Costa Rica: Program Officer

Internews Network

About the organization

At Internews, we believe everyone deserves trustworthy news and information to make informed decisions about their lives and hold power to account. We train journalists and digital rights activists, tackle disinformation, and offer business expertise to help media outlets become financially sustainable. We do all of this in partnership with local communities – who are the people best placed to know what works.

We support independent media in 100 countries, from radio stations in refugee camps, to hyper-local news outlets, to individual activists and reporters. We’ve helped our partners reach millions of people with quality, local information that saves lives, improves livelihoods, and holds institutions accountable.


Under the supervision of the Americas Project Director and the Central America and Mexico Project Manager, the Program Officer performs high level tasks and directly manages at least one Internews project with fiscal oversight of the program. This role will manage activity coordination, travel and events, and subgrants to local, regional, and international organizations for a project to develop capacity among small to medium independent media organizations. The role will develop systems and track deliverables, lead reporting, work closely with a remote team, and engage business management and monitoring and evaluation staff as needed. In addition, the Program Officer supports other programs within the Program Unit.



Minimum 5 years programmatic experience in relevant non-profit;
Relevant university degree required;
Extensive grant proposal writing experience, and proven text-editing proficiency;
Language fluency written and spoken Spanish and English;
Demonstrated experience in local partner and relationship management;
Experience in developing or supporting programs in hostile environments, including security protocols;
Interest in, and familiarity with, journalism, new media, and new digital applications for citizen journalism and information access;
Experience working in Central America and Mexico, including regional projects;
Demonstrated interpersonal skills including diplomacy, tact, and the ability to negotiate;
Excellent communication skills: speaking, writing, and listening;
Proven ability to set priorities and manage time effectively;
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.

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