Freelance journalist or communications expert needed for a booklet project

UniPID, the Finnish University Partnership for International Development, and the FinCEAL project are seeking an experienced freelance journalist or communications expert with an interest in research and development to write and design a booklet about the outcomes and impact of the project.

The purpose of the booklet is to highlight the project’s activities and to portray the impacts of the project on its different stakeholders.

General job description

The preliminary scope of the work is the following:

a) Production and design of a 10-20 page booklet in English and Finnish (including text, images and graphics);

b) Highlight stories from 3 of the project’s workshops and seminars planned for the autumn (these will be organized in October and November);

c) Highlight stories from the project beneficiaries e.g. FinCEAL supported projects, individuals and institutions (a list of these will be provided by the FinCEAL project coordinators; and

d) The work should take place between mid-September and November with the delivery date for the final product being 1st December 2014

Applying for the job

Applicants should possess strong writing, analytical and interview skills as well as experience in layout and design of short publications. Photography skills are considered an asset. Candidates should be able to attend events as well as organize and carry out interviews with researchers in Finland.

Those interested should send a CV with a cover letter and a portfolio to the FinCEAL Project Coordinators (contact information below) along with a salary requirement by 12th September 2014. For questions or enquiries, please contact Melissa Plath (contact information found below).

Decisions regarding the position will be sent out on 19th September 2014.


About FinCEAL – Developing Finnish Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation with Europe, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean Region

FinCEAL is an initiative by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture with the purpose of increasing support for Finnish researchers focusing on Africa and the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The Ministry has mandated UniPID (Finnish University Partnership for International Development) to coordinate the project in 2013 - 2014. The project is seeking to network the Finnish research and science community working with Africa and the LAC region through enhanced communication, and to increase the participation of Finnish experts in important bi-regional processes. FinCEAL focuses especially on supporting thematic research for the two regions; Africa - Food Security, Health, Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Information Society; LAC - ICT for Societal Challenges, Bioeconomy, Biodiversity and Climate Change, Renewable Energy, and Health. The specific objectives of the project are:

· Support and consolidate participation of Finnish researchers and the science policy experts in bi-regional science policy dialogue and processes

· Coordinate and network Finnish researchers and science policy experts working with Africa and the LAC regions.

· Expand awareness of Finnish researchers in both regions; and

· Highlight current Finnish research and scientific cooperation relevant to the regions

Through these objectives, the project brings together both researchers and science policy experts, strengthens the Finnish research capacity, consolidates the global responsibility of the Finnish higher education institutions, and increases the bi-regional interaction in the scientific community and business sectors. The project will provide Finnish Higher Education Institutions and experts with more influence on and funding possibilities for bi-regional research and education cooperation.

Contact Information

Applications should be sent to:

Kajsa Ekroos kajsa.ekroos(a)helsinki.fi and Eva Kagiri eva.m.kagiri(a)jyu.fi

Questions regarding this job should be sent to:

Melissa Plath melissa.a.plath(a)jyu.fi

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