West Africa: Chief of Party
Skoll World Forum
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
Internews is seeking a Chief of Party candidate for an anticipated USAID-funded media support initiative with the general goal of strengthening independent media and promoting information integrity in West Africa. The anticipated regional project will cover various countries in the West Africa region. The Chief of Party will provide strategic guidance and leadership for Internews’ program; coordinate technical, legal, and professional capacity-building assistance to partners and beneficiaries; ensure proper oversight of Internews personnel, financial management, and administration policies; and coordinate with other media stakeholders in the region to ensure that Internews leverages other resources, avoids duplication, and complements other media development initiatives. The Chief of Party will also be responsible for establishing strong partnerships and dialogue with the appropriate donor representatives.
This position will be based in a West African country program office, to be determined. Relocation support will be available.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so candidates are encouraged to apply soon.
This is a limited-duration position, with an expected end date in 2028.
Note: Hiring of this position is contingent upon receipt of funding and funder approval.
OUR COMMITMENT TO FOSTERING A CULTURE OF BELONGING
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:
- Provide leadership, management, representational, and operational oversight for Internews’ program in the region.
- Provide strategic, operational, and representational assistance to ensure that activities are meeting their goals and targets, recommending program adjustments when necessary to keep the project on track.
- Cultivate and strengthen relationships with local partner organizations and ensure that implementation is responsive to the needs of partners and beneficiaries.
- Track and report project progress and activities monthly against work plans.
- Oversee program monitoring and evaluation in the region to ensure effective implementation and to measure the impact of activities.
- Maintain a thorough knowledge of independent media issues in the region (print, broadcast, and new media), and a general understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing independent media across the region.
- Ensure the project is in compliance with all grant and cooperative agreement rules, requirements, and regulations as well as with Internews internal policies and procedures.
- Serve as the primary budget authority over the project, responsible for ensuring all costs charged to the project are allowable, reasonable, and correctly allocated.
- Provide management and oversight of daily operations of the Internews program in the region.
- Accept fiduciary responsibility for all funds advanced for the purpose of the project.
- Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
- Carry out management responsibilities including interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
- In all duties, uphold Internews’ Core Values and demonstrate commitment to fostering a culture of Belonging, Dignity, and Justice.
QUALIFICATIONS WE’RE LOOKING FOR
- University degree in media and communications, international development, rule of law, social sciences, management, or a related field; advanced degree (Master’s or higher) strongly preferred.
- 10 years of progressively responsible media development experience, including working with media organizations and senior program management experience OR seven years of senior-level management experience in the design, implementation, and management of programs of similar size, complexity, and setting.
- Excellent written and spoken French and English.
- Experience US government-funded programs.
- Relevant experience in Africa, especially West Africa, is preferred.
- Demonstrated leadership skills and experience in building and maintaining productive working relationships with a wide network of institutional partners and stakeholders, including host governments.
- Demonstrated mentoring abilities and experience supervising and supporting senior managerial staff.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including reporting skills.
- Experience in fundraising and development of innovative program concepts.
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment both virtually and in-person, including with colleagues in different time zones.