Job Title: Project Director
Reporting to: Liberia Country Director
Supervises: Project staff, as assigned
Start date: July 2022 (Application considered on a rolling basis)
Location: Monrovia, Liberia
Internews works to ensure access to trusted, quality news and information that empowers people to have a voice in their future and to live healthy, secure, and rewarding lives. We envision a world where everyone can communicate freely with anyone, anywhere, and exchange the news and information they need to shape their communities and the world.
For 35 years and in more than 100 countries, we have worked with our local partners to build hundreds of sustainable organizations, strengthened the capacity of thousands of media professionals, human rights activists, and information entrepreneurs, and reached millions of people with quality, local information, improving lives and building lasting change. On issues ranging from health and the environment to conflict and governance, Internews has developed approaches that harness the power of media and information to create positive change.
Internews is a charity operating internationally, with administrative centres in California, Washington DC, London, and Paris as well as regional hubs in Bangkok and Nairobi. Formed in 1982, Internews currently has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.
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:
Internews Europe is seeking a Project Director to be based in Monrovia, Liberia for an a SIDA funded project entitled “Improving Citizens’ Access to Public Information through Community Radio Content Syndication in Liberia (Radio Content Syndication in Liberia)”. The program will focus on two objectives: I. Increase the quantity, quality and reach of community radio content on critical issues through content syndication and information sharing network (ALICOR will set up and operate a multimedia facility for content gathering production and distribution of high-quality processed radio programs broadcast through its 60 member radios with nationwide coverage); II. Improve management, organisational capacity, and financial sustainability of ALICOR and community radio stations.
The programme will run for 36 months and will be implemented by The Association of Liberia Community Radios (ALICOR) and Internews Europe (Internews) as lead organization.
The Project Director will be responsible for overseeing the overall program implementation and will provide strategic guidance and leadership for the program; coordinate the activities with our main partner ALICOR; provide technical support to ALICOR; ensure proper oversight of Internews personnel, financial management and administration; and coordinate with other stakeholders to ensure that Internews leverages other resources, avoids duplication and complements other media development initiatives. Aside the country director, the Project Director will also be responsible for establishing strong partnerships and dialogue with the appropriate donor representatives and stakeholders in Liberia.
Essential duties and Responsibilities include the following:
- Provide general oversight of the program, including program and partner management, strategic vision, budget management, quality and timing of deliverables, and coordination with partners.
- Serve with the country director as the main point of contact for the project in Liberia.
- Manage project staff and consultants that provide technical assistance to ALICOR and radios partners.
- Support ALICOR in the recruitment and management of core staff for the multi-media facility and technical secretariat.
- Support the set-up and sustainability of ALICOR multi-media facility (Design, procurement, operational procedures, review of operations and sustainability plan, etc) and its content syndication scheme.
- Coordinate all the backstopping and technical support provided to ALICOR in terms of governance, institutional capacity, radio and content production, broadcasting, audience feedback, financial sustainability, etc.
- Communicate challenges facing the project and articulate the project’s successes in meeting those challenges.
- Responsible for the quality, cost, and timeliness of performance of all work performed under the funding contract.
- Responsible for the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Project.
- Prepare monthly and quarterly programmatic reports.
- Strategize new directions for Internews to ALICOR and radio partners.
- Develop and maintain contact with local stakeholders.
- Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.
- 10 years of professional experience working as a project manager in the field of Media development, or democracy and governance; OR Relevant professional experience as a radio producer and manager in Liberia or Africa.
- Substantial experience working as a Project Manager managing complex projects; a proactive Program Manager with a strong reputation for developing excellent collaborative working relationships with counterparts, local and international organizations and donors.
- Radio and content syndication experience is essential.
- A successful track record in supervising, designing, managing, and implementing technical assistance for donor-funded media projects and proven ability to develop and monitor work plans, training plans, and procurement plans.
- Demonstrated ability to manage national staff and a team of consultants.
- Strong interpersonal skills, necessary to maintain good relations with relevant stakeholders.
- Strong writing and reporting skills.
- Knowledge of SIDA or other European donor compliance rules.
- Fluency in English required.
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