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Call for Expressions of Interest
Media Experts in the Western Balkans

On behalf of the European Commission, the Goethe-Institut has assumed management of the programme “Innovation.Media.Minds” implemented in collaboration with the Deutsche Welle Akademie. The programme aims towards a realistic reform of public service media in the Western Balkan countries, notably by introducing new collaborative approaches and innovative tools for quality production and audience engagement.

The programme will work with Public Service Media (PSM) entities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia offering the following components: 

  • tailored in-house consultancies in response to specific needs and priorities of each PSM;
  • capacity-building programmes for PSM media professionals such as innovation labs, hackathons, multimedia workshops, mentoring and masterclasses, training of trainers, conducting focus groups;
  • regional cooperation, networking, and visibility opportunities for PSMs to expand partnerships in the region;
  • various grant scheme offers for PSM, management, journalists and technical staff

For this programme we are seeking to build a pool of experts that can support various tasks and during the implementation.  

Selection Criteria:

  • Higher education degree relevant to the position
  • Fluency in English and at least one of the languages spoken within the Western Balkans.

Professional Experience:
  • Sound understanding of the media sector in the Western Balkans.
  • Existing networks with key stakeholders in the Western Balkans media sector, including Public Service Broadcasters
  • Existing networks with public service media entities in the EU
  • At least 5 years of relevant working experience in the field of media project implementation, media development, journalism, communications, or any related field.

Other skills:
  • Excellent presentation, oral and writing communication skills, with strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Reliable with high standards  and attention to details.
  • Highly collaborative working style, a team player who communicates well across all levels of the organization.
  • Strong organizational skills, problem-solving, proactive, can-do-it attitude and ability to get things done.
  • Ability to adjust to changes in priorities in a deadline-driven environment.

The Expression of Interest should include:

  1. Updated CV
  2. Daily Consultancy Fee and confirmation of availability for the duration of the project
  3. Experience of prior consultancy projects in relevance to the criteria laid out above

Evaluation and Selection Process

Step 1: Expression of Interest and pre-selection
  • The Goethe-Institut will monitor incoming application submission on an ongoing basis.
  • An evaluation committee will review applications against the required qualifications and skills on a continuous basis
  • The Goethe-Institut may request additional documentation and information in support of the application if needed
  • Applicants meeting the qualification requirements will be included into the Goethe-Institut`s pool expert
  • The Goethe-Institut will notify candidates via E-mail

Step 2: Selection process for specific assignments
  • During project implementation as needs arises, the Goethe-Institut will prepare specific descriptions for each assignment
  • The Goethe-Institut will contact consultants who meet the level, type and area(s) of expertise identified for the specific assignment
  • consultants will be invited to update their CV a view to highlight their qualification and experience that are most relevant to the requirements and to prepare a price proposal and confirm their availability
  • The selected expert(s) will be provided with a short-term consultancy contract
  • Each expert must be independent and free from conflict of interest within the activities to be performed

The Goethe-Institut is an equal opportunities employer and supports inclusion. Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria, will be treated with preference. By submitting your application documents, you agree to the storage of your personal data (according to Art. 4 No. 1 GDPR) for the duration of the application process.

The Goethe-Institut does not warrant that any consultancy will be procured as a result of this Call for Expression of Interest.

You can submit your CV to this email:

This call for expressions of interest is ongoing.