Regional Director – Latin America Programs

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Washington, DC, District of Columbia, United States | Latin America and Caribbean
Apply by 6 February 2017
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 6 January 2017

Job Description


The Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean oversees all Internews media programs and across the LAC region. Management responsibilities for this position include direct line management of core LAC support staff and regional country leads, regular donor correspondence and business development, program representation, coordination with security team, identification/ communication with the designated VP and other key staff on development opportunities, and overall award management/donor administration compliance.


  • Supervise and oversee region’s long term and short-term country, regional, or ad-hoc programs.
  • Supervise expanded program support staff supporting the LAC region, as required.
  • Coordinate and supervise launch and further development of new projects and other new developments as they evolve.
  • Lead program development, including project design, proposal writing, donor relations for the LAC region.
  • Oversee and coordinate refunding priorities for key Internews presence countries with key program and LAC team members.
  • Devolve where needed supervisory responsibilities to program team members for operations and implementation, increase overall coordination responsibilities across expanded portfolio.
  • As assigned, coordinate or supervise in-region thematic or global programs such as, environment or humanitarian programs; supervise, coordinate and implement DC led global programs where appropriate.
  • Manage, coordinate, and facilitate needed professional development to Internews senior field staff and other employees as assigned in the region in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
  • Responsibilities include overseeing employment planning; assigning and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints; and resolving problems.
  • Manage internal communications and information resources for region’s programs.
  • In coordination w/country and LAC staff designs and drafts where needed scopes of work for vendor and personal services contracts; supervise where needed program staff to undertake these tasks.
  • Coordinate, track and ultimately be responsible for all formal award actions such as changes in scope-of-work, waiver requests, quarterly and final project narrative reports across all programs in the LAC portfolio. This responsibility extends to coordinating and ensuring that global reports that require regional input or support are fulfilled.
  • Works closely w/ the LAC Business Manager and finance team to prepare new proposal budgets, spending plans and projections, budget modifications, formal requests for obligation increases, cost extensions, and no cost extensions.
  • Manage reporting requirements on Internews projects to donors.
  • Oversee region’s program logistics and operations for program set-up, renewal, and close-out, as necessary and in coordination with other LAC staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • 10+ years’ experience in international development, media, and/or nonprofit fields.
  • 7+ years’ management experience, including strategic planning, resource management, and recruitment and mentoring of project management staff.
  • 5+ years’ experience working in the region required; experience in the Northern Triangle region particularly preferred.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Journalism, Communications, International Relations, International Diplomacy, International Affairs, or a related field desired.
  • Donor grant management experience with USAID-funded programs and knowledge of Federal Government policies and procedures.
  • Experience managing budgets and ensuring sub-grantee compliance; familiarity with USAID rules and regulations strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of, and strong experience in, budget management, projections and budget analysis.
  • Proven understanding of the political dynamics of working in sensitive countries in the Latin America region.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the following areas: media and civil society capacity building, citizen security, governance, and information technologies for international development and human rights.
  • Demonstrated experience leading business and proposal development on federally funded projects.
  • Strong relationships with organizations working in the Journalism, Civil Society, and Human Rights areas throughout Latin America.
  • Outstanding written and oral Spanish and English language skills mandatory.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, ability to prioritize workload and multi-task in a fast-paced environment and strong track record of meeting deliverables.
  • Excellent soft skills, including interpersonal and communication skills, with a problem-solving attitude and as a self-starter who works both independently and as a collaborative team player;
  • Project Management Certification desired.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations, which may be remote or difficult to reach.

Benefits Information:

This position is being offered and hired by Internews Network. Benefits will be consistent with Internews Network’s offerings and will be reviewed during the hiring process. Additional information can be found on our About Working for Internews page.

About the Organization

Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard.

Internews provides communities the resources to produce local news and information with integrity and independence. With global expertise and reach, Internews trains both media professionals and citizen journalists, introduces innovative media solutions, increases coverage of vital issues and helps establish policies needed for open access to information.

Internews programs create platforms for dialogue and enable informed debate, which bring about social and economic progress.

Internews’ commitment to research and evaluation creates effective and sustainable programs, even in the most challenging environments.

Internews operates internationally, with administrative centers in California, Washington DC, and London, as well as regional hubs in Bangkok and Nairobi. Formed in 1982, Internews has worked in more than 90 countries, and currently has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.

Internews Network is registered as a 501(c)3 organization in California, EIN 94-3027961. Internews Europe is registered in England and Wales as a Charity no. 1148404 and Company no. 7891107. Internews Network and Internews Europe operate cooperatively with independent boards of directors.

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