Call for Applications: “Together Against Discrimination” Diploma Program

We are  welcoming applications for a three-month virtual diploma program, the first of its kind in the region, that focuses on equipping participants with theoretical and practical hands-on knowledge to design and implement effective internal complaints mechanisms against various forms of misuse of authority in media institutions and general media working environments, such as fraud, corruption, harassment and hate speech, to permit stakeholders to best receive, respond, investigate and report any form of alleged complaints. 

Applications close 12:00 noon Amman Time (GMT +3), 12 May 2021

The diploma program is part of “I Will Not Stay Silent,” a year-long project launched by ARIJ (Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism) in partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project, Women in News / WAN-IFRA, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), and SAFE, IREX, and supported by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, and aims to create a safe, pluralistic, and diverse media working environment that is free of discrimination.

Target Groups

We invite journalists, media professionals, content producers, civil society institutions, and anyone professionally interested to have the tools to deal with various forms of misuse of authority in the work environment and beyond. Female journalists and HR professionals are highly encouraged to apply. 


Twenty trainees will be selected by an expert committee to participate in the highly competitive three-month diploma program, which runs from June 1, 2021 to  September 15, 2021, through ARIJ’s e-learning platform, ARIJ Academy. The training is offered free of charge and will be delivered in Arabic.

Throughout the program, participants will engage virtually in discussions and group work through break out sessions and submit assignments and evaluation forms. 

Selected participants are expected to dedicate six hours/week over 12 weeks to the various program modules: 

  • Attend four-hour weekly virtual training sessions over 12 weeks, every Tuesday from 17:00 - 21:00 Amman Time (GMT+3)

  • Submit individual and group assignments (estimated time required is 1-2 hours /week)

  • Submit a final project on a relevant topic: a written work (1000 words) or a report in an audio-visual format (1-3 minutes) and a final group assignment (role play simulation exercise).

The training syllabus:

  • Module 1: Before the allegations: designing and implementing effective system to receive complaints against various forms of misuse of power

  • Module 2: From complaint to investigation: steps for ensuring an appropriate initial response 

  • Module 3: From investigation to report: conducting a thorough and effective investigation

  • Module 4: From report to outcome: report writing and complaint follow-up 

  • Module 5: Managing an investigation: processes and responsibilities 

  • Module 6: Special considerations for investigating allegations of fraud and corruption

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered eligible to apply, applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be an Arab journalist, content producer, or media professional with at least five years of work experience.

  • Genuine interest in finding solutions to various forms of misuse of power

  • Commitment to attending the four-hour weekly training sessions over 12 weeks and submitting required individual and group assignments as well as the final project.

  • Candidates based in the Arab region or beyond are eligible to apply.

Certification Requirements

  • Attend at least 10/12 four-hour weekly training sessions (80%)

  • Submit 5/6 individual assignments (80%)

  • Submit a final individual project and a final group assignment (together they will require a week of work)

    • The final individual project is a written work on a relevant topic (1000 words) or a report in a short audio-visual format (1-3 minutes).

    • The group assignment will be a role play simulation exercise on a relevant topic.

  • Actively participate in discussions throughout the training

Logistical Requirements

  • Access to a stable internet connection

  • A laptop with a functioning camera

Application Information

Kindly fill out and submit the application form through the links (English |Arabic) by 12:00 midday Amman time (GMT+3), 12 May 2021.

You should receive a message confirming the successful submission of your application. Applicants may be asked to provide additional information.

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