Institute for War and Peace Reporting | Giving Voice, Driving Change


Project Manager (Global), UK

London, UK
Desired start date: 
November 2019
Closing date: 
Until filled

The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) is an independent not-for profit organisation that works with media and civil society to promote positive change in conflict zones, closed societies, and countries in transition around the world. For this role, IWPR seeks an individual with strong technical skills to manage and ensure the successful implementation of multiple sub-awards and project activities under different donors and in several countries. This individual will manage partner relationships, supervise staff, and deal with a variety of day-to-day program activities. The Project Manager will oversee all aspects of the project or subaward, while ensuring compliance with company, government, and donor regulations. Assisting with new business development will also be part of this role.

In This Role You Will:

  • Design mechanisms for the implementation of all project activities, including sub-awards, staff management, budgeting, and training.
  • Work with international partners; editorial, field, and support staff; and administrators to execute project plans, identify benchmarks for progress, keep an up-to-date record of project delivery, and ensure that project objectives are achieved within deadlines and budgets. 
  • Apply monitoring and evaluation best practices to measure and report on the progress achieved by IWPR and its partners.
  • Monitor program financial management and budget control, track subaward and project budget burn rates, work closely with the Project Director to tackle any project under/over spends, and oversee activities budgeting.
  • Complete all required reports and documentation, working with the Finance Manager to ensure that funds are used and reported properly.
  • Train and support staff and partners to ensure their understanding of how to conduct and administer activities and to ensure compliance with funders’ requirements and organisational policy and objectives.
  • With Project Director, ensure clarity around long-term programming, operational, and funding requirements, and identify areas of new business development, developing them into project proposals.
  • Represent IWPR at partners and donors meetings to ensure smooth project implementation.
  • Ensure a work environment that is non-discriminatory and promotes open dialogue on gender-related and culturally sensitive issues.

The Successful Candidate Will Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in management, international development, or related field; experience with a range of international donors, particularly US government, in relavent fields, managing projects and budgets including project staff, M&E, sub-awards and contracts, including periods in a developing country; an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of relevant USG rules and requirements in a sub-award environment.
  • Demonstrated success in leading and managing teams with diverse backgrounds working in multiple locations and countries to achieve and sustain excellence.
  • Demonstrated success working with multiple sectors and achieving financial and contractual results; familiarity with media, media development and / or using social media in a development context.
  • Ability to perform high level research that involves interpretation and analysis as necessary to develop recommendations on broad, complex topics and issues that have long-range impact.
  • Ability to coach and train on the topics of journalistic ethics and best practices.
  • Proven strategic planning and team leadership skills, with strong technical knowledge, conceptual and analytical ability, good judgment, and adaptive, flexible capacity.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building competencies coupled with strong written and verbal communication skills; abilty to manage conflict and conflicting views.
  • Fluency in English, both written and oral, with other language skills welcomed.
  • Excellent report-writing skills, ability to analyse and distill complex narrative and financial information.
  • Advanced proficiency in computers, software, spreadsheets, and finance management packages.
  • Ability to travel internationally, sometimes into less secure environments.


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Principals only. No calls please. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. Only those who have been selected for interviews will be contacted. IWPR will never ask for payment for recruitment.

This position description is not an exhaustive list of all functions that the incumbent is expected to perform, but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included in this position description. IWPR reserves the right to revise position descriptions at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities. Staff will be informed of any changes to their job responsibilities.