcast (TV & Radio) and print media. The training will aim journalists to explore gender equality issues, portrayal, and representation of women in media, the language used in media, and the court reporting expertise.

All these knowledge aspects will be transferred to skills aspects through monitoring media materials, texts, videos, role plays and games/group work. The training will aim all participants to look at stereotypical practices and cultural lenses on gender equality. Accordingly, EWLA would like to hire two consultants to train journalists on gender sensitive court case reporting.

General Objective

Gender must be considered at all levels of news production: from the editorial department where decisions are made about what stories to cover, to the field where stories are gathered. The primary objective of the training is to develop the capacity of Ethiopian journalists to adopt a gender sensitive court reporting language and to raise awareness about gender equality.

Specific Objective

The training will cover gender equality, gender-sensitive language, gender bias and stereotyping in printed, broadcasts (TV & Radio), online and social media content.

  • Ensure that media coverage reflects a holistic and realistic view of people of all genders.
  • Elimination of generalized stereotypical characteristics to people based on gender.
  • Treat all subjects with dignity. Avoid belittling women’s experiences and concerns.
  • Provide adequate context, balance, and analysis of gender.
  • Be sensitive to and avoid any double-standards in the gendered use of images.
  • Utilize effective court reporting methods. (How to adopt/maximize court reporting?”

Scope of Work

The Consultants are expected to lead the assignment, bringing in expertise on gender equality, women’s portrayal in media and gender perspective in news media content and court reporting. The consultant will also ensure that trainings planned under this assignment is in line with the specific needs of the targeted journalists.


  • Prepare agenda and content of the training.
  • Prepare training materials for the training based on agreed outline.
  • Deliver training session.
  • Prepare and assignment report to summarize the training, lessons learnt and recommendations for future steps.

Duration /Timeline

This assignment will take place for a day from the signing of the contract by both parties. The consultant should bring the detail work plan as part of inception report.

Job Requirements

Qualifications and Experiences

  • Consultants should have at least a BA degree in disciplines relevant to the assignment, such as, communication, journalism, Gender studies, Sociology, Community Development, Leadership, or a related field.
  • At least 6 years of work experience in communications and journalism.
  • Experience in conducting trainings on gender equality concepts.
  • Fluency in English and Amharic (written and oral)

Company Legal Requirements: Interested applicants should submit:

  • Valid Certificate of Consultancy Service
  • Valid Trading License
  • Valid Tax Registration Certificate (indicating TIN and VAT Number)
  • Full and accurate physical, postal, telephone and email addresses


Applying Instructions

All interested consultants can apply by presenting the following documents:

  • Letter of Application
  • Comprehensive technical and financial proposal
  • Reference/certificates of good completion proving that the consultants have carried out similar assignments.
  • Updated CVs for the team of consultants

Interested applicants should submit separate technical and financial proposals and other documents in the application procedure section of this TOR in two sealed envelopes through following address

EWLA Head Office Email address:  ewlajobs2020@gmail.com

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