Project Director for Global Humanitarian COVID-19 Response

  • Senior-level
  • Posted on 12 June 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Remote position
  • Closing on 12 July 2020
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Job Description


Internews will disrupt and mitigate the flow of misleading, inaccurate or malign information for vulnerable populations affected by humanitarian crises during COVID-19, when the accuracy and timeliness of public health information and the quality of communication between communities and the agencies that serve them is vital to health outcomes. Internews’ methodologies are part of the wider humanitarian Community Engagement and Accountability efforts and contribute to Risk Communication & Community Engagement (RCCE) efforts from health and humanitarian partners, by ensuring that community perspectives are captured to inform RCCE strategies and that concerns, rumors and questions are addressed with reliable information that comes from, and is created by, local media or other reliable information providers on a variety of both traditional and social media platforms. This approach galvanizes and supports local media, particularly those trusted and used by vulnerable communities experiencing humanitarian crises, to fully play their role as information providers, as facilitators of conversations within their communities, and as watchdogs and agents of accountability for responders and service providers. Internews will ensure that the work of humanitarian and health organizations is shaped by and responsive to the expressed needs of vulnerable communities and local contexts as the pandemic unfolds.

Internews is a very diverse organization globally. We value the perspectives that result from the inclusivity of different voices, and the foundation of our work is to support free and open communications between all people. We are an organization of dynamic, mission-driven individuals who are passionate about our core values and about supporting positive change in the world. We pride ourselves on our commitment to innovation and flexibility. We are an EEO employer and strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for any of our open positions.


The Project Director (PD) plays a key role in leading and managing the implementation of this complex, humanitarian context-focused project in multiple humanitarian crises around the globe.

Note: Hiring will be dependent upon receipt of funding. This short-term response project is expected to begin in mid-July 2020, with an anticipated length of six (6) months.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned:

  • Providing general oversight of the program. This includes overall responsibility for the program management, strategic vision, fiscal integrity, quality and timing of deliverables, and coordination with partners;
  • Providing leadership and overall management of other project staff, including the editorial team, the Humanitarian Liaison Officers (HLOs), the Humanitarian Data Manager, all field and supporting staff;
  • Ensuring that all project deliverables are completed according to agreed timelines and budgets, including regular updates on social media and in the relevant field locations, regular liaison with humanitarians, and robust monitoring and evaluation;
  • Managing risk and security during the implementation of the program, including the development of contingency plans;
  • Leading in liaison with donors and on all fundraising efforts on the ground, in coordination with HQ;
  • Ensuring the program complies with all donor requirements and regulations, as well as all local labor and other laws;
  • Ensuring timely reporting of activities to HQ and effective collaboration with relevant Internews colleagues;
  • Ensuring the production of regular multimedia materials (i.e. blog posts, photos, podcast…), documenting the life of the project for external audiences, as required;
  • Liaising with international/local media and promoting Internews’ work, as required;
  • Any other duties as required;
  • Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.


  • Must be a proactive solution-seeker interested in collaboration across multiple contexts;
  • Excitement about working in ambiguous environments with rapid changes and pivots required;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English;
  • Awareness of and familiarity with the issues and dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic and/or other health crises in humanitarian contexts a strong asset;
  • Extensive project management experience in a multi-country response with the ability to deliver results to agreed timetables and budgets;
  • Extensive track record in supervising, designing, managing, and implementing community media projects and/or humanitarian information projects with a focus on participation and community engagement;
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills to liaise authoritatively with figures from the humanitarian community, local government, civil society, media, etc.;
  • Team-building skills and the ability to manage a diverse staff in a challenging and a highly fluid environment – experience with remote management highly prioritized;
  • Proven experience in donor liaison and fundraising
  • Good knowledge of the mandates and modalities of the international humanitarian sector including the UN cluster system and capacity;
  • Sensitivity to cross-cultural dynamics in the workplace;
  • Ability to adjust to shifting political and operational circumstances and create programming accordingly;
  • An understanding of the vision/mission, core values and objectives of Internews;
  • Understanding of and passion for the area of communications with disaster-affected communities;
  • Excellent communication and reporting skills, both written and oral;
  • Psychological resilience and a sense of humor;
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license and ability or willingness to drive a standard shift vehicle a plus

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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