Sri Lanka: Chief of Party

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Apply by 16 April 2017
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 16 March 2017

Job Description


Internews Network is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) candidate for a USAID-funded media support program with the goal of improving citizen access to balanced, reliable, and objective news in Sri Lanka. The Chief of Party will provide strategic guidance and leadership; coordinate technical, legal and professional capacity building assistance to partners and beneficiaries; ensure proper oversight of program personnel, financial management and administration; and coordinate with USAID and other media stakeholders in the region to ensure that Internews leverages other resources, avoids duplication and compliments other media development initiatives. The COP will also be responsible for establishing strong partnership and dialogue with the appropriate donor representatives. The position will be based in Colombo.

Note: hiring will be dependent upon receipt of project funding.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following; other duties may be assigned:

  • Leadership, management, representational and operational oversight.
  • Manage and oversee all staff 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.
  • Provide strategic, operational and representational assistance to ensure that activities are meeting their goals and targets, 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.
  • Track and report project progress and activities monthly against work plan.
  • Oversee program monitoring and evaluation to ensure effective implementation and to measure program impact.
  • Maintain strategic awareness of independent media issues in the region (especially broadcast and new media), 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.
  • Maintain regular communications with Internews headquarters staff to communicate progress on programming and address upcoming issues in advance.
  • Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.


  • 10 years of progressively responsible experience managing media programs, including components supporting media advocacy, media capacity building, and media development in a post-conflict environment.
  • Previous experience as a proactive COP with a strong reputation for developing excellent collaborative working relationships with counterparts, international organizations and donors.
  • Media development experience preferably in the Asia region, working experience and knowledge of Sri Lanka is preferred.
  • A successful track record in supervising, designing, managing and implementing technical assistance for donor-funded media projects and proven ability to develop and monitor work plans, training plans, and procurement plans.
  • Experience implementing complex, multifaceted projects with demonstrated skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Proven experience in working effectively with media, civil society, and host country government counterparts.
  • Experience as a manager or trainer with professional capacity-building programs for journalists and media outlets, strong knowledge of digital media preferred.
  • Demonstrated mentoring abilities and experience supporting senior managerial staff.
  • USAID or USG experience is strongly preferred.
  • Experience leveraging other sources of funding to advance programmatic objectives.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • English fluency required, local language skills are highly desirable.
  • Relevant university degree required.

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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