• Training aims to enhance the visual identity of the East African integration process
East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, 28 June 2012: The EAC Secretariat in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) will conduct its first Master Class Photographers Training from 24-26 July 2012 in Arusha, Tanzania. The workshop heralds a comprehensive capacity development programme for photographers in the East African region.
“The Master Class Training is aimed at enhancing photographer’s professional skills required to capture quality pictures for improved coverage of EAC, raising awareness and improving knowledge of integration topics,” according to Owora Richard Othieno, EAC Head of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs.
“We attach great importance to the role photography plays in promoting awareness, discourse and involvement of the broad range of stakeholders in the East African regional integration process.
“Indeed, as the regional integration process intensifies, it is imperative to use photographs to convey integration messages, capture unique moments and culture of our people to create change and inspiration on the whole integration concept. This training will definitely enhance the visual identity of the East African integration and the GIZ support to it is very timely and commendable,” asserts the EAC Communication Chief.
The training will bring together 10 senior to middle-level photographers, two from each Partner State, working for newspapers, magazines, online publications and news agencies. The training will also offer the participants opportunities to network with their professional colleagues in the region.
The communication strategy of the EAC aims to create awareness among stakeholders and key audiences on the benefits of the integration process and the role they can play in it. It analyses the current situation, sets goals, defines players and target groups and shows the way forward on how to strengthen communication. Photography is acknowledged as being an important tool to achieve the goals of the communication strategy and a workshop was held in Arusha to draft a visual concept for the EAC.
The EAC and GIZ have embarked on capacity development for professional photographers from East Africa in order to further develop, disseminate and to put into realization the visual EAC identity.
GIZ is committed to assist EAC to increase its visibility and objectives in the regional integration.
Entry Criteria for Master Class Photographers Training
The possible candidate should possess the following minimum qualifications:
A minimum of three years professional photographic experience
Employed or regularly contributes for media in any of the EAC Partner States
Must be citizens of any of the EAC Partner States
Candidates must possess own professional camera/equipment
Photographers from EAC bodies/institutions are encouraged to apply
Should be proficient in English. Knowledge of Kiswahili will be an added advantage
Gender balance will be considered among criteria for selection. Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
The Master Class Training Programme will include a subsequent practical training in the participants’ home countries – travelling with the Master Trainer to each of the EAC Partner States for photo-shooting (approximately two days in each country).
The successful participants will be evaluated and awarded certificates.
Interested candidates should submit three authentic photographic works (preferably with an EAC angle but not necessary), a letter of motivation not exceeding 100 words and Curriculum Vitae.
The application deadline is 6 July 2012. The shortlisting and decision for admission to the training programme will be done by GIZ.
Applicants should route their requests through their employers (if applicable) and forward the application letters and the CV (by email only) to Hedwig Crusius email@example.com and copied to Mr. Owora Richard Othieno: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
A sample of photographic work shall be provided online (e.g. https://www.dropbox.com/). Please send a link and access password together with your application mail to Hedwig Crusius firstname.lastname@example.org and copied to Mr. Owora Richard Othieno: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Employers of successful candidates are requested to take over or contribute to the international travel costs to and from Arusha. If the employing agency is not able to contribute, GIZ is—upon request by the EAC Secretariat—to provide return tickets to Arusha from the nearest international airport in the respective home country.
A subsistence allowance to cover food and accommodation for successful participants will be borne by Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
ADDITONAL INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS/EDITORS
EAC and the Media
The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organization of the Republics of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Burundi with its Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
The EAC's vision is a prosperous, competitive, secure, stable and politically united East Africa; and the Mission is to widen and deepen economic, political, social and culture integration in order to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa. The EAC aims at widening and deepening cooperation among the Partner States in, among others, political, economic and social fields for their mutual benefit.
With a population of over 130 million and growing, media play a critical role in communicating EAC and bringing out the news to the world. While every EAC citizen has the ability to spread the message of East African integration, not all citizens have the luxury the media has--the access to be in regional frontline of happenings. The people of EAC continue to depend on the media’s curiosity, persistence and integrity to communicate the message and spirit of East African integration. As such, the media should continue to enhance the quality and professionalism of reporting.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
In the spirit of partnership, GIZ supports people and societies in developing, transition and industrialized countries in shaping their own futures and improving living conditions. Established on 1 January 2011, it brings together under one roof the long-standing expertise of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) GmbH (German Development Service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German Technical Cooperation) and InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany. As a federally owned enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ is also engaged in international education work around the globe.
GIZ operates in more than 130 countries worldwide. In Germany it maintains its presence in nearly all the Federal States with registered offices in Bonn and Eschborn. GIZ employs approximately 17,000 staff members worldwide, more than 60 % of whom are local personnel.
For more information please contact: Owora Richard Othieno, Head of Department; Corporate Communications and Public Affairs; Tel: +255 784 835021; Email: email@example.com