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Physical Security Trainer, Journalist Security Network


International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)

Position Title:   Physical Security Trainer, Journalist Security Network

Program:             Regional Journalist Security Network Program

Division:              Media, Technology and Civil Society Division

Reports to:                         Hub Manager

Position location:            Tbilisi, Georgia

Position duration:           11 months

Applicant Requirements:             Citizen of Georgia, English and Russian language proficiency       

Application deadline: June 7, 2013      


About IREX:

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development.

Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of $50 million and a staff of over 400 professionals worldwide.  IREX and its partner IREX Europe deliver crosscutting programs and consulting expertise in more than 50 countries.

The Regional Journalist Security Network Program seeks to enable journalists working in difficult environments to continue to do so as safely and securely as possible. This objective will be accomplished through the establishment of three regional security training hubs for journalists – El Salvador for Latin America, Kenya for Africa, and Georgia for Eurasia.

Summary of Position:

The Physical Security Trainer, under the supervision of the Hub Manager, will be contracted part-time for an 11-month period to prepare and deliver physical security trainings and workshops to journalists based in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. This position is open to Georgian nationals.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Description of Responsibilities:

- In coordination with the Hub Manager and Master Trainers prepare regionally appropriate trainings and workshop curriculum for journalists based in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus;

- Ensure holistic approach and coordination with the Digital Security Trainer;

- Deliver trainings promoting physical safety to journalists including: threat assessment;  situational awareness, personal safety and sexual assault avoidance; risk reduction; hostile environments including civil unrest and combat; emergency first aid; travel safety (accidents, roadblocks, etc.); and surveillance detection;

- Conduct ongoing monitoring and evaluation of trainings and materials to address any deficiencies and identify trainings to be added in order to monitor training quality and implementation;

- Mentor additional trainers in physical security strategies for journalists;

- Monitor 24/7 emergency assistance hotline to journalists.


- Substantial experience working in high-risk environments or emergency situations

- Training in military, guerrilla, law enforcement or emergency first-aid operations.

- Experience in training individuals in security or emergency protocols, experiences with media and/or journalists preferred


Applicants should apply through the IREX website -







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