The Centre for Excellence in Journalism, Karachi, the Embassy of Switzerland in Pakistan, Fondation Hirondelle, Switzerland, International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, Geneva, and the UN Information Centre in Pakistan invite applications from Pakistan and Afghanistan for a training programme on audio and video documentary making on human rights and peacebuilding.

Four participants from Pakistan and four from Afghanistan will be selected to work together with professional trainers to produce state-of-the-art documentaries on human rights issues (two video and two audio). Documentaries produced during the programme will be broadcast on radio and TV as well as documentary festivals across the world.

Transportation, lodging and training fees are covered so this is a highly competitive opportunity.

When: 17 to 28 July 2017

Where: The Centre for Excellence in Journalism, Karachi

Who: Audio and video documentary makers from Afghanistan and Pakistan


Applicants should:

  • Be citizens of Pakistan or Afghanistan and currently working in one of these countries either within a media house or as independent producers;
  • Have at least three years of experience in audio or video production, with several produced and broadcast pieces;
  • Be able to work with digital equipment as well as standard editing software;
  • Be fluent in English;
  • Participate in the training programme on a full-time basis: the programme is residential and all participants are expected to live at the Centre for Excellence in Journalism.

How to apply

Send a complete application dossier including:

  1. Filled out application form (download here);
  2. A full CV, including professional experience and training.

Female applicants are strongly encouraged. Candidates selected on their dossier will undergo an interview prior to being confirmed as participants.

Applications should be sent by email to by Wednesday 31 May, 11:59 PM Pakistan time.

For more information about the program and the application, please contact


The Embassy of Switzerland in Pakistan covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations between the two countries. It represents Swiss interests in the areas of political, economic and financial affairs, legal arrangements, science, education and culture. It strengthens contacts with – and between – relevant cultural institutions of Switzerland and the host country. The training programme is funded by the Embassy of Switzerland.

The Centre for Excellence in Journalism is an initiative for the professional development, training and networking of Pakistani journalists and media professionals. Based in the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, the Centre offers state-of-the art-training for journalists and media professionals from all parts of Pakistan.

Fondation Hirondelle is a Swiss-based media organisation which, since 1995, has been producing and broadcasting information and dialogue programs in countries in conflict or in transition.

The International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights is the leading international event dedicated to film and human rights. For the past 15 years, the festival has taken place in the heart of Geneva, the human rights capital, parallel to the main session of the UN Human Rights Council in March.

United National Information Centre, Islamabad was established in Pakistan in March 1951. The Centre is the focal point for disseminating information and raising awareness about the UN’s activities among the people of Pakistan