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Indo-Pacific Program Officer

Skoll World Forum

Skoll World Forum

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2023


The Program Officer provides strategic support for regional projects in Asia and the Pacific on variety of tasks, including project management, donor reporting, proposal development and communications. The Program Officer is expected to cultivate relationships and build a network of partners and grantees across the Asia-Pacific region, including regular communication and engagement with Internews country, regional and HQ teams. This includes liaising with and monitoring partners working in the field of journalism and countering disinformation, handling administrative and logistical tasks, support other programmatic activities, business development and additional responsibilities as needed by the Internews team. Travel in the Asia-Pacific region will be required.


This is a remote-based role. Our preferred candidate will be based in Thailand, the Philippines, or Indonesia. Candidates based elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific region may also be considered; however, there are locations in which Internews is not able to support fully remote hiring. Relocation assistance is not available.

This is a limited-duration position, with an expected end date of 31 December 2025.

Note: Hiring of this position is contingent upon receipt of funding.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so candidates are encouraged to apply soon.


We are an organization of dynamic, mission-driven individuals who are passionate about our core values and about supporting positive change in the world. We pride ourselves on our commitment to innovation and flexibility. We believe that diverse teams are strong teams and work to support an ethic of belonging, dignity, and justice for all people. Our current team includes a mix of genders, parents and non-parents, and people of multiple races, nationalities, ages, sexual orientations and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are an EEO employer and encourage candidates of all races, genders, ages, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply, and welcome those with alternative backgrounds and experiences.

DAY-TO-DAY TASKS will include: 

  • Support implementation of project activities including monitoring work plans and activity schedules, and support communications with partners and funders.
  • Support Asia-Pacific Program manager with donor and internal reporting efforts.
  • Manage requests for information from other departments within Internews and from external partners.
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals/reports/budgets; write, edit, proof, revise and assemble finished materials and maintain calendar of due dates.
  • Format and publish content on Internews’ website as well as social media channels and newsletters.
  • Assist with assessments, surveys, events and other project deliverables as needed.
  • Provide support on research, proposal design and implementation of activities related to strengthening information ecosystems, media viability, digital rights, countering malign information influence and manipulation operations, and disinformation.
  • Represent Internews at conferences and events when needed, with funders and with policy experts.
  • Carry out programmatic, administrative, logistical and book-keeping duties including:
  • Work with Grants & Contracts and other staff to administer small grants and stipends;
  •  Work with Human Resources and Finance Manager to administer Personal Service Contracts.
  •  Coordinate travel logistics and arrangements, assist with visa applications, and arrange accommodations for meetings and events.
  • Maintain project documents and files including financial tracking and progress towards project deliverables.
  • Provide project field staff with support in areas such as research, correspondence, contracts and procurement as requeste
  • Manage, review, submit and monitor payment requests.
  • Fulfill other tasks as assigned by the Asia-Pacific Project Manage
  • Other duties may be assigned, as needed.
  • In all duties, uphold Internews’ Core Values and demonstrate commitment to fostering a culture of Belonging, Dignity, and Justice.


  • Minimum 5 years programmatic experience in relevant non-profit organizations – experience in a non-profit media development organization a significant plus
  • Financial and administrative experience, including project deliverables and timelines, deadlines, budget analysis and preparation.
  • Relevant university degree or equivalent lived/professional experience.
  • Excellent English communication skills: speaking, writing, and listening.
  • Experience living or working in the Indo Pacific region essential; willingness to travel within the Asia-Pacific region.
    Prior work experience of working with media educators, journalism schools is an advantage.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
    Proven ability to set priorities, meet tight deadlines, manage multiple assignments and time effectively.
  • Grant proposal writing experience, and proven text-editing proficiency.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills including diplomacy, tact, and the ability to negotiate.
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving ability.
    Proven ability to work both independently and as an effective team member.
  • Proven ability to prioritize and handle multiple on-going assignments.
  • Proficient in MS Office.


Note: Candidates who do not have this preferred qualification, but who are interested and willing to learn, are encouraged to apply.

  • Fluency in an additional Asia regional language a significant plus.
  • Knowledge about media sustainability, revenue models, etc. is highly desirable.