Project Manager, Argentina
We are seeking a highly motivated, detail oriented, organized and creative project manager with expertise in journalism media development. The project seeks to support independent media in repressive Latin American countries to increase citizen’s access to more extensive, compelling and high-quality coverage of the issues of greatest concern, and to support digital media outlets to improve their professional capacity to reach and engage the public.
The project manager will become deeply knowledgeable about the project’s objectives, terms, indicators, timelines, budget and other key project components, as well as IWPR’s policies. The project manager will oversee project completion overall, with specific duties in terms of ensuring activities are implemented in a timely manner and on budget, preparing contracts, monitoring deliverables, resolving beneficiaries’ inquiries and requests, following organizational policies, guiding project staff on compliance matters, collecting monitoring and evaluation data, preparing reports and presentations for donors, assisting in development needs, facilitating meetings, supporting area directors in identifying solutions, and other project management tasks as needed.
The project manager will report to the Regional Journalism and Media Programs Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean and will coordinate with area directors and consultants supporting the project. The selected person will also assist in managing donor relations as needed. The achievement of this objective will contribute to an overall goal of increasing the capacity of independent media to reach audiences about important issues and hold authorities to account.
This is currently a short term appointment until 30 October 2022, however IWPR hopes to be able to extend beyond this period, pending funding approval.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Project Management
- Ensure that project activities are implemented in a timely manner and on budget and are delivering effective and relevant interventions.
- Working with the appropriate staff on the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation plans, ensuring that indicators are being measured and targets being met.
- Ensure that the monitoring process is effectively measuring project progress, and alerting project staff as to any delays or failures to meet the quality of results expected. Also, ensure that all successes are properly recorded and reported.
- Submit monthly and quarterly reports on the progress of the project.
- Ensure the correct financial management of the project, ensuring that appropriate reporting and financial safeguards are in place, that all expenses are accounted for, approved, reasonable and allowable, and that the project remains on budget.
- Ensure compliance with IWPR policies and procedures and donor regulations, including several administrative tasks, by yourself and those supervised.
- Ensure that grant commitments are adhered to and delivered according to work plan, budget and project timeline, whilst maintaining overall quality of the work.
- Ensure project staff are documenting processes as needed and maintaining the documentation organized and updated.
- Ensure timely and accurate program reporting from local beneficiaries and overall project reporting to the donor. Gather, analyze and present evaluation input and data received from project partners, beneficiaries and other IWPR staff in a clear, concise and attractive manner that speaks to the project's overall goal and objectives.
- Oversee the selection, awarding, implementation and closeout of subgrants.
- Ensure appropriate working conditions and consider at all times the safety and security of staff and consultants.
- Collaboration in grant writing and development of new project ideas for the Latin America office.
- Cultivate good relations with actual and potential donors and partners.
- Undertake other duties that may be reasonably requested by the Regional Program Director.
2. Activity Implementation
- Recruit and supervise expert consultants and staff on issues pertaining to journalism editorial quality, journalist and organizational security for media, media finance and others, as needed.
- Assist area managers in the design and delivery of participative strategic planning workshops that will lead to the more effective management of independent digital news media.
- Design and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation plan designed to measure outputs, outcomes and impact of media development activities, in collaboration with regional project directors and monitoring and evaluation specialists.
- Work with other senior staff to maintain and improve the quality of all training and outputs.
- Minimum Bachelor's degree in Journalism, International Development, Human Rights, or related field, complemented by a Project Management degree (or equivalent formal training) and/or at least five years of practical experience in project management.
- A good understanding of issues pertaining to Media Freedom and Access to Information in the Latin America context.
- Successful track record of supervising, designing, managing, and implementing projects.
- Experience managing grants from major donors.
- Technical expertise in media development, organizational capacity building and/or journalism.
- Leadership qualities and excellent management skills. Demonstrated interest in human rights in particular the right to free expression, the right for access to information.
- Significant skill in drafting comprehensive reports, by organizing, analyzing, presenting data, reaching conclusions and developing recommendations.
- Ability to track and manage budgets. Strong organizational skills and understanding of the importance of administrative and logistical duties, and willingness to implement them.
- Comfortable working with project management software, contact management systems, and other digital tools.
- Knowledge and ability to analyze social media metrics, increase social media audiences and online engagement, preferred.
- Experience in training adults and overseeing learning processes, preferred.
- A team player who is excited about learning new skills.
- Creativity, flexibility and persistence to ensure project objectives are met, even when confronted with setbacks.
- Ability to adapt to challenging, non- conventional environments and people.
- Fluency in spoken and written Spanish and English, including ability to speak in public and write professional reports in both languages.
- Ability to multitask.
- Willingness to adapt to security measures needed to work in the region.
- Willingness to work with colleagues remotely across time zones.
IWPR is an equal opportunities employer, committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership. We encourage applications from suitably qualified candidates from a wide range of backgrounds who can help continue to evolve our culture and contribute to an inclusive environment.
Principals only. No calls please. Only those who have been selected for interviews will be contacted. IWPR will never ask for payment for recruitment.