Program Associate - Global Technology Programs

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 14 July 2020
  • Washington, D. C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 13 August 2020
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Job Description

ABOUT THE POSITION

Come join a team of dynamic colleagues and partners who are passionate about promoting digital rights and Internet freedom. Internews’ Global Technology Program is seeking a full-time Program Associate to support our efforts to promote digital safety for human rights defenders and vulnerable populations across the globe. This is a unique, multi-facted, entry-level role that offers the opportunity to develop administrative and project management skills and build your understanding of how human rights and technology intersect. Program Associates in Internews’ Global Technology Program participate in direct implementation of publicly-funded foreign assistance programs for human rights defenders.

You’re an ideal candidate for this position if you have excellent written and oral communication skills; strong attention to detail; a knack for keeping highly organized; dedication to keeping things moving and on track; the ability to prioritize competing tasks; comfort with taking iniative; a voracious desire to learn; and the desire to help protect human rights defenders, journalists, and marginalized people around the world. We dress casually, laugh easily, and cheer each other on.

This position reports to the Program Officer of the Global Technology Program (GTP). Ultimately, the job will be based in Washington, DC. However, all Internews’ Global Technology Staff currently work remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to do so until at least January 1, 2021. Until the situation meaningfully changes, this position will also function remotely. We will expect you to relocate to the DC area as soon as it is safe to do so, likely by early 2021. Internews is unable to cover relocation costs. Limited international travel will be required for this position (once it is safe to do so), and candidates must have permission to live and work in the United States.

DAILY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES INCLUDE

Administration & Finance

  • Providing administrative suppport to ensure that program implementation complies with funder requirements and Internews’ policies and procedures.
  • Ensuring the smooth processing of contracting and payment requests and financial compliance by communicating regularly with headquarters’ Accounting and Administration teams.
  • Preparing invoices, wire transfer requests, expense reimbursements, and completing credit card reconciliation on a monthly basis.
  • Compiling forms and documentation related to subgrants, including payments and reports.
  • Assisting with the implementation of contracts.

Writing & Research

  • Contributing to the writing and compiling of program reporting, including quarterly reports and other project-related reports.
  • Helping track project metrics that serve to measure the success of the Global Technology Program.
  • Supporting proposal development for new projects, including research, copy-editing, and supporting the development of draft budgets.
  • Drafting communication between Internews and partners.
  • Drafting project-specific content for internal and external communications, including blog posts and programmatic highlights.

Events & Presentations

  • Organizing meetings, webinars, and other events across time zones with international partners and fellow colleagues.
  • Supporting events and partner meetings, including coordinating agendas and travel logisitcs.
  • Attending relevant local events (panels, presentations, etc.) upon request and sharing notes with team.

Values & Flexibility

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Prior experience in international development or non-profit sector (including field experience) OR relevant skills OR a relevant degree
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Willingness to learn and adopt secure communication tools
  • Proven ability to
    • balance and effectively prioritize multiple assignments and deadlines
    • show sensitivity and understanding for diverse perspectives in a multicultural environment
    • proactively communicate any challenges you’re facing to your supervisor and ask for help
  • Professional-level fluency in English
  • Optimism, a sense of humor, and excitement at supporting and elevating voices of people across the globe

Preferred

**Candidates who do not have these preferred qualifications, but are interested and willing to learn, are still enocuraged to apply**

  • Non-profit experience and/or familiarity with US Government rules and regulations
  • Experience working in or interest in Central Europe (specifically Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia)
  • Experience with event planning and/or arranging logistics for project implementation abroad
  • Interest in the intersection of technology and human rights
  • Experience using secure channels for communication
  • Expeirence using project management tools (e.g. - Trello, Airtable, etc.)
  • Language skills in one of the primary Internews languages (Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian) or a prevalent language in Central Europe

HIRING PROCESS

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume through the Taleo application portal. The Cover Letter should be no longer than one page and explain why you’d be a great fit for this position and what drew you to it. Candidates with the strongest cover letter and CV will advance to the next round of interview, at which point we will conduct phone screenings of finalists in order to determine 3-5 candidates for panel interviews. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and would like to hire this position before the end of August; as such, it benefits you to apply as soon as possible if the position is of interest.

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.

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