Freedom of Expression Programme Assistant At Internews Europe

Freedom of Expression Programme Assistant

Job Description

Location: Paris (preferred) or London

Duration: 12-months CDD subject to 1 -month probationary period

Commencing: ASAP

Line manager: Programmes and Business Operations Manager

Department: Freedom of Expression Programme

Term & LOE: Full-time; 100%

Salary range: Band A1 – A3 (EUR 30,467 – EUR 31,851)

About Internews:

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. Our vision is to unleash human potential everywhere by turning on the bright light of information.

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 launched hundreds of sustainable organizations, bolstered the skills of thousands of media professionals, activists, and citizens, and helped our partners reach millions of people with quality, local information.

Internews is a charity operating internationally, with administrative centers in California, Washington DC, London and Paris as well as regional hubs in Bangkok, Kiev and Nairobi. Formed in 1982, Internews currently has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America. Also Read Nigeria Ngo Jobs

During 2017, Internews Europe initiated the process of acquiring effective control of the French Non-Profit Association Internews International. Both companies prepare statutory consolidated reports. Internews Europe and Internews US both form the Board of Internews International. All Internews companies have the same vision and mission.

Our commitment to a culture of belonging:

Internews is 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, the self-taught, and people of multiple races, nationalities, ages, sexual orientations, and socio-economic backgrounds. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourage candidates of all races, genders, ages, abilities, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply, and actively welcome those with alternative backgrounds and experiences.

About the role

The post holder will play a key role working across various functions of the Freedom of Expression Business Unit. The position will assist the Programme Officers in the administrative management of projects including (but not limited to) sub-grant administration, compliance with internal and donor policies and procedures, filing and general administration. The post holder will be expected to engage in tasks as required to ensure the achievement of departmental targets. The post holder will have the right to work in France/UK.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support to Programme Officers in processing financial reports from partners and posting these to the accounting software.
  • Set-up sub-grants on the internal accounting system.
  • Set-up and review of procurement documents following internal policies and procedures.
  • Vetting of sub-grantees and suppliers.
  • Assessment of sub-grantees due diligence questionnaires.
  • Set-up and maintain tools to track reporting and payments.
  • Record keeping of all programme finance and administration documents.
  • Other work as directed.

Person Specification


  • Technical post high school certificate in Admin or Finance or any other related subject
  • At least 2 years of Financial and/or Administrative experience gained in a demanding and fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent English written and spoken skills
  • Good organisational skills, the ability to prioritise and to meet deadlines
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • High degree of proficiency in Microsoft applications
  • Good interpersonal skills including a good telephone manner
  • The ability to be flexible and adaptable, working as part of a small team
  • Ability to support non-finance staff in financial responsibilities
  • Self-motivated, strong initiative and problem-solving skills.
  • Office management and coordination skills, including the demonstrable ability to work successfully with external stakeholders and vendors.


  • French language proficiency
  • Other regional language proficiency i.e. Russian, Arabic, Turkish, Farsi
  • International NGO working experience
  • An interest in media & journalism, international relations and geopolitics

Recruitment timeline:

  • Closing date for applications: 18/03/2022
  • Interviews week beginning: 28/03/2022

Candidates must submit a succinct covering letter of no more than 2-pages explaining how they satisfy the requirements of the person speciation in addition to a CV highlighting relevant experience.

The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, all the tasks that may be assigned but rather to give the job holder a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of his/her position. As the nature of business demands change so, too, may the essential functions of this position.

*This position will be located in the United Kingdom or Paris, France and therefore a successful applicant must both be present in the UK or France for the duration of the assignment and obtain the Right to Work in the UK in order to commence their employment.**

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