SOUND ENGINEER FOR PALESTINIAN CULTURAL RADIO PROGRAM (M/F/D)

Job description:
The sound engineer of the Palestinian Cultural Radio Program “Atheer” will be responsible for mixing and mastering in different styles, formats (audio and video) and different genres. The tasks include recording of instruments, bands, orchestras, vocals etc. The audio producer will require knowledge in using mixers and counsels and controllers, and the ability to use all analog and digital audio equipment, knowledge in using audio software -protocols/logic Dolby and DTS systems - signal flow and acoustics. The sound engineer will work closely with the Audio Producer, travelling all throughout Palestine in the program’s ‘radiobus’ or from the Goethe-Institut’s Atheer Sound Studio.

The project in a nutshell:
The Palestinian Cultural Radio Program “Atheer” aims at empowering radio- and sound-practitioners in Palestine and at building up an accessible audio online platform for broadcasting, dissemination and archiving purposes of audio content and to oversee, co-curate and co-conceptualize production of cultural audio content at the newly built and fully equipped sound studio at the French-German Cultural Center.
It also intends to launch sustainable cultural audio initiatives, including the use of a community audio/sound studio, an online audio platform and a mobile radio/audio studio (‘radiobus‛) to produce, edit, and disseminate critical cultural content. In addition, this project is promoted and accompanied by the implementation of "radio residencies" for cultural audio practitioners in cooperation with local civil society organizations and universities, the establishment of radio summer trainings and the implementation of an intensive two-week skills development program in Europe (Germany) for young Palestinian audio practitioners (“radio bridges”). Sub-grants will be awarded to independent artists, cultural practitioners, and cultural grassroots, amongst others to produce cultural audio content for the online audio platform. The project is to be realized within 3 years, and seeks for broad collaborations within Palestine, the Arab world and Europe.

The main tasks of the communications and social media intern include:

  • Working closely with the program’s audio producer on selecting the appropriate sound and mixing equipment for Radio Atheer productions
  • Communicating with other staff members to ensure deadlines are met and tasks are completed to specifications
  • Set up and test sound equipment before events, broadcasts or recordings
  • Live mixing and recording, boom op and field recordings
  • Record, edit and mix audio tracks (instruments, vocals etc.)
  • Enhance sound quality and add sound effects to recordings
  • Work with video editors to synchronize video with audio tracks
  • Play backing tracks and special effects during live events
  • Create and maintain sound libraries
  • Resolve technical issues when they arise
  • Editing, mixing, and manipulating recorded and live sound
  • Designing audio systems and advising team on equipment purchases
  • Testing and troubleshooting equipment regularly, and replacing any faulty components
  • Performing miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned
  • Ensuring project documentation is in order and in line with the policies and procedures of the Goethe-Institut and the European Union
  • Other tasks in agreement with the program manager and audio producer

Requirement profile:
  • Sense of cultural critical content, and the ability to conceptualize, curate and co-curate the production of different formats of audio and radio content
  • Understanding of the artistic and cultural dimension of in-depth cultural critique and has the skill to develop innovative and unique content for a variety of audiences
  • Proven experience as sound engineer
  • Technical expertise in sound engineering techniques (e.g. equalization)
  • Experience with sound editing and recording equipment (e.g. mixing consoles)
  • Working knowledge of recording software and hardware
  • A team player with excellent communication skills
  • Problem-solving abilities
  • Excellent hearing and manual dexterity
  • Ability to operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and perform repairs to audio equipment
  • Ability to effectively manage time and schedules
  • Knowledge of professional audio software and post-production procedures, techniques, and standards
  • Experience needed to quickly troubleshoot and solve audio production and audio post-production issues
  • Previous experience working in donor-funded cultural projects is a plus
  • Excellent verbal and writing communication skills in English and Arabic
  • 7 years of relevant experience in audio production
  • University degree in communication, journalism or related fields
  • Driving license
  • Intercultural communication skills
  • Self-motivation and ability to work under pressure
  • Knowledge of the Palestinian culture sector
Remarks:
  • If not the full range of expected requirements are met the salary can vary from the indicated salary
  • Visa and working permit issue should be directly discussed with the Goethe-Institut
  • The sound engineer will work as a part-time consultant.
  • The sound engineer will work mobile, in the French-German Cultural Center, in the sound studio or remotely according to individual needs but in close contact with Program Manager.
  • Monthly compensation according to project budget in line with local standards
     
Please address your application including at least two to three references, CV and a motivation letter until 19.12.2021 to: hr-atheer-Ramallah@goethe.de.

Applications without complete documents cannot be taken into account. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.