Project Director for Global Humanitarian COVID-19 Response


About the organization

Internews empowers people worldwide with the trustworthy, high-quality news and information they need to make informed decisions, participate in their communities, and hold power to account. We seek to realize the potential of a digitally connected world: a world in which evidence-based information advances human progress, enables broad opportunity and accountability, and fuels vibrant civic debate.

For more than 35 years, in more than 100 countries, Internews has worked to build healthy media and information environments where they are most needed. We have proudly incubated hundreds of sustainable organizations, bolstered the skills of thousands of media professionals, activists, and citizens, and helped these partners reach millions of people with quality, local information.


The Project Director (PD) plays a key role in leading and managing the implementation of this complex, humanitarian context-focused project in multiple humanitarian crises around the globe.

Note: Hiring will be dependent upon receipt of funding. This short-term response project is expected to begin in mid-July 2020, with an anticipated length of six (6) months.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned:

-Providing general oversight of the program. This includes overall responsibility for the program management, strategic vision, fiscal integrity, quality and timing of deliverables, and coordination with partners;
-Providing leadership and overall management of other project staff, including the editorial team, the Humanitarian Liaison Officers (HLOs), the Humanitarian Data Manager, all field and supporting staff;
-Ensuring that all project deliverables are completed according to agreed timelines and budgets, including regular updates on social media and in the relevant field locations, regular liaison with humanitarians, and robust monitoring and evaluation;
-Managing risk and security during the implementation of the program, including the development of contingency plans;
-Additional duties as described on on our Careers page:


Must be a proactive solution-seeker interested in collaboration across multiple contexts;
Excitement about working in ambiguous environments with rapid changes and pivots required;
Fluency in spoken and written English;
Awareness of and familiarity with issues and dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic and/or other health crises in humanitarian contexts a strong asset;
Extensive project management experience in a multi-country response with the ability to deliver results to agreed timetables and budgets;
Extensive track record in supervising, designing, managing and implementing community media projects and/or humanitarian information projects with a focus on participation and community engagement;
Excellent interpersonal and networking skills to liaise authoritatively with figures from the humanitarian community, local government, civil society, media, etc.;
Team-building skills and the ability to manage a diverse staff in a challenging and highly fluid environment - experience with remote management highly prioritized;
Proven experience in donor liaison and fundraising;
Good knowledge of the mandates and modalities of the international humanitarian sector including the UN cluster system and capacity;
Sensitivity to cross-cultural dynamics in the workplace;
Ability to adjust to shifting political and operational circumstances and create programming accordingly;
An understanding of the vision/mission, core values and objectives of Internews.

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