Internews seeks a Chief of Party for a potential USAID-funded media support program in the Philippines. S/he will provide strategic guidance and leadership; oversee activities involving Philippines media outlets and media support organizations, among other potential beneficiaries; supervise program personnel, financial management, and administration; and coordinate with USAID and other media stakeholders in the region to ensure that Internews leverages existing resources, avoids duplication, and complements other media development initiatives. S/he will also be responsible for establishing strong partnerships with counterparts across the country and with the appropriate donor representatives. Programmatic and financial management of the program will be supported by Internews’ Asia 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 Manila, Philippines.
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 leadership to ensure that activities are meeting their goals and targets on time and within budget, recommending program adjustments when necessary to keep the program on track.
- Manage and oversee organization and implementation of activities that take place throughout the Philippines. Supervise staff and coordinate with partners based throughout the Philippines. 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 partner organizations throughout the country and ensure that program implementation is responsive to the needs of partners and beneficiaries.
- Write and revise program reports, communications materials, and other program documentation in collaboration with Internews staff and according to award stipulations.
- Serve as the public face of the program and primary point of contact for in-country and international donor missions and stakeholders.
- Oversee program monitoring and evaluation to ensure effective implementation and to measure program impact.
- Maintain strategic awareness of independent media issues in the country and within the broader region, and a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing independent media, especially online digital media.
- Ensure the program 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 program, responsible for ensuring all costs charged to the program 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.
- At least 8 years of progressively responsible experience managing large, multi-year USAID funded projects, preferably as a COP, with a strong reputation for developing excellent collaborative working relationships with local counterparts, international organizations, and donors.
- At least 3 years of substantial prior work experience working in media and/or in the media and information development sector
- At least 3 years of substantial prior work experience in the Philippines or a country with a similar context
- Deep understanding of the media sector in the Philippines, as well as working knowledge of the broader media environment in Southeast Asia
- A successful track record in supervising, designing, managing and implementing technical assistance for donor-funded media programs and proven ability to develop and monitor work plans, training plans, and procurement plans.
- Experience implementing complex, multifaceted programs with demonstrated skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
- Proven experience working effectively with media and media/journalist associations, civil society, private sector organizations, and host country government counterparts.
- Proven ability to develop, manage and nurture working relationships among diverse groups of national and multilateral stakeholders, donors, and NGOs.
- 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
- Graduate degree in communications, journalism or related fields required