Regional Media Business Advisor- Africa

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.

Duties

The Regional Media Business Advisor provides technical support to Internews’ programs in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) that have components focusing on the financial sustainability, resilience, and success of media businesses. This work focuses on delivering: improved strategies; increased organizational capacities; better use of performance data; strengthened performance in generating audience scale, engagement and loyalty; better use of social media; increased revenues from advertising and subscriptions.

Meeting the needs of a growing portfolio of projects and partners, this role enables Internews to deliver stronger support to media businesses at scale, across SSA, jointly led by the organization’s Media Business Unit (MBU) and Africa teams. This position will work under the supervision of the Regional Director for Africa and the Senior Director of Media Business.

This role has input into the full lifecycle of Internews’ work with media outlets, including: informing program design; assisting with media business environment research; identifying relevant partners; gathering and using media outlet performance data; training media outlet beneficiaries as well as colleagues; being part of e-learning development; reporting; assisting in sourcing local specialists.

Qualifications

Required

Degree in business administration, media management, communications, or a related field;
Minimum of 5 years’ leadership or management experience in media, with demonstrable results;
Experience in strategic business management and organizational capacity development;
Strong understanding of media business and advertising landscapes in SSA;
Experience in adult learning and/or providing training;
Demonstrated organizational skills, ability to prioritize workload and multi-task in a fast-paced environment with a strong track record of meeting deliverables;
Experience with audience analytics, using tools such as Google Analytics, YouTube Analytics and Facebook Business Suite;
Excellent soft skills, including interpersonal and communication skills, with a problem-solving attitude and as a self-starter who works both independently and as a collaborative team player;
Being self-reliant, resourceful, a good problem-solver, good humored, and flexible;
Ability to travel within and spend extended time in the field, with limited facilities, often under harsh conditions;
African nationality required.

Preferred

Experience with search engine optimization, social media management, advertising sales;

Experience with financial management;

Experience with local and/or community radio;

Demonstrated knowledge of the challenges facing media in Liberia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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