Department Program on Independent Journalism
Application Deadline February 22, 2017
The Open Society Program on Independent Journalism supports creative, talented, and open-minded groups and networks of journalists or media organizations producing verifiable, trustworthy information on any platform, especially in the places where such content is not only scarce but also difficult to produce.
We are interested in the development of new ideas and taking advantage of the digital revolution in the production of information. We wish to secure a free and safe environment, focusing on activities that protect journalists, citizens practicing journalism and sources or information from harassment and attacks. We aim to improve global and regional connections, facilitate knowledge circulation and exchange of ideas.
The Program on Independent Journalism seeks to hire the Team Manager of the “Free and Safe” portfolio of work to lead the activities of the program related to protection and defense of journalists anywhere in the world whenever they are under threat or attack. This includes setting goals and defining work plans for the portfolio, drawing up its budget, making grants to organisations, networking with partners to develop special projects or meet particular challenges, overseeing the work of a program officer and a program specialist, keeping abreast of innovation and trends in the field of freedom of expression through study, participation at various meetings and events and scoping trips.
This is a senior position for a professional with international experience in the field of freedom of expression and the protection of journalists. It offers a unique opportunity to serve a community that is today under particular pressure and to make a real contribution towards creating a freer and safer environment for a richer and diverse public debate.
Essential duties and responsibilities will include:
To lead the team in setting goals, producing work plan and a budget for the “Free & Safe” portfolio of work;
to make and/or oversee an average of 25 grants a year;
design strategies to respond to specific threats to journalists and implement these strategies with the team;
cultivate existing and create new alliances with organizations working both within and outside of the field of freedom of expression, in order to come up with new and creative ways to face increasing challenges to the safety of those who report and publish information of public interest;
respond where appropriate to unforeseen emergencies in innovative and imaginative ways;
organize and facilitate online and face-to-face meetings and/or workshops for grantees and partners to develop and share best practices;
organize, help shape and/or attend seminars, conferences in the field;
develop scoping and safety missions to different parts of the world;
oversee and coordinate the work of a program officer and a program specialist;
keep abreast of trends in journalism and its environment;
contribute to the strategic development of the program as a whole.
Master’s degree or equivalent, derived from experience in the field of freedom of expression or journalism safety with at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience relevant to the duties of this role;
a passion for the defense of freedom of expression and appreciation of the importance the free flow of quality information for open societies;
familiarity with the main organizations and actors defending freedom of expression and supporting journalists’ safety globally, and with specific knowledge in one or two regions of the world;
highly proficient in both spoken and written English and a good command of at least one other language;
highly organized and able to work independently;
strong project management skills and the ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines;
familiarity with the impact of the digital revolution on freedom of expression and information, the benefits and dangers it poses (and, preferably also, a good understanding of digital safety);
demonstrated ability to work well with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds and appreciate the value of diversity;
team player, energetic and good–humored.
Work Environment and Physical Demands: Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations, and we welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.
Apply link : https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/jobs/jr-0000467/team-manager
Job posted on 20th January 2017
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