Media and Civil Society Technical Experts - UK

  • Posted on 22 July 2019

Job Description

The Chemonics UK Division seeks short-term media and civil society technical experts for the anticipated UK-funded Good Governance Fund programme, jointly funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The £15 million, 3.5-year programme’s primary objective is to build resilience in targeted countries by providing support for domestic reform agendas which reduce corruption, promote transparent and accountable institutions, and build open, inclusive economies and societies. The programme will deliver high-quality technical expertise to ministries and government officials, strengthening domestic capacity to deliver, champion and unblock reforms to increase the effectiveness of political and economic institutions in Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Bosnia, and North Macedonia.

For short-term positions in response to call-down awards, Chemonics seeks senior- and mid-level expertise in the media and civil society sectors across Eastern Europe. The technical expert must be mission-driven and committed to making a distinctive impact serving the Good Governance Fund team and Chemonics International. This position is contingent upon funding.

We are current accepting applications for experts with the following skills: media; mentoring media partners/outlets; creating training/curriculum development for media partners and outlets; and innovative use of leaflets, billboards, radio, social media, and television.

Responsibilities include:

  • Design effective advocacy campaigns for organizations working on public policy affairs such as human rights, freedom of expression, independent media, humanitarian and other civil society-related issues
  • Train advocacy groups, associations, unions or similar organizations in the tools and techniques of effective advocacy in an international development environment
  • Work with civil society organizations on how to use media, professional forums and other platforms to constructively criticize policies, and analyze and lobby against problematic regulatory and legislative proposals
  • Teach advocacy groups with similar interests how to increase their effectiveness through networking and coordination.
  • Support strategic communications efforts to catalyze public demand for accountability, advance key new and ongoing reform efforts, and promote anti-corruption work, including designing and implementing media tools to help define key messages and serve as a delivery platform.
  • Be located in the field to provide technical assistance at the regional/national/local government level.
  • Coordinate with institutional capacity building efforts at the central government level to align priorities and adapt best practices to the local level.
  • Participate in development of work plans and other technical deliverables.
  • Manage, follow up on and monitor specific sub-contracts’ key performance indicators
  • Monitor progress towards goals and expected results.
  • Interact with Good Governance Fund leadership, subaward specialist, country outreach and risk expert, country liaisons, other short-term technical experts, U.K. government missions, project management unit, and host government to document incidents and opportunities for improvement, assess submitted issues, support incident resolution, and develop improvement and contingency plans
  • Leverage technical understanding to identify and implement solutions, feedback mechanisms and value-for-money support
  • Work across government departments to identify relevant stakeholders and facilitate problem solving meetings to create mitigation plans, ensuring that identified improvement opportunities do not become permanent problems
  • Maintain incident data, conduct trend analysis, and report on incident management and risk mitigation efforts, as needed by the country outreach and risk expert.


  • Advanced degree in communications, journalism or a related field
  • Mid- to senior-level expertise, including experience providing technical assistance or capacity building to governmental institutions, civil society groups or the media industry
  • Demonstrates an expert level knowledge of governance and economic reform, accountability, and transparency best practices, as they can be applied to the Eastern European context
  • Proven track record of building and sustaining effective partnerships, advocating and communicating to various constituencies
  • Experience relevant to accomplishing cross-cutting objectives, including outreach for gender, youth, and marginalized populations
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills and experience in managing teams
  • Excellent communication skills including presentation, facilitation and report writing; samples of written work may be requested
  • Work experience in Eastern Europe
  • Fluent written and spoken Ukrainian or Russian preferred, English required

Application instructions:

To apply, please submit your application by close of business U.S. Eastern time on Wednesday, July 31 through our portal: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and early applications are strongly encouraged. No telephone inquiries please. Finalists will be contacted.

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About the Organization

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.

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