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Offer: Job: Program Officer - Humanitarian Media, Internews


Internews® Network is an international non-profit organization working to improve access to information for people around the world by fostering independent media and promoting open communications policies. Internews' programs are built on the conviction that providing people with access to vibrant, diverse news and information empowers them to make their voices heard and to participate effectively in their communities.
General Function:

The Program Officer will work closely with the Director of Humanitarian Media to assist in the effective, timely and efficient delivery of humanitarian media interventions and the strategic development of the Humanitarian Media Unit.

This will include provision of administrative, financial and management support, and help with deployment teams on the ground, project design, set up and overall support to any humanitarian media intervention, including research, strategic development and fundraising, drafting communications, contracts, and other tasks, as required.

The post is likely to require some international travel.
Essential Responsibilities:

Program support: Responsible for programmatic development and project support for Internews’ Humanitarian Media Unit and all humanitarian media interventions, including assessment missions and deployments.
Efficient operation: Ensure the efficient operation of the Humanitarian Media Unit, maintaining an up to date and comprehensive filing system, outputs database and contacts database for relevant projects and projects.
Efficient communication:
Act as a key point of contact in Head Quarter for Internews staff and freelancers, project partners and funders, as required.
Facilitate communications with and between Internews, local projects/teams and external stakeholders, including international media, as required
Support the HD in cultivating and strengthening relationships with humanitarian partners and ensure that implementation is responsive to the needs of partners and beneficiaries
Represent Internews at conferences, meetings and other events, with funders, colleague agencies and policy experts, and report back in a concise and actionable manner
Research: Carry out research as assigned and in support of ongoing projects and new initiatives. Specialize the research in an area of knowledge or interest that provides value to Internews programming (such as new media and its potential to strengthen local media, mainstreaming our work within the humanitarian response, etc.).
Collate/prepare documents for meetings, proposals, reports and publication, including articles, op-eds, papers, relevant training materials, presentations, website and communications copy and donor reports.
Review and edit all program reports and communication materials, working with field staff to include the most relevant impact data and illustrative examples, while attempting to be as concise and well-written as possible.
Research relevant events and networks for Internews to take part in
Administrative and Logistical support:
Lead on the preparation of assessments missions and emergency responses managing the contact database, processing freelance contracts, invoices and expenses.
Be responsible for arranging travel for Internews staff and freelancers for assessment missions or emergency responses, including detailed itineraries, visas, inoculations, risk assessments insurance, sending cash advances, processing expenses, and others.
Deal with routine correspondence and prepare draft correspondence.
Assist in compliance with Internews’ project management procedures, including health and safety guidelines, financial management procedures, Monitoring & Evaluation and external reporting schedules.
Carry out any other administrative, logistical support tasks, as required
Financial responsibilities: Provide support on financial forecasting, payments, reporting and management pertinent to the projects as required. Work closely with Business Manager and Human Resources to ensure timely and effective deployment of teams, and projects are on budget and in compliance with funder requirements
Ensure compliance: Ensure that deployments and humanitarian media projects are in compliance with all grant and cooperative agreement rules, requirements and regulations as well as with Internews internal policies and procedures.
Strategic development of the MHU:
Research, identify and monitor potential funding opportunities for Humanitarian Media programs
Support to proposal writing ensuring that proposals are developed in a strategic, organized and well-managed fashion, with headquarters and field staff aware of their roles, working on deadline and collaborating as efficiently as possible.
Support on donor liaison (i.e. participate and/or lead meetings/briefings, support the Humanitarian Media Director and other senior managers, as required)
International travel: Travel as necessary for various purposes including deployments, ongoing project monitoring, in-country field assessments and/or proposal development.


Proficiency in English is essential, and French and/or Arabic are desirable.
Minimum 5 years international programmatic experience, working for an NGO or UN agency involved in international relief operations and development;
Extensive experience working in relief operations in challenging environments, preferably with a deep understanding of media and the area of communicating with affected populations
Excellent knowledge of the mandates and modalities of the international humanitarian sector including the UN cluster system and capacity to train reports on the humanitarian system.
Strong writing and copy editing skills
Proven attention to detail.
Excellent organizational and administrative skills to prioritize workloads, meet deadlines and respond flexibly to rapidly changing priorities.
Excellent interpersonal and networking skills to liaise authoritatively with figures from the humanitarian community, local media, local government and army, when required.
Understanding of and passion for the area of communications with disaster-affected communities.
Experience of working as part of a team and dealing with a wide range of people including donors, financial managers and consultants.
Ability to work both independently and as an effective team member;
Experience making travel arrangements, tracking itineraries and with expense processing
Experience of monitoring financial information
Interest in and familiarity with new media and new digital applications for citizen journalism and information access
Proven experience in donor liaison and fundraising.
An understanding of the vision/mission, core values and objectives of Internews.
Excellent communication and reporting skills, both written and oral.
Excellent time management and the ability to prioritize a heavy workload under pressure.
Solid administrative assistant skills and knowledge of computer packages (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Willingness to travel overseas, including to potentially hostile environments at short notice.
University degree in a relevant field required.


Experience working in Asia, Africa and the Arab world would be ideal.
Knowledge of citizen journalism and the role of social media will be asset.
Ideally, knowledge and experience of mapping and crowdsourcing software (i.e. Ushahidi and Open Street Map) and mobile technology software (i.e. FrontlineSMS and Freedom Fone).

To Apply:

Interested candidates meeting the qualifications should forward a cover letter and resume to 876-in(at) internews (dot) org (re-write in standard format), placing “PO - HUM – IN” in the subject line.

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