Internews Network is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for a potential USAID-funded program in Mexico on investigative journalism. The Chief of Party will provide strategic guidance and leadership for the program; coordinate technical, legal and professional capacity building assistance to partners and beneficiaries; ensure proper oversight of Internews personnel, financial management and administration; and coordinate with other relevant stakeholders in the region to ensure that Internews leverages other resources, avoids duplication and compliments other relevant initiatives. The COP will also be responsible for establishing strong partnerships and dialogue with the appropriate donor representatives. The position is based in Mexico City, and requires a 100% level of effort commitment for the five-year period of performance. The COP will need to travel to states outside the capital area. Applicants will need to be available starting in fall 2018.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Provide leadership, management, representational and operational oversight for Internews’ program in-country;
- Ensure that activities are meeting their goals and targets, including recommending program adjustments when necessary to keep the project on track;
- Cultivate and strengthen relationships with local partner organizations and ensure that implementation is responsive to the needs of partners and beneficiaries;
- Oversee development and approve curricula for trainings as well as managing and monitoring trainings led by consultants and/or local trainers;
- Oversee program monitoring and evaluation in the region to ensure effective implementation and to measure the impact of activities;
- Maintain a thorough knowledge of independent media issues in the region and a general understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing independent media across the region;
- Ensure the project is in compliance with all cooperative agreement rules, requirements and regulations as well as with Internews internal policies and procedures;
- Serve as the primary budget authority over the project, responsible for ensuring all costs charged to the project are allowable, reasonable and correctly allocated;
- Provide management and oversight of daily operations of the program, in particular with regard to coordination of activities and events at the subnational, national and regional levels;
- Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws;
- Maintain regular communications with Internews headquarters staff to communicate progress on programming and address upcoming issues in advance;
- Serve as primary project and organizational liaison with USAID and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, as well as other international donors active in the region.
- Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.
Manage and oversee all staff based in the country. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
- Professional proficiency in written and spoken English and Spanish;
- At least 5-7 years of progressively responsible media development experience, including managing media or related programs;
- Experience with USAID- and/or US government-funded programs;
- Master’s degree or equivalent preferred;
- Previous experience developing collaborative working relationships with counterparts, international organizations and donors;
- Development experience in the LAC region (5+ years preferred);
- Working experience in Mexico (including outside the capital area) is strongly preferred;
- A successful track record in supervising, designing, managing and implementing technical assistance for donor-funded media projects and proven ability to develop, implement, and monitor work plans, training plans, monitoring and evaluation plans, and procurement plans;
- Experience as a manager or trainer with professional capacity-building programs for journalists and media outlets and strong knowledge of new media preferred;
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
About the Organization
Internews works to ensure access to trusted, quality 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 close to 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. Our decentralized and entrepreneurial model gives us the local flexibility to find the best solutions and the nimbleness required to work in a rapidly changing, uncertain and complex world. 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.