Location: London, Paris, Berlin preferred, other locations in Europe/Eurasia/MENA considered
Duration: 12-months contract subject to 3-month probationary period
Commencing: December 2020/January 2021
Line managers: FoE Project Director and Partnerships Manager
Department: Freedom of Expression Programme (FoE)
Level of effort: Full-time
Salary range: £32-36k (dependent on skills and experience)
The Internews Freedom of Expression Programme currently manages 10 projects in 8-10 countries, funded by a mixture of European and US public donors, with the overall objective of supporting access to information and freedom of expression in countries where these are at risk. Internews seeks to contribute to this overall objective through provision of sub-grants and capacity building to approximately 50 media and civil society actors to meet the basic information needs of over 5 million citizens. The FoE programme has seen rapid growth over the past 12-24 months, and is expected to continue to grow over the short-to-medium term.
Due to sensitivities, specifics around countries and partners are kept confidential.
About the role
The FoE Regional Programme Coordinator is a new role designed to support the growth of the FoE programme in a particular region. The role will assist the FoE Project Director and Partnerships Manager in the daily organisation, implementation, administration, and reporting of the project activities. The successful candidate will also contribute to the on-going design and deployment of FoE projects and programmes in the region. Where skills and expertise are suited, the role may also provide mentoring to some beneficiary media outlets in the regional portfolio.
The role will report to the FoE Project Director and Partnerships Manager, and will work in close collaboration with the FoE Programme team and relevant HQ departments as required. The role will actively participate in the building of Internews’ credibility vis-à-vis institutional donors. The role may involve sporadic travel to Internews offices and project locations, primarily in Europe, MENA and the Near East.
Regional programme design (estimated 20% LoE)
In consultation with FoE programme staff, lead on the programme direction and strategy in the target region, including:
- Keep abreast of the political and contextual developments in the target region, particularly with respect to the media, information and freedom of expression spheres;
- Monitor and assess the local media landscape, identifying new opportunities and designing/ adapting the relevant country strategies;
- In consultation with relevant FoE programme staff, lead on the implementation of key research in the region as required;
- Identify potential media and other sector-based partners within the region for inclusion within the FoE programme;
- Assist with proposal design and development as required;
- Contribute to the development of up-to-date briefing and PR materials for the programme.
Project coordination and support (estimated 60% LoE)
Manage the day-to-day logistics of the regional portfolio of projects including:
- Organise project activities, including assisting with:
- Travel coordination, booking and logistical needs;
- Contracting trainers and mentors;
- Facilitate events where required;
- Support and review media partners’ narrative and financial reporting and coordinate with the relevant Internews financial and monitoring & evaluation (M&E) staff;
- Assist with the collection of M&E information, including supporting organisational capacity assessments and content analyses;
- In coordination with project officer and relevant staff, prepare subgrant agreements with project partners and subgrantees (media and information providers from the region);
- Assist in preparation of key project documents (workplans, reports, budgets, etc.): write, edit, proofread, revise and assemble finished materials;
- Provide translation of key project documentation as required;
- Liaise with Internews FoE programme director, grants officer(s), Global Technology Hub (GTH) and other HQ staff as required.
Training, mentoring and capacity building coordination (20% LoE)
- In consultation with relevant media partners, design and implement capacity building plans based on programme resources and partner needs;
- Coordinate with Internews Global Technology Hub relevant services and resources to be provided to partners;
- Lead on the identification and procurement of suitable qualified trainers, mentors and other expertise;
- Manage trainers, mentors and other experts in the delivery of activities, including relevant reporting and administrative requirements;
- Where skills and expertise match partner needs, provide direct remote training and mentoring in relevant area(s);
- Regular review and report on progress against planned capacity building activities.
Experience and skills
- At least 3 years’ experience in international development, project management, media, journalism, communications and/or related fields;
- Research skills and experience;
- Solid written and spoken English skills;
- Fluency in at least one regional or vernacular language (Persian, Turkish, Arabic, Russian);
- Proficient in MS Office and Excel;
- Relevant tertiary qualifications in international development, research, and/or media/ journalism fields;
- Strong workflow management skills: ability to prioritise and handle multiple on-going assignments;
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills; a proven team player;
- Self-starter: proven ability to work independently and problem solve;
- Ability to travel to facilitate field activities and participate in meetings and conferences.
- International experience in the development sector; a broad understanding of the evolving geopolitical and digital landscape and its impact on development activity, media and democracy;
- Proficiency in additional languages other than English;
- Proficiency in technological tools and resources such as: VPNs, email encryption/secure communications, Google Drive, Google Analytics, etc.
Application guidelines and requirements
Interested parties should apply via the link below.
Applications should include the below documentation:
- A cover letter
- A brief CV (2-3 pages)
- Names and contact details of at least 3 professional referees
Deadline: 15 November, 2019