Position Description

Program Associate – Global Technology Programs
Location Washington DC, USA
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SUMMARY

Internews is seeking a full time Program Associate to provide administrative and technical support for global programs that support the creation of tools that promote privacy and access to information for human rights defenders and vulnerable populations under the supervision of the Program Officer. The Program Associate will be expected to perform complicated tasks requiring prior experience, education, or training. This is a unique entry-level role that will offer you the opportunity to develop expertise in the direct implementation of publicly-funded foreign assistance programs and work closely with security and privacy tool creators, as well as and build your understanding of how human rights and technology intersect.

You’re an ideal candidate for this position if you have extraordinary written and oral communication skills; great attention to detail and organizational capacity; a love for keeping things moving and on track; a voracious desire to learn; and the desire to help protect human rights defenders, journalists, and marginalized people around the world.  We laugh easily and cheer each other on, so you also need to be ready for that.

 

ABOUT INTERNEWS

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. Over 35 years, we have cultivated and supported partners, people, and offices in more than 90 countries. We operate in the hardest places on earth, helping build deeply local solutions that incorporate technologies appropriate to each local context. We are committed to reducing information darkness over the next five years, testing and iterating new solutions, and asking ourselves repeatedly, “What more can be done?”

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support Program Officer in ensuring that program implementation complies with funder requirements and Internews’ policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to the writing and compiling of program reporting, including quarterly reports and other project-related reports for GTP programs.
  • Support the tracking of metrics for monitoring and evaluation.
  • Support communication between Internews and partners on program implementation, under the supervision of the Program Officer.
  • Prepare invoices, wire transfer requests, expense reimbursements, and complete credit card reconciliation on a monthly basis.
  • Support the execution of subgrants, including payments and partner reporting
  • Assist with the negotiation and implementation of personal service contracts and service contracts.
  • Support events and partner meetings, including coordinating agendas and travel logistics.
  • Represent team and Internews at events on request.
  • Communicate regularly with headquarters’ Accounting and Administration teams to ensure financial compliance.
  • Understand and demonstrate commitment to uphold Internews’ Core Values.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Required

  • Optimism, a sense of humor, and excitement at joining a supportive, skilled, multi-cultural team that is distributed across the globe;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Proven organization skills, with exceptional attention to detail;
  • Proven ability to multi-task and prioritize with a shifting workload; 
  • Willingness to learn and adopt secure communication tools;
  • Experience making complex travel arrangements;
  • Professional-level fluency in English. 

 

Preferred

  • 1-3 years development or non-profit experience, including field experience, OR a relevant degree;
  • Experience with financial management and familiarity with US Government rules and regulations;
  • Experience with event planning and/or arranging logistics for project implementation abroad;
  • Experience with diverse information environments and technologies that support access to information, and experience with privacy, censorship circumvention and anonymity tools (such as Signal, VPNs, and Tor).
  • Experience working with and supporting Open Source tool development and/or communities;
  • Language skills in one of the primary Internews languages (Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian);
  • Interest in the intersection of technology and human rights;
  • Experience with proposal writing;
  • Experience with project management or implementation.

 

Hiring Process

This position is based in Washington, DC.  Salary is negotiable, but Internews is unable to cover relocation costs.  International travel will be required for this position, and candidates must have permission to live and work in the United States.  

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. The Cover Letter should be no longer than one page and explain why you’d be a great fit for this position, and what drew you to it.  We will first screen candidates based on a resume review. Candidates with the strongest resumes will move on to a cover letter review. The panel will look for candidates who present a clear, compelling response to the duties and qualifications listed above. We will then conduct phone screenings of finalists in order to determine 3-5 top candidates for interviews.  We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis and would like to hire this within 8 weeks.

Diverse teams are strong teams. Our team includes a mix of genders, parents and non-parents, the self-taught, and people of multiple races, nationalities, ages, sexual orientations, and socio-economic backgrounds. We encourage candidates of all races, genders, ages, abilities, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply, and welcome those with alternative backgrounds and experiences.  

 

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 Internews Benefits page.

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