Position Description

Serbia: Chief of Party
Location Belgrade, Serbia
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Internews seeks a Chief of Party for a potential USAID-funded media support project focused on improving the legal and regulatory environment for Serbian media and promoting innovative approaches that facilitate Serbian media sustainability and cooperation. S/he 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 complements other media development initiatives. S/he will also be responsible for establishing strong partnership and dialogue with the appropriate donor representatives. Programmatic and financial management of the project will be supported by Internews’ Europe and Eurasia team and administrative staff, ensuring that all program operations meet Internews’ quality standards and are carried out in accordance with relevant rules and regulations. The position will be based in Belgrade, Serbia.


Note: Hiring will be dependent upon receipt of funding.


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

  • 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.
  • Manage and oversee all staff in the country. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable local laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints, and resolving problems.
  • Leadership, management, representational and operational oversight.
  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with local partner organizations and ensure that implementation is responsive to the needs of partners and beneficiaries.
  • Write and revise project reports, communications materials, and other project documentation in collaboration with Internews staff and according to award stipulations.
  • Serve as public face of the project in country and primary point of contact for local donor mission.
  • 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 online 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.
  • Provide support as necessary for developing new relationships and business initiatives.
  • 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 of progressively responsible experience managing media programs, including components supporting media capacity building, media development, and media enabling environment reform.
  • Previous experience as a proactive COP with a strong reputation for developing excellent collaborative working relationships with local counterparts, international organizations, and donors.
  • Media development experience, preferably in the Balkan region, working experience and deep understanding of the media sector in Serbia 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 working effectively with media and media/journalist associations, various types of partners (universities, advertising/PR/marketing agencies, self-regulators, business associations, etc.), and host country government counterparts.
  • 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, Serbian 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.