Internews is an international media development organisation based in Arcata, CA, Washington, DC and London 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 has been working in Greece since 2016 to establish a Humanitarian Information Service (HIS) for refugees and migrants.
Internews is currently implementing the HIS project under the Mixed Migration Platform overall framework, under a consortium lead by DRC. The project is also funded by other small private funders grants.
The Project Director will be a strong, inspirational leader, providing oversight in ensuring that grants received by Internews are properly executed and reported. S/he is a patient and flexible senior manager, with experience managing UN, DFID and private grants. The position will be based in Athens, Greece for the duration of the project, with field travel as required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following; other duties may be assigned:
- Provide overall management, vision and direction of program, including budget management, technical oversight and quality assurance.
- Guide and advise program teams who manage innovative communication projects in camps and informal sites throughout the country, local radio projects and CwC trainings, and various activities with local partners.
- Manage up to 20 national and international staff in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
- Lead overall development, design, and adaptation as needed of project activities, including identifying future opportunities.
- Enhance and further develop the News That Moves online platform.
- Provide oversight, orientation, and support for Lesvos-based local information activities.
- Provide regular briefings to the Vice President - Global Initiatives, the Senior Director for Humanitarian Programs, and the Communications Department, and other Internews staff as appropriate.
- Work closely with Security Director in Washington DC to oversee a strong country risk management process, including plans, policies, drills, training, SOPs, HRE plan etc.
- Ensure project is mission-driven, leading through trust, inspiration, compassion and a strong desire to meet the information needs of the refugees and migrants in Greece.
- Work with diverse partners across the country on strengthening the role of independent media and humanitarian information in Greece.
- Ensure the project is in compliance with all grant rules, requirements and regulations as well as with Internews internal policies and procedures.
- Oversee key senior staff responsible for the day-to-day training, research, logistics and administration of the project, including building team cohesion and direction.
- Act as primary point of contact with the donors, the London office and Washington DC, maintaining collaborative and responsive relationship.
- Work closely with HQ administrative team to ensure timely and accurate financial responsibilities are met.
- Maintain contact with NGO colleagues, UN agencies, donors, partners and local government officials and authorities in the region.
- Ensure the Internews Greece office is properly registered and conforms to local laws.
- Collaborate closely with all partner organizations to monitor their progress and provide technical support as needed.
- Serve as the primary budget authority over the project, responsible for ensuring all costs charged to the project are allowable, reasonable and correctly allocated.
- Ensure compliance for all reports, including work plans, weekly, quarterly, annual and final reports, in compliance with donor guidelines.
- Ensure project deliverables and administrative requirements are met.
- Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.
- Visionary leader able to inspire others to achieve project goals.
- Minimum 5 years’ experience managing DFID or UN-funded project as Project Director or Country Director, or equivalent.
- Minimum 10 years of management experience on large projects with significant size staff.
- Master’s degree in media, journalism, communications, international development, humanitarian sector, democracy & governance or related field.
- Proven working experience in working on CwC related activities.
- Proven ability to lead and supervise a diverse team of people.
- Successful track record in supervising, designing, managing, and implementing technical assistance programs.
- Excellent ability to provide budget, operational and administrative oversight.
- A thorough understanding of the work of humanitarian and development agencies, including working within the UN cluster system and refugees issues.
- Flexible, easy-going, stress-free manager who thrives in creative environment.
- Knowledge of, and strong experience in, budget management, projections and budget analysis.
- Experience in human resources and staff development.
- Experience in organizational development, policies, and procedures.
- Experience and expertise in UN; DFID and private funders projects, rules and regulations.
- Experience working on Humanitarian issues.
- Ability to adjust to shifting political circumstances and creates programming accordingly.
- Sensitivity to cross-cultural dynamics in the work place and experience supervising staff.
- Must be self-reliant, resourceful, good problem-solver, good humored, and flexible.
- Excellent English oral and written skills mandatory.
- Please submit a CV and Cover Letter of no more than 2 pages via the Apply Now button.
- Deadline: April 11th – please apply early as applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
This position is being offered and hired by Internews Europe. Benefits will be consistent with Internews Europe's offerings and will be reviewed during the hiring process. Additional information can be found on our About Working for Internews page.